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UNIQUE AUDIT OF NREGA IN RAJASTHAN REVEALS CORRUPTION

SILENCE ON THE NATIONWIDE MALADY OMINOUS
Author: Narendra Sharma - Published 23-12-2009 11:02 GMT-0000
NEW DELHI: India's universally appreciated employment generation scheme, unfolded under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, 2005 is in the process of being ruined by vested interests entrenched in the countryside.
India: Uttar Pradesh

UP HEALTH SECTOR PRSENTS A DISMAL PICTURE

STATE HAS HIGHEST BIRTH AND INFANT MORTALITY RATES
Author: Pradeep Kapoor - Published 23-12-2009 10:56 GMT-0000
LUCKNOW: The Health sector in Uttar Pradesh presents an extremely dismal scenario as health indicators compare unfavourably not only with the national average but also with some of the other poor states.
India

Flood management programme to reduce damage of Rs. 1805 crore per annum

Author: Sanjay Kumar - Published 23-12-2009 09:14 GMT-0000
Devastation by floods is a recurrent annual phenomenon in India. Almost every year, some or the other part of the country is affected by floods. Floods cause enormous damage to life, property-public and private and disruptions to infrastructure, besides psychological and emotional distress among the people.
India

PILOT 'YUVA TRAINS' TO BE INTRODUCED SOON

Author: Special Correspondent - Published 23-12-2009 07:40 GMT-0000
New Delhi: The Ministry of Railways has finalized the salient features of the first ever 'Yuva Trains' which are targeted mainly for the unemployed youths of the country. These new class of trains are to be introduced soon. Initially two separate weekly trains will be introduced as a pilot service between Mumbai to Delhi and Delhi to Kolkata. If successful it will be extended to other areas of the country.

India and ADB sign agreement for Khadi Reform Programme

Author: Special Correspondent - Published 23-12-2009 07:36 GMT-0000
New Delhi: An agreement on extensive programme on Khadi Reforms has been signed here today between Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises and Asian Development Bank and Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC).

Brazil to Protect Biodiversity in Rio Grande do Sul State

Author: Special Correspondent - Published 23-12-2009 07:00 GMT-0000
WASHINGTON - The World Bank's Board of Executive Directors approved a US$5 million, Bank-executed grant from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) for the Rio Grande do Sul Biodiversity Project, which will improve the conservation and restoration of biodiversity in the Pampas grassland ecosystem of the State, integrating conservation with rural production.

Sarajevo's Water Quality to be Improved

Author: Special Correspondent - Published 23-12-2009 06:55 GMT-0000
SARAJEVO - The World Bank Board of Executive Directors approved US$35 million in financing for the Sarajevo Waste Water Project in Bosnia and Herzegovina today. The Project will help to rehabilitate waste water infrastructure in the Canton of Sarajevo and repair and replace primary and secondary waste water transmission pipes and other network rehabilitation. The project will also support capacity building and institutional strengthening of the Sarajevo Water and Waste Water Company (VIK).

Rwanda to get US$34 million IDA credit to boost Hillside Agriculture

Author: Special Correspondent - Published 23-12-2009 06:47 GMT-0000
WASHINGTON - The World Bank Board of Executive Directors approved a US$34 million IDA credit to the Republic of Rwanda for the Land Husbandry, Water Harvesting and Hillside Irrigation (LWH) Project. The project's objective is to increase the productivity and commercialization of hillside agriculture in target areas for development.

World Bank Approves $500M to Support Vietnam's Stimulus Effort

Author: Special Correspondent - Published 23-12-2009 06:41 GMT-0000
Washington - Vietnam moved a step closer to its goal of reaching middle-income status by 2010, with the approval by the World Bank's Board of the first loan to Vietnam from the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD).

Haitian capital has been transformed

Author: Special Correspondent - Published 23-12-2009 06:30 GMT-0000
New York: A cracked, flood-prone and sewage-infested stretch of road in a quarter of Port-au-Prince, the Haitian capital, has been transformed into a resurfaced, smooth and clean highway for cars and pedestrians, improving both the health and image of the area, thanks to a United Nations-backed works programme.

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