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Scientists in UN-backed initiative decode tsetse fly genome

New York, Apr 25 (IBNS): Scientists in a United Nations-backed collaborative have cracked the genetic code of the bloodsucking tsetse fly in a breakthrough that brings new hope to the fight against one of the most devastating livestock diseases spread by the insect.

UN kicks off annual global immunization campaign

New York, Apr 25 (IBNS): While some 80 percent of children around the world, or 110 million infants, are receiving life-saving vaccinations each year, "one in five - more than 22 million children - not being vaccinated is too much for us," according to the World Health Organization at the start of World Immunization Week 2014.

UN boosts knowledge-sharing to combat diseases

New York, Apr 25 (IBNS): Announcing that more than 50 partners are now on board its partnership initiative to fight against neglected tropical diseases, tuberculosis and malaria, the United Nations intellectual property agency on Thursday hailed the watershed achievement as a significant step towards helping more than one billion people overcome such maladies.

WHO calls for investment in the battle against malaria

New Delhi, Apr 24 (IBNS): With three out of four people remaining at risk of malaria in WHO’s South-East Asia Region, which is home to a quarter of the world's population, the organisation urged governments, development partners and the corporate sector to invest more to sustain these gains and eliminate malaria.

Malaria claims 50K lives in India per year: ASSOCHAM

New Delhi, Apr 24 (IBNS) As about 50,000 people in India and about one crore across the world die of mosquito-borne diseases every year, apex industry body ASSOCHAM under the aegis of its CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) Foundation has planned to launch an awareness campaign with an aim to spread information about malaria, its causes, prevention and treatment on the eve of World Malaria Day commemorated globally every year on April 25.

American Center celebrates Earth Day

Kolkata, Apr 24 (IBNS): The American Center, Kolkata, in collaboration with the Earth Day Network and, on Tuesday celebrated the Earth Day with 80 Kolkata school children.

NASA satellites show drought may take toll on Congo rainforest

Washington, Apr 24 (IBNS) A new analysis of NASA satellite data shows Africa's Congo rainforest, the second-largest tropical rainforest in the world, has undergone a large-scale decline in greenness over the past decade.

UN seeks sustainable food systems to adapt climate change

New York, Apr 24 (IBNS): Countries need to shift to more sustainable food systems to adapt to the effects of climate change, the Director-General of the United Nations Food and Drug Organization (FAO) Jose Graziano da Silva told a conference in Morocco on Wednesday, warning that the phenomenon has the potential to reshape the planet's food production scenario.

UN marks Mother Earth Day, urges protection of planet

New York, Apr 23 (IBNS): On International Mother Earth Day, the United Nations urged greater efforts to promote sustainable development and use of renewable energy sources, with United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appealing for worldwide changes in attitude and practice to curb the negative impact of human activity on the planet.

UN urges coordinated action on food security

New York, Apr 23 (IBNS): Overfishing, habitat destruction and pollution are atop the agenda of a United Nations-backed summit on the role of oceans in global food security, livelihoods and economic development which opened on Tuesday in The Hague, the Netherlands.

Strand partners MSMF for translational lab

Bangalore, Apr 22 (IBNS): With the aim of making genomics-based diagnostics accessible and affordable for people in India, Strand Life Sciences Private Limited, a global life sciences & clinical genomics company headquartered in Bangalore, entered into a partnership with the Mazumdar-Shaw Medical Foundation (MSMF) to set up the Strand at Mazumdar-Shaw (SAMS) translational lab in the Mazumdar-Shaw Centre for Translational Research (MSCTR) located at Bangalore.

Ford to increase green content in manufacturing

New Delhi, Apr 21 (IBNS): Ford on Monday announced that its emphasis on environmentally sound manufacturing began at its manufacturing facilities.

4.5 lakh child labours in e-waste activities: Study

New Delhi, Apr 21 (IBNS) In India, about 4.5 lakhs child labours between the age group of 10-14 are observed to be engaged in various e-waste (electronic waste) activities, without adequate protection and safeguards in various yards and recycling workshops, according to the ASSOCHAM recent study on ‘Earth Day’, to be observed on Tuesday.

NASA discovers Earth-size planet in 'habitable zone'

Washington, Apr 18 (IBNS) Using NASA's Kepler Space Telescope, astronomers have discovered the first Earth-size planet orbiting a star in the "habitable zone" -- the range of distance from a star where liquid water might pool on the surface of an orbiting planet. The discovery of Kepler-186f confirms that planets the size of Earth exist in the habitable zone of stars other than our sun.

World Hemophilia Day observed in Kolkata

Kolkata, Apr 17 (IBNS): To mark the occasion of World Hemophilia Day on Thursday, Patient Awareness Camps were organized at Institute of Hematology & Transfusion Medicine Medical College, Kolkata and at the Hemophilia Society, Kolkata Chapter with sessions for the patients on Hemophilia and its management.