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Digital trade could cut costs in Asia-Pacific by $673 bn

According to UN-ESCAP implemention of digital trade facilitation could cut trade costs in Asia-Pacific by $673 billion annually.

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Human centric development approach is key to SDGs

Experts at a national conference on sustainability suggested human centric approach with the use of inclusive innovation and effective partnerships.

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Women’s empowerment is a public health imperative: WHO

Gender-based inequities likewise impede women’s access to essential health services, writes Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, WHO Regional Director for South-East Asia.

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Post marriage, girls want to pursue their passion: study

Girls need support, not permission from their families, says a new study by a matrimonial website.

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Sri Lanka urged to respect human rights during emergency

The Sri Lankan authorities must respect human rights under the state of emergency, Amnesty International said.

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Women bikers explore ‘sisterhood’ on Delhi roads

The riders found the ride engaging and said such rides are important to build a strong community of women riders.

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NABARD deal to help vulnerable communities in Odisha

The project is expected to improve water table and water quality for 52 lakh vulnerable communities in 15 districts of Odisha.

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Protected areas in Asia at risk of losing tigers: study

A new study underlines that almost over a third of protected areas in Asia surveyed are severely at risk of losing tigers.

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Ujjwala is a social change catalyst, not just about LPG: Govt

With the success of Ujjwala Yojna, the Indian government has raised the targeted outreach to 8 crore from 5 crore beneficiaries by the year 2020.

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Human rights violations as well as resistance up globally

Amnesty International’s State of the World’s Human Rights report for 2017/18 delivers a comprehensive analysis of the state of human rights in 159 countries

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Need to scale up health services in Cox’s Bazar: WHO

The mega camps are currently one of the world’s biggest refugee settlement areas and also one of the world’s most densely populated areas.

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About 650 pangolins poached every year since 2009

Pangolins, considered the most trafficked mammal species globally, are targeted mainly for their meat, and scales.

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Budget 2018: Hits for some, misses for others

While Budget 2018-2019 emphasises on generating productive and gainful employment for farmers and landless families, more needs to be done to enable the intended beneficiaries reap benefits.

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Data on kids outside-family-care missing in South Asia

Experts believe that data of how many children live in out-of-home-care (OHC) in each of the South Asian countries is completely missing.

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Budget 2018: Boosting digital connectivity in rural India

Increased spending for development in rural India announced in the budget is being welcomed by people as a positive initiative.

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India hails healthcare scheme for 10 crore poor families

The Indian government has reiterated its commitment to ‘Universal Healthcare’ and has announced flagship schemes to provide better healthcare to people at bottom of the pyramid.

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Indian startups bag 3 awards at Global Cleantech Forum

Clean technology innovators and entrepreneurs from India, Morocco, Pakistan and South Africa at the 2018 GCIP Global Week and Cleantech Open Global Forum in Los Angeles, USA.

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India unveils budget with more focus on farmers, health

The budget provisions claim to strengthen agriculture and rural economy, provisioning for good health care to economically less privileged.

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Ending stigma against leprosy affected people

India hosts ‘Global Appeal 2018’ to end stigma against people affected by Leprosy.

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Vidyasaarathi: A new scholarship for girl students

The scholarship is relevant to students pursuing civil engineering (B.E/ B.Tech.), Bachelors in Architecture (B.Arch) and MBA in Construction Project Management (CPM).

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