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Existing bank account holders can avail ‘Jan Dhan’ benefits

Sep 20, 2014 06:00 AM Clarity among people on the ambitious Jan Dhan scheme is very crucial, said a high ranking Indian official.
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Uttarakhand gets its seventh Community Radio Station

Sep 19, 2014 08:00 AM ‘Mandakini Ki Aawaz’ is set to go on air in the disaster prone state of Uttarakhand after struggling for four years to secure a Community Radio license.

Integrated reporting introduces firms to best practices: IIRC

Sep 19, 2014 12:25 PM Integrated reporting is not just about more reporting, says Paul Druckman, Chief Executive Officer, The International Integrated Reporting Council.
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New pro-poor scheme launched in Indian state of Gujarat

Sep 18, 2014 05:10 PM This scheme, ‘Swavalamban Abhiyan’, will benefit and empower the women in Gujarat, said the Indian Prime Minister during the launch.
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Never neglect development for people: Sri Lankan Prez

Sep 18, 2014 03:00 PM “I would never stop serving the public,” said Mahinda Rajapaksa, the Sri Lankan President.
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Indo-Nepal trans-boundary tiger status report unveiled

Sep 17, 2014 07:21 PM The report details the status of tiger and ungulate prey species populations in the trans-boundary Terai Arc Landscape (TAL)

Indian govt honours 54 women achievers in sericulture

Sep 17, 2014 05:26 PM Sericulture has been providing gainful livelihood opportunities to rural women.

South Asia has a huge mkt potential for investors: Hasina

Sep 17, 2014 04:45 PM South Asian nations, like Bangladesh, are taking lesson from the global development concepts, Sheikh Hasina said.

Need to promote regional trade within SAARC: Pak official

Sep 16, 2014 06:27 PM Trade in agricultural commodities could help bridge short term supply gaps, said S M Muneer, Chief Executive, Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP).

Labour scarcity a constraint for Indian farm sector: expert

Sep 16, 2014 08:10 AM “The issue of agricultural labor shortage very closely affects poverty alleviation and basic food security,” ICRISAT DG.
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Bangladesh floods test disaster response improvements

Sep 16, 2014 01:34 PM A 31 August situation report by the Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief said 17 of the country’s 64 districts have been affected.
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Bangladesh Cabinet approves law to stop child marriage

Sep 15, 2014 04:03 PM The approval was given at the weekly meeting of the Cabinet held at Bangladesh Secretariat with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
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Floating clinics proposed for flood hit Srinagar in J-K

Sep 15, 2014 01:14 PM The Indian health minister has advised for running a constant information campaign to prevent disease outbreak.
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Journalists work amidst grave dangers: Indian Minister

Sep 14, 2014 04:00 PM Journalists do commendable work under adverse conditions, said Najma Heptullah, the Indian Minister for Minority Affairs.
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India launches helpline for perishable food transporters

Sep 12, 2014 08:11 PM The toll free number will help in creating database of common logistical hurdles experienced on highways by the reefer operators.
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Ozone layer recovering but remains threatened: reports

Sep 14, 2014 08:00 AM “International action on the ozone layer is a major environmental success story,” WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud said.

Myanmar: UN urges greater humanitarian aid for Rakhine

Sep 12, 2014 03:36 PM Rakhine is Myanmar’s second poorest region, with a population of more than three million, according to OCHA.

Food prices drop to four-year low, says FAO

Sep 12, 2014 01:55 PM With 2014 being another record year for wheat production, prices for the staple grain continued to slide in August, reaching their lowest value since July 2010.
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Indian media laud Sri Lanka’s development

Sep 12, 2014 11:02 AM The Indian media team visiting Sri Lanka expressed confidence that the island would be a fully developed country within the next decade.
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Gujarat model did not benefit the poor: Jayati Ghosh

Sep 11, 2014 06:27 PM Despite a high growth rate, wages in Gujarat are the second lowest in India, says renowned Indian economist, Jayati Ghosh.
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