Yemen has launched a massive vaccination drive against cholera to target 500,000 women, children and men in and around Hudaydah, a Houthi held port city and target of continued air strikes by the Saudi-led coalition. The waterborne disease is spreading in the city, through the docks of which 70 per...
Scientists in India will soon start mapping the Ganges river, the largest, yet one of the most polluted rivers in the country. Under the project, headed by the national surveying agency, the Survey of India, 3D maps of the topography of the river and the human settlements around it are...
Eating pearl millet highly bio-fortified with iron improved learning and brain capacity of school going adolescents, a new study conducted in India has shown. The study, published in the Journal of Nutrition, was conducted on a sample of 140 Indian boys and girls, aged 12–16 years, out of which some...
While a dam burst in southern Laos' Sanamxay district in last month killed at least 34 people, made 97 missing and led to the evacuation of over 6000 people, new reports emerge about landmine contamination in areas where people who lost their homes have been resettled. According to the United...
By Saleem Shaikh A wetter future awaits South Asia, says a new study based on global climate change models that informed the fifth assessment report of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The South Asia region will see a 20–30 per cent increase in mean annual runoff for the...
The first peace talks between the fighting factions in Yemen will begin in Geneva on September 9, the United Nations' Special envoy Martin Griffiths has informed the UN Security Council. The announcement comes as a significant breakthrough as the war continues in the middle-eastern country, causing over 10,000 deaths and displacement...
Indian-Australian mathematician Akshay Venkatesh is among the four winners of prestigious Fields medal, considered as equivalent to the Nobel Prize in mathematics. Caucher Birkar, a Cambridge University professor of Iranian Kurdish origin; Germany's Peter Scholze, who teaches at the University of Bonn and Alessio Figalli, an Italian mathematician at ETH...
By Inga Vesper Providing cheap drugs against the hepatitis C virus (HCV) has had limited success in fighting the disease in South-East Asia where poor health services and stigma surrounding the infection are significant barriers, says a new survey. The survey, released to coincide with World Hepatitis Day on 28...
Cracking down on corruption China has punished 37,000 officials so far in this year for breaking the “frugality code”, shows data from the anti-corruption agency. The Central Commission for Discipline Inspection regularly publishes data and details of officials, who are found violating the 2012 "eight-point-code" that advised the government officials...
By Soila Apparicio, Climate Home News Climate change threatens conflict and poverty in the Arab region, according to the UN Development Programme (UNDP). In a report, published on Wednesday, the agency suggested climate risks could derail development gains, such as the decrease in infant mortality and the achievement of near universal...

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