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  1. Dowry Death or Murder?

    Monday, March 19, 2018

    NEW DELHI, Mar 19 (IPS) - Geetika Dang is Independent Researcher, India; Vani S. Kulkarni is Lecturer in Sociology, University of Pennsylvania, USA; Raghav Gaiha is (Hon) Professorial Research Fellow, Global Development Institute, University of Manchester, England.Dowry deaths rose from about 19 per day in 2001 to 21 per day in 2016. It is indeed alarming that the rise in dowry deaths is unabated despite greater stringency of anti-dowry laws. In 1961, the Dowry Prohibition Act made giving and taking of dowry, its abetment or the demand for it an offence punishable with imprisonment and fine or without the latter. This was an abysmal failure as dowries became a nationwide phenomenon, replacing bride price. More stringent laws followed. The Criminal Law Amendment Act in 1983 inserted a new section (498-A) to deal with persistent and grave instances of dowry demand and such offences were punishable with imprisonment extendable to three years. As cases of brutal harassment and dowry deaths continued to rise, another Act was passed in 1986, relating specifically to the offence of dowry death.

  2. Latin American Indigenous People Fight New Plunder of Their Resources

    Saturday, March 17, 2018

    ISLA DE ASSUNÇÃO, Brazil, Mar 17 (IPS) - Indigenous communities in Latin America, who have suffered the plunder of their natural resources since colonial times, are reliving that phenomenon again as mega infrastructure are jeopardising their habitat and their very survival.

  3. Latin America & the Caribbean Edging Towards Eliminating Tuberculosis

    Friday, March 16, 2018

    WASHINGTON DC, Mar 16 (IPS) - Grace Virtue, Ph.D., is Senior Advisor – Communications, ACTION Global Health Advocacy Partnership.Known as El Libertador throughout the Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) region, Simón Bolívar was central to the battle for independence from Spanish rule in Venezuela, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru.

  4. Water Scarcity: India's Silent Crisis

    Friday, March 16, 2018

    NEW DELHI, Mar 16 (IPS) - As Cape Town inches towards ‘Zero Hour' set for July 15, 2018, the real threat of water scarcity is finally hitting millions of people worldwide. For on that day, the South African city's 3.78 million citizens -- rich and poor, young and old, men and women -- will be forced to queue up with their jerry cans at public outlets for their quota of 25 litres of water per day.

  5. Water Stress Poses Greatest Threat to MENA Region

    Thursday, March 15, 2018

    ROME, Mar 15 (IPS) - This year, World Water Day, celebrated annually on 22 March, is themed "Nature for Water", examining nature-based solutions (NBS) to the world's water problems.

  6. Has Trump Just Launched a Global Trade War?

    Wednesday, March 14, 2018

    PENANG, Malaysia, Mar 14 (IPS) - Martin Khor is Executive Director of the South Centre, a think tank for developing countries, based in GenevaLast week's action by President Donald Trump has ended the United States' leadership on liberal trade and may trigger a global trade war with major damaging consequences.

  7. It's the War, Stupid

    Wednesday, March 14, 2018

    MIAMI, Mar 14 (IPS) - It is revealing that a ruler who did not serve in the military, nor enjoys any experience in war affairs, has a special inclination to use a vocabulary more typical of bloody clashes between states than in diplomatic relations.

  8. Rohingya Crisis May Be Genocide, UN Officials Say

    Wednesday, March 14, 2018

    UNITED NATIONS, Mar 14 (IPS) - In the wake of persistent violence against the Rohingya community, UN officials have expressed growing fears that genocide is being incited and committed in Myanmar.

  9. The Role of Law Schools in Shaping Global Gender Justice

    Wednesday, March 14, 2018

    UNITED NATIONS, Mar 14 (IPS) - Rangita de Silva de Alwis is Associate Dean of International Affairs, University of Pennsylvania Law School, and Advisor, UN Sustainable Development Goals FundMarch 8th, 2018, International Women's Day, saw an extraordinary global mobilization for gender equality. In the last year, global movements for gender equality-- from marches to powerful grassroots organizing and viral social media campaigns, such as #MeToo and #TimesUp in the United States and other countries-- have galvanized the world's attention like never before.

  10. Why We Need Machines to Learn to Avoid Discrimination

    Tuesday, March 13, 2018

    UNITED NATIONS, Mar 13 (IPS) - The opportunities that artificial intelligence (AI) can unlock for our world - from discovering cures to diseases that kill millions each year to significantly reducing carbon emissions - are growing at a shocking pace.

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