Human Rights Law Network

HC notice to Centre, Delhi government on maternal health schemes

The Petition filed by Human Rights Law Network on behalf of the Petitioners. Taking strong note of the failure of the maternal health schemes, the Delhi High Court has sought to know from the central and Delhi governments the measures they have taken in this regard. The High Court issued notice to the central and Delhi governments asking them to indicate the measures they have taken on working such schemes and gaps in them, and to highlight the reasons for not properly implementing them.

Issuing notice to Delhi's Deen Dayal Upadhyay (DDU) Hospital and Guru Gobind Singh Hospital (GGSH), the court also asked them to file responses on the measures that require compliance. The hospitals have to indicate the measures that require compliance as per the provisions of Janani Suraksha Yojana (JSY), Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS), National Maternity Benefit Scheme (NMBS), Antyodaya Anna Yojana (AAY), National Family Benefit Scheme (NFBS)," said the court.

The government designed these schemes to reduce maternal and neo-natal mortality by encouraging institutional delivery for poor pregnant women and providing necessary health and medical care during the term. The court's direction came on a plea of mother-in-law of Tabassum, a 25-year-old woman who died along with her new-born baby in February in the DDU Hospital, after she was not given necessary health and medical care by the authorities.

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6th South Asian Conference on International Humanitarian Law (IHL)

Sri Lanka between 19-21 May 2015 IHL has been a theme of discussion for state and non-state actors as much as academia, the legal fraternity and media.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) annually organises a regional conference in South Asia to discuss and analyse new dimensions and emerging issues with respect to IHL. The sixth edition - on the theme "IHL: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow" - has been organized by the ICRC together with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of Sri Lanka.

The conference has brought together government officials and experts of IHL from South Asian countries and Iran with a view to sharing perspectives on IHL, working together to promote and bring about more awareness with respect to IHL. The event is being attended by senior government officials, members of the armed forces and police, academics and ICRC experts from the region. Apart from providing an opportunity to share regional expertise and academic perspectives on the status of IHL, the conference also allows them to engage in a deeper understanding of multinational forces and IHL and the steps taken to promote IHL in South Asia.

The meet will reflect on current challenges and opportunities in IHL. The sessions include a range of topics - IHL, Armed Conflict and Terrorism; IHL and Implications for Peacekeeping Operations; The Changing Frontline: Cyber Operations in Armed Conflict as well as Addressing the Issue of Missing Persons, among other important themes.

@ICRC New Delhi


Women Against Sexual Violence and State Repression

Nearly four years after the brutal murder of Meena Khalkho in Sarguja district of Chhattisgarh, an inquiry commission has confirmed that Meena was in fact killed by a police bullet. The Anita Jha judicial inquiry commission, set up in July 2012, over a year after the alleged "encounter", has only just placed its report before the State Cabinet. The report makes no definite comment on the fact that Meena was not a naxalite, and was killed in a fake encounter, despite the emphatic testimonies of her family and people from the village.

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Revival of Traditional Chandela tank assures yearlong supply of drinking water in Bangai Village, Bundelkhand

Chandelas and Bundelas were the two major dynasties in the region which took keen interest in conserving water as a means of supporting livelihood and development of region. Chandela tanks were constructed by stopping the flow of water in rivulets flowing between hills by erecting massive earthen embankments, having width of 60m to 120m or more. These hills with long stretches of quartz reefs running underneath them, acted as natural ground water barrier helping to trap water between the ridges. The earthen embankments were supported on both sides with walls of coarse stones, forming a series of stone steps. These tanks were made up with traditional construction materials of lime and mortar and with such material these tanks are surviving even after thousand years now. Chandela tanks usually had a convex curvature somewhere in the middle of the embankment; many older and smaller tanks were constructed near the human settlement or near the slopes of a cluster of hills. These tanks served to satisfy the drinking water needs of villagers and cattle.

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Law And Liberty: A Two-Day International Conference

Event Date: 18 Sep To 19 Sep 2015; Time: N/A
Venue: O P Jindal Global University, Sonipat, Haryana

The Federalist Society, iJustice, Jindal Global Law School and Jindal School of Government and Public Policy are jointly organizing a two-day international conference on 'Law & Liberty' on 18-19 September 2015 at O.P. Jindal Global University, Sonepat (Haryana). The conference is being organized to give a platform for libertarian thought and to introduce a fresh perspective focused on the rule of law and individual liberty. The conference also intends to develop a libertarian critique of popular judicial discourse. There will be five panels and fifteen panelists including Prof. Shruti Rajagopalan, Prof. James Huffman and Prof. Saikrishna Prakash. Two slots are reserved for student-panelists to be selected through a research paper competition. The conference is open to Indian and foreign legal academics and members of the Indian Bar and Bench. One of the events for this international conference is a Research Paper competition that is open to all law students throughout the law schools in India.


Tata Institute of Social Sciences

One Day National Workshop On ''Educational Status of Scheduled Castes in Maharashtra: Attainments and Challenges''

  • Organized By: Centre for Higher Education School of Education, TISS
  • Date: May 27, 2015
  • Venue: Guest House Board Room
  • Sponsor: ICSSR, New Delhi


2015 Global Health Reporting Contest

Deadline extended to Wednesday, May 27, 2015

The 2015 Global Health Reporting Contest is open to journalists in Brazil, China, India, Russia and sub-Saharan Africa, and is sponsored by Johnson & Johnson. Winners of the contest are invited to the U.S. for a 10-day study tour and will also receive cash prizes.

Submitted stories must be published or broadcast between December 1, 2014 and May 27, 2015.

Contest topics may include:

  • Reducing maternal, infant and child mortality.
  • Reducing disease transmission from mother to child.
  • Preventing malnutrition.
  • Improving delivery of care and infrastructure for maternal and child health.
  • Responses to the Ebola epidemic.
  • Innovative approaches to delivery of vaccines.
To apply to the contest or learn more, please click at the link below.


Women Unlimited

Advance information sheet

Living with Alzheimer's
Ranabir Samaddar

Alzheimer's is the commonest form of dementia, a condition that denotes not only memory loss but degeneration of all motor abilities. It has been estimated that the incidence of Alzheimer's and other dementias among the ageing in India is as high as 47 per cent.

This is the story of Krishna Bhattacharya's fight against Alzheimer's, written by her husband. It is a frank, sensitive and unsentimental account of inadequate medical knowledge; of the importance of care; the ethics of care-giving; and the confusing, heartrending, often frustrating, but also uplifting, experience of living with a loved one who is living with Alzheimer's.

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Rethinking Disabilty In India

Anita Ghai explores disability as a social, cultural and political phenomenon and marks a fundamental shift from the standard clinical, medical or therapeutic perspectives on the subject. FeministsIndia presents a short write up on the book from the author and an extract from Chapter 7 of the book


Postpone Decision On Funding Pattern: Maneka Gandhi To Niti Aayog

In a letter to Niti Ayog Task Force Head Shivraj Singh Chauhan, Gandhi raised concerns about the reduced budgetary allocation to the ministry, saying it will impact programmes that tackle malnutrition, issues of women and child welfare schemes.

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