The World Bank will support Nepal with a $440 million loan for post-earthquake housing reconstruction, livestock innovation, and technical education and vocational training. While $300 million is given as additional finance for the Earthquake Housing Reconstruction Project, which is in addition to $200 million loan the bank had approved in...
In a setback to the ongoing anti-polio vaccine campaign, a mother and her daughter immunising children were shot dead by gunmen in Quetta, a south-western city in Pakistan, one of the three countries where the disease has not been eliminated. The dead --Sakina Bibi, 50, and her 20-year-old daughter, Alizah...
by Hans Nicholas Jong, Mongabay Indonesian and Malaysian ministers have derided as unfair and misguided the European Parliament’s vote to approve the phase-out of palm oil from biofuels by 2021. The vote Wednesday, over concerns about the environmental and social impacts of the palm oil industry, still needs to...
The government of India is a planning to create a liveability index of 116 cities that will rank them in terms of the quality of life they offer. The ranking by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs in association with Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), that publishes an annual liveability...
India's federal Social Justice and Empowerment ministry has made 100 websites of various State Governments/UTs disable-friendly under the ‘Website Accessibility Project’ of the Accessible India Campaign. The website was launched by the Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Thaawarchand Gehlot during the ‘National Conference on Improving Accessibility’ held at...
Extreme violenceaffects over four million children in Iraq, which has witnessed the killing of 270 children in violence, the UNICEF has said. While many are forced to fight on the front lines of the war, “some will bear the physical and psychological scars for life due to exposure to unprecedented...
Russia is creating a cyberspace that is independent of the internet that connects rest of the world. The Russian government has ordered the beginning of negotiations with Brazil, India, China and South Africa for independent root name servers for domain name system (DNS), according to a report by RBK web...
 by Mongabay.com Researchers from TRAFFIC, who monitored 90 Facebook groups over a three-month period in 2016, recorded 2,245 live reptile advertisements representing more than 5,000 individual animals from 115 taxa. Most advertisements were for the ball python and the Burmese python, and also included critically endangered species such as...
The newly launched weather observation satellite of Indian Space Research Organisation Cartosat-2 has released its first image, of Indore in Madhya Pradesh. The image was released three days after the launch of the satellite, on PSLV-C40 rocket, from Sriharikota launch centre. The panchromatic (black and white) and multi-spectral (colour) cameras of...
India has successfully test-fired an Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile with a range of 5000 km. The missile, Agni V, with three stage of propulsion, gives the country an ability to hit targets in regions such as Pakistan, China and parts of Europe. The launch is "a major boost to the defence capabilities...

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