Rina Chandran

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30 Sep 2016 | 8:25 PM

'Press 1 for child labour' - Garment workers use cellphones to report abuses

MUMBAI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Textile workers from Bangladesh to Turkey are using cellphones to report child labour, delayed wages and trafficking - a trend rights groups say shows the promise of technology in tackling abuses in the garment industry.

28 Sep 2016 | 9:03 AM

Slum dwellers squeezed out of India's ambitious Smart Cities plan, activists say

BHUBANESWAR/MUMBAI, India (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Once known as Temple City for its ancient Hindu temples, Bhubaneswar in the eastern Indian state of Odisha aims to reposition itself as a hub for technology and healthcare with funding from a government programme to modernise cities.

22 Sep 2016 | 10:22 PM

Indian welfare cuts led to deaths of 600 children from malnutrition, activist says

MUMBAI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Funding cuts for welfare schemes by India's government have contributed to child malnutrition in Palghar district in the western state of Maharashtra, where 600 children are said to have died of starvation this year, according to activists.

22 Sep 2016 | 9:06 PM

'Without land, we have no power', Indian Dalit land rights activist says

MUMBAI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited his home town in Gujarat state to mark his birthday over the weekend, the national media focused on the detention there of a young Dalit rights activist.

6 Sep 2016 | 8:21 PM

India nearly doubles budget for digitisation of land records

MUMBAI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - India will nearly double the budget and extend the deadline for a programme to digitise land records as states struggle to survey land and property, large chunks of which have not been mapped in a century, a senior official said.

2 Sep 2016 | 8:48 PM

Conflict in eastern India makes it harder for women to claim land rights

MUMBAI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Women in parts of conflict-hit central and eastern India are more vulnerable to violence and eviction from their land because a decades-long insurgency has made it harder for them to claim equal land rights, according to a new study.

11 Aug 2016 | 8:30 PM

Nepal's tenant farmers find hope as they claim land of their own

KATHMANDU (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Gyalgen Lama was a third-generation tenant farmer in Nepal's Sindhupalchok district, eking out a living from growing millet on a small piece of land that he could only dream of owning.

10 Aug 2016 | 1:19 PM

Nepal quake impact on single women underlines need for equal land rights - activist

KATHMANDU (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Last year's twin earthquakes in Nepal disproportionately affected single women, underlining the need for equal land ownership to increase their resilience in disasters, a women's rights activist has said.

5 Aug 2016 | 1:16 AM

Global firms beef up investigations of Indian mica suppliers after exposé on child deaths

DELHI/MUMBAI, India (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Major global companies buying the mineral mica from India vowed on Thursday to beef up inspections of their suppliers for child labour after a Thomson Reuters Foundation investigation revealed children were dying in illegal mines.

4 Aug 2016 | 11:57 PM

Gang rape videos on sale in India amid rise in violent crimes against women

MUMBAI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Graphic mobile phone clips of gang rapes are being sold in shops in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, as a spate of rapes in one of the country's most violent states has sparked anger and calls for the chief minister to step down.