More than 6.9 lakh families in the country have been provided the mandatory 100 days of employment under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA) so far this financial year. As per official data, Andhra Pradesh topped the list by providing 100 days of employment to 2.83 lakh households this financial year.
China has reduced the number of its rural poor by almost 70 million people over the past decade, a new government white paper has claimed. The number of rural poor had declined from 94.22 million in 2000 to 26.88 million in 2010, or 2.8 per cent of the rural population today.
2011 Right Livelihood Awards:
- Huang Ming (China) receives the 2011 Honorary Award “for his outstanding success in the development and mass-deployment of cutting-edge technologies for harnessing solar energy
- The Jury awards Jacqueline Moudeina (Chad) "for her tireless efforts at great personal risk to win justice for the victims of the former dictatorship in Chad and to increase awareness and observance of human rights in Africa”.
- The Jury awards GRAIN (International) “for their worldwide work to protect the livelihoods and rights of farming communities and to expose the massive purchases of farmland in developing countries by foreign financial interests”.
- The Jury recognises Ina May Gaskin (USA) “for her whole-life’s work teaching and advocating safe, woman-centred childbirth methods that best promote the physical and mental health of mother and child“.
The United Kingdom has unveiled a new innovative ideas for giving marginalized girls in the poorest countries in Asia and Africa primary and secondary education. The challenge fund will be worth up to £355 million ($557 million) until 2015 and will come from the U.K.’s existing aid budget.
The Centre is taking every initiative required to assist the handloom sector, said Union Minister of State for Textiles, Panabaka Lakshmi, citing the example of the reduced import duty fixed at 5 per cent for Chinese silk coming into the country. The Union Minister said that 21 Silk Fab exhibitions were planned to be held across the country this year. The sole objective was to encourage the handloom sector and help weavers market their products sans middlemen stealing away their margins, she said.
The Right Livelihood Award Foundation will announce its 2011 Laureates at a press conference in Stockholm on September 29.
This year, 123 candidates were proposed for the Awards.66 candidates are men, 32 women and 25 are organisations. 39 candidates come from Asia, 37 from Europe, 22 from North America, 13 from Africa, 7 from South/Central America, 3 from Oceania and 2 work internationally.
A large number of tribal people from 33 villages that will be affected by bauxite mining in the Visakha Agency attended a public meeting held at Korukonda. The villagers demanded that the government drop forthwith its plans for bauxite mining and decided to boycott the elections to the local bodies which were due in the near future.
Ref: The Hindu
In Konaseema, an estuary of alluvial soil lying at the mouth of the Godavari that forced farmers to opt for crop holiday in 13 mandals over an extent of 43,087 hectares. Farmers declaring crop holiday for this kharif and suggest remedial measures. The farm crisis brewing in East Godavari district, the government on Thursday constituted a committee.