BIF: food prices, higher fares, salary increases, flooding, access to the sea

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* Bolivia Information Forum (BIF): news briefing February 2011

1. Protests against rising food prices

February has seen demonstrations in major cities against rising food prices, especially the price of sugar. Thousands marched through central La Paz on various occasions in protest against food and transport price increases.

The rise in food prices is partly due to the increase in world prices. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) warned in January that these had reached a historic peak and that millions of people worldwide would be affected.
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Nepal’s Judicial System awaits new hopes

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“Justice must be served timely, efficiently and economically, within the social boundaries of accepting the norms and values, making people feel the presence of legality. If not then its effectiveness has no use.” Contemplating the sense of providing an equal and safe surrounding, and making an individual feel safe sound and secured is its ultimate goal which is highlighted internationally. Justice for all is the voice of today which safeguards the rights of any individual marking him with in the criteria of what’s legal and what’s not, defining legality at its best. Nepal’s judicial system has been controversial in many ways from its past practices of being influenced by the autocratic regime to the manipulation and corruption of the democratic system. The judicial system is still struggling to establish its honor and credibility among people. More or less with the changing time judicial system of Nepal is also trying to change and adapt to the norms and values of the scenario. After, April 2008, when Nepal was declared as a Federal Democratic Republic, abolishing the monarchy system . New problems have confronted the law makers and legislative body about how to define the new constitution and how to adapt the legal system within the new constitution.
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David Miliband’s answer to Tahera Nassrat’s question!

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Do you think President Hamid Karzi will be able to provide a stable situation in Afghanistan with his new cabinet? Mr President H.Karzi has possessed presidential chair through corruption; do you think he will be able to eliminate corruption from the country itself? Do you think Mr Karzi has education, health, women equal rights and Poverty on his top agenda and how serious he is on these issues?

Asked by Tahera N. on Jan 19 2010 6:35:56 PM
Answer by
David Miliband
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Clinical trial of a cholera vaccine In Dhaka, Bangladesh raises some questions

Posted on | februari 28, 2011 | No Comments

A cholera hospital in Bangladesh. Image by Flickr user Mark Knobil.

A recent international news on Bangladesh was presented in a very positive light – the world’s largest clinical trial of a cheap oral cholera vaccine will be conducted in Dhaka, which can save tens of thousands of lives every year. The reports do not contain much except that the study involves nearly 250,000 people near the capital. This will be a cheap alternative to the currently available vaccines and two-thirds of the 250,000 people involved in the trial will receive two doses of the Indian-made vaccine and the rest will receive a placebo.
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A revolution for eyes sight and cataract patients

Posted on | februari 28, 2011 | No Comments

The Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology (TIO) has been proven to be a boon for the people of Nepal and South Asia. Everyday hundreds of people flock to this pristine institution to treat different malfunctioning and diseases related to eyes. On averagely more than 50 cataract patients are operated and are given new hope of vision and better life. The institute is pioneering itself as a research facility training international ophthalmologists in the revolutionary Small Incision Cataract Surgery (SICS) technique.
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