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35 per cent of Nigeria fast turning into desert, admits government

Author(s): Snigdha Das
Issue Date: Aug 19, 2014
Nigeria, known for the highest rate of deforestation in the world, is now grappling with twin chronic problems: drought and desertification. Environment Minister Laurentia Laraba Mallam has recently revealed that the country has lost about 351,000 hectares of land to desert encroachment, which is advancing southwards at a rate of about 0.6 kilometres per year, say news reports.

Most comprehensive study on HIV, malaria, TB shows major progress in the millennium

Issue Date: Jul 24, 2014
Accelerated progress against HIV, malaria and tuberculosis (TB) has been made worldwide since 2000 when world governments adopted the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 6 to combat

MDG Report 2014: India among worst performers in poverty reduction, maternal death and sanitation

Issue Date: Jul 9, 2014
The United Nations (UN) released this week the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) Report, 2014. The report, launched by UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon, says that many of the development goals have been met or are within reach by 2015.

Bad blood

Issue Date: Aug 31, 2013

Attack on critics

Issue Date: Mar 15, 2013
Authorities in Nigeria’s northern state of Kano have pressed criminal charges against two radio journalists in connection with their criticism of local officials’ handling of a polio vaccination campaign.

Africa’s poster city

Issue Date: Jan 15, 2013
Lagos now has its edition of the famous board game Monopoly. The Nigerian metropolis, one of the fast-growing cities in the world, is the first African city to have a Monopoly edition. The board’s layout was unveiled on December 12 at Lagos City Hall, with the manmade Banana Island named as the upmarket equivalent of Mayfair in the London edition.

Science and Technology - Briefs

Issue Date: Aug 15, 2012
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