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Pollution and child malnutrition could be a factor in type two diabetes

"According to a new study published in Germany’s Environmental Health Prospect, pollution may have a part to play in the spread of Type 2 diabetes, along with faulty diet and poor childhood nutrition. The study looked at 1,775 women who were analyzed over a 20-year period, and the primary cause for Type 2 diabetes was attributed to pollution and rapid urbanization. Dr.

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India providing financial aid for healthcare

“The Government of India will set up a financial aid fund for the poor suffering from life threatening diseases. In its first year, the government has allocated approximately US$20 .392m to the fund known as Delhi Aroyaga Kosh (DAK). This initial investment will be deposited at a nationalized bank. In its second year, financial aid will be given from the interest earned on the initial allocated amount. Eligible applicants for funds will be people living below the poverty line, those who have an Antodya ration card, or those who make up to INR100,000 (~US$2,000) per year.

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Microfinance believed to be connected to poverty alleviation in India and Bangladesh

"Nearly 45 million people saw their incomes rise above US$1 .25 (INR 56) per day in the two decades ending 2010. A report based on a survey of more than 15,000 Indian households by the India Development Foundation finds that: ‘There is significant correlation in both India and Bangladesh between the presence of microfinance and the movement out of poverty in the rural areas of both the countries, especially in the early years.’”

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Delhi’s private hospitals told to treat poor people for free

“The Supreme Court of India gave private Delhi hospitals the mandate to administer free treatment to poor patients referred to them by government institutions. This arrangement would be in effect until private hospitals and the government are able to form a common policy on free treatment to poor patients. Until the policy is put in place, the Court has ordered hospitals to maintain a separate account of incurred expenses of treating poor patients. The Court has also asked private hospitals to submit proposals on free treatment immediately.”

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India may offer loans to poor nations to develop infrastructure

“In 2010, India made one of its goals crystal-clear: the country wants a permanent seat on the UN Security Council. Ahead of a possible restructuring of the council, India has announced that it will loan and fund infrastructure projects in economically poor, resource-rich countries in Asia and Africa. The goal would be to strengthen international relations. India is already involved in capacity-building in many of these countries.”

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Bangladesh needs consistent power and gas supply to maintain growth

“The ongoing shortage of power and gas supply will be the main obstacle to Bangladesh’s economic growth, as forecasted by the Bangladesh Bank (BB). The government’s ability to eliminate energy shortages and to add capacity will have significant effects on short- and medium-term growth.”

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We often focus development efforts on new technologies and innovations, this signal however points out something very important. Without basic infrastructures growth will only reach a certain level, until basic infrastructures are in place.

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West Bengal, India building codes require solar power systems on high-rise rooftops

Creating the infrastructure to benefit from green technology is a large part of the battle, as is setting up a framework to influence early adaptors on such new technologies. One man in India is trying to create such an infrastructure.

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Renting out roofs for water harvesting

“Funded with Dr. B P Agrawal’s first World Bank Development Marketplace Award, Aakash Ganga (AG), or River from Sky, is a rainwater harvesting system currently installed in six drought‐prone villages in Rajasthan, the driest state in India.

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India creates smart identity cards

“On 1 April 2010, the 2011 National Census began, covering India’s 1.2 billion-strong population in one single database. The census plans to include data on household access to treated drinking water.

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Government plans satellite mapping to prevent new slums

“The Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation in India plans to introduce satellite mapping to discover new slum settlements and prevent their illegal spread. The geographical information system (GIS) will help it analyze slum communities, providing them basic amenities, and relocate them to other suitable areas. This is a step forward towards the target of a slum-free free India in the next five years. The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) will collaborate on the project.

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Sources:

Intellecap March 2010, pages 5-6
http://newsletters.clearsignals.org/Intellecap_Mar2010.pdf#pg=5
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