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20 Mar, 2014

On Int’l Day Of Happiness, UN Urges Action To End Poverty, Build Harmony

United Nations, (UN News Centre), Mar 20 2014 – Marking the International Day of Happiness with calls to promote social inclusion and intercultural harmony, senior United Nations officials today urged the global community to make real the UN Charter’s pledge to end conflict and poverty and ensure the well-being of all. “Happiness is neither a […]

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20 Mar, 2014

Four user-driven projects shaping tomorrow’s Internet

Brussels, 18 March 2014 (European Commission MEMO) – With some 2.5 billion users world-wide, today’s Internet is an established part of our lives. But new challenges are arising all the time and Europe needs to think ahead so that Internet can continue to offer new services, applications and business opportunities. From 18th to 20th March, […]

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20 Mar, 2014

Report: Israel’s Poverty Rate Highest Among OECD Nations

JERUSALEM, Mar 19 (NNN-XINHUA) – Israel has the highest poverty rate among developed countries, with one out of five Israelis living in poverty, said the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in its latest report. The ‘Society at a Glance 2014’ report says, Israel’s poverty rate is nearly twice the OECD average of 11.3 […]

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20 Mar, 2014

Growing problem of untreated wastewater focus of World Water Day March 22

Bangkok (ESCAP News) March 19, 2014  — Even as global population grows steadily, an estimated 768 million people in the world do not have access to improved water sources, 2.5 billion people have no improved sanitation and 1.3 billion people cannot access electricity. The United Nations predicts that by 2030, we will need 35% more […]

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20 Mar, 2014

Political unrest causes Bt50 billion monthly damage to Thai economy

BANGKOK, March 19  (MCOT online news)– Thailand’s tourism sector has been hardest hit of all sectors by the political turmoil since November during which a monthly circulating fund of Bt40-50 billion has vanished, according to the Thai Chamber of Commerce. Mr Issara Wongkusolkit, chairman of the Thai Chamber of Commerce and the Board of Trade […]

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19 Mar, 2014

Emerging New World Order: UK students to get Chinese math teachers

SHANGHAI, March 18 -(Xinhua)  – Shanghai’s education authority has begun drafting a program to recruit math teachers from the city’s schools to teach in the UK at the invitation of the UK Department of Education, according to sources with the city’s education committee on Tuesday. The invitation came earlier this month after British parliamentary under-secretary […]

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18 Mar, 2014

China cannot tolerate Philippines’ occupation of reef: spokesman

BEIJING, March 17 (Xinhua) — China will not tolerate the Philippines’ occupation of the Ren’ai Reef in the South China Sea and will closely watch the next move in the area, a spokesman said on Monday. “The Chinese government is as resolved to safeguard our sovereignty as ever,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said at […]

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18 Mar, 2014

A Global First: A database that visualises planetary land cover

17 March 2014, Rome (FAO Media release) – A new FAO database released today collects previously scattered and unharmonized land cover information from around the globe into one centralized database, marking a major improvement in information regarding the physical characteristics of the Earth’s surface. Up to now, one of the major challenges to getting a […]

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16 Mar, 2014

Indian TV anchor sees future global channel that will outgun BBC, CNN

Mumbai, 13 March, 2014 (FICCI media release): “From this country, in the next five to six years will emerge a channel so great, so technologically potent, so editorially confident, so slick in production and so wide in its appeal that it will give the BBC and the CNN a solid run for their money” declared […]

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16 Mar, 2014

FAO survey detects steady rise in low levels of GM crops in traded food and feed

13 March 2014, Rome (FAO media release) – The increased production of genetically modified crops around the globe has led to a higher number of incidents of low levels of GMOs being detected in traded food and feed, FAO said today. The incidents have led to trade disruptions between countries with shipments of grain, cereal […]

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12 Mar, 2014

Watch Livestream: “Christ at the Checkpoint” Conference in Bethlehem

BETHLEHEM, Palestine, Christian Newswire/ — The Bethlehem Bible College is currently holding the third Christ at the Checkpoint (CATC) conference, in Bethlehem from March 10-14, 2014. The conference theme, “Christ at the Checkpoint III: Your Kingdom Come,” draws from the Lord’s Prayer to ask how Jesus Christ would approach the Israeli-Palestinian conflict today. According to […]

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12 Mar, 2014

Healthcare providers see risks and opportunities in speed of technology change

LONDON-March 11, 2014-(BUSINESS WIRE)–European healthcare executives (51 per cent) predict that over the next three years technology platforms will have the biggest impact on their business models, however they are wary that in driving rapid change the biggest areas at risk are 1) technology itself and crucially 2) R&D. The majority (71 per cent) believe […]

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12 Mar, 2014

FREE Download: ASTA reports strong growth in profitable travel agencies

Alexandria, VA, March 11, 2014 (ASTA news release) – The American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) released its 2014 ASTA Agency Profile, which revealed that two-thirds of ASTA member agencies reported a profitable year in 2013, which is a ten percentage point increase over 2011 and 2012. In addition, agencies reporting that they just “broke […]

