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Specter of climate change looms large, say small island nations at UN

New York, Sept 27 (IBNS) Leaders of small island developing nations on Friday urged the United Nations General Assembly to prioritize climate change and assist in their front line battle against its mounting impact.

Ebola: UN mission readies to start work as virus death toll surpasses 3,000

New York, Sept 27 (IBNS) The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday said it is intensifying its cooperation with a wide range of partners trying to accelerate work on experimental therapies and vaccines as it announced that Ebola has now sickened more than 6,500 and killed more than 3,000.

At meeting with Pacific island leaders, Ban urges progress on climate change fight

New York, Sept 27 (IBNS) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today lauded Pacific Island nations for their “strong position” on the sustainable development of the world’s oceans and underscored the United Nations’ continuing role in assisting the region's small island developing states (SIDS) in their battles against climate change and in their transition to democracy.

NGT renders forest clearance to Mahan Coal invalid after SC verdict

Singrauli, MP, Sept 26 (IBNS): The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Friday said the forest clearance granted to Essar and Hindalco's Mahan Coal Ltd becomes invalid following the SC decision to de-allocate 214 coal blocks.

UN chief to leaders: 'The world can and must stop Ebola – now'

New York, Sept 25 (IBNS) "The world can and must stop Ebola – now," Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told world leaders gathered at a special meeting held on Thursday at the United Nations to speed up the global response to the outbreak that has evolved from a public health crisis into a threat to peace and security.

Fashion designer Victoria Beckham joins UN effort to achieve world free of HIV

New York, Sept 25 (IBNS) The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) on Thursday appointed British fashion designer Victoria Beckham as its International Goodwill Ambassador, with a focus on women and children affected by the virus.

As host of UN hub against Ebola, Ghana calls for cooperated efforts to halt outbreak

New York, Sept 25 (IBNS) We cannot afford to let fear keep us away, the President of Ghana on Thursday told the United Nations General Assembly calling for a sustained, coordinated international effort to stem the outbreak of the Ebola virus which he calls a "disease of isolation."

SC verdict on coal block allocation provides an opportunity to reform the entire mining sector: CSE

New Delhi, Sept 25 (IBNS): In its final verdict on the coal block allocation case delivered on Wednesday, the Supreme Court has cancelled 214 coal blocks that were allotted since 1993, which according to the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) provides an opportunity to reform the entire mining sector

Wagh Bakri commits towards elimination of pesticides from tea cultivation

New Delhi/Ahmedabad, Sept 25 (IBNS): In an encouraging turn of events, Wagh Bakri, a packaged tea company in India, has committed to support elimination of pesticides in tea cultivation, after continuous engagement with Greenpeace.

India's confidence in green products is highest in global index: Study

Kolkata, Sept 25 (IBNS): The DuPont Green Living Survey: India, conducted by TNS Global, found that a majority of Indian consumers are familiar with green products, have confidence that green products are better for the environment, and feel that biobased ingredients enhance the desirability of a product.

Union Home Minister launches intensive cleanliness campaign by MHA

New Delhi, Sept 25 (IBNS) Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh launched an intensive cleanliness campaign by the Ministry of Home Affairs, here on Wednesday.

Mangalyaan sends first image of Mars

New Delhi, Sept 25 (IBNS): "MOM" has started with her work and duties immediately after insertion into martian orbit.

President condoles the loss of lives in accident, flood

New Delhi, Sept 25 (IBNS): President Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday condoled the loss of lives in accident in which a bus fell into Bhakra Nangal Dam’s Gobind Sagar Reservoir in Himachal Pradesh. He also condoled loss of lives due to floods in certain areas of Meghalaya and Assam.

Rwandan President calls on public, private sector to work together on climate change

New Yoprk, Sept 25 (IBNS) Addressing the General Assembly on Wednesday at its annual general debate, the President of Rwanda, Paul Kagame, said the success of the Millennium Development Goals framework illustrated the ongoing strength of international cooperation and called on the public and private sectors to follow a similar method to worked together on climate change. The world must look forward to a future where countries do not have to choose between clean energy and economic growth, he said.

South Africa's President pledges to support Ebola-affected nations, conflict-ridden countries

New York, Sept 25 (IBNS) The recent outbreak of Ebola in West African has exposed the lack of infrastructure and limited resources in Africa, said South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma on Wednesday as he pledged to continue, in every possible way, to assist the people and Governments of hardest-hit Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.