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Indiblogger Meet at Kolkata

There was a Indiblogger meet at Salt Lake, Convention Centre on 20 Feb 2011 from 1200PM onwards which continued beyond 0500Pm. The meet was sponsored by Akshay Patra, a well known NGO engaged in feeding under privileged children in schools at different states of India. This was an opportunity for me to meet the dedicated “” boys and girls in person who came from Chennai and Bangalore. They are persons who work for us behind the screen of The meet was a grand success as many Bloggers from Kolkata and West Bengal joined the meet and got introduced ourselves during the meet. There were plenty of activities, discussions, Slide shows and a recorded address of Mr. NR Narayana Murthy, Founder, Chairman of Infosys Technologies, on Akshay Patra.

This Akshay Patra started its journey in the year 2000 by feeding 1,500 school children across 5 schools in Bangalore. Today they feed about 1.3 million underprivileged school children across 18 different locations in 8 states. Their mission is to feed 5 million students by 2020.

A good news that the Akshaya Patra is planning to start their programme in West Bengal by this year. The mid day meal to the underprivileged children in schools of this state will improve the school enrollment and  also attendance rates resulting decrease in dropout rates.The student will be free from class room hunger which in turn improve the performance of the students.

We are not aware about the success of the mid day meal programmes in West Bengal run by the Govt. / Govt. Agency. But we are confident that the program will be a successful by Akshaya Patra because it is already running  successfully in 8 states (Karnataka, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Orissa, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Chattisgarh and Assam). We must welcome Akshaya Patra to West Bengal and support this noble cause.

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Posted by on 22/02/2011 in Social


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Girls are missing


A study suggests Indian women in the UK are aborting unborn daughters so they can have more boys.

The Oxford University study suggests 1,500 girls are “missing” from the birth statistics in England and Wales from 1990 to 2005 and this could be due to sex selective abortions.

Ultrasound test is illegal in India since the early 1980s but still Doctors are carrying out the tests in closed doors to determine sex and aborting the female fetuses. As per BBC- an estimated seven million girls have gone missing from India’s population over the last 25 years. As I have already pointed out in my previous article that sex selective abortion is in practice in some states in India. We can understand the reasons for Indian couples which may be cultural, social, economic or illiteracy but it is really surprise to learn that UK Indian women are travelling to India for such sex selective abortions. BBC says: It is impossible to say how many British women are traveling to India for such terminations.

It’s an awful situation. Another kind of outsourcing to India? Doctors, clinics may be happy in such out sourcing but if this goes on, one day situation may come when there will be nobody to bear male offspring.

Acknowledgment :BBC news
photo : project Balika


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