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AHMEDABAD: Censured for engaging child labour by gloabl apparel brands, the Indian apparel export industry has decided to adopt zero tolerance on child labour and cleanse the supply chain.

The extensive auditing of the supply chain will make garments from India expensive by 5%, but will keep India off trade barriers owing to lack of compliance.

“There is a huge complaince fatigue in the Indian apparel export industry. Although catering to the global brands, apparel suppliers are yet to accept that compliance is an essential management practice. We would now reach out to labour contractors to remove child labour and get the supply chain of the suppliers audied so that the industry is not held ransom by our global buyers due to prevailance of child labour or bonded labour in the supply chain,” said Chandrima Chatterjee of the Apparel Export Promotion Council.

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Households across the country are putting solar panels on their roofs at a rate that has exceeded all expectations. This year we hit 1 million rooftops with photovoltaic (PV) solar panels, up from just 8,000 in 2007. This means that a staggering 2.6 million Australians, 11 percent of the population, are now using the sun to power their homes.

The solar energy revolution is being led in suburbs and towns like Dubbo and Campbelltown in NSW, Bundaberg in Queensland, Hoppers Crossing in Melbourne, and Mandurah in Western Australia. This increase is being driven by ordinary Australians. It is the modest outer metropolitan suburbs across the country, with high concentrations of mortgages, which show the greatest uptake.

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OMAHA, Neb. — A free online course that starts Monday will offer students the chance to learn about giving from Warren Buffett and help decide how to spend more than $100,000 of his sister’s money.

More than 4,000 people have already signed up for the course that will also feature philanthropic advice from baseball legend Cal Ripken Jr. and the founders of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield. Boston Red Sox Chairman Tom Werner and journalist Soledad O’Brien are other featured guests. The amount being given away could grow if more students sign up.

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A review of more than 160 studies on the connection between a positive state of mind and overall health and longevity has found “clear and compelling evidence” that happier people enjoy better health and longer lives.

In fact, evidence linking an upbeat outlook and enjoyment of life to better health and longer life was stronger even than that linking obesity to reduced longevity, according to the review published on Tuesday in the journal “Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being.”

“I was almost shocked, and certainly surprised, to see the consistency of the data,” said Ed Diener, the University of Illinois psychology professor emeritus, who lead the review.

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A new study is investigating how to help deaf people who have received a cochlear implant to get more enjoyment from music.

Cochlear implants allow people with severe-to-profound hearing loss, who do not substantially benefit from conventional hearing aids, to perceive and understand speech. However, the current technology often cannot cope with the complexities of music.

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The Red Cross said it was extending its activities to western Libya today, as a ship of medical supplies docked in the besieged port city of Misrata and its aid workers made their way to Zawiyah.

“We are sending the ship to support Misrata’s main hospital, by delivering enough medical supplies to treat 300 patients with weapon injuries on the spot,” Jean-Michel Monod, head of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) team now in Tripoli, said in a statement.

Meanwhile, Libyan rebels fighting troops loyal to Gadafy said eight of their fighters had been killed in clashes along a road leading to the rebel-controlled port today.

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Sustainability experts are planning to set up a “people’s watchdog” on green government when the spending axe falls on the official body next month.

The proposal was aired on Tuesday at a meeting of the Sustainable Development Commission (SDC) whose 10-year Whitehall funding is about to end.

The new body would use techniques such as crowdsourcing and social media to dissect data and lobby government.

There is no funding for the new group, although conversations are underway.

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NEW DELHI — India’s top court on Friday temporarily banned use of the pesticide endosulfan, which the government has resisted blacklisting despite curbs imposed in 60 other countries over health concerns.

India is the world’s biggest producer and user of the controversial chemical that is sprayed on crops from cocoa, rice to cotton even though it has been linked to birth deformities and illnesses in farmers and their families.

The Supreme Court bench, headed by Chief Justice S.H. Kapadia, declared it was “the risk that is bothering us” before imposing the eight-week ban and asking the government to produce a report on the chemical.

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A drug that can boost muscle strength in mice shows promise as a possible treatment for Duchenne muscular dystrophy, research suggests.

The work could one day lead to a daily pill to treat all patients with the muscle-wasting disease, say Oxford University scientists.

About 100 boys are born with the condition in the UK each year.

It causes progressive muscle weakness, with most patients having to use a wheelchair by the age of 12.

The study, published in the journal PLoS ONE, was led by Professor Dame Kay Davies, of Oxford University.

She said: "We've shown that the drug can dramatically reduce muscle weakness in mice.

"These results give us everything we need to go forward into initial clinical trials in humans."

There is no effective treatment for the inherited disease - steroid and growth hormones help manage the symptoms but cannot protect muscles from decline.

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Filmmakers, activists, journalists, aid workers, policy-makers and United Nations staff are gathering in New York this weekend for a two-day documentary forum aimed at raising public awareness about the fight against hunger worldwide.

The third annual “Envision: Addressing Global Issues Through Documentaries” forum, which kicks off tonight, comprises film screenings and panel discussions centred on the themes of combating hunger and poverty, one of the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) that world leaders have pledged to try to achieve by 2015.

Kiyo Akasaka, Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information, said the choice of poverty and hunger for this year’s event was particularly timely given the approaching target date for the MDGs.

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Imagine yourself strolling through aisle after aisle of fragrant fruit trees and delicious-looking veggie bushes. The fruit is perfectly ripe, just begging to be picked. You reach out to grab one, but then think better of it…this is surely someone’s personal garden. Then, you notice a sign that reads,”Help yourself–everything is free.”

Locavore’s fantasy? It might sound like one, but determined community organizers in Seattle have succeeded in making it a reality.

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After extensive user testing and field research, the BioLite team has redesigned the camp stove unit to be smaller, easier to light and more durable. The BioLite stove burns wood or other small combustible materials. Using energy captured from the fire, the stove can power or charge small gadgets and cell phones. Currently in production, the BioLite camp stove will be available in the coming months but is ready for pre-purchase now.

In addition the BioLite camp stove, BioLite also developed a home stove for use in developing countries, to address the hazardous health issue of smoke inhalation. The BioLite home stove removes 90 percent of the dangerous smoke found in wood-burning stoves, providing clean and efficient cooking. In 2012, BioLite will be starting a large scale pilot program with the home stoves in Ghana, Uganda, India and Kenya.

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