A comprehensive history of America’s ties with South Asia

Title: The Most Dangerous Place: A History of United States in South Asia; Author: Srinath Raghavan; Publisher: Penguin Allen Lane; Pages: 472; Price: Rs 799   Bhavana Akella IANS   American interest in South Asian countries (particularly India) — which deepened after the British decolonisation in 1947, in search of capitalist opportunities — has come […]

Gender equality index highlights big data gaps ahead of 2030 deadline

Emma Batha Thomson Reuters Foundation   World leaders who have pledged to end gender inequality by 2030 will miss the ambitious target if they do not accelerate efforts to plug “profound” data gaps, experts said ahead of launching a new gender index on Wednesday.   Global partnership Equal Measures 2030, which is overseeing the index, […]

Child deaths from preventable causes cut by half since 2000 – U.N.

Lin Taylor Thomson Reuters Foundation     Six million children worldwide died last year from preventable diseases and other complications, which was about half the number of similar deaths in 2000 when nations endorsed goals to end extreme poverty, the United Nations said on Tuesday. World leaders adopted the U.N.’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in […]

Eco-labels, sustainability can be key to new markets: UN

IANS Eco-labels and voluntary sustainability standards that uphold not just the quality but also the sustainability of products from developing countries can be the key to unlocking new markets, a United Nations report said on Monday.   Ecolabelling is a voluntary method of environmental performance certification and labelling practised around the world. An ecolabel identifies […]

Alibaba fest to celebrate innovations by young Chinese

Bhavana Akella IANS   Hundreds of young Chinese entrepreneurs are revving up to showcase their smart technologies and products at Taobao Maker Festival of e-tailer giant Alibaba from Thursday in this ancient city, 180 km southwest of Shanghai.   “The festival celebrates the creativity of merchants, especially from the younger generation, on our online marketplace Taobao. The four-day event will draw inspiration from this great […]

Culture of Peace Embedded in Every Word on the UN Charter

Miroslav Lajcák, President of the current 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly, in his address to the Forum on a Culture of Peace   Miroslav Lajcák Inter Press Service   As we open this Forum, I will make three main points. First, I want to ask: what does a culture of peace actually mean? […]

Thai fishing boat slavery in spotlight at Toronto film festival

Beh Lih Yi Thomson Reuters Foundation   The plight of workers trapped in slavery on Thai fishing boats will be cast in the spotlight at the Toronto International Film Festival, with the screening of a documentary aimed at making people think twice about the seafood they consume.   Ghost Fleet, a 90-minute film backed by […]

UN begins talks on world’s first treaty to regulate high seas

Thalif Deen Inter Press Service   After several years of preliminary discussions, the United Nations has begun its first round of inter-governmental negotiations to draft the world’s first legally binding treaty to protect and regulate the “high seas”—which, by definition, extend beyond 200 nautical miles (370 kilometers) and are considered “international waters” shared globally.   […]

Two million risk hunger after drought in Central America – UN

Anastasia Moloney Thomson Reuters Foundation   Poor harvests caused by drought in parts of Central America could leave more than two million people hungry, the World Food Programme (WFP) said on Friday, warning climate change was creating drier conditions in the region.   Lower than average rainfall in June and July has led to major […]

Laos website seeks to promote and preserve traditional food and farming

Michael Taylor Thomson Reuters Foundation   Restaurateurs and entrepreneurs can now tap into Laos’ rich food and farming culture, with the launch of a website dedicated to preserving traditional recipes and agricultural practices before they die out.   The website highlights Laotian products like forest honey, and river weed that is pressed into sheets and […]

New Thai law for forest-dwellers does not give ownership rights

R ina Chandran Thomson Reuters Foundation   Thai campaigners have criticised a pilot programme that allows villagers to live in the forest as long as they care for the environment, arguing that it does not give land tenure security. More than 50,000 residents of 22 villages who live in the forests of the northern province […]

Asia’s rising appetite for meat, seafood will ‘strain environment’

Michael Taylor Thomson Reuters Foundation   Asia’s growing appetite for meat and seafood over the next three decades will cause huge increases in greenhouse gas emissions and antibiotics used in foods, researchers said on Tuesday.   Rising population, incomes and urbanisation will drive a 78 percent increase in meat and seafood demand from 2017 to […]

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