Published on Nov 12, 2012 by NationalGeographic
In India, one of the most significant festivals is Diwali, or the Festival of Lights. It’s a five-day celebration that includes good food, fireworks, colored sand, and special candles and lamps.
Published on Sep 13, 2012 by VOAvideo
new report — released jointly by three U.N. agencies and the World Bank — says that despite progress by health programs worldwide in reducing infant mortality, prospects remain dire: a child still dies every five seconds somewhere in the world. The new report calls for renewed international commitments to child survival. VOA’s Vidushi Sinha has more.
Police in India’s West Bengal state say they have arrested a key leader responsible for distributing poisonous homemade alcohol that killed scores of people last year. Illegal alcohol is a widespread problem in India– offering short term relief from life’s hardships, but taking a heavy toll in the longer term. VOA South Asia Correspondent Kurt Achin reports.
As the world population hits the 7 billion mark, Reuters Finance blogger Felix Salmon dives into the numbers to find out, does a bigger population bring more poverty?
In the past, North Goa has been seeing a remarkable increase in the number of drug-related fatalities. For tourists who are hooked or keep coming back for more, St Anthony Hospital becomes a sanctuary, as it is the only hospital along Anjuna’s coastal stretch.
India’s rapidly expanding economy has created a growing demand for building materials.
The stone mining industry has become a large and lucrative business, but corruption and a lack of transparency have had a damaging effect on the environment.
Al Jazeera’s Nilanjan Chowdry reports from the western state of Rajasthan.
The human race is expected to pass a major milestone on October 31 with the birth of the world’s seven billionth person. That child is most likely to be born into a poor, crowded section of India where poverty and disease are still the defining influences in peoples’ lives. The historic event draws attention to the problems faced by mothers and newborns in poor countries. VOA’s Vidushi Sinha looks at efforts to meet the challenges posed by our swelling population, with global campaigns to fight disease and bolster public health.