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Human activity will further warm the earth: IPCC
IPCC has confirmed that human activity will further warm the earth, with dramatic effects on weather, sea-levels and the Arctic.
Security fears hold back relief work in quake-hit Pakistan
The security situation is a concern for many international humanitarian agencies trying to help the victims of the earthquake in Pakistan.
India to launch pension scheme for workers in Gulf
Under the scheme, Government contributes Rs.1,000 per annum for men and Rs. 2000 for women subscribers of MGPSY who save between Rs.1,000 and Rs.12,000 per year in NPS-Lite.
Increased fighting takes toll on healthcare in Afghanistan
According to health NGO Emergency, war-related admissions to their health facilities are up 42 percent in the first four months of 2013 against the same period last year.
India needs to invest more on public services: PSI
Following the flood fury in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand, India in June 2013, Public Services International (PSI) has urged the Indian government to put more funds for public service and infrastructure.
Reading tool for the visually impaired launched in India
According to Shilpi Kapoor, Founder Director of BarrierBreak Technologies, the device can read aloud in 30 languages.
Has digitisation made civic life easier in Bangladesh?
Digitisation has created awareness on women and child rights, family planning, female education, repression, birth registration, drug addiction, speakers said at a discussion in Rangpur of Bangladesh.
MDGs: So close, yet so far
With barely 900 days to go for the end of the MDG road, the 2013 score card presents good as well as disappointing news. Just six of the 21 targets have been met or are close to being met even as aid funds continue to decline putting the other targets in peril.
Nine sentenced in 2005 killing of Bangladeshi journalist
Gautam Das, the murdered journalist was the Faridpur Bureau Chief for the daily Samakal. He was killed inside his office for publishing a report on corruption.
Uttarakhand advised to let NGOs supply only dry rations
In the light of cases of diarrhoea reported due to consumption of stale food supplied by an NGO, the govt was advised to issue an advisory for use of only dry rations by the NGOs.
New UN forum to boost sustainable development efforts
The General Assembly today established a new high-level political forum, which will replace the United Nations Commission on sustainable development, to boost efforts to tackle global economic, social and environmental challenges.
Indian expert appointed vice-chairman of IBCS
Director General of Meteorology & Permanent Representative of India with World Meteorological Organization (WMO), Dr Laxman Singh Rathore, has been appointed as Co-Vice Chairman of Intergovernmental Board of Climate Services (IBCS).
Nutrition drives can save Pakistani children: expert
Pakistan could greatly reduce infant deaths by concentrating on basic nutrition interventions such as promoting exclusive breastfeeding and complementary feeding programmes, says a leading expert.
Smile Foundation kickstarts 'Empowering Grassroots'
Smile Foundation conducted the first day of its three-day workshop ‘Empowering Grassroots’. The workshop is a capacity building programme focused on guiding NGOs on avenues, sources and aspects of fundraising.
Create more opportunities for small farmers: UN
A new UN report notes that with more inclusive value chains, small farmers are more likely to adopt new technologies required to achieve productivity growth.
Uttrakhand floods: No outbreak of diseases so far
Health surveillance is on in the disaster-affected districts and possibilities of a public health situation like a diarrhoeal outbreak have been managed, the government has claimed.
High level medical team visits flood-hit Uttarakhand
The Uttarakhand state government has said that around 5,000 pilgrims are still stranded at Badrinath and Harshil in Gangotri valley.
World marks International Day against Drug Abuse
In India, where the drug menace has already spread its tentacles, the government has swung into action by taking an array of measures to check rampant use of illegal substances.
Death toll rises to 822 in flood-hit Uttarakhand
The death toll rose to 822 in the north Indian state of Uttarakhand with 142 bodies being found, including 127 in Kedarnath, the epicentre of destruction, officials said.
Despite I&B ministry nod, Dehradun CRS yet to go on air
Dehradun’s ‘Himgiri Ki Awaaz’, has received the nod from India’s Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB) but has failed to receive the WPC license till date.
In Bangladesh, torture is endemic: AHRC
“In criminal cases like murder, rape, and robbery, police have to take immediate action and give a monthly report to the upper authority,” AHRC said.
Natural resources 'crucial' for peace in Afghanistan: study
Up to 80 per cent of Afghans are directly dependent on natural resources for income and sustenance.
Uttarakhand disaster: Green tribunal poses questions
The tribunal has asked authorities to reveal the information on which permission was given for constructions in the hill state
Families of disappeared persons wait for answers
As the "Truth and Reconciliation Commission Ordinance 2012" has been presented to the President of Nepal for approval about giving blanket amnesty to Maoists, the families of the missing citizens are fighting a losing battle.
