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An Ibex Speaks For The Animal Kingdom.

In India, Viral Videos on July 18, 2010 at 8:26 pm

Wouldn’t it be amazing to know what the Ibex is saying? Oh yeah, and the guy too.

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Luxury Perfumes Profiting On The Backs Of Indians In Dire Poverty.

In India on June 17, 2010 at 7:09 am

The Guardian takes celebrities like Katie Price (aka Jordan) hawking luxury perfumes to task for exploiting poor workers at the bottle making company Pragati Glass in Gujarat, India.

Our question is this – why are Indians exploiting their own people? And who is in charge of punishing these exploiters?

A Pragati worker putting in six days a week at the factory earns the equivalen [sic] of £49 per month. Food costs alone would consume all but £1.22 of that. Dominic Eagleton, policy officer for ActionAid, said: “A bad job is better than no job at all, but by paying such low wages employers are keeping workers trapped in poverty rather than helping them escape it.

“Rather than driving down prices at every opportunity, British companies should pay a fair price to their suppliers in India and should make sure these suppliers pay a decent wage. Anything else is profiting from other people’s dire poverty.”

Rent A Random White Guy As Business Prop.

In Business, India on June 16, 2010 at 7:32 am

In today’s edition of WTF – Renting random white folks as business props is not just an Indian thing to do. The Chinese are doing it too.

Should A 66-yr Old Woman Have Kids From IVF?

In Health, India, Women's Issues on June 16, 2010 at 7:19 am

Batheri Devi is a 66-year old woman from Haryana who gave birth to triplets last month after receiving in-vitro fertilisation (IVF).The same clinic yielded the world’s oldest mother at 70 last year.

“They don’t need children to play with or to have fun. Their only reason is to have someone to carry on the family name to leave their property to,” Dr. Bishnoi who carried out the procedure said.(Full post at the National)

Is anyone watching out for the children’s welfare here?

A Bihar Feel Good Story: Fruit Trees Save A Village Economy And Its Girls’ Lives.

In India on June 15, 2010 at 7:31 pm

If you read one story today that you want to pass on, let it be this one – the story of the Dharhara village in Bihar and how its traditions look out for its girls from the very day that they are born.

(Full post at the BBC) In Dharhara village, Bhagalpur district, families plant a minimum of 10 trees whenever a girl child is born.

“Today that day has come for which we had planted the trees. We’ve sold off the fruits of the trees for three years in advance and got the money to pay for my daughter’s wedding,” Mr Singh told the BBC.

“The trees are our fixed deposits,” he said.