Rina Chandran

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9 Nov 2018 | 9:59 PM

Hong Kong Christians, rights groups oppose 'irresponsible' land plan

BANGKOK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Christian groups and land-rights campaigners are petitioning the Hong Kong government to abandon a plan to develop artificial islands, saying it is unnecessary and could harm the environment.

2 Aug 2018 | 8:00 AM

With drones and satellites, India gets to know its slums

Satellites and drones are driving efforts by Indian states to map informal settlements in order to speed up the process of delivering services and land titles, officials said.

As technology gets cheaper, officials from Nairobi to Mumbai are using satellite images and drones instead to identify and monitor settlements. — AFP
3 Jan 2018 | 7:00 AM

From Cambodia to India, job matching sites and mobile apps take aim at trafficking

Technology innovations such as a free recruitment service for low-skilled workers in Cambodia and mobile apps for on-demand domestic workers in India could help curb trafficking by eliminating fraudulent middlemen, their developers say.

In India, mobile apps matching domestic workers with employers is helping poor women bypass fraudulent middlemen amidst growing demand for cooks and babysitters. — Reuters
24 Jan 2017 | 12:18 AM

No Muslims, no single women - housing bias turning Indian cities into ghettos

MUMBAI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - On the inauguration of U.S. President Donald Trump, an Indian real estate company ran an advertisement with the slogan 'Homes that don't discriminate', calling for an end to prejudice in India's housing market based on gender, religion or caste.

17 Jan 2017 | 8:06 PM

Homeless in wintry northern India shiver in buses, portable cabins

MUMBAI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Buses and portable cabins are doubling up as shelters for the homeless in northern India amidst a cold snap that has killed at least a dozen people, highlighting a critical lack of affordable housing, campaigners said on Tuesday.

16 Jan 2017 | 8:59 PM

Protect common land - Indian classical singer makes unusual appeal

MUMBAI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A popular Indian classical singer stars in a new music video appealing for the protection of common land in Chennai city, amid an increasingly bitter fight over the use of communal lands for industry and development.

30 Dec 2016 | 9:30 AM

‘Uberisation’ of India’s domestic work market has benefits and risks

A booming digital market matching Indian domestic workers with employers may offer benefits for some housemaids but won't end low wages and discrimination and may exclude the poorest women who don't have smartphones, according to new research.

No oversight: While on-demand technology can increase workers' access to opportunities, it is "not automatically empowering, and there is a great risk that marginalised groups will remain excluded," ODI said in the report released last week. — AFP
29 Dec 2016 | 7:14 PM

Women farmers in northern India battle tradition, self-doubt to own land

TAARDEH, India (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Anjali has worked on the land nearly all her life, first with her tenant-farmer parents, and then alongside her husband in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.

16 Dec 2016 | 4:22 PM

Affordable housing ideas: City tents and roofs to dry chillies on

MUMBAI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When Hasit Ganatra was brainstorming modular housing ideas for Indian slums four years ago, he did not realise that what residents wanted most were good roofs: durable and leak proof that could also be used to store water and dry chillies.

14 Dec 2016 | 10:07 PM

Corruption, caste keep poor from owning land in northern India

KACHHIDIH, India (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - For decades, Kunta lived in a hut outside Kachhidih village in India's northern Uttar Pradesh state, enduring the insults of higher-caste villagers who claimed her land - which she did not legally own - for grazing cattle.