In the ongoing elections in India, two regional parties have created a stir because of the number of women they've chosen as candidates. The Trinamool Congress has fielded 40 percent women contestants and 33 percent of the candidates for the Biju Janta Dal are women. But no national party has featured women in such large numbers. That's one reason why experts say India won't see a significant jump in the number of women elected to India's parliament. VOA's Ritul Joshi has more from New Delhi.
Children in disaster-prone regions are twice as likely to be living in chronic poverty, according to new research. A report by the London-based Overseas Development Institute looks at the impact of natural disasters across different stages of a child’s life in India and Kenya, and warns that climate change is making such incidents more frequent and more intense. Henry Ridgwell reports.