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SECURITY COUNCIL VOTES TO SEPARATE AL-QAIDA AND TALIBAN SANCTIONS LISTS

Author: Special Correspondent - Published 18-06-2011 06:01 GMT-0000
New York: The Security Council today voted unanimously to split sanctions it has imposed on Al-Qaida and those against the Taliban, creating two lists of individuals and organizations so that they can be treated separately under efforts to fight terrorism.

AGRICULTURE COMMODITY PRICES NOT LIKELY TO DECLINE FOR SOME TIME

Author: Special Correspondent - Published 18-06-2011 05:57 GMT-0000
New York: The international community will be facing higher food prices and volatility in commodity markets for some time, according to a new report by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) that calls for greater investment in agriculture.

FRANCE MOOTS FOOD SECURITY FOR POOR

INDIAN FIRMS MAY CONTRIBUTE
Author: Anjan Roy - Published 15-06-2011 05:30 GMT-0000
NEW DELHI: France is hyper active not only in trying to grab the top job for its finance minister, Christine Lagarde after the exit of Frenchman Dominique Strauss from the International Monetary Fund. Miss Lagarde visited India this week and met her counterpart Finance Minister, Pranab Mukherjee in Delhi to secure India’s support for the French candidature.

G-8 PLEDGES PARTNERSHIP FOR HISTORIC TRANSITION IN MIDDLE EAST

US $ 40 BILLION TO BE MOBILISED INTIALLY FOR ECONOMIC REVIVAL
Author: S. Sethuraman - Published 28-05-2011 10:48 GMT-0000
The five-month-old uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa for democratic freedoms took the centre-stage at the annual G-8 Summit (May 26-27) in Deauville, France, when the leaders of industrial nations including Russia launched a 'partnership' with all countries of the region engaged in transition toward freedom, democracy and tolerant societies, with an initial aid component of upto 40 billion dollars for programmes of inclusive and sustainable growth.

IMF CRISIS AT TOP OVERSHADOWS GLOBAL ECONOMY’S TRAVAILS

A NEW CHIEF SELECTION HAS TO REFLECT THE GOVERNANCE REFORMS
Author: S. Sethuraman - Published 20-05-2011 11:07 GMT-0000
The sudden crisis at the top level at the International Monetary Fund, the first of its kind in its 65-year history of monitoring world finance, needs to be overcome at the earliest, for this post-war institution to regain its legitimacy and relevance and in helping to steer the global economy out of its post-recession travails.

REFUGEE NUMBERS IN EAST AFRICA RISES, AS INTERNAL DISPLACEMENT DECLINES SLIGHTLY

Author: Special Correspondent - Published 13-05-2011 23:55 GMT-0000
New York: The number of refugees in 10 countries in Eastern Africa has risen to nearly 1.4 million, an eight per cent increase since September, the United Nations humanitarian office said today in an update that shows that the majority of the new asylum-seekers travelled to Kenya and Ethiopia.

‘MOBILE MIRACLE’ TRANSFORMS POOREST NATIONS, INTERNET USE LAGS BEHIND

Author: Special Correspondent - Published 13-05-2011 23:52 GMT-0000
New York: People living in the world’s poorest countries are experiencing a surge in mobile telephone use, the United Nations telecommunications agency reported today, but cautioned that Internet usage in those nations still lags far behind.

Barbados: Real GDP to grow by 2 per cent

Author: Special Correspondent - Published 13-05-2011 23:47 GMT-0000
An IMF mission visited Barbados from May 10-13 for a staff visit. Following the severe impact of the global economic crisis on Barbados, the economy is beginning to recover as growth started to pick up in early 2011. Real Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is projected to grow by about 2 percent this year mainly due to higher tourist arrivals, signaling the onset of a recovery from the slow growth in 2010 and the two earlier years of negative growth. Notwithstanding downside risks, including from the uncertain global environment and concerns about inflationary pressures due to higher world food and fuel prices, the team expects growth to continue on a steady path, supported by a recovery of tourism and financial services activity.

SOMALI POLITICAL BICKERING UNDERMINES PEACE PROCESS

Author: Special Correspondent - Published 13-05-2011 23:42 GMT-0000
New York: Political divisions between Somalia’s transitional Government and interim Parliament have undermined the momentum of the country’s peace process, a United Nations envoy said today, calling for a concerted regional and international effort to help break the stalemate.

SECURITY SITUATION IMPROVES IN EASTERN CHAD, BUT CONCERNS REMAIN

Author: Special Correspondent - Published 13-05-2011 23:03 GMT-0000
New York: The withdrawal of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic (CAR) and Chad at the end of last year so far does not appear to have adversely affected security in eastern Chad, the UN’s top humanitarian official told the Security Council today.

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