United States asked to reduce aid to Pakistan
The recommendation by Congressional Research Service, if accepted, will see US aid to Pakistan declining by over a third of what Pakistan received in 2012.
Stem-cell transplants wipe out HIV, say scientists
Researchers have reported the case of Two HIV positive men who now show no signs of the HIV virus following Stem-Cell Transplants
Environmental changes will impact global business: study
Adapting to changing environment and seizing green economy opportunities will give companies competitive advantage.
Biofuel boom could accelerate warming in tropics
Researchers from the US-based Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), have modelled the climate impact of converting land for biofuel production.
MDG report 2013: UN calls on nations to step up efforts
Countries across the world have already made great strides on health targets, and are within close reach of achieving them by 2015.
Medics avoid tribal areas: Maharashtra tells High Court
A Public Interest Litigation on malnutrition has exposed poor medical coverage in the western Indian state.
More than 200 mn children exposed to child labour: EuroSchool
EuroSchool converged together to fight against child labour on the 'World Day against Child Labour'.
'Unprecedented climate extremes' over past decade: report
The world experienced 'unprecedented high-impact climate extremes' between 2001 and 2010, according to a United Nations report launched in July, 2013.
Indian govt gets notice on condition of mental hospitals
The Indian apex court has issued a notice to the government after the National Human Rights Commission highlighted the problems faced by the mental hospitals.
Food Security Scheme: Indian govt set to meet obligations
India’s national capital, Delhi, is all set to become the first state in the country to roll out the food security scheme.
20,000 solar lanterns to be distributed in Uttarakhand
24 days after the flash floods ravaged Uttrakhand, Indian ministry of New and Renewable Energy has sanctioned 20,000 solar lanterns to the victims.
Planners map Indian villages for better programmes
The poverty monitoring unit of the state planning commission in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, undertook a study of the villages for a better insight into development projects.
Malala Yousafzai to join UN global education initiative
Malala is a Pakistani schoolgirl and education rights campaigner who, along with her friends, was shot by the Taliban for attending classes.
UN welcomes release of child soldiers by Myanmar
Hailing release of child soldiers, UN calls on Myanmar to accelerate discharge efforts. The grave violations monitored and reported, include killing or maiming of children, recruitment and use of children in armed forces and groups, attacks against schools or hospitals, rape or other grave sexual violence,abduction of children and denial of humanitarian access for children.
South Indian city to host legislators meet on wind energy
The Indian Wind industry has seen considerable growth over the past few years, attributed to aggressive policy incentives and support extended by the government.
Indian govt mulls Right to Safe Drinking Water
Special care will be taken for those who cannot afford RO systems and distilled bottled water, said Manish Tiwari, India’s Minister of Information and Broadcasting.
Cooperatives can build socio-economic resilience: UN
The International Day of Cooperatives provides an opportunity to spotlight how such enterprises can help build resilience in all socio-economic spheres in times of “global uncertainty,” United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on 6 July, 2013.
Need for better storm warnings in Sri Lanka
Sarath Lal Kumara, Assistant Director of Sri Lanka’s Disaster Management Centre said that their department has been experimenting with issuing recorded warnings over the web.
Over 570 pregnant women located in Uttarakhand: NDMA
Women and children suffer more than men in disasters, said an official from India’s National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA).
Bangladeshi legislators push for SREDA's implementation
Legislators in Bangladesh are pushing for the speedy implementation of the Sustainable and Renewable Energy Development Authority Act-2012 (SREDA).
Conflict displaces 280 families in northern Afghanistan
About 300 families have been displaced as a result of an ongoing operation in northern province of Afghanistan.
Pak farmers up in arms as government brings in taxes
The move to tax agriculturists in the country's North Western Frontier Province promises to provide lessons to planners and leaders elsewhere in the country as also in the South Asia region.
Lewis Pugh selected as UNEP patron of the oceans
Lewis Pugh, a maritime lawyer from London, is the only person to have completed a long distance swim in every ocean of the world.
Flash floods affect tens of thousands in India, Nepal
Rescue workers in Uttarakhand fear that the death toll might rise as the affected regions are presently cut off and the means of communication are not working.
UN disaster management team monitoring India floods
In the state of Uttarakhand, rising river levels have resulted in the collapse of buildings and bridges. Some 45 people were reportedly killed and 50 people are missing.
Indecent portrayal of women: Media campaign in offing
The Indian Government is taking a serious view of the portrayal of women in Indian mass media and a campaign on the issue is in the offing
Indian govt lauded for putting GM crop field trials on hold
Greenpeace India has lauded the decision by the Indian government for keeping food and farms free from contamination by GM crops.
