India is nearing its capacity to manage the country's tiger population, as the shrinking habitats cannot accommodate the rising numbers. According to a report on The Hindu, Rajesh Gopal, head of the Global Tiger Forum, said that India could host 2,500-3,000 tigers, while the total number of the tigers in...
 by Karthikeyan Hemalatha, Mongabay-India India will make its first serious attempt to regulate fishing vessels that go out to the sea – for which bureaucratic wheels have just begun to turn. A central government committee was formed and met last week (on January 18) with a simple yet difficult agenda –...
A Chinese court has sentence prominent human right lawyer Wang Quanzhang to four and a half years in prison finding him “guilty of subversion of state power”. The sentence followed a closed hearing at the second intermediate people’s court in Tianjin on 26 December, a report on the Guardian said. Wang had...
Goa has reported zero rabies cases in 2018, making it the first Indian state to achieve that feat. The state is now on its way to declare rabies free by 2020. The number of human deaths due to the canine-spread disease came down from 17 in 2014, to 1 in...
Bertrand Venard, Audencia Fighting corruption is supremely difficult, as it is proved by the recent expulsion of UN anti-corruption mission in Guatemala, the jail sentence of a former Korean President or the murder of an African journalist investigating corruption. Considering the huge cost of corruption, many experts and observers would recommend...
The UN’s human rights expert on Myanmar, Yanghee Lee, has expressed serious concern about the situation at the conflict-affected states of Myanmar. He sais that the government was consolidating what military governments worked towards over many years, defying a pledge to transition to a fully functioning democracy under civilian control. “Democratic...
The UK will give about £20 million to conduct an international research programme on the challenges of nitrogen pollution over the environment, food security, human health and the economy in South Asia. The South Asian Nitrogen Hub, a partnership led by the UK’s Centre for Ecology & Hydrology and comprising...
The Indian government has postponed the next polio immunization drive in the country, which was supposed to be held in February first week, following a shortage of polio vaccines. The Print reported that the central Health Ministry wrote a letter to all states except Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, and Kerala to postpone...
Sara Parker, Liverpool John Moores University and Kay Standing, Liverpool John Moores University The tragic recent deaths of a mother and her two sons in a chhaupadi hut in Nepal has again brought the issue of this exclusionary practice to the forefront of international human rights and media attention. Despite being...
By Claudia Caruana Exposure to air pollution over several weeks is not just unhealthy but can also reduce employee productivity, says an independent study conducted in China by economists from the National University of Singapore (NUS). China and India have the largest numbers of people exposed to a ‘double burden’...

Poverty

Environment and climate change

Human rights