By Fatima Arkin The UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have released statements categorically rejecting recent media reports suggesting that a new, infectious and untreatable strain of HIV has been discovered in the Philippines. “There is no new strain of HIV which has been found...
The United Kingdom says it will ban, with a few exceptions, the sale of all ivory in the country. Conservation groups have welcomed the move and pointed out that poaching to fuel the global ivory trade leads to the deaths of 55 elephants a day, or around 20,000...
The World Health Organisation has called for help from the international community to scale up assistance for more than a million vulnerable Rohingya refugees crowded into makeshift camps along the country’s south-east coast in Bangladesh. It has appealed for $16.5 million, which is part of the $113.1 million being sought...
India's government-owned Coal India Ltd, the world’s largest coal miner, has plans to set up 20,000 megawatts (MW) of solar projects over the next 10 years, Livemint has reported. According to the report, a senior executive said that it would involve an estimated investment of around Rs90,000 crore and 40,000 hectares...
By Ranjit Devraj Shifting away from white, polished rice to a diet that includes more wheat and coarse grains can improve how Indians deal with micronutrient deficiencies, and reduce greenhouse gas (GhG) emissions associated with paddy cultivation, says a new study. Published in the March edition of the journal Global...
Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have contributed nearly $1 billion to the United Nations to help Yemen, which is witnessing one of the worst humanitarian crisis in the world. The $930 million contribution to the Yemen Humanitarian Fund came ahead of the upcoming international fundraising conference for the...
While Afghanistan continues to be affected by the Polio disease, several Muslim clerics in the country have agreed that they would work with the government to convince the Islamist militant groups in allowing vaccination programmes in remote parts of the country. While the country six new cases of the disease...
The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), apex government body for medical research in the country has opened a contest for people to come up with low-cost nutritional recipes for people with Tuberculosis. The dishes should be suitable various categories of patients, including children and people with diabetes. Good nutrition...
About 301858 (82.69%) of the 365050 Scheduled Tribe (ST) habitations across Indin have full provision of safe drinking water supply, the central government has said. According to the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation, Madhya Pradesh, followed by Odisha have the largest coverage of such supply in tribal areas. The coverage...
China has cut its carbon emission intensity level by 46% from the level of 2005 last year, thereby achieving its 2020 carbon intensity target three years ahead of the schedule, China's top climate official Xie Zhenhua has said. He announced this while speaking at Green Carbon Summit forum in Shanghai,...

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