Saffron’s legal status in India remains murky, with its manufacture, use and distribution being illegal in much of the country, with its growing popularity fuelling demand for its ceremonial use.
This month, the Indian government announced a crackdown on the cultivation, possession and sale of saffron for religious and cultural purposes.
India’s state-licensed saffron producers will face fines or prison terms of up to five years and three months.
The European Union last year warned it would ban the cultivation and supply of saffron imports unless there are assurances the growing trade is not affecting domestic markets.
We have found 2,061 graves in the graveyard of Karshi, 1,000 of them have been positively dated to 1871-1875, in the cemetery of Chahri in North India, which was built by the British in 1852-53, near the modern city of Lucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh.
They belong to women with infant children who died between 1855 and 1860. The graves date from the period when the town’s population fell from 4,000 to less than 1,000. The earliest grave is found in 1895 and the most recent is in the 1950s. A majority of the graves belong to the working class and are found mostly in the lower strata of the community. This discovery has opened a window to understanding how people of North Asia lived in poverty and violence, and provided new insights into how to combat poverty in a rapidly changing region.
India is a rapidly modernising nation; the economy is growing, but there are pockets of poverty and poverty persists. Here at NRCS we understand that poverty is the most important barrier for access to healthcare in the country.
Cigarette smoking increases your risk of contracting lung cancer by as much as a third, according to new research published today by the American Thoracic Society.
The research is the first report on smoking and lung cancer published by the National Human Rights Commission. The commission, founded in 1996 to safeguard the civil rights of Aboriginal peoples, was established to protect and promote the human rights of all people – particularly those who suffered discrimination and abuse at the hands of governments and institutions.
The report also examines the possible role of tobacco as a “gateway drug” – meaning people who try smoking while still young often become addicted to smoking, and can be at risk of developing a tobacco-related cancer.
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