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Radio rage in India

Saturday, February 13, 2016

INDIA, Feb 13 (IPS) - It is 8 am in Anugondanahalli village about 70 kms from India's IT hub of Bengaluru, capital of the southern Indian state of Karnataka. A group of farmers are huddled around a radio set sipping hot tea and tuned in to Sarathi Jhalak, a local community radio station (CRS) broadcasting on FM 90.4. On air is a programme about climate change that has everybody hooked. Experts are sharing simple tips on how farmers can pro-actively minimise the impact of erratic weather on their crops.

Costa Rica, UAE Cement Relations with Energy and Tourism

Saturday, February 13, 2016

SAN JOSE, Feb 13 (IPS) - A visit by United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan to Costa Rica paved the way for closer trade ties between the two countries, especially in the areas of tourism and sustainable energy.

Women’s empowerment in Bangladesh

Friday, February 12, 2016

RANGAMATI, Bangladesh, Feb 12 (IPS) - On a gloomy weather in a hilly suburb in Tarabonia, three women keep themselves busy stitching clothes. The informal shop-cum tailoring outlet is the only one of its kind in the neighbourhood and so the shop has a good record of sales of apparels. Minu Bai Marma, a 27 year-old housewife who runs the rented shop, gives a smile and attends to her regular customers. Customers keep ordering for new dresses, especially before festivals and Minu and her husband earn a fairly good amount of profits to run the family.

Novel Joint Committee Enhances Relations between the UAE and Panama

Friday, February 12, 2016

PANAMA CITY, Feb 12 (IPS) - The visit by the United Arab Emirates foreign minister, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, to Panama ended Thursday Feb. 11 with the creation of a novel Joint Cooperation Committee on trade and investment.

Rise of middle class undermined in East Europe & Central Asia

Thursday, February 11, 2016

UNITED NATIONS, Feb 11 (IPS) - The UN's post-2015 development agenda, which was adopted by world leaders at a summit meeting last September, includes a highly ambitious goal: the eradication of extreme poverty by the year 2030.

The decline in poverty, as reflected in the UN's Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) which ended last December, had one positive fallout: the rise of a new middle class graduating largely from the ranks of the poor.

The new normal in Fata

Thursday, February 11, 2016

PESHAWAR, Pakistan, Feb 11 (IPS) - A military operation by Pakistan's army has been proving fatal for Taliban militants who held sway over vast swathes of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) for over a decade. They crossed over the border from Afghanistan and took refuge in Fata after their government was toppled by US-led forces towards the end of 2001. After a few years, when they got a toe-hold in the region, they extended their wings to all seven districts of Fata. Not any more.

Eight Cooperation Accords Strengthen Ties between Colombia and UAE

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

BOGOTÁ, Feb 10 (IPS) - "I am honoured to be in Colombia at a time when important steps towards peace are being taken," the foreign minister of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, said after meeting with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos.

Rural youth can be tomorrow’s entrepreneurs

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Ibadan, Nigeria, Feb 09 (IPS) - Bolstering widespread prosperity in Africa is a key necessity if the world is to achieve its commitments to eradicate poverty and hunger by 2030.

Family Planning in India is Still Deeply Sexist

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

NEW DELHI, Feb 09 (IPS) - The tragic death of 12 women after a state-run mass sterilisation campaign in the central Indian state of Chhattisgarh went horribly wrong in 2014 made global headlines. The episode saw about 80 women "herded like cattle" into makeshift camps without being properly examined before the laparoscopic tubectomies that snuffed out their lives. In another incident in 2013, police in the eastern Indian state of Bihar arrested three men after they performed a botched sterilisation surgery without anaesthesia on 53 women over two hours in a field.

Women and Girls Imperative to Science & Technology Agenda

Monday, February 08, 2016

UNITED NATIONS, Feb 08 (IPS) - Can you imagine an entire day without access to your mobile phone, laptop, or even to the internet? In our rapidly changing world, could you function without having technology at your fingertips?

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