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IORA ministers welcome Sri Lanka's lead in maritime safety and security

The Indian Ocean Rim Association held its 20th  Committee of Senior Officials and 18th  Council of Ministers sessions from 31 October to 2 November 2018 in Durban, South Africa on the theme: Uniting the people of Africa, Asia, Australia and the Middle East through enhanced cooperation for peace, stability and sustainable development.

Moscow Format Consultations on Afghanistan

Pakistan delegation to the Moscow Format Consultations on Afghanistan held in Moscow today was led by Additional Secretary (Afghanistan and West Asia) Mr. Muhemmed Aejaz. Senior officials from China, Iran and Central Asian Republics also participated in the meeting.

Acceptance Speech of Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Chamling at FAO headquarters in Rome where Sikkim was given Future Policy Award (Gold) on October 15, 2018 for being a 100% organic state.

You all know that Sikkim is the first organic state in India and the world. We made this possible through our strong political will, dedication and hard work. 

Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Chamling’s address in Rome, October 15, 2018

Sikkim has led from the front under my long tenure as Chief Minister. We have legislated on a number of ‘green’ public policies. 

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Air pollution battle in India needs a sense of urgency

If India takes the top place in GDP growth globally, why we have such lower targets in meeting air quality over five years, particularly considering the fact that it is the 65 percent of India’s young population would be the main victims of the worsening air quality, writes Rajendra Shende for South Asia Monitor . 


Bangladesh, ADB sign deal for rural road network

 The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Bangladeshi government have signed an agreement for $200 million in loans to improve the rural road network in Bangladesh.