Reducing barriers to trade will boost the economic performance of the South Asia region, says a new World Bank report. Despite the fastest growing region in the world, South Asia's regional trade is only about 5 per cent of total trade, compared with 50 per cent in regions such as...
The current year has seen a rise in the number of diphtheria cases in India, with several outbreaks of the vaccine-preventable infectious disease reported from different parts of the country. Between May and November, at least 25 children died of the disease in Nuh district of Haryana. Death of at...
India's heaviest and most advanced communication satellite, GSAT-11 was launched from the Guiana Space Centre at Kourou in French Guiana on early Wednesday morning (02:07 am IST). The 5,854-kg giant high-throughput satellite (HTS), along with two smaller HTS satellites GSAT-19 and GSAT-29, launched earlier, enable fast satellite-based broadband internet services...
Qatar has announced that it will exit the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), ending its nearly six-decade-long membership. The middle eastern state said it will focus more on liquefied natural gas production. The decision, however, is not to make a major impact on the oil producers' cartel or global oil prizes...
An outbreak of vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2) detected in 2017 in Syria has been stopped successfully, with no international spread, the World Health Organisation has said. The achievement, following an 18-month long intensive vaccination campaign, was announced after a review of all available surveillance and immunization evidence and field...
 by T. V. Padma, Mongabay A recent study finds that out of 634 districts considered, only 38 percent were found resilient to dry conditions, while there was a significant reduction in water use efficiency for some of the districts. This finding adds to another study that determined resilience of...
India's GDP growth has slowed down to 7.1% from 8.2% in the previous quarter, shows official data released on Friday. Experts say that the decline reflected the impact of rising oil prices on input costs, and the effect of the rupee devaluation. Economic activities such as Manufacturing, ‘Electricity, Gas, Water Supply &...
Sahia moved to Singpur with her husband, where they planned to build a life. Sonja Ayeb-Karlsson, Author provided Sonja Ayeb-Karlsson, University of Sussex Sahia got married when she was 15 years old – and saw her husband for the first time on their wedding day. Her sense of humour is apparent as...
A fisherman on Kwan Phayo. Philip A. Loring, Author provided Philip A Loring, University of Guelph and Ratana Chuenpagdee, Memorial University of Newfoundland Kwan Phayao, a large, crescent moon of a lake in Northern Thailand, is home to about 50 fish species, several hundred small-scale farmers and fishers, and the city of...
Eight more Indian states -- Madhya Pradesh, Tripura, Bihar, J&K, Mizoram, Sikkim, Telangana and West Bengal -- have achieved 100% electrification under the Saubhagya – Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana, according to the central government. This means a total of 15 States in the country now have 100...

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