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UNAIDS applauds Mongolia for removing HIV-related travel restrictions

The United Nations Joint Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has welcomed the recent law reforms in Mongolia that have removed all travel restrictions and other discriminatory provisions for people living with HIV. The reforms, which were passed in December and came…

Japan Treading New Horizons in Education

By Ramesh Jaura When I visited Japan five years ago and met senior representatives of the Soka Gakkai International (SGI)in Tokyo, I learnt about the educational activities of this faith organization and the underlying concept spelt out by its President…

Bangladesh: garment industry – a cautious optimism

From the moment you arrive at the Dhaka airport, it’s clear that the apparel industry is vital to Bangladesh’s economy. Airport walls are lined with posters advertising local garment manufacturers, textile mills, and trims suppliers. Apparel accounts for between 70…

Russia and China: Arms around the Middle East

Russia and China have drawn a great deal of censure this past year for resisting UN Security Council resolutions to intervene in the domestic affairs of Syria and Iran. Why, many ask, would this duo leverage their growing global political…

UN rights chief praises groundbreaking report on violence against women in India

A new report proposing ways to tackle violence against women in India represents a groundbreaking basis for action, the United Nations human rights chief said today, urging the Government to follow through with its recommendations. The report was produced by…

Syria: a civil war or a war on cities?

Pressenza publishes this statement from two representatives of the Mayor’s for Peace organisation.  Blaming elements on both the government and opposition side of the conflict for the barbarities of war, the Mayors appeal for the elimination of weapons of mass…

North Korea nuclear test ‘inevitable’?

A third nuclear test by the DPRK (North Korea) has been all–but inevitable ever since the less than optimal results at its first two nuclear tests. Between 1945 and 1990, the US and Soviet Union conducted over 1000, and about…

Fear in Kashmir as authorities advise what to do in the event of a nuclear explosion

Guidelines were published on Monday in the Greater Kashmir daily warning people about the do’s and don’ts in the case of a nuclear bomb explosion.  These guidelines also found on the Jammu and Kashmir Civil Defence, Home Guard and State…

Japan to build world’s largest offshore wind farm

This article can be found its entirety on the New Scientist website. It’s goodbye nuclear, hello renewables as Japan prepares to build the world’s largest offshore wind farm this July. By 2020, the plan is to build a total of…

Dark edge to going bright Green

The traditional incandescent light bulb is in the news again in Hong Kong where an outright ban was proposed by government but vetoed by a lack of interest in that extreme measure by the general population. Robert Hanson, who has…

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