Leprosy is an infectious disease that causes severe disfiguring, skin sores and nerve damage in the arms and legs. The disease has been around since ancient times, often surrounded by terrifying and negative stigmas with tales of leprosy patients being shunned as outcasts. Outbreaks of leprosy have affected and panicked people on every continent. The oldest civilizations of China, Egypt and India feared leprosy as an incurable, mutilating, and contagious disease.

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The Telangana Martyrs Memorial of Rangareddy District

Forty one years after finishing the Telangana Martyrs Memorial in memory of those who lost their lives in the separate Telangana agitation of 1969, Prof. Aekka Yadagiri Rao has created the Amara Veerula Thyagala Spoorthitho Bangaru Telangana Sadhidham installation at Saroornagar Indoor Stadium, near LB Nagar Chowrastha. LB Nagar Chowrastha was among the foremost locations for the Telangana Udhyamam and saw bloodshed and grief.

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Key consultative processes have been going on globally to gather the broadest voices with the intent to effectively shape the post-2015 sustainable development agenda. In the Asia Pacific region there is a considerable effort put in to engage different communities and sectors in these consultations. Representatives of 17 constituencies are in Thailand to take this dialogue further ahead and consolidate peoples' agenda for development justice before the regional intergovernmental meeting (Asia Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development - APFSD) opens later this week.

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This is the inspirational story of Lilawati-a teacher cum farmer. The mother of 7 children—4 daughters and 3 sons, of whom one son died at the age of 25 years—66 years old Lilawati lives with her retired husband, 2 sons and their wives, a widowed daughter-in-law (who is a teacher) and 5 grandsons and 5 granddaughters. Lilawati, one of five siblings, lost her parents when she was very young. Her elder brother brought up the family. Lilawati could study only till Class 5 and was married off when she was just 15 years old.

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