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12 Mar, 2014

Report discloses attempts to cheat, defraud Asian Development Bank

Manila, 11 March 2014 – Submission of fraudulent documents, recommending spouses to work as consultants, misrepresenting work experience and accepting kickbacks from suppliers were among some of the 250 cases related to internal fraud and corruption reported to the Asian Development Bank in 2013. Other cases identified in the ADB’s Annual Report of the Office […]

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11 Mar, 2014

Vodafone to set up free Wi-Fi hotspots in Indian mega-cities – The Times of India

NEW DELHI: If you are one of Vodafone India’s internet savvy smartphone users living in a metro, there’s good news for you. India’s second largest telco will soon be supporting uninterrupted browsing sessions at possibly higher speeds, a few months down the line, even in congested areas. The India arm of UK-based Vodafone Plc is […]

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11 Mar, 2014

Following NACTA Survey, Travel Agents to be rebranded as Travel Consultants

March 10, 2014, Alexandria, Va. (NACTA media release) – The National Association of Career Travel Agents (NACTA) reports that Travel Agents prefer to be called Travel Consultants through a recent member survey and the results are consistent with their parent company ASTAs findings. NACTA research conducted December 2013- January 2014 indicates nearly half of the […]

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11 Mar, 2014

Growing economies, populations will strain Asia-Pacific food resources, FAO report warns

10 March 2014, Ulaanbaatar (FAO media release) – Governments in Asia and the Pacific should take some major, fundamental decisions – and soon – about ways to increase their food production and address undernourishment, FAO has warned. The warning comes as nearly 40 FAO member countries gathered in the Mongolian capital for the 32nd FAO […]

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9 Mar, 2014

Russia invading Ukraine illegal? What about 2003 U.S. attack on Iraq?

By Nesreen Melek

06 March, 2014, Countercurrents.org Dear President Obama: Hope you and your nation are enjoying being Americans who are living in a free and a democratic country. A country that has the status of liberty stands high reflecting your idealism and nationalism. The more I listen to the news covering your government’s stand about Ukraine, the […]

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9 Mar, 2014

White House plans US$1 billion in new aviation taxes in FY 2015 budget

WASHINGTON-March 05, 2014-(BUSINESS WIRE)–Airlines for America (A4A), the industry trade organization for the leading U.S. airlines, today opposed the FY2015 White House budget proposal, which calls for an additional $4.2 billion in new and higher taxes on airlines and their customers, calling it an unprecedented cash grab that will hurt jobs, service to small communities […]

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9 Mar, 2014

India Awards Five Illustrious Women, Recognises their Personal, Professional Achievements

New Delhi, 08-March-2014, Press Information Bureau, Ministry of Women and Child Development – The President of India Mr Pranab Mukherjee was the chief guest at the celebrations to mark the  International Women’s Day where he conferred Stree Shakti Puruskar to six illustrious women in recognition of their achievements, here today. The awardees for the Stree […]

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9 Mar, 2014

City of Dalian Places Order for 1,200 BYD Electric Buses

DALIAN, China–(BUSINESS WIRE)–1200 zero-emission, electric buses made by BYD Company Ltd will soon hit the streets of China’s “Bright Northern Pearl”, Dalian. Dalian’s municipal government has signed a cooperative agreement with global electric vehicle and battery leader, BYD. The agreement stipulates the purchase of 600 BYD electric buses in 2014 and another 600 in 2015, […]

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9 Mar, 2014

World War I Centenary: Indian VP Recounts the Catastrophic Lessons for India and the World

New Delhi, Press Information Bureau, Vice President’s Secretariat, 05-March-2014 – The Vice President of India Prof M. Hamid Ansari inaugurated the International Conference on “India and the Great War” organized by the United Service Institution of India (USI) here on 05 March 2014. He recounted the historic diplomatic, military and political lessons of that war, […]

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9 Mar, 2014

China Exclusive: Wheels in motion for new US$50 billion Asian investment bank

BEIJING, March 7 (Xinhua) — China has begun the practical work to establish an Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) that would offer financial support to boost regional infrastructure, said China’s Finance Minister on Friday. “China has just established the Working Group for the AIIB preparation in a bid to accelerate the process,” said Lou Jiwei […]

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9 Mar, 2014

Xinhua Insight: End to GDP obsession frees Chinese officials to pursue environmental drive

BEIJING, March 8 (Xinhua) — Chinese Premier Li Keqiang‘s first government work report has been welcomed as the latest in a series of high-level announcements placing the emphasis for officials’ assessments on broader criteria than just GDP. In steering such evaluations away from an obsession with economic growth, the series of decrees have given local […]

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9 Mar, 2014

What Everyone Should Know About U.S. Mass Surveillance – By Edward Snowden

07 March, 2014 CommonDreams.org — What follows is a statement addressed to an investigative panel of the European Parliament looking into the nature and scope of U.S. surveillance conducted by the National Security Agency and its partner agencies in Europe. Subsequent to the statement are specific answers to written questions posed by the panel to […]

