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19 Mar 2019 description

Highlights

The Government of India has developed and approved a pilot scheme to scale-up rice fortification through the Targeted Public Distribution System in 15 states, one district each. WFP has been providing technical assistance on fortification in India.

Cross-country learning visit on rice fortification for a delegation consisting of Government of Sri Lanka officials was facilitated by WFP.

US$ 0 six months (March-August 2019) net WFP India funding requirements

Operational Updates

18 Mar 2019 description
report Human Rights Watch

Maoist Insurgents, Government Forces Should Safeguard Children, Education

Bede Sheppard
Deputy Director, Children's Rights Division

Over the weekend, Maoist insurgents torched a tent and a generator at Sondaha primary school in India’s Bihar state, where police were planning to stay during the upcoming national elections, the United News of India reported.

18 Mar 2019 description

NEW DELHI, 18 March, 2019 – India today saw the launch of a UN-backed initiative to harness the power of the private sector to reduce the country’s exposure to disasters and the huge economic losses that come with them.

The UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction, Mami Mizutori, said the new group ARISE India would “turn the private sector’s attention to the importance of action before a disaster strikes and to take advantage of opportunities that emerge to build back better after a disaster hits.”

17 Mar 2019 description

Vidya Diwakar, Emma Lovell, Sarah Opitz-Stapleton, Andrew Shepherd and John Twigg

This study examines the relationship between natural hazard-related disasters and child and adolescent poverty in India and Kenya. It explores these connections through a lifecycle approach focusing on the incidence of child poverty and longer-term poverty dynamics and wellbeing. The analysis combines a range of different datasets around household and child poverty, disasters and local climatology, brought together for the first time.

16 Mar 2019 description
report Caritas

Caritas India in 2016, initiated a programme called CLDRR (Child Led Disaster Risk Reduction) in Sundarbans region to understand hazard, risks, and vulnerabilities from children’s point of view. Implemented by Palli Unnayan Samiti, on 8th March, members of children’s collectives from eight gram sansads, interacted with Ms. Suchitra Bhuiya, Gram Pradhan of Pathankhali Panchayat in South 24 Parganas.

15 Mar 2019 description

At 31 January 2019, there were 1269 people held in immigration detention facilities. A further 716 people were living in the community after being approved for a residence determination and 15,442 were living in the community after grant of a Bridging E visa.

14 Mar 2019 description

This study examines the relationship between natural hazard-related disasters and child and adolescent poverty in India and Kenya. It explores these connections through a lifecycle approach focusing on the incidence of child poverty and longer-term poverty dynamics and wellbeing. The analysis combines a range of different datasets around household and child poverty, disasters and local climatology, brought together for the first time.

14 Mar 2019 description

In response to the worsening security situation in southern Chin State in Myanmar, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has affirmed that Chin refugees may still have ongoing international protection needs. As a result, the Agency will be maintaining their refugee status.

There are currently more than 18,000 Chin refugees registered with UNHCR, the vast majority (more than 15,000) living in Malaysia, with smaller numbers in India, Thailand and Nepal.

14 Mar 2019 description

Nearly half the world’s schoolchildren, some 310 million, in low- and middle-income countries eat a daily meal at school. India now feeds more than 100 million children; Brazil 48 million; China 44 million; South Africa and Nigeria each more than 9 million. The last ten years have seen a growing global consensus that school feeding programmes generate a lasting impact that can shape the future of a nation.

13 Mar 2019 description

Summary

Globally, the number of primary school children with nutritional deficiencies is high. This rapid review focuses on children with such deficiencies (namely stunting and wasting), and how it affects them throughout their primary education. Although the focus is on Nigeria, other country examples and their approaches to address this issue are also included, where available.
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13 Mar 2019 description

GENEVA (13 March 2019) — Millions around the world are deprived of citizenship because they belong to specific minorities, increasing their vulnerability and exclusion, says a UN human rights expert.

“The horrific human tragedies and the humanitarian crisis involving the one million or so members of the Rohingya minority who are stateless highlight the extent of the issue,” UN Special Rapporteur on minority issues Fernand de Varennes told the Human Rights Council in Geneva.

13 Mar 2019 description

Some 15 000 people have been displaced in the border area with India, further to the recent incidents along the Line of Control between the two countries. Most of the families are living with relatives while others are hosted in schools. A total of seven people died in the incidents, 45 were injured and around 100 houses were damaged. The most affected districts are Bhimber, Kotli and Jhelum Valley. Shelter assistance and food items for the displaced families have been channelled through the State Disaster Management Authorities.

13 Mar 2019 description
report Government of India

Nepal has appreciated Government of India for its support in the post-earthquake reconstruction projects in Nepal.

A meeting of India-Nepal Joint Project Monitoring Committee to review the progress of post-earthquake reconstruction projects in housing, education, health and cultural heritage sectors was held in Kathmandu on Monday.

Both sides agreed that through their combined efforts considerable progress has been made in the housing sector since signing of sector specific MoU.

12 Mar 2019 description

Across Asia last week, organized violence remained static while demonstration events decreased. In South Asia, militants continued to launch attacks on security forces in Pakistan while several incidents of militant violence were reported across India. In Southeast Asia, clashes between the Indonesian military and the West Papua National Liberation Army led to 14 reported fatalities while an attack by the Arakan Army on a police post in Myanmar led to the reported deaths of nine police recruits.

08 Mar 2019 description
report Government of India

The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the “Flood Management and Border Areas Programme (FMBAP)” for Flood Management Works in entire country and River Management Activities and works related to Border Areas for the period 2017-18 to 2019-20 with a total outlay of Rs.3342.00 crores.

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08 Mar 2019 description

This International Women's Day, we armed ourselves with searchlights to look for inspiration – that was just our tunnel vision. We soon realized that this land is brimming with tales of resilience, where physical disability is no deterrence and the wheelchair is in fact the magical chariot.

Disabled, but not discouraged, these women from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Myanmar and Pakistan are all about steely nerves and compassionate smiles. They prove yet again that there is no limit to their ability.