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Monthly Archives: May 2017

Cabinet Approves Maternity Benefit Program for Pan India

New Delhi (ABC Live):Maternity Benefit Program : The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given ex-post facto approval to Pan-India implementation of Maternity Benefit Program which now has been extended to all districts of the country w.e.f. 01.01.2017. The Prime Minister in his address to the nation on 31.12.2016 had announced Pan-India implementation of Maternity Benefit …

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Cabinet Approves 10 Indigenous Pressurized Heavy Water Reactors

New Delhi (ABC Live); Indigenous Pressurized Heavy Water Reactors :  In a significant decision to fast-track India’s domestic nuclear power programme, and give a push to country’s nuclear industry, the Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its approval for construction of 10 units of India’s indigenous Pressurized Heavy Water Reactors (PHWR).  The total installed …

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UN Warns on Kosovo Serbia Trading Barbs

New York (ABC Live):Kosovo Serbia Trading Barbs : A flurry of recent intolerant and provocative rhetoric has further damaged the trust between Kosovo and Serbia – a development that must be closely watched – though the situation remains generally stable, the head of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Kosovo told the Security Council today. “Escalation has been avoided in …

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UN Asks Israel to Comply International Law for Detention

New York (ABC Live): International Law : With some 1,000 Palestinians held in Israeli jails on hunger strike for a second month, an independent United Nations expert vising the region today called on Israel to comply with international law and standards for detention. The UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967, Michael …

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3000 Adolescents Deaths Per Day from Preventable Diseases

New Delhi (ABC Live): Adolescents Deaths : More than 3000 adolescents die every day, totalling 1.2 million deaths a year, from largely preventable causes, according to a new report from WHO and partners. In 2015, more than two-thirds of these deaths occurred in low- and middle-income countries in Africa and South-East Asia. Road traffic injuries, lower respiratory infections, and suicide are …

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Global Peatlands Initiative Saves World’s Peat

Jakarta (ABC Live): Global Peatlands Initiative : The importance of peatland for humanity is undeniable. This is a notable lesson we have learned since the devastating forest and peat fires in 2015 in Indonesia. Experts estimate that drained and burnt peatland is responsible for 5 % of anthropogenic carbon emissions, which affects climate change, and peat fire-caused haze has a …

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IMF Keeps Its Views Close to Her Chest on China’s OBOR

Beijing (ABC Live): IMF – Ms. Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) today made the following statement in Beijing, China: “It has been a great pleasure to be back in China on the occasion of the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation. I had the privilege of meeting with President Xi Jinping, Premier Li Keqiang, …

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ICAO Sees Drone Enabled Air Traffic Management

Montréal (ABC Live): ICAO : In the near future, an overhead drone delivery or even a flying taxi may enter your daily life. To make these services safe and efficient, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) announced today that it will begin establishing low-altitude traffic management guidance for domestic unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), and that industry, academia and other innovators will …

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IAEA Supports SESAME to Boost Advanced Research

New Delhi (ABC Live); SESAME : A major international centre for scientific research in the Middle East, supported by the IAEA, was inaugurated in Jordan today. The Synchrotron-light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East (SESAME) will enable scientists from the region to cooperate on advanced research projects. Over the last decade, the IAEA has facilitated the training …

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MWO Launches Polar Prediction Year

New Delhi (ABC Live): Polar Prediction Year  : With relatively little data available about the Earth’s Polar Regions – posing risks for people and the environment – the United Nations weather agency has kicked off of a two-year international effort to close gaps in polar forecasting capacity and to improve future environmental safety at the farthest reaches of the planet. …

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