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Ministry of Rural Development has commissioned 20 studies to assess MGNREGA

Author: Special Correspondent - Published 23-02-2010 16:22 GMT-0000
New Delhi: The Minister of State for Rural Development Shri Pradeep Jain “Aditya” today informed the Rajya Sabha that the Ministry of Rural Development has commissioned 20 studies in January 2010 to assess the success in the implementation of Mahatma Gandhi NREGA after completion of four years of its launch.

UNHCR APPROVES $5 MILLION INTERNAL LOAN TO SUSTAIN YEMEN AID PROGRAMME

Author: Special Correspondent - Published 23-02-2010 16:01 GMT-0000
New York: The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has approved a nearly $5 million internal loan to bridge an acute funding gap so that it can continue providing life-saving assistance to hundreds of thousands of people uprooted by clashes between Government forces and rebels in northern Yemen.

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REASON TRIUMPHS OVER BT BRINJAL

FOR CONSULTATION-BASED GOVERNANCE
Author: Praful Bidwai - Published 23-02-2010 12:45 GMT-0000
India has done something unusual in defying the long-established trend of capitulating to corporate power. Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh must be complimented for imposing a moratorium on the commercial release of genetically modified (GM) brinjal (baigan, aubergine, eggplant) developed by Mahyco-Monsanto in collaboration with two Indian agricultural universities.

Philippine Banks Sign First Trade Finance Agreements under ADB's TFFP

Author: Special Correspondent - Published 23-02-2010 12:40 GMT-0000
MANILA, PHILIPPINES - Five Philippine banks today signed the country's first trade finance agreements with the Asian Development Bank (ADB), a move that will provide more support to Philippine companies engaged in international trade.
India

CHILL IN THE AIR FOR BJP

GADKARI MOVE WORRIES PARTY’S ALLIES
Author: Amulya Ganguli - Published 23-02-2010 12:35 GMT-0000
A drop in temperature in Indore which forced the BJP members to call for more quilts and blankets in their tents may have had a symbolic importance. Not only did it suggest that the party is yet to come out of the cold, but also that it may have to endure chilly political weather in the foreseeable future.
India

Government committed to welfare of minorities: President

Author: Andalib Akhter - Published 23-02-2010 12:30 GMT-0000
New Delhi: President of India Mrs Pratibha Devisingh Patil has said that the government has developed a comprehensive roadmap for the development of minority communities and work on it is going on in right direction.

UN SEEKS AID OF PRIVATE SECTOR, PHILANTHROPIES IN EMPOWERING WOMEN

Author: Special Correspondent - Published 23-02-2010 12:25 GMT-0000
New York: The United Nations launched a new effort to expand its partnership with the private sector and philanthropies in the battle for complete gender equality and the empowerment of women, not only as a necessary human right but as economic common sense as well.

Shakira, World Bank Launch US$300 Million Early Childhood Initiative

Author: Special Correspondent - Published 23-02-2010 12:20 GMT-0000
WASHINGTON DC - Grammy Award-winning artist Shakira and World Bank Group President Robert B. Zoellick launched a US$300 million joint initiative aimed at expanding development programs for young children in Latin America and the Caribbean.

MIDDLE EAST SITUATION TOPS ASSEMBLY PRESIDENT'S TALKS WITH EGYPTIAN LEADER

Author: Special Correspondent - Published 23-02-2010 12:14 GMT-0000
New York:10PM
The situation in the Middle East - including the report by a United Nations fact-finding mission into the deadly conflict in the Gaza Strip at the start of last year - was among the topics discussed in Cairo between the President of the General Assembly and the leader of Egypt.

ROLE OF SOCIAL INNOVATION FOCUSING ON LATIN AMERICA

Author: Special Correspondent - Published 23-02-2010 12:10 GMT-0000
New York: The United Nations development chief has stressed the need for good social policies to help Latin America deal with the impact of the global economic crisis, which threatens to undo the progress achieved in the region in fighting poverty and other socio-economic ills.

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