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[ News ] Posted on Monday, December 11, 2017 - 12:44
Finds WB study on Bangladesh; rapid, unplanned urbanisation blamed for air, water pollution The country, especially its urban areas, is facing severe air and water pollution due to rapid and unplanned urbanisation, show the preliminary findings of a World Bank study. It is losing one percent (around Tk 20,000 crore) of the gross domestic product every year due to air pollution,... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, December 11, 2017 - 12:31
Pakistan is a signatory to several international human rights conventions. The country has in its constitution a good set of fundamental rights. Yet, the human rights situation in Pakistan is deteriorating. All human rights are violated in Pakistan with impunity. Rights of women and children; access to justice; labour rights; rights to: housing, life and fair trial, education, safe drinking water... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, December 11, 2017 - 12:23
Nearly two years have passed since France’s then-foreign minister, Laurent Fabius, struck his gavel and declared: “The Paris agreement for the climate is accepted.” This week, President Emmanuel Macron and the French government will host world leaders and non-state actors for the One Planet Summit. The purpose of this gathering is to celebrate climate gains made since 2015, and to boost political... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, December 11, 2017 - 12:10
CAIRO: In Egypt’s eastern desert, roads are being carved across vast expanses of sand where the government is building a new administrative capital, a long-cherished project that has failed in the past. The city will be complete with luxury hotels, upscale residential districts, a modern airport and a 345-meter tower, touted as Africa’s tallest. The work is being carried out about 45 km (28... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, December 11, 2017 - 12:05
The Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) board of directors recently approved more than $50 million in loans to help expand and improve urban water supply and sanitation services in four of Cambodia’s largest provincial cities. As part of the provincial water supply and sanitation project, the ADB will be administering a $10 million grant from the Japan Fund for the Joint Crediting Mechanism to help... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, December 11, 2017 - 11:56
Energy renovation could become one of the biggest success stories of the next EU budget.  As the EU seeks to re-energise its image and boost the confidence of EU citizens in the face of rising Euroscepticism, the next Multi-Annual Framework (MFF) offers a golden opportunity. By placing energy renovation centre-stage in the post-2020 MFF, the EU can demonstrate the tangible benefits that EU... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, December 11, 2017 - 11:49
A local firm engaged in waste collection, management, and recycling – Green Cities Incorporated (GCI), is recycling wastes and turning them into valuable products such as geometric sets and rulers for students. Plastic wastes to be recycled will include plastic bags, used jelly, soft drink and lotion containers, among others. “Plastic waste don’t completely biodegrade which harms both animals and... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, December 11, 2017 - 11:44
According to Tehran city councilor, Mahmoud Mirlouhi, some 9,500 tons of waste is being produced daily in the capital and despite the fact that there are regulations designed to govern waste management, the sector still suffers from shortcomings in waste minimization.   The councilor further regretted that not implementing waste segregation at source results in losing 2,500 tons of recyclable... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, December 11, 2017 - 11:17
The State government, which plans to construct one lakh houses for the poor in Bengaluru, has decided to drop the revenue-sharing model involving private developer and instead take up the project with internal funding. The change of plan for funding, a senior official in the government said, came after the Chief Minister’s office developed cold feet over involving private developers to construct... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, December 11, 2017 - 10:49
Open spaces in urban areas are fast shrinking so much so that a large section of the public do not have access to such spaces. In Kathmandu and Lalitpur, only 0.48 per cent and 0.06 per cent of areas can be categorised as open spaces respectively, according to government statistics.  The situation is similar in Tarai municipalities. According to National Urban Development Strategy published by... Read more