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India:The South India Textile Research Association will conduct a training programme for fitters and weavers for one month. Candidates from backward, most backward and de-notified communities who have studied up to Class VIII and are aged between 18 and 35 can apply for the programme. An interview will be held on July 14 on the association premises form 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This trainings could fetch jobs and increase their income level and enhance their livelihoods.

LONDON: Eight Indian states, including Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal,   together account for more poor people than the 26 poorest African nations combined,  a new  multidimensional measure of global poverty has said.  The Multidimensional  Poverty Index (MPI) was developed and applied by the Oxford Poverty and Human Development  Initiative (OPHI) with UNDP support and will feature in the forthcoming 20th anniversary   edition of the UNDP Human Development Report due late October.  The MPI, which supplants  the Human Poverty Index, assesses a range of critical factors or  deprivations   at the household level: from education to health outcomes to assets and services

Paul Farmer of Partners in Health that has done much work around in the world.


The idea for Partners in Health first began when Paul Farmer and Ophelia Dahl helped set up a community-based health project in Cange, Haiti known as Zanmi Lasante ("Partners in health"). In 1987, in order to support the efforts in Haiti, Dr. Paul Farmer, Thomas J. White, Todd McCormack, Ophelia Dahl, and Jim Yong Kim founded Partners in Health in Boston Massachusetts. In 1993, Dr. Farmer founded the Institute for Health and Social Justice (IHSJ) which is the research and advocacy arm of PIH. As of 2006, the IHSJ is under the direction of Dr. Joia Mukherjee, Medical Director of Partners In Health.

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Karnataka State Government expects an average annual investment of Rs. 20,000 crore in infrastructure development projects being implemented in the Public-Private Partnership model in the next five years, said Minister for Tourism and Infrastructure Development G. Janardhan Reddy recently.

The Tamil Nadu Industrial Development Corporation Limited (TIDCO), a State-owned company, has caused a minimum loss of Rs.148 crore to the government by adopting wrong guideline value.

While alienating government land to DLF Limited, a joint venture promoter for developing SEZ in Taramani, TIDCO deviated from government policy and adopted the guideline value applicable for residential area instead of an industrial area, according to the CAG (commercial) report tabled in the Assembly recently.

The text books that are supplied free of cost to the students studying in government and municipal schools have arrived in Vijayawada city. The textbooks are being supplied to all the schools from Bishop Azaraiah High School.

Even as Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) faces the ire of citizens for inadequate supply of water in several parts of the city, especially in east and north Nagpur, around 1 million litres per day (MLD) water from old Gorewada is leaking for the last many years.

Auto unions have postponed the strike on May 17 for a month, after transport minister Arvinder Singh Lovely said their demand of a fare hike will be examined by the government. The auto unions were told they will have to get Global Positioning System (GPS) fitted in the vehicles and provide a reliable service. Sources, however, said that commuters can expect fares to remain the same for a few months at least as the fare hike process will take time.