Separate body for conservation of Himalayas demanded
Murli Manohar Joshi, senior leader from India’s chief opposition party, BJP, has proposed a dedicated body for the conservation of the Himalayan ecology.
Changing environment to impact global business: UN
A newly released report stresses on the responsibility of private businesses to develop environmentally friendly products and services.
Indian Govt puts on hold clearances for GM crop trials
The decision was taken by the environment ministry in view of an ongoing case in the Supreme Court on GM crops.
Indian minister calls for corpus fund to tackle sea oil spills
"A corpus fund would come in handy under such circumstances and the cleaning-up operations could begin immediately,” India’s Environment and Forests Minister, Jayanthi Natarajan said.
Uttrakhand floods: IFRC provides Rs 3.5 cr for relief work
As rain fury refuses to die down in flood-hit Uttarakhand, IFRC, has set up an operation control room in the capital city of the flood-hit north Indian state.
Despite bad weather, rescue operations on in Uttarakhand
Cheetah and MI-17 helicopters which went to undertake rescue operations in Rudraprayag and Badrinath Valley were called back because of inclement weather.
Psychoactive substances pose new drug challenges: study
The 2013-World Drug Report, notes stability in use of traditional drugs but points to alarming rise in new psychoactive substances.
CM of South Indian state of Kerala to receive UN award
The UN ceremony is taking place in Bahrain based on the theme 'Transformative e-Government and Innovation: Creating a Better Future for All' from 24th to 27th June.
India addresses shortfalls in its black money fight: FATF
FATF is an inter-governmental body that sets standards, and develops and promotes policies to combat money laundering and terrorist financing for countries across the world.
A third of all women abused globally: report
Some 35 per cent of all women will experience either intimate partner or non-partner violence, according to the report, released by the UN World Health Organization (WHO).
Floods in North India: Rescue operations in full swing
Though the official death toll still stood at 150 but Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna said the casualties could run into several hundreds which will be known only when areas become accessible and water recedes.
Forty more bodies found, toll in Himalayan tragedy 190
Uttarakhand Agriculture Minister, Harak Singh Rawat, has termed the flood crisis in the state as ‘worst tragedy of the millennium’.
Mothers in Bangladesh urged to send their kids to school
Bangladeshi Minister for Primary and Mass Education Dr Afsarul Amin said impressed upon the need for improving the quality of primary education in the country.
Monsoon fury: Death toll touches 130 in North India
Flash floods, cloudbursts and landslips have claimed 102 lives in the north Indian state of Uttarakhand while damaging 175 houses across the state.
Poachers hunt down peacocks in Rajasthan
The police have registered a case of poaching after 17 peacocks were found dead in Rajasthan's Tonk district.
Review appointment of commissioners to AIHRC: UN
Afghanistan's President Hâmid Karzai’s appointment of five new commissioners to the country's Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) has raised concern in the UN today, as the latter stressed for the selection process according to agreed international standards.
Indian government clears GM trials despite opposition
Despite a wave of protest, the Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC) has opened the gates for field trials of several GM crops.
Pakistan: Bridging the development-versus-pollution gap
11 major waterways in Pakistan carry industrial waste and sewage from Lahore into the River Ravi. Waste from 16,000 factories and the city's 10 million residents flows directly into the river - entirely untreated, and entirely illegally.
SL okays new voters' Bill ahead of Northern elections
The Bill, which was approved with amendments, permits people who had lived in the north and east provinces between May 1983 and May 2009 to vote.
Tibetan refugees in Nepal crying out for documentation
Tibetan refugees in Nepal, many of who have been here for decades, say they lack the documentation they need to lead normal lives.
Rs 1,000 cr relief announced for flood-hit north Indian state
Over 10,000 personnel of the armed forces, 18 helicopters of the Air Force have been deployed for relief and rescue operations in the north Indian state.
Number of refugees, displaced at 18-yr high: UN
A report, released by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), notes that some 7.6 million people became newly displaced last year, 1.1 million as refugees and 6.5 million as internally displaced persons (IDPs).
Bangladesh to be hit hard for climate change: WB
A potential 10-year return cyclone in 2050 could expose 9.7 million people to more than 3 meters of inundation affecting agriculture and lives.
Droughts and floods a wake-up call for India: Greenpeace
Greenpeace India has urged the government to take the climate crisis seriously as it would have a staggering impact on India and the South Asian region.
India: Different faces of Panchayat women
Women office bearers in the West Indian state of Rajasthan are ushering in a positive transformation in their villages with a click of a mouse.
