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WHO TB report: India tops list of nations with high disease burden

Issue Date: Oct 22, 2014
With more than two million cases of tuberculosis, India remains on top in the list of countries carrying high burden of the disease. This fact has been highlighted in the Global Tuberculosis Report-2014 published by the World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday.

Ethical concerns eclipse world’s race to develop Ebola vaccine

Issue Date: Oct 22, 2014
While the whole world waits for the researchers to successfully invent a vaccine against the deadly Ebola, the progress towards finding an effective treatment is being hampered by a few ethical concerns.

Germany and Denmark are top green performers, according to Global Green Economy Index

Issue Date: Oct 22, 2014
Germany and Denmark have emerged as the top two green performers of 2014 (based on perception), according to the fourth edition of the Global Green Economy Index (GGEI). Sweden and Norway, on the other hand, have scored the highest based on performance.

Prozac has negative effect on bird population, finds study

Issue Date: Oct 22, 2014
Increasing consumption of anti-depressants by humans is affecting bird populations, according to a recent study. The drugs find their way into the food chain of other species through sewage and effluent. 

Living with smokers is as bad as living in polluted cities

Issue Date: Oct 22, 2014
A new study, published online in British Medical Journal’s Tobacco Control peer-review journal, finds that non-smokers who live with smokers are exposed to three times the officially recommended levels of damaging air particles.

Countries mull over impact of Ethiopian dam even as construction continues

Issue Date: Sep 22, 2014
Renaissance dam, the $4 billion Ethiopian dam which is slated to be the largest on the continent, has become a cause for concern for Egypt, Sudan and other countries. They are worried that the project, whose reservoir will hold 74 billion cubic metres of Nile water, will disrupt flows to downstream countries.

Will Narayan Rane’s loss in Maharashtra mean better protection for Western Ghats?

Issue Date: Oct 22, 2014
One of the most significant upsets in the Maharashtra elections was the ouster of former chief minister and Congress stalwart Narayan Rane in his stronghold of Kudal in Sindhudurg district.

Over 200 stalls of crackers gutted in Faridabad fire

Issue Date: Oct 22, 2014
As many as 200 shops selling firecrackers in Haryana’s Faridabad were gutted in a fire on Tuesday evening. The shops were located around Dussehra Ground, one of the authorised places in the state for selling of fire crackers. This is also the biggest firecracker market in the area.
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