CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE: Working towards a solution

Mahalakshmi Rajagopal IANS   The media is abuzz these days with horrendous stories of child sexual abuse, the most recent incidents being of abuse in shelter homes in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. While the trauma experienced by the girls will send a chill down the spines of most people, it is disheartening that hardly anyone […]

Thailand to ban imports of high-tech trash, plastic waste

Panarat Thepgumpanat Reuters Thailand will ban imports of 432 types of scrap electronics within six months, an environment ministry official said on Thursday, the latest country to respond to China’s crackdown on imports of high-tech trash this year.   Southeast Asia nations fear they are the new dumping ground for the world’s trash after China […]

Twinings reveals suppliers amid drive for slave-free Indian tea

Sonia Elks Thomson Reuters Foundation   Tea firm Twinings published a list of the Indian plantations it buys from on Monday, citing the need for transparency to improve conditions in an industry experts say is rife with abuse. India’s tea industry, the world’s second largest, employs 3.5 million workers and studies have found many live […]

The benefits of a secure digital identity system

Madhu Nori IANS   We live in a society driven by digital connections — the way we bank, shop, apply for a job and even find love has moved online. Despite this, the way we prove our identity hasn’t changed, still stubbornly clinging to paper and cards. This method is outdated and not secure; we […]

Helping Indigenous Peoples Live Equal Lives

Helping Indigenous Peoples Live Equal Lives

Mapuche indigenous peoples from Chile celebrate their new year. (IPS Photo)   Emily Thampoe Inter Press Service   Although indigenous peoples are being increasingly recognised by both rights activists and governmental organisations, they are still being neglected in legal documents and declarations. Indigenous peoples are only mentioned in two of the 17 United Nations’ Sustainable […]

Campaigners and K-pop fans turn to crowdfunding for conservation

Campaigners and K-pop fans turn to crowdfunding for conservation

Rina Chandran Thomson Reuters Foundation   Communities, campaigners and conservationists are increasingly using crowdfunding rather than relying on charities and governments to finance their programmes, according to researchers.   In a recent analysis of nearly 600 projects that have raised about $4.8 million in total, researchers led by Eduardo Gallo-Cajiao at the University of Queensland […]

As Bangkok cleans up, street vendors resist with protests, petitions

Rina Chandran Thomson Reuters Foundation   Vendors in one of Bangkok’s biggest tourist hotspots have vowed to fight regulations preventing them from hawking their wares on the street, arguing that their livelihoods and the city’s unique character are at stake. City officials last week imposed a ban on vendors on the sidewalks of Khao San […]

‘There’s going to be a raid’

‘There’s going to be a raid’

Archbishop of Santiago, Ricardo Ezzati attends his religious service at the Santiago cathedral, in Santiago, Chile, July 25, 2018. (Reuters Photo) A Chilean prosecutor forces Catholic Church to give up secrets   Two special envoys sent by Pope Francis to investigate a child sex abuse scandal in Chile were meeting priests and Church workers at […]

Reasoning, not gut, behind tough decisions: Study

Reasoning, not gut, behind tough decisions: Study

Image: pixabay.com IANS   ‘When confronted with very, very hard questions about the value of life, decisions are grounded in multiple and sometimes competing considerations about harm, welfare, individual rights, fairness, and justice’   Do people depend on gut feeling for taking tough decisions? Not really. They think through difficult moral problems and do not […]

Long road ahead to ending hunger, malnutrition

Amit Kapoor IANS   The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) incorporate zero hunger as one of the 17 targets to be achieved by 2030 for a sustainable future. The criticality of this goal lies in the fact that removing hunger — and malnutrition — from the world is intertwined with the other goals such as […]

Understanding Gandhi, as the dissenter

Understanding Gandhi, as the dissenter

The Disobedient Indian (Front Cover); Speaking Tiger Books   Saket Suman IANS   Book Review: The Disobedient Indian; Author: Ramin Jahanbegloo; Publisher: Speaking Tiger; Price: Rs 499; Pages: 169   Iconic as he was, the life and times of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi continue to attract scholars and researchers for relevant lessons in contemporary times even […]