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Timely Vaccination Can Protect Precious Little Lives from Vaccine-preventable Diseases—Save a Child, Save a Life, and Save a Dream.

India @ Crossroads on the 63rd Republic Day

India stands at crossroads on the 63rd Republic Day. The young demographic profile and buoyant economy provide opportunities for further growth. At the same time, there are challenges in the form of poverty, malnutrition, corruption and over-crowded cities. Two decades after the economic reforms, India stands chance of another transformation. The immense potential of the North-eastern states remains untapped. Tourism, promotion of handicrafts, tapping the hydropower potential, and improvement in surface, rail and air transport can help propel the development of the North-eastern region. The public health infrastructure needs an overhaul. Basic amenities remain a distant reality for most of the households of rural India. Better infrastructure could open opportunities to transform rural India into sustainable development zones. 2-tier and 3-tier cities can propel India's economic growth. Proper town and city planning is crucial to facilitate development while retaining the peace an…

Myanmar - Tapping the Hidden Potential

The ongoing political reforms in Myanmar augur well for the region, Asia and world at large. Political stability and economic prosperity is crucial for Myanmar to play its deserving role in the region. Although there are challenges in the way, there are opportunities to leverage rich cultural heritage and nature's treasures. It's time to tap the hidden tourism potential of Myanmar, the Golden land, which could not only attract foreign visitors, but also help in the economic development of the local communities. Tourism is now playing a vital role in the development of economies worldwide. Tourism and hospitality sector complement each other and create job opportunities. Myanmar's tourism destinations include a unique mix of ancient and awe-inspiring temples, mosques, sea-side lakes, colonial architectures, Buddhist shrines, Pagodas, mountain streams, ruined and ancient cities, precious species and mammals. One can have a glimpse of unique rowing styles, artistic lacquerwa…