Call to kick polluters out of climate talks

[हिंदी] Activists have appealed to Indian government to take urgent and meaningful action on climate change next week in Germany. The action is part of a global day of action in several countries calling for a more just and sustainable energy system and for policymakers to end the undue influence and obstruction of climate policy by transnational fossil fuel corporations. "Every day we feel the effects of climate change - a crisis we did little to create. Today, the people of India are saying 'enough is enough!' " said Dr Sandeep Pandey, Magsaysay Awardee and Vice President of Socialist Party (India).

From commitment to action to fight NCDs

Shobha Shukla, Citizen News Service - CNS
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A few days before José Luis Castro,
 Executive Director of the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union) took over the dual responsibility of the Chair of the steering committee of the NCD Alliance, he spoke at a webinar hosted by CNS in the lead up to the World Heart Day. A few days later, he inspired us once again by his thoughtful remarks delivered to the NCD Alliance, on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, while assuming his new charge.

Strong public health measure in UP: Sale of loose cigarettes can attract prison term

Rahul Dwivedi, CNS
[हिंदी] The government of Uttar Pradesh in India has made a bold and evidence-backed move ahead in favour of public health by banning sale of loose cigarettes and making it a penal offense. According to a news, "manufacturing and sale of loose cigarettes would invite a fine and a prison sentence, according to the orders issued by principal secretary (health) Arvind Kumar. The state cabinet approved the move last week and with Governor Ram Naik signing an ordinance, the health department issued orders to the effect late on Tuesday."

Bihar elections: Social inequities and corruption are major obstacles in Obra

Deeply entrenched inequities in our society is one of the major concerns for Neeraj Kumar, Socialist Party (India)'s election candidate from Obra Vidhan Sabha constituency (220), Aurangabad district, Bihar (election symbol: battery torch). It is because of systemic inequities and corruption that is not letting the benefits of government's welfare programmes reach majority of those in need. Corruption is rampant from village level to the highest levels of governance, and until we uproot corruption from our system, it is difficult to imagine a just and social order, believes Neeraj.

Somebody who never went to college helps children of brick kiln workers enter college

Dr Sandeep Pandey, Magsaysay Awardee and CNS Columnist
Mahesh Pandey
There may be many examples like Super 30 of Patna where children of daily wage earners are being trained to make it to elite higher educational institutions of India. These centres are mostly run by very qualified people. But in Kanpur Mahesh Pandey, who completed his Intermediate education and dropped out of a polytechnic in Ballia, Bachelor of 40 years of age, is helping children of brick kiln workers complete their school education and enter institutions of higher learning.

Dialogues for justice, public interest and the common good: CPDE side event at the UN Summit

Shobha Shukla, Citizen News Service - CNS
A day after 193 member states of the United Nations adopted the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, the CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness (CPDE) together with grassroots activists, faith-based groups and NGOs organized a side event at the margins of the UN summit to discuss pressing issues affecting the marginalized and frontline communities in the context of the post-2015 development agenda.

Bihar elections: Will Kutumba vote for equitable access to water?

Farmers and local people in Kutumba Vidhan Sabha constituency (Aurangabad district, Bihar) do not get enough water to meet their irrigation and other agriculture-related and domestic water needs. With barely 2 hours of electricity supply daily it is not feasible to use boring pumps to draw groundwater to meet farming needs. About six months ago this severe water crisis forced farmers and a local activist Ganesh Paswan to stage a demonstration and indefinite fast. When administration made a promise to build a water canal up to Kutumba then this fast ended after 3 days. But no action has been taken since then by local administration to fulfill their promise of a water canal.

'Not building super-highways, but reactivating non-functional rail-links is priority'

Reactivating rail-link which is lying non-functional since several years is a bigger priority for local people than building major super highways in Bihpur, said Gautam Kumar Pritam, Socialist Party (India)'s candidate from Bihpur Vidhan Sabha (Bihar). He questions the kind of development model governments are pursuing where priorities of majority of the rural poor hardly ever get due attention, but priorities of the rich and mighty, override!

Let us beat the blues of the heart

Dr Richa Sharma, CNS Correspondent, India
The number of sudden demises of visibly healthy individuals, with no relevant medical history, due to cardiac arrests or heart failures has reportedly escalated in recent times. Cardio vascular diseases, or CVDs as they are more commonly called, seem to have penetrated all layers of society affecting one and all. They are no longer associated with just the supposedly rich, urban, and/or older class of citizens.

Awaiting the last heartbeat

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Alice Tembe, CNS Correspondent, Swaziland
“I need to enjoy the last days of my life now, and live like as if today is my last day on earth. Life is too short.” These were the words of 35 years old Mr. Brown (name changed) face down, with tears flowing on his cheeks, when Dr. Dlamini had explained that his heart was operating at 25%. Unfortunately in most cardiovascular disease patients, the complications of cardio health are discovered by accident. In low and middle income countries, like the Kingdom of Swaziland, routine medical check-ups are a luxury for a majority of people.

[Focus] Only the people save the people ('Solo el pueblo salva el pueblo')