Sri Lankan court extend remand of Indian fishermen
The court tried the case of the 24 fishermen caught by Sri Lankan Navy on the 5th of this month.
Experts bat for mechanisation of farming in Bangladesh
Bangladeshi agricultural experts have stressed for mechanization of agriculture to make it more profitable.
UN set to explore impacts of ocean acidification
It is predicted that by 2050 ocean acidity could increase by 150 per cent, a rate of increase that is 100 times faster than any change in acidity experienced in the marine environment over the last 20 million years.
Sterlite plant to restart production today
The embattled Sterlite copper smelter plant in Tuticorin is set to resume production on Sunday in the face of a storm of environmental protest, after the Supreme Court refused to overturn the National Green Tribunal order permitting it to start operations.
Floods, landslides claim 50 lives in North India
Monsoon fury continues in the north Indian states of Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh with the death toll in floods and landslides touching 50.
South Asia landslides 'on the rise'
Even as ‘killer’ floods drown much of North India and Bangladesh an expert report released by BBC on Monday blames ‘human activities’ for extreme rainfall patterns, seismicity and increasing number of landslides across South Asia.
Rajasthan unveils new girl child policy
Under the new regime, the girl child sex ratio will improve significantly in the west Indian state of Rajasthan, experts feel.
World Blood Donor Day being observed today
The World Health Organisation, WHO, has called upon all countries to obtain hundred per cent of blood supplies from voluntary unpaid donors by 2020.
Indian Govt seeks Oppn support to pass Food Bill
India’s Finance Minister P Chidambaram said the government will make one more effort to seek Opposition's cooperation for its passage in a special session of Parliament.
Encephalitis claims 72 lives in Bihar
To find the cause of the disease, a National Centre for Disease Control's (NCDC) team is camping in Muzaffarpur from last month.
Maternal Health Voucher Scheme expanded in Bangladesh
"It's a great challenge for us to reduce mother mortality to 143, child mortality to 20 and at least 50 percent safe delivery by skilled birth attendants by 2015," said Bangladeshi Premier Sheikh Hasina.
ICT key to reforms in Sri Lanka: Finance Ministry
“The ICT literacy rate in Sri Lanka has surpassed 35% in 2012 from 8% in 2005,” the Finance Ministry Annual Report said.
Global warming sees Bangladesh river destroying villages
According to a report released on Monday that captures the woes of the inhabitants of Bahuka, 110 km northwest of Bangladesh capital Dhaka, the Jamuna has swallowed 10 embankments and with it all buildings built on the banks, since 1968.
Poorer states creating most jobs
If you want jobs, head for Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh or even Bihar. Why? Because according to Census 2011 data these backward states created more jobs over the past decade than their prosperous peers like Punjab, Haryana and Kerala, that rank far higher on most other socio-economic parameters.
Water bodies restored in Varanasi
Collective efforts by a group of individuals have revived many dying ponds and pools in the city of Varanasi, ushering a welcome change in its landscape.
Ban deplores attacks on female students in Pakistan
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today strongly condemned a series of deadly attacks targeting a bus, a hospital facility and a historic house in Pakistan.
UN to discuss abolition of death penalty in June end
Currently, more than 150 States globally have either abolished the death penalty or do not practice it.
Companies can collaborate for a common social cause: CCI CMD
Dun and Bradstreet India have once again launched their annual publication India’s Top PSUs along with a panel discussion ‘Driving inclusive development through CSR – a PSU perspective’.
Jobless fishermen to get free ration in Kerala
The one and half month long ban on trawling in the state will render thousands of fishermen jobless during the ban period.
Pranab lays foundation stone for 'Nirbhaya Bhavan'
The 'Nirbhaya Bhavan' built in the memory of 23-year-old girl who was gangraped in Delhi will be the new headquarter of National Commission for Women.
Child Soldiers: Sri Lanka no longer in UN annual report
In June 2012, Sri Lanka delisted from the UN the Secretary-General's ‘List of Shame’ that lists countries where children are involved in armed conflict.
UN deplores attack against Afghan government
The United Nations mission in Afghanistan strongly condemned attack against government employees in the capital, Kabul, which killed at least 17 civilians and injured 40 – the latest incident amid a worsening security environment in the country.
Myanmar urged to curb abuses against the Rohingya
The fatal shooting of three Rohingya women is the latest example of law enforcement officials operating with complete impunity in western Myanmar, an independent United Nations expert today said, calling on Government authorities to investigate the incident.
Can India-made EVMs handle Nepal's many parties?
At present, 139 political parties have registered with the Election Commission for the forthcoming polls in Nepal.