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World Bank Projects responsible for gross Human Rights violations?

World Bank Projects responsible for gross Human Rights violations?

An expose published by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) and its media partners has revealed that in the past 10 years, World bank funded projects have affected some…

Dam the Siang, Damn the Northeast!

Dam the Siang, Damn the Northeast!

GUWAHATI:  Forty four hydel projects proposed along the one river in Arunachal Pradesh that feeds the Brahmaputra? Does the Government of India want to plunge the entire north-east into a…

Rat hole mines flourish: Meghalaya lies to Green Tribunal

Rat hole mines flourish:  Meghalaya lies to Green Tribunal

SHILLONG: (Meghalaya) Rat-hole coal mining in the South Garo Hills continues unabated, even though there exists a government ‘ban’. Local newspapers say that the Meghalaya Government has misrepresented before the…

Hang on Indian Rupee, here’s Raghu to the rescue!

Hang on Indian Rupee, here’s Raghu to the rescue!

No doubt, India’s economy is taking a severe beating, and there are prophets of doom all around. But a new star on the horizon in the shape of a new…

Pakistan: Texting is banned, it’s immoral!

Pakistan: Texting is banned, it’s immoral!

ISLAMABAD: Text chatting and voice chatting  will stop in Pakistan because the Pakistan Telecom authority says its ‘Anti Islamic’. The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has directed all telecom companies operating…

90 lakh trees spared, Big Dam booted out in Manipur

90 lakh trees spared, Big Dam booted out in Manipur

IMPHAL: Several thousand people in Manipur are pleased that over 22 thousand hectares of forest have been saved from destruction as a Delhi environment authority denied permission to reclassify the…

Women’s Radio: by and for Nepal’s ‘didis’

Women’s Radio: by and for Nepal’s ‘didis’

Women’s issues rule the air-waves in  FM friendly Nepal. Nepal is the only country in South Asia that can boast of five all-women radio stations. Nepal had countless Private FM…

Trees fall to Meghalaya Highway Plan

Trees fall to Meghalaya Highway Plan

SHILLONG:  Meghalaya may lose some 3,500 trees as the National Highway 44 is to be broadened to ensure better and quicker transportation. That’s another ‘forest’ lost. Even school kids can…

Bagladesh to meet Bhutan, India for more power

Bagladesh to meet Bhutan, India for more power

Dhaka, [Bangladesh]: Electricity, or ‘power supply’ is a crucial development issue, and Bangladesh needs to buy some. Now, Bhutan has the capacity to produce far more hydro-elecrtricity than it needs,…

Turkish dams decrease Iraq’s water share

Turkish dams decrease Iraq’s water share

Turkey’s dam-building has decreased the Iraq’s share of the Euphrates River’s water.  The country’s ministry of water resources is blaming the neighbouring country.  Presently Iran is getting 15 billion cubic…

Mini-hydro projects cause water shortage in Karnataka

Mini-hydro projects cause water shortage in Karnataka

Mini-hydel projects may look like a way of supplying cleaner energy to small rural communities, but too many of them can cause serious water problems, as Karnataka is now discovering!…

South Asia Sanitation Campaign Launched

South Asia Sanitation Campaign Launched

KATHMANDU, Nepal— Thousands of citizens of Bangladesh, Nepal, India, Pakistan, Bhutan, and Sri Lanka came together earlier this week [March 19] to launch a regional sanitation campaign for South Asia.…

India’s poverty cuts slower than it’s neighbours

India’s poverty cuts slower than it’s neighbours

According to a study by Oxford University, India is lagging behind its neighbours Nepal and Bangladesh in reducing poverty. Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI), which reflects deprivation in health, education and living standards rather than simply…

Girls are ‘smarter’ phone users

Tech-savvy girls in the UK are more likely than boys to own and use a smartphone and other mobile devices, according to new market-oriented research. In the UK, girls aged…