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Scoring Child Nutrition in India

Essential nutrition interventions are found to be strongly associated with lower under-nutrition levels in India. This is shown by constructing and comparing a child undernutrition index and child nutrition score, both of which use data from India's latest National Family Health Survey (NFHS-3). The CUI indicates that 16 of the 28 states have high or very high levels of child under-nutrition. The CNS indicates that 24 states have poor or very poor performance in delivering essential nutrition interventions for children. The strongest association between the CUI and the CNS is that states with higher CNS tend to have lower CUI. Effective state governance systems need to prioritise programmes to scale up the coverage and equity of proven interventions in the fight against child under-nutrition in India.

Spaces of Discrimination

Using ward-level data from Census 2001, this paper finds high levels of residential segregation by aste in India's seven largest metro cities - Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore, Ahmedabad and Hyderabad. In each of these cities, residential segregation by caste is more prominent than the level of segregation by socio-economic status. It offers some preliminary explanations for the observed differences in the level of residential segregation by caste across cities and highlights areas for future research.

Police Firing at Chandrapur Thermal Power Station

Thermal Power Station Gayatri Singh Bernard D'Mello An investigation into the police firing on workers at the construction site of the Chandrapur Thermal Power Station in Maharashtra brings out the collusion and collaboration among public sector project authorities, private contractors and the local administration and police to deny workers their legal rights, including minimum wages, and to thwart all efforts to organise and unionise the workers.

LABOUR-Plight of Temporary Workers of Bombay Port

for long been a source of acute lordship and discontent among dock workers. As early as in 1931 the Royal Commission on Labour had emphasised the importance of decasualisation of dock labour. According to the Commission, "the aim should be first to regulate the number of dock labourers in accordance with the requirements and, secondly, to ensure that the dis- tri" ion of employment depends not orl. .the caprice of the intermediaries but on a system which, as far as possible, gives all efficient men an equal share". After the publication of the Report of the Royal Commission, the Government of India drew up a draft scheme in 1939 which provided, among other things, for payment of attendance money or monthly minimum wage and the inclusion of shore labour in the register. Consideration of this scheme was, however, put off several times and the scheme was ultimately dropped on the ground that decasualisation could not be proceeded with due to war conditions.

BOMBAY PORT-Labour Made the Scapegoat

among the traders, petty shopkeepers, panwallahs, and thela wallahs whose participation in the agitation was low were actually forced to close their shops because they ran out of stocks. Meanwhile a number of trade unions and a section of the students publicly came out against the hartal. All this led to a division among the leadership over the direction the agitation should take.

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