Sharp Increase in Afghan Opium Production and Consumption

The cultivation in Afghanistan of opium poppies – the crop used to make heroin and other drugs – has increased by seven per cent this year because of continued insecurity and higher prices, a United Nations-backed survey reveals. »


Bangladesh: Cell Phones Are More Popular than Toilets

‘By some measures, Bangladesh is modernizing rapidly – one in two residents now owns a cell phone. However, when it comes to basic sanitation, progress is clogged.’ While some point to obstacles of funding and a lack of political leadership, others say toilets, despite their long-established health benefits, have an image problem, adds IRIN, »


Occupy Hong Kong off to heady start

Hong Kong has its activists who are always in the limelight of the daily news but the Occupy Hong Kong action October 15 was not as graspable as the usual issues that brings the regulars out onto the street. A strong crowd gathered, in Hong Kong Central, of the more committed, regulars but mostly the new and deeply enthusiastic. »


Anti-corruption movement in India and the role of an independent anti-corruption agency

Anti-corruption ‘soldier’ Mr Tony Kwok, former Operation Head, ICAC Hong Kong, interviewed by Hong Kong resident Dilip K. Pandey, a volunteer with India Against Corruption campaign, looking at: the anti-corruption movement in India and the role of an independent anti-corruption agency like Lokpal. Presented in full owing to its usefulness as a reference. »


‘Occupy’ Movements Becoming Global

By Farooque Chowdhury* Across oceans and covering continents people around the world are struggling. There are protest marches, demonstrations, occupations. It's now global, a globalization of struggle for democracy, for a decent life. It is One Earth One Humanity One Loved, as a placard in the Occupy Wall Street Movement announces. »


Nepal takes a stand on the elimination of nuclear weapons

Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Nepal to the United Nations, Mr Gyan Chandra Acharya, has told fellow members that Nepal consistently advocates for general and complete disarmament of all weapons of mass destruction, including biological, chemical, nuclear, radiological weapons in a statement to the United Nations. »


Philippine migrant worker wins landmark Hong Kong residency case

In Hong Kong the High Court has ruled that a domestic helper from the Philippines should be allowed to apply for permanent residency in the city. The case was brought by Evangeline Banao Vallejos, a resident of Hong Kong since 1986. The ruling follows a landmark judicial review of what has been the long term practice ever since the British ruled Hong Kong. »


Mayors for Peace Reaches 5000 Members in 151 Countries and Regions

Mayors for Peace is proud to announce that its membership has surpassed the 5000 mark, making Mayors for Peace not only the fastest growing association of local governments in the world, but also, by far the largest international, direct-membership association of local governments. »


Pakistan Floods: Seven Million Victims–Women and Children Are The ‘Most Miserably Hit’

Heavy monsoon rain in southern Pakistan is hitting children and women worst of all. Over 2.5 million children have been affected by new severe floods, and around 1.5 million women of reproductive age are among the now over seven million victims. »


India-Pakistan-Bangladesh no research, no plan for region.

Mayraj Fahim's field is local governance and he commented on 60 Minutes highlighting the apparent success of the Indian Institute of Technology whereas in reality it was the nation’s failure to do research that is glaringly obvious to him! This contradicts what was shown on that popular programme. He points out a higher reality. »


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