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 Caritas uses folk songs to get message heard

Caritas Bangladesh is using a folk-music form to reach illiterate villagers in remote areas and confront issues such as child marriage, the dowry system, alcohol abuse, polygamy and HIV/AIDS. "In the past we have tried to make people aware of (such issues) through seminars and meetings but those didn't work for them,"

 STATE MINISTERS MEET ON WOMEN & CHILDDEVELOPMENT INAUGURATED

The Centre has urged the State Governments to expedite and effectively implement Economic and Social Empowerment Schemes for the Women. Important legislations on women should be closely monitored and efforts should be made for improvement in the schemes, if required. Inaugurating the State Ministers’ meet to review women and child development programmes..

 Unwanted pregnancies among teenagers are on the rise

Unwanted pregnancies among teenagers are on the rise despite availability of a host of contraceptives. Fear of social stigma and parents' wrath makes teens take drastic steps which at times put their lives in danger. Damage can be both physical and psychological. The need for young is to take precautions and parents to be patient.

 Finally, AIDS vaccine shows success in trials

For the past 20 years, scientists have been testing experimental vaccines against HIV on human subjects. But all of them, including two large trials in 2007, failed. Not only did those candidate vaccines fail to stop infection but in some cases it actually helped the virus to infect

 Parliament passes landmark Right to Education Bill

Children would get the fundamental right to free and compulsory education with the passage of a bill, hailed as "historic", by Parliament on Tuesday. The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Bill, 2008, seeks to provide education to children aged between 6 to 14 years.

 Women’s health & need for gender justice

The poorer health indices for girls and women mandate a social revolution which not only provides equal opportunities but also focusses on achieving equal outcomes.

 India has 53,000 HIV positive children: Govt

Nearly 53,000 children in the country are HIV positive, with Tamil Nadu topping the list with new 2,650 cases, health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad told the Lok Sabha on Wednesday. The minister said in 2006, about 2,253 cases were reported, while the following year 24,977 were registered. In November 2008, the figure touched 19,116.

 


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