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8 Mar, 2014

Global Trade Union group urges higher safety levels for women at work

In a statement marking International Women’s Day 2014, the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) has called for stronger legal measures to end to gender-based violence and sexual harassment at work. With women comprising a significant part of the labour force in travel & tourism, the statement has major relevance to this industry which, unfortunately, has […]

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8 Mar, 2014

Record Number Of Women Winning Seats In World Parliaments, IPU reports

Mar 7 2014, United Nations, (UN News Centre) – When the United Kingdom’s former Foreign Secretary, Sir Geoffrey Howe, was visiting Pakistan during Benazir Bhutto’s term as Prime Minister, his wife asked a little boy what he would like to be when he grew up. “A truck driver, maybe,” mused the child. Surprised at his […]

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7 Mar, 2014

OECD survey charts how women spend their time

Paris (OECD News release) New OECD data comparing how people use their time  highlights striking differences between countries and particularly between men and women. Women are slowly closing the gap with men as more have careers. But there is still a huge gender gap in unpaid work, clearly showing that men are still struggling to […]

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7 Mar, 2014

FAO Food Price Index sees sharpest rise in months

6 March 2014, Rome (FAO media release) – Weather-related events and increased demand came into play as the FAO Food Price Index registered its sharpest increase since mid-2012, averaging 208.1 points in February 2014. The new level is 5.2 points, or 2.6 percent, above a slightly revised index for January, but is still 2.1 percent […]

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7 Mar, 2014

Nielsen Research: Rising Women’s Income Changing Balance of Power in Purchasing Decisions

New York, 03.March.2014 (Nielsen Research Report) – There’s something interesting happening with men and women and shopping. Women’s incomes are rising around the world, making them a force to be reckoned with. And they’re using their newfound clout to influence purchasing decisions in categories once dominated by men. So is the gender influence scale tipping […]

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6 Mar, 2014

New Zealand Top, India at the Bottom of MasterCard Index of Women’s Advancement in Asia Pacific

Singapore, 6 March 2014 (MasterCard Media release) – Women in Asia Pacific’s emerging markets tend to have more positive views of their own well-being when compared to their developed counterparts, according to the inaugural MasterCard Index of Well-Being being launched today. The Index, based on a survey of 16 Asia Pacific markets, aims to measure […]

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6 Mar, 2014

Thai Airways slashes outbound fares, as price-led recovery strategy sets in across “Travel Trinity”

Bangkok – Thai Airways International (THAI) is offering special “EARLY BIRD” promotion for customers to take advantage of roundtrip international fares on THAI and THAI Smile flights in Economy Class. The move indicates the start of a price-led strategy to get the outbound market moving following the winding down of the “Bangkok Shutdown” political protest. […]

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6 Mar, 2014

U.S. Supreme Court extends whistleblower protection to private contractors

JURIST, University of Pittsburgh Law School, 04 March 2014 – The US Supreme Court has ruled [Download the full text of the opinion here] Tuesday in Lawson v. FMR LLC that the whistleblower provision 18 USC § 1514A [Cornell LII backgrounder] of the Sarbones Oxley Act of 2002 (SOX) protects employees of private contractors and […]

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4 Mar, 2014

Muslim outreach programs reaching Hispanic converts – San Antonio Express-News

SAN ANTONIO — PEARLAND — Carlos Lopez earns money in the U.S. and sends some of it home to his family in Mexico. He also sends pamphlets and testimonies about his new faith. Last December, Lopez took the “shahada” — the profession of the Islamic faith — joining the ranks of what the American Muslim […]

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17 Dec, 2013

New Thai, Lao PDR Bridge Completes ‘Missing Link’ in Key Regional Corridor

Vientiane, ADB Media release, 11 December 2013 – A new bridge straddling the Mekong River between Thailand and Lao People’s Democratic Republic (PDR) is open for business, signaling completion of physical works along one of the Greater Mekong Subregion’s (GMS) most critical economic corridors. “The bridge is the ‘missing link’ along the North-South Economic Corridor, […]

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30 Jun, 2013

Narendra Modi instigated Hindus post Godhra train burning, alleges lawyer – Indian Express

Zakia Jafri’s lawyer today alleged before a court here that Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi had conspired to instigate Vishwa Hindu Parishad workers and other members of Hindu community after the Godhra train burning incident in 2002. Ehsan Jafri, Zakia’s husband and former Congress MP, was one of those who were slain during the riots […]

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6 Jun, 2013

India’s visually impaired students shine in PSEB Class 10 results – Hindustan Times

Chandigarh, (Punjab) – Hindustan Times – Although the Class 10 result of the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) was not according to the expectations, but the students of Institute for Blind, Sector 26 has given a surprising result. The result was declared on Tuesday and the visually impaired students have outshined the normal students as […]

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25 May, 2013

For Indian carriers, season of new hope | The Hindu

Alliances with foreign carriers, a new revenue stream from “unbundling” services, and inducting newer and more efficient aircraft: the aviation industry in India is hoping for a turnaround after a few disastrous years. Survival was first on the agenda for the major carriers which posted a total debt of over $13 billion. Air India, the […]

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