Global garment workers exploited as big brands pressure suppliers

Anuradha NagarajThomson Reuters Foundation   Pressure by big brands on suppliers to deliver more quickly and cheaply contributes to labour abuses in factories that manufacture garments, footwear and textiles, according to a report published on Wednesday.   More than half the suppliers surveyed were affected by cost negotiation strategies that cut into their profits, according […]

A century on from WW1, 100 years of work remains to clear munitions

A century on from WW1, 100 years of work remains to clear munitions

Unexploded shells recovered in the Meuse River are seen on the bank at Sivry-sur-Meuse, close to WWI battlefields, near Verdun, France, October 24, 2018 before the centenial commemoration of the First World War Armistice Day. (Reuters Photo)   Reuters As the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One draws near next month, bomb […]

Men less aware of women’s workplace struggles

Ellen Wulfhorst Thomson Reuters Foundation   Far more men than women think their companies offer equal pay and promote the sexes equally, yet younger generations are wising up, a U.S. entertainment industry survey found on Monday.   Only a quarter of women think their employers pay them the same as men, while twice as many […]

Universe propped up without help from God, says Hawking’s final work

Saket Suman IANS   Book: Brief Answers to the Big Questions; Author: Stephen Hawking; Publisher: John Murray/Hachette India; Pages: 232; Price: Rs 650   This book began when Stephen Hawking was alive but was published this month posthumously. It is billed by the publisher as his final thoughts and draws extensively from essays, keynote speeches […]

Mexico honors migrants at Day of the Dead as caravan treks north

Reuters Mexico City dedicated its Day of the Dead parade on Saturday to migrants, just as thousands of Central Americans were trekking from the country’s southern border towards the United States under pressure from U.S. President Donald Trump to disband.   In an a twist on the traditional dancing skeletons and marigold-adorned altars making their […]

Dalai Lama, Raghu Rai and shades of black and white

Somrita Ghosh IANS Book Review: Book: A God In Exile: The Fourteenth Dalai Lama; Author: Raghu Rai; Publisher: Roli Books; Pages: 189   It was in 1975 that photographer Raghu Rai first met Buddhist spiritual leader The Dalai Lama in Ladakh. Rai was then with The Statesman newspaper. During the first encounter, Rai remembers, The Dalai […]

The Right to Choose

Tharanga Yakupitiyage Inter Press Service   Reproductive choice can transform the world and our goals towards a sustainable society, a new report says.   Every year, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) examines the state of the world population. In this year’s report, the agency focuses on the power of reproductive choice and the role […]

Time for Global Collaboration to Address Pressing Issues of Sexual & Reproductive Health & Rights

Dr Hedy Fry Inter Press Service   300 Parliamentarians from over 150 nations will meet, in Ottawa, to tackle one of the most serious global challenges facing humanity.   The International Parliamentarians’ Conference on the Implementation of the ICPD Program of Action (IPCI), October 22-23, is a forum, for all global regions, to generate collective […]

Corruptors seem a step ahead of enforcement agencies

Veturi Srivatsa IANS   It is all nice to say that fans deserve fairplay, not cheating and corruption. Yet, allegations of betting, spot-fixing and match-fixing keep sprouting in the world of sport, and corruptors seem a step ahead of the sports authorities and the law enforcement agencies.   And it is difficult to catch thieves […]

Importance of rehabilitation care for post road accident

Dr. Vijay Janagama IANS   Road traffic accidents have become far more common in the past few decades. Young adults between 19 and 29 are more at risk. According to one estimate, two million people are left with physical disabilities due to accidents.   Road accidents are responsible for 19 per cent of brain injuries […]