GCF Approves A Major Grant To Nepal

Kathmandu,Nov 14 : Green Climate Fund approves major grant to build resilience, mitigate effects of climate change on vulnerable rural families in Nepal The Board of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) has approved more than USD 39 million in funding for a project that will build resilience and mitigate the effects of climate change to the benefit of nearly one million people in Nepal, the GCF board announced today. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)...

Hong Kong police open fire during rush hour protests

Hong Kong,Nov 11 : A Hong Kong police officer shot at masked protesters on Monday morning, hitting at least two, as anger sparked by the recent death of a student spilled into the rush hour commute. The shooting, which was broadcast live on Facebook, is the latest escalation in more than five months of seething pro-democracy protests that have engulfed the international financial hub and battered its reputation. Footage showed a police officer drawing his sidearm in the district...

US begins formal withdrawal from Paris climate accord

NEW YORK, NOV 05 : The Trump administration formally notified the United Nations on Monday that the U.S. will begin its withdrawal from the Paris climate accord, a process that will be completed over one year. “Today the United States began the process to withdraw from the Paris Agreement,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement. “Per the terms of the Agreement, the United States submitted formal notification of its withdrawal to the United Nations. The withdrawal...

New Delhi’s 32 Areas Record Severe Air Quality

New Delhi, Nov 05 : Air quality in Faridabad, Ghaziabad, Noida, Greater Noida, and Gurugram was marked as ‘severe’ and ‘very poor’ with the AQI level falling between 444 and 464, says the CPSB data for Tuesday. Pollution level in Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR) has reached a severe level as the overall air quality index breached the 464-mark on Tuesday. The data from the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) says the air quality in the NCR...

China launches new Earth observation satellite

TAIYUAN, Nov. 4 (Xinhua) — China on Sunday launched a new Earth observation satellite, Gaofen-7, which will play an important role in land surveying and mapping, urban and rural construction and statistical investigation, according to the China National Space Administration (CNSA). The Gaofen-7, launched on a Long March-4B rocket at 11:22 a.m. (Beijing Time) from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in north China’s Shanxi Province, is China’s first civil-use optical transmission three-dimensional surveying and mapping satellite that reaches the...

Air Pollution Continues Its Choking Grip On Delhi

Delhi,Nov 04 : Despite a light drizzle, the air emergency continued in Delhi on Sunday morning as a thick layer of smog engulfed the city with the air quality index (AQI) reaching 473 at 9 am, according to Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) data. The air quality at most monitoring stations on Sunday morning was in the ‘severe’ category. At ITO the AQI levels were 488, while at Anand Vihar and RK Puram the levels were 483 and 457...

ASEAN summit kicks off in Thailand with focus on multilateralism, connectivity

Kathmandu,Nov 03 (RSS) : The 35th summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the related summits kicked off here on Sunday with multilateralism and connectivity taking the center stage. Addressing the opening ceremony of the summit, Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said to create a prosperous and sustainable region, “we should continue to work to conclude negations on RCEP (the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership) within this year to stimulate economic growth as well as trade and...

How mega infrastructure projects in Africa, Asia and Latin America are reshaping development

Kathmandu,Nov 03 : Huge investments in infrastructure are redefining global development, from China’s Belt and Road Initiative to infrastructure development plans from the African Development Bank and the Initiative for the Integration of the Regional Infrastructure of South America. The scramble to build infrastructure across Africa, Asia and Latin America is reconfiguring the economic geography of countries and regions. As we argue in our recent research, these initiatives enhance the connection between territories so that strategic industries and resources are easily plugged into global networks of...

Asia-Pacific Revenues And Livelihoods Threatened

Kathmandu,Oct 18 : More coordinated action is needed to stamp out illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing in Asia and the Pacific – activities that result in estimated losses to the region of some USD 5 billion annually, the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today. FAO has been responding to the growing problem of IUU fishing by working with governments worldwide encouraging them to accede to the Port State Measures Agreement (PSMA), a legally binding treaty, where...

Air New Zealand offers ‘safety tips’ to Irish rugby fans

Kathmandu,Oct 17 : Air New Zealand has offered Irish rugby fans some tongue-in-cheek “safety tips” before the countries face off in the quarterfinal of the Rugby World Cup in Japan on Saturday. The highly tipped All Blacks are straining not to seem cocky ahead of the match in Tokyo, but the national flag carrier has no such qualms, urging Ireland fans to brace for impact. In a made-to-go-viral online ad, “flight attendants” give a safety briefing in a house...

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