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New mode of trafficking-As Adoption Rules Tighten, Target is Pregnant Sex Workers

Sex workers in Mumbai’s red light district are being lured and even forced to sell their babies, campaigners say, sparking fears that traffickers are looking for new ways to buy children in response to tighter adoption rules. The anti-trafficking charity Prerana – which runs a night shelter for the children …

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Nagapattinam the Drought-Hit Tamil Nadu Village where Only Women are Left In Search Of Water

As men migrate from drought-hit Tamil Nadu in search of work, it’s the village women who have taken charge of the situation in Nagapattinam district. Severe scarcity of water has not only caused a mass exodus leading to a collapse of the agrarian economy, but has also affected the subsidiary …

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‘Green Nobel’ Winner Prafulla Samantara on Destructive Development plundering the lands of Indian Tribals

The land of indigenous people is being plundered in India to make profit from mining, with little regard of the devastation caused to poor tribal communities, said land rights activist who won the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize. Prafulla Samantara, 66, from Odisha is one of six winners of the annual …

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A Borderless Nation for Rationals – Sick and Tired of Communalism

In a country that is now being dominated by an aggressive Hindutva narrative, it has become a commonplace thing for people to be openly vocal about their antipathy to Muslims. The evidence is everywhere and too much to document comprehensively. Nearly everybody I know has the experience of seemingly innocuous …

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Green the Red Project: Kerala Girls Shun Commercial Sanitary Pads That Use Plastics

The change in the sanitary pads was first noticed by maintenance staff at the Centre for Development Studies in Thiruvananthapuram a couple of years back. Suddenly, the traditional method of burying used pads with lots of lime to decompose them was not working – and the pads were just piling …

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He Suffers From Rare Disease That Affects 1 In 4 Billion, Where is the help?

Rupesh, 21, suffers from a rare ageing disease called Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome (HGPS), commonly called progeria. Studies suggest that one in four billion births across the world have this rare genetic disorder. His condition has made him age prematurely and he has developed a distinguishing appearance. His distinct features include a …

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BJP supporters pass off a Mexican stabbing video a video a RSS member getting killed in Kerala

Puneet Sharma, followed by PM Modi on Twitter, posted a video of a person being tied up and stabbed repeatedly. The video was posted 3rd March 2017, and  Puneet claimed that the video is that of a RSS member getting killed in Kerala. Since he has over 31.8k followers on Twitter, the …

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Fighting Religious Intolerance with the ‘Punk Muslim’ subculture

Recently Indonesia has experienced a new phenomenon that has redefined Islamic youth culture- a sub group of ‘Punk Muslims’. Integrating the elements of loud raw punk music and religious values they have put a spin on the traditionally counterculture and anti-establishment music scene. By their appearance- they represent the punk …

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Blue Whale Online Game Encourages Teenagers to Commit Suicide

The Blue Whale suicide game is an online social media group that is encouraging people to kill themselves. Here is how it works- a group administrator assigns daily tasks to members which must be completed over 50 days. The tasks include self-harm, watching horror movies, waking up at unusual hours …

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Unraveling Fake social media profiles: Muslim identities used to bolster BJP

Meet Gini Khan (@giniromet) in the Twitterverse- A Muslim name, an atheist who lives in Canberra, Australia, a modern woman with a Muslim name who claims to have shunned religion and is saying these things, no wonder the right-wingers can’t help but press the re-tweet button. She celebrates the recent …

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