UN chief Antonio Guterres has praised the resilience of the people in Sulawesi, the Indonesian island hit by a tsunami, as he visited the city of Palu on Friday to assess the ground level situation. "We are with the people of Indonesia and Sulawesi," Guterres said after an interaction with the survivors...
India has been elected to the United Nations’ top human rights body on Friday, for a period of three years beginning from January 1, 2019. It was an easy win as only five nations in the Asia-Pacific category, including India, claimed for the five seats allocated for the region. Bahrain,...
The world's largest fish market, one of the Japanese capital’s top tourist attractions, has been moved to a new place. The $5-billion Toyosu market is set up on reclaimed land, after it was shifted from the previous facility in Tsukiji, after a long delay. First look at new Toyosu Fish Market...
By Adel Fakhir Iraq’s farmlands are declining due to lack of rainfall and depleted soils, a report by the country’s Central Bureau of Statistics has revealed. Wheat and barley were affected particularly hard, the report said, but it also observed a general decline in the yield per acre of...
Eastern India has come under the influence of cyclone Tilti, which with its maximum surface wind speed of 140-150 kmph moved at 165 kmph northwestwards and crossed north Andhra Pradesh - south Odisha coasts. While it made landfall in Gopalpur in Odisha early Thursday morning, the state claimed that it...
Indian environmentalist GD Agarwal. who had been in an indefinite fast since June 22 to urge the government to clean up river Ganga has died at a hospital in Rishikesh. The 87-year-old activist whose demand was a law that would protect river Ganga and maintain its uninterrupted flow between Gangotri...
Deficit soil moisture conditions are likely during the winter sowing season in Gujarat, Bihar, Jharkhand, Tamil Nadu and southern Andhra Pradesh, says a countrywide forecast prepared by IIT Gandhinagar and the India Meteorological Department (IMD). The forecast, for the first time, has prepared a country-wide soil moisture forecast. It predicts...
While every year about 60% of districts in India gets affected by forest fires, top 20 fire affected districts account for about half (48%) of the total fire affected area, a report has said. The report, "Strengthening Forest Fire Management in India”, jointly prepared by the World Bank and Ministry...
Maldives incumbent president Abdulla Yameen, who has lost power in the latest election woould challenge the election results in the Supreme Court alleging rigging. The lawyer of Yameen rogressive Party of Maldives (PPM) said that it would challenge the surprise vote in which opposition unity candidate Ibrahim Mohamed Solih won...
Following the people's march led by Ekta Parishad in New Delhi, the central government has promised that it will reconstitute the National Taskforce on Land Reforms, the movement’s founding president P.V. Rajagopal has said. Talking to reporters after the march of 25,000 landless and tribal people from Gwalior to Delhi was...

Poverty

Environment and climate change

Human rights