Saturday, 16 November 2013

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Friday, 6 September 2013

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Wednesday, 24 July 2013

World cereal production set to reach historic high in 2013

World cereal production set to reach historic high in 2013 – UN food agency

A farmer harvests his wheat crop in Bamyan, Afghanistan. Photo: FAO/Giulio Napolitano
11 July 2013 – Global cereal production is expected to increase by 7 per cent in 2013 compared to last year, the United Nations food agency said today, but warned that in spite of a boost in supply, various regions including Central Africa, West Africa and Syria are still affected by food insecurity.
In its Crop Prospects and Food Situation report, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) forecasts that cereal production this year will reach 2,479 million tonnes, a new record level.
Wheat, coarse grains and rice production are all expected to expand, which will help replenish global supplies of cereal and stabilize markets over the next year, the report says.
However, the report warns that many developing countries are still affected by food insecurity. In particular, the report focuses on various countries where conflict is preventing the population from satisfying their food needs.
In Syria, wheat production dropped significantly this year due to the escalating conflict in the country. The livestock sector has also been severely affected, and the report estimates that some 4 million people are facing severe food insecurity.
In Egypt, civil unrest and dwindling foreign exchange reserves are also raising serious food security concerns.
Conflict has also affected food security in the Central African Republic (CAR) and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
In the Sahel, which has previously experienced famine, the overall food situation is favourable in most parts of the region, the report said, due to an above-average 2012 cereal harvest. In spite of this, a large number of people are still affected by conflict and the lingering effects of the 2011-2012 food crisis.
In East Africa, serious concerns remain in conflict areas in Somalia, the Sudan, and South Sudan, with 1 million, 4.3 million and 1.2 million food insecure people, respectively.
In Madagascar, damage caused by locusts and a cyclone is expected to reduce crop production in 2013, causing increased hunger, especially in the southern and western regions of the country.
In the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), despite an improved cereal harvest in the 2012 season, chronic food insecurity continues, with an estimated 2.8 million vulnerable people requiring food assistance until the next harvest in October.
In total, there are 34 countries requiring external food assistance, of which 27 countries are in Africa, the report stated.

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

"End Caste Violence"

From many centuries, Dalits and Tribes are oppressed by the upper caste people .violence towards marginalised communities is still continue . Dalits and Tribal women are the most one who became the victims of upper caste violence . They were betten, tortured, degraded and raped by them. Many incidents of atrocities on Dalits & Tribe are still going on in different states of India. A very little of them are came into notice. We are heard of many incidents of house burning of dalits by upper caste and landlords. They were forcefully removed from their villages and homes. Even media doesn’t give much importance to these incidents instead of this; they give much more importance to rich class events news.
“Savari “an online platform for anti –violence forum, recently launched to show cause the relationship between caste and violence.
The main motive of caste violence is to maintain the caste rigidity and to maintain the cast order. Caste rigidity turns into caste violence and killing millions of dalits and tribals everyday. This caste violence creates domination over low caste men. Caste violence increased sexual abuse and assault by upper caste people on dalits and tribal women.
They became the victims of sexual humiliation; they were stripped in front of whole village, and paraded naked on streets. All these humiliation is just because they are dalits and tribal people.
Caste violence intentionally created by upper caste people to hold the social ,economic  and political power of the society .Despite SC&ST population is more than upper caste ,they does not hold much power in decision making authority in government and private sector .
To make India at par with developed nation, we need to end the this caste violence .Fraternity became strong if we create and promote equal opportunity for all. Which is very much in need for the people’s development? We have to end the inequality among the citizen of our country, so that every every citizen can avails the country resources for their personnel as well as country development . casteism is major hurdle in the way of country  development  .
Recently a Dalit women reach to Untied Nation to lobby for their rights .To raise voice against gender based and caste based discrimination.
For the growth of country we need to remove the caste rigidity .Only through secularism and caste free society we can bring peace and welfare to our people .



Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Dalit Women Walking Several Miles Just To Fetch Water Or For Toilet.


Kalayat in Haryana in Kaithal district is dominated by the Rajputs with Dalits with particularly sansis constituting 25% for the village population. Denial of basic facilities such as drinking water or absence of toilet here like several other villages require minor girls to walk distance every day. Dalit women also succumb to atrocities by upper caste communities as most of times the source of drinking water is located in the upper caste field. Dalit communities are lacking in basic amenities such as safe drinking water and sanitation facilities. The most critical issue that has great impact on women’s life are drinking water and sanitations. Absence of sanitation facilities and safe drinking water puts Dalit women in a vulnerable situation they have to walk several miles to fetch water often results in incident of harassment. According to an article by Alexandra Barton on the water project, In India women in rural regions can walk up to an average of 10 miles a day carrying up to 15 litres every trip. The Human development report 2006 states women in Africa and Asia often carry water on their heads weighing 20 kg., the same as the average U.K. airport luggage allowance. A report publish on caste discrimination against Dalits by centre for human rights and global justice and Human rights watch bay back in 2007 describe that “Dalits are denied equal access to a spectrum of places and services intended for use by the general public such as police station, government ration shops, Post offices, Schools, water facilities and Villages council offices”. As a result of segregation in water facilities, more than 20% of Dalits do not have access to safe drinking water. Only 10% Dalits households have access to sanitation (as compare to 27% for non Dalits household) and the vast majority of Dalits depend on the goodwill of upper caste community member for access to water from community wells. According to census 2011, only 43.5 % of households have access to tap water and only 32% have water from treated sources while 11.6 % continue to drop from untreated sources, Data from schedule caste population clearly indicates that there has not been much progress in condition of Dalits since 2007. The total populations for SC Households in rural areas is 32919665 of which only 6348622 have access to tap water from a treated sources. About 4219829 SC Household till today continue to draw tap water from untreated sources. As far as sanitation in rural households is concern only 7520933 families have latrine facilities. It is shocking to see that there are about 47736 Households in rural areas and 16375 in Urban areas where night soil continue to be removed by Humans (manual scavenging).

