India’s forests: a matter of global concern

While the definition of forest remains ambiguous, felling continues to be a major contributor to climate change. According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, around 90% of the carbon dioxide emissions are caused by land-use change or deforestation, mostly driven by population growth and agricultural expansion. In December, two scientific publications showed the extent…

Nepal, China agree to trade in fuel on long-term basis

Nepal and China today agreed to have a long-term trade in petroleum goods, including cooking gas, petrol and diesel, and improve trans-Himalayan connectivity to boost bilateral trade. After Nepal proposed to import fuel from the northern neighbour, Chinese side expressed its readiness to jointly examine pricing, transportation and logistics for the same. The two sides…

Bhutan to remain a priority: JICA

While the KR-II grant assistance under which Bhutan received hundreds of power tillers in the past three decades ended earlier this year, Japan will continue to treat Bhutan as a top priority in its list of countries requiring support. This was reiterated by the new Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) President, Shinichi Kitaoka, during his…

State action plan on climate change launched in Assam

GUWAHATI: The Assam State Action Plan on Climate Change (ASAPCC) was formally launched in the city on Friday to fight the ill effects of climate change. It is part of the Centre’s initiative to implement state-level action plan on climate change which was approved by the Union ministry of environment, forest and climate change in…

Bhutan’s gender disparity one of worst in South Asia

  Although Bhutan has moved two places up in the recently released Global Gender Gap Report (GGGR) 2015, its gender-based disparities are one of the worst in South Asia. Bhutan is ranked 118, only ahead of Pakistan in the region, which is ranked 144 out of 145 countries. The index assesses the countries across four…