Large-scale use of biopesticides successful

Red locust outbreak under control
Author: Special correspondent - Published 25-06-2009 13:19 GMT-0000
New York: United Nations-backed emergency efforts have successfully contained a massive Red Locust outbreak in Tanzania and upheld the livelihoods of millions of farmers, marking the first time that biopesticides have been used on a large-scale in Africa against the transboundary pests.

UNESCO to consider 27 new sites for world heritage list

Currently there are 878 sites of “outstanding universal value” in 145 countries
Author: Special correspondent - Published 24-06-2009 09:42 GMT-0000
New York: The annual gathering of the committee that examines requests for inclusion on the World Heritage List is underway in Spain, with 27 new sites up for consideration, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) announced today.
Global Economic and Financial Crisis

Poorest countries will require additional external support

Restoring public confidence needs comprehensive approach
Author: Special correspondent - Published 24-06-2009 09:29 GMT-0000
In a note released for the United Nations Conference on the Global Economic and Financial Crisis and its Impact on Development, which will be held this week in New York, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) reiterated the case for a comprehensive approach to restoring public confidence in the financial sector and re-launching global economic growth.
UN Conference on World Financial Economic Crisis

Indian trade unions and NGOs call for new global economic order

Urged for waiving off IMF, World Bank debts
Author: ASHOK B SHARMA - Published 23-06-2009 13:37 GMT-0000
On the eve of the United Nations Conference on the World Financial and Economic Crisis and its Impact on Development slated to be held in New York from June 24, country's trade unions and civil society organizations have demanded that India take a firm stand by urging for replacing the ailing global financial architecture by a new one embodying principles of economic justice and equitable development.
Global Financial Crisis

Sharp fall in global output, world trade and capital flow predicted

Developing countries can ignite global recovery
Author: Special correspondent - Published 23-06-2009 10:09 GMT-0000
A New World Bank analysis of the global economy paints an unprecedented picture: global output falling by 2.9 percent and world trade by nearly 10 percent; accompanied by plummeting private capital flows, likely to decline from $707 billion in 2008 to an anticipated $363 billion in 2009.
Support from ADB and Japan

New Livelihood Opportunities For Orissa's Rural Poor

A grant of $2 million approved
Author: Special correspondent - Published 23-06-2009 09:53 GMT-0000
Sharecroppers, women and other marginal groups living in Orissa, one of India's poorest states will receive new employment and income opportunities under an Asian Development Bank (ADB), Government of Japan-funded project.

Independent probe into Bhutto Killing to begin on July 1

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon sent a letter to Asif Ali Zardari, Pakistan’s President
Author: Special correspondent - Published 23-06-2009 09:39 GMT-0000
New York: The independent commission tasked with looking into the facts and circumstances surrounding the 2007 ssassination of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto will begin its work on 1 July, the United Nations has announced.
It is time to act

Swine flu pandemic : Who is to be blamed ?

The deadly virus did not spare India
Author: ASHOK B SHARMA - Published 20-06-2009 12:37 GMT-0000
India entered the global swine flu map with the first detection of a confirmed case on May 17, 2009. A 23-year old non-resident Indian who flew from New York to Hyderabad via Emirates Airways to meet his grand parents was tested positive for the deadly Influenza A - H1N1 - virus.

Indian position on US dollar vindicated

BRIC summit opts for common agenda with caution
Author: Nitya Chakraborty - Published 19-06-2009 10:14 GMT-0000
NEW DELHI: India has been able to significantly steer the course of discussions at the BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India and China) summit in Yakaterinburg, Russia towards a cautious approach on the replacement of US dollar as the international reserve currency.
Global climate change casts its dark shadow

Export of virtual water needed, river linking is last resort : IWMI

Efficient water use needed for ensuring food security
Author: ASHOK B SHARMA - Published 17-06-2009 10:55 GMT-0000
The director general of International Water Management Institute (IWMI), COLIN J CHARTRES in an exclusive interview to ASHOK B SHARMA called for efficient management and use of the essential resource - water - with a view avoid the impending crisis of food and feed security.

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