Friday, 8 February 2013

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Puberty In India


Puberty  In India

25/01/2013
What is Puberty?


Puberty is the process of physical changes by which a child's body matures into an adult body capable of sexual reproduction to enable fertilisation. It is initiated by hormonal signals from the brain to the gonads; the ovaries in a girl, the testes in a boy. In response to the signals, the gonads produce hormones that stimulate libido and the growth, function, and transformation of the brain, bones, muscle, blood, skin, hair, breasts, and sexual organs. Physical growth—height and weight—accelerates in the first half of puberty and is completed when the child has developed an adult body. Until the maturation of their reproductive capabilities, the pre-pubertal, physical differences between boys and girls are the genital the penis and the vagina.
On average, girls begin puberty at ages 10-11; boys at ages Girls usually complete puberty by ages 15 -17, while boys usually complete puberty by ages 16–17. The major landmark of puberty for females is menarche, the onset of menstruation, which occurs on average between ages 12-13 for males, it is the first ejaculation, which occurs on average at age 13 In the 21st century, the average age at which children, especially girls, reach puberty is lower compared to the 19th century, when it was 15 for girls and 16 for boys. This can be due to any number of factors, including improved nutrition resulting in rapid body growth, increased weight and fat deposition, or exposure to endocrine disruptors such as xenoestrogens, which can at times be due to food consumption or other environmental factors. Puberty which starts earlier than usual is known as precocious puberty. Puberty which starts later than usual is known as delayed puberty. the word puberty describes the physical changes to sexual maturation, not the psychosocial and cultural maturation denoted by the term a "adolescent development" in Western culture, wherein adolescence is the period of mental transition from childhood to adulthood, which overlaps much of the body's period of puberty. According to a recent study done at the University Hospital in Copenhagen, an increasing number of girls are reaching puberty before the age of 10, exposing them to a greater long- term risk of breast cancer and raising fears of more sexual activity. A similar trend has been noticed in India too. Four years ago a survey conducted by Federation of Obstetrics' and Gynaecologists' Society of India ( FOGSI) found that the age at which girls attain sexual maturity in urban India has dropped. And 80 percent of the girls in cities are reaching puberty around age 11 - two years earlier than in the past.


In INDIA

Young girls in India menstruating for the first time are considered impure and are excluded from social life. Tradition dictates they are not allowed into the family home and many are forced to stop going to school
It's a common tradition in many parts of India to make menstruating girls sit outside the house for five days at a stretch. She sat at the doorway under a temporary shelter made of banana leaves.
A combination of factors such as lack of physical activity, diet, environmental chemicals, hormonal changes, physiology- PUBERTY MUCH EARLIER call and psychological changes are being blamed for the early onset of puberty.
The good news is that most of the doctors don't see early puberty as a disturbing trend, as there aren't reliable studies proving the long- term risk. However, the word of caution given by doctors is to handle young girls with sensitivity. " The trend is here to stay, so our children should be equipped to handle this phase in a better way. Now we have to give importance to sex education in school curriculum.
Boys and Girls are hitting puberty much earlier than before, according to a study more than 80 per cent of urban Indian girls hit puberty at the age of 11. And now experts say this comes with a risk of behavioural issues. And its not just girls, boys too are maturing faster than before.
Reason for approaching puberty early age.
Sedentary lifestyle or the lack of physical exercise, obesity and at times the cause can even be your genes.
Parental Guidance
Parents should make sure to give balanced nutritional diet to their children. child should be on a healthy balanced diet, and that they are also getting enough physical exercise.


School drop-outs
Today, the practice still continues in rural areas and in poor or less educated families in India. But it's limited to girls having their period for the first time. Some stay away from school during their menstruation because they cannot afford proper menstrual protection like sanitary napkins.
Sex education not part of Indian culture?
Equip the girls with more awareness on how to behave around strangers and how to identify sex abuse, so they can prevent or report such incidents.
a complete education on the female anatomy, puberty-related changes and sexuality would not be appropriate, because discussing these issues openly is not part of Indian culture.  BUT NOW TIME HAS COME TO CHANGE THE BEHAVIOUR TOWARDS THIS .