Martin Raiser World Bank Tokyo Seminar “Green Growth: Energy Efficiency in South Asia” Tokyo, Japan

Ladies and Gentlemen, good afternoon! It’s a pleasure to be speaking at this event today. Let me start by thanking JICA and the World Bank Tokyo Development Learning Center for organizing this seminar. Today I will be speaking on how South Asia can achieve greener and more resilient growth in the face of climate change. […]

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HIV/AIDS Cases Surge in Asian Region

By Md Abdul Halim Sarker In a concerning development, health authorities across the Asian region have reported a significant surge in HIV/AIDS cases, prompting renewed calls for intensified prevention and treatment efforts. According to the latest data released by the World Health Organization (WHO), several countries in Asia have witnessed a worrying uptick in new […]

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South Asian Climate Change Journalists Forum Advocates Urgent Action at COP 28

Masum Billah, Expo City Dubai-UAE At the ongoing COP 28 conference in Dubai, the South Asian Climate Change Journalists Forum (SACJF) held a significant sideline event. Thoriq Ibrahim, Maldives Minister of Environment and SACJF President, highlighted the severe impact of climate change on health, infrastructure, and the economy in the region. Minister Ibrahim emphasized the […]

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Can new law help tackle Philippines’ teen pregnancy emergency?

MANILA – A new bill that could be a game changer in the battle against teen pregnancies in the Philippines is inching through Congress with activists hoping it could galvanize a wider campaign to tackle this “national social emergency.” The Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Bill, which was passed by the House in September and has now […]

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Indonesia Denies Smog from Forest Fires Drifted to Malaysia

JAKARTA —Indonesia’s environment ministry on Monday denied accusations that forest fires in Sumatra and its portion of Borneo island, which have blanketed some of its cities with thick haze, have also affected air quality in neighboring Malaysia. Malaysia on Friday warned residents of high pollution levels in most areas on the west coast of Peninsular […]

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Taiwan presidential hopeful offers pets for pregnancies in push to boost birth rate

Taipei City: A billionaire presidential hopeful in Taiwan has proposed boosting the plummeting birthrate by offering couples free pets if they have a baby. Terry Gou, the founder of Apple-supplier Foxconn, announced his intention to seek the presidency as an independent candidate last week. In an early sign of how his campaign may run, Gou told […]

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Why are new political parties struggling to get EC registration?

Several new political parties have complained over the Election Commission’s (EC’s) denial of their registration, alleging that the commission is only approving parties to benefit the ruling Awami League. When asked about the allegations, Election Commissioner Begum Rashida Sultana said the process of registering new political parties was not being used as a political tool […]

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Raushan Ershad declares herself chairman of Jatiya Party

Raushan Ershad declared herself as the chairman of the Jatiya Party (JaPa) on Tuesday. The move comes as incumbent chairman GM Quader is on a three-day visit to India. A notification signed by Raushan Ershad said changes have been made in the expired central executive committee of the Jatiya Party. Begum Raushan Ershad, the chief […]

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