The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved a Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) with Finland to facilitate closer and long-term cooperation in the field of environment protection and management of natural resources.
"The MoC is expected to bring in the latest technologies and best practices suited for bringing about better environment protection, better conservation, and better management of climate change and wildlife protection/conservation," an official release said.
The areas of cooperation under the MoC will include air and water pollution, remediation of contaminated soils, waste managemen...
Making girls study up to high school can help prevent at least 50 million child marriages across the world by 2030, the Save the Children organisation has said.
While an estimated 25 million child marriages were prevented in the past decade, no developing country is currently on track to meet the UN goal of wiping out the social practice by 2030, an analysis by the organisation working for the children across the world has found.
"According to the current trend, it is estimated that 134 million girls will get married between 2018 and 2030. Almost 10 million girls will marry in 2030 alone, and m...
Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has offered his government's support to the Swachh Bharat Mission, Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation said on Thursday.
"In a written message, Prime Minister Abe said that Japan will cooperate with India, which promotes the Clean India initiative under Prime Minister Modi's leadership," said the Ministry.
He further underscored Japan's commitment to realize healthy societies in Asia and congratulated India on the success of the Mahatma Gandhi International Sanitation Convention (MGISC).
"Securing clean water and i...
This International Girl Child Day, let us look at how a simple step can make a big difference in empowering girls to achieve their dreams.
"I advised my sister not to leave school because I've already made that mistake," says Ruby with her head bowed and her steady yet moist eyes fixed on the floor. The 20-year-old from a slum in Agra dropped out of school in the third grade as there were no toilets.
Like other children, she was forced to defecate behind the school building in the open or she had to walk back home just to use the toilet. Most girls didn't feel safe defecating in the ...
To increase the green cover of the national capital, Environment Minister Imran Hussain on Wednesday announced that the Delhi government will plant five lakh trees and shrubs this month on a date to be announced soon.
He also directed various greening agencies in the city to begin preparation for the massive drive which will be launched by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.
The Minister also directed the Department of Environment and Forest to undertake mass awareness campaign to make the plantation drive an unprecedented and successful drive.
The Union Cabinet at a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved raising of Extra Budgetary Resources (EBR) of Rs 15,000 crore through NABARD for the Swachh Bharat Mission (Gramin) during 2018-19, it was announced.
Announcing the decision, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said the decision will benefit around 1.5 crore rural households eligible for incentive under Swachh Bharat Mission (Gramin), and also the gram panchayats for solid and liquid waste management (SLWM) activities.
"In order to meet the financial requirements for achieving the goals of SBM(G), for the year 20...
There is a need to break the culture of silence around menstruation as the start of the cycle actually empowers women as they know they now have the power to procreate, speakers said at a awareness campaign here on Monday.
The campaign 'Let us talk about Periods', organised by the UNICEF on the occasion of World Menstrual Hygiene Day, brought together bureaucrats, women's rights activists and experts in a bid to sensitize women as well as men about the natural process considered a taboo in our country.
"It is usually termed a women's issue and male members of the family, of the ...
An app to fight fake medicine has helped a team of Indian students from Bengaluru win a special award at the annual Microsoft Imagine Cup world championship held at the tech giant's headquarters in Redmond, US.
The awards announced on 25th July saw "Team DrugSafe" from R. V. College of Engineering here win the award under Big Data category.
Microsoft Imagine Cup is a technology competition where students from around the globe team up to solve some of the world's biggest problems.
Team smartARM from Canada emerged as the world champion of Imagine Cup 2018 with t...
The Women and Child Development (WCD) Ministry said they are planning to introduce online course on nutrition for better implementation of "Poshan Abhiyaan" scheme.
"WCD, with the assistance of National Institute of Nutrition, is in the process of developing an online course for nutrition. These courses are planned to be hosted independently by the Ministry and the National Institute of Nutrition portals," it said in a statement.
In a meeting, chaired by Union WCD Minister Maneka Gandhi, with members from the NITI Aayog, three modules of the course were presented and a decision o...
It lacks the usual commercial trappings of a Bollywood film, but with its message of cleanliness and an admonition against open defecation, "Toilet - Ek Prem Katha", inspired by Prime Minister Narendra Modis Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, has ably demonstrated how a film can transcend demographic and language barriers.
Produced by Anil Ambani-promoted Reliance Entertainment through its collaborative venture Plan C Studios, the film is now spreading Modi's message in the overseas markets, notably mainland China.
"It is a matter of great pride for us to be associated with ‘Toilet - Ek...
New Delhi: Retinal diseases often get underdiagnosed as people feel no pain when symptoms start showing up and the other eye often compensates for the poor eye, experts from the All India Opthalmological Society (AIOS) said at a workshop on retinal disease here.
Among the various retinal disorders, age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and diabetic macular edema (DME) are the major types that account for about 8.7 per cent and 4.8 per cent of blindness in the world respectively.
The common symptoms of retinal disorders like AMD include blurred or distorted vision, dark s...
London: People with cancer have an increased risk of developing blood clots, with roughly one in five experiencing venous thromboembolism (VTE) -- either a blood clot in a deep vein or a condition in which one or more arteries in the lungs become blocked by a blood clot.
The results from the clinical trial called "select-d" suggested that prescribing the oral drug rivaroxaban significantly reduced VTE recurrence among patients with cancer.
"Clinicians were already adopting the oral drug into practice for non-cancer patients and now they have data from this study ...