Navadisha - Giving New Direction To Learning

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By Syed Ali Mujtaba *

Today there is a great deal of interest in the Montessori Method of learning. Contemporary research and brain scans confirm that many things that Maria Montessori only theorized are in fact true. Montessori education has therefore a deep relevance to society today. If we dream of a harmonious world, every one living in peace and harmony and in a natural environment, we must expend energy on supporting the development of young children through Montessori Method of learning.

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How Has India Done in Its Fight Against AIDS?

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By Bobby Ramakant *

On one hand the new mantra of ‘zero new HIV infections, zero deaths and zero AIDS-related stigma and discrimination by 2015’ is increasing decibels and on another hand Indian AIDS response is dealing with a complex matrix of challenges impeding programme outcomes. To compound the situation there are policy conflicts against public health such as the Supreme Court’s decision to re-criminalize same sex behaviour that further will slow down the AIDS response in the country (as men who have sex with men and transgender people are HIV key affected populations as per the government’s National AIDS Control Organization).

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No Excuse to Not End HIV Transmission to Children

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By Shobha Shukla *

An estimated 3.4 million children are living with HIV, thus accounting for 10% of the total global HIV infected population. At the same time, the number of children newly infected with HIV dropped drastically by 52% between 2001 and 2012. And yet as per the UNAIDS Global Report 2013 currently only 34% of children under 15 years of age in need of antiretroviral therapy (ART) in the world are actually receiving it. This is just half of the ART coverage for adults. To reach the goal of an AIDS-free generation we have to focus on elimination of HIV in children.

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Partners in Crime: HIV and Hepatitis B Virus (HBV)

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By Bobby Ramakant *

AIDS is just one of the manifestations of HIV, said a veteran health advocate. A range of co-infections and co-morbidities also need as much attention as AIDS-related treatment and care. HIV and hepatitis B virus (HBV) co-infection was in spotlight at the 6th National Conference of AIDS Society of India (ASICON 2013). HBV is a viral infection that attacks the liver and can cause both acute and chronic disease. Mode of transmission of HBV and HIV both are similar: they get transmitted through contact with the blood or other body fluids with high viral load of an infected person. About 600,000 people die every year due to the consequences of HBV.

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INDIA: News Briefs

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Indian Mujahideen wanted to nuke Surat, reveals arrested IM leader Yasin Bhatkal: 'Arrested Indian Mujahideen (IM) leader Yasin Bhatkal during interrogations has revealed that he was planning to explode a nuclear bomb in Surat (Gujarat). Bhatkal told the interrogators that he had asked his Pakistan-based boss, Riyaz Bhatkal, over phone whether the latter could arrange a small "nuclear bomb". According to him, Riyaz responded, "Anything can be arranged in Pakistan". However, the plan could not be initiated since Yasin was arrested from Nahar Chowk at Raxaul in the East Champaran District of Bihar, along with an accomplice, identified as Asadullah Akhtar on August 28, 2013. Times of India, December 30, 2013.

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CPI (M) Scared Of Losing Relevance

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By Arindam Majumder *

The Communist Party of India(Marxist) is once again treading the dangerous path of forming an opportunist alliance with the Congress in the next general elections. In the recently concluded Central Committee Meet in Agartala, party General Secretary Prakash Karat uttered the rhetoric of a ‘Third Front’, but in reality post- poll decisions of the Left has always been driven by political manoeuvres rather than principal. The party has time and again used the tried-and-tested rhetoric of ‘defeating communal forces’, to justify alliance with the Congress.

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Demand for SCP / TSP Legislation

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By A Correspondent

Dalits and Adivasis displayed remarkable strength of unity at Jantar Mantar, on December 2, to claim what is rightfully theirs. Thousands of ST SC Employees and Unions from across the country arrived here to demand Special Component Plan and Tribal Sub Plan Legislation. Addressing the gathering, S Krishnan, IAS (Retd) and Advisor of NACSTL, CPIM leader Srinivas Rao, Ashok Bharti of National Confederation of Dalit Organizations and Dr. Udit Raj, veteran dalit leader and president of All India Confederation of ST SC Organizations stated that if the Govt speaks of SC ST community development the Govt should prove by passing this Legislation during ongoing parliament winter session.

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Andhra Pradesh: Desperate Struggle

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By Fakir Mohan Pradhan
Research Associate, Institute for Conflict Management

After steadily losing ground since 2006, the presence of the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) in Andhra Pradesh had been reduced to a mere shadow of its past. Nevertheless, it had managed to maintain the shadow. In 2013, however, there were signs that Maoists are desperate to come back into the light.    

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Assam: Business Opportunities

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Connecting South to Southeast Asia

By A Correspondent

Speaking at the South Asian Diaspora Convention held in Singapore in November 21-22, Mr Tarun Gogoi the Chief Minister of Assam invited diaspora members as well as investors from Southeast Asia and Singapore to invest in his state. Alluding to the strong cultural connection that the people in his state and people of East and Southeast Asia share, Mr Gogoi said “my forefathers came from Yunnan through Myanmar”.

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Assam: Piling up on Non-solutions

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By Giriraj Bhattacharjee
Research Assistant, Institute for Conflict Management

On December 3, 2013, an angry mob lynched a militant-extortionist, identified as Raban Basumatary, belonging to the Ranjan Daimary faction of the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB-RD), at Sengimari area under Krishnai Police Station in Goalpara District. Another militant, Kamal Khakhlari, was also reported to have been critically injured. "The duo had threatened a businessman in the area and demanded money from him. But, when they came to fetch the money, angry people gheraoed them and started beating them up," a Police officer explained.

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Bihar: Downward Slide

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By Mrinal Kanta Das
Research Assistant, Institute for Conflict Management

The decline in violence notwithstanding, the CPI-Maoist retains sufficient capacities for disruptive dominance in large parts of the State. Bihar's persistent and excessive dependence on Central Forces, without any urgent effort to expand and improve the capacities of the State Police, can only leave the State and its people vulnerable to Maoist violence, whenever the rebels decide that an escalation could be strategically advantageous.

Bihar: Persistent Vulnerabilities

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OCTOBER 2017

Vol. 12 - No. 3










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