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‘Montreal treaty saved world’s ozone layer’

Author(s): DTE Staff 
Issue Date: May 28, 2015
The ozone hole over the Arctic would have been 40 per cent bigger today if ozone-depleting chemicals had not been banned in the 1980s, suggests a new research. It says that if not for the success of the Montreal Protocol in 1987, the hole would have been large enough to affect northern Europe, including the UK.

Cabinet likely to give nod to real-time fund transfer for MGNREGA

Issue Date: May 28, 2015
A decision to transfer funds for India’s flagship employment guarantee scheme in real time will be taken soon. This is expected to end the procedural delay in fund transfer for the scheme to states, a factor known to be behind its poor implementation. It will enable states to get their share of funds on any day of their choice.

Further discussion needed on the role of non-state actors in health

Issue Date: May 28, 2015
The framework of engagement with non-state actors (FENSA) was one of the most contentious issues discussed at the recently concluded World Health Assembly (WHA) in Geneva. The resolution came up on the first day, but was not discussed. Instead, a drafting committee was set up to resolve the problem. The drafting committee submitted its report in the last session of the World Health Assembly.