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UN and Myanmar agree on Rohingya return

An Memorandum of Understanding has been signed between the government of Myanmar and the United Nations for creating the right conditions for the safe return of over 700,000 Rohingya refugees, in case they are willing to return to their homes in Myanmar’s Rakhine province.

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UN, IIFA join forces to unleash ‘beat plastic pollution’

The campaign is a clarion call for action for the world to come together and reduce the heavy burden of plastic pollution.

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Ashden sustainability awards for three Indian firms

Three Indian firms have been globally recognized for their green energy solutions.

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Farmers across South Asia up in arms

The sight of Indian farmers spilling their produce on highways might be an unusual one, but the farm crisis spreads across much of the region.

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India braces for the plastic challenge

With politicians, celebrities and civil society joining hands to combat the menace, tackling plastic promises to become the new agenda.

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Could our addiction to plastic be poisoning us?

World Environment Day 2018, is themed as Beat Plastic Pollution, and urges governments, industry, communities and individuals to break up with single-use plastic.

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UN, Myanmar agree on framework to repatriate Rohingyas

Myanmar’s government and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) announced an agreement that would be a first step toward the possible return of Rohingya refugees to the country.

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Sterlite firing: Young men fear arrest, torture

A preliminary report of a People's Inquest provides an account on the violation of human rights of people protesting the Sterlite copper smelter plant. It notes that many people have been rounded up and beaten by police.

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India adopts Taj Declaration to beat plastic pollution

A Taj Declaration to Beat Plastic Pollution was adopted in Agra on Sunday as part of which efforts would be made to make the 500-metre area around the historic ivory-white marble monument litter-free and phase out single-use plastic.

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Action now is critical: UN Environment chief

UN Environment Chief Erik Solheim has said that the World Environment Day (WED) 2018 to be hosted by India on Tuesday is expected to be the most "exciting and inspiring WED ever".

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India’s poorest homes still await electricity

The government says electricity has reached every village in India; but in most villages, the poorest homes are still not connected to the grid, a problem compounded in the Himalayas.

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Future imperfect in India – hungrier and deeper in debt

Data from the National Family Health Survey conducted in 2016 shows that little has been achieved in tackling malnutrition. Besides, there has been a sharp increase in the indebtedness of household.

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Punishment for a Capital?

Forty six civil society organizations, in a joint statement released on Saturday, have said that the Land Acquisition Amendment Bill of Andhra Pradesh is “anti-people” as it empowers state to infringe upon people’s rights over natural resources.

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Five journalists win media fellowships on life-skills

The fellowships are being given for sensitising mainstream mass media on the importance of Life Skills for youth.

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Seventeen Nipah deaths keeps health officials on toes

The Nipah mystry continues to haunt health officials and the Health department of the government of Kerala as 17 of the 18 people who tested positive for the Nipah virus so far have died and the remaining one is presently undergoing treatment.

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Andhra set to become zero budget natural farming state

In an unprecedented transformation towards sustainable agriculture, the Government of Andhra Pradesh has launched a scale-out plan to transition 6 million farms and farmer households to 100 per cent chemical-free agriculture by 2024, in the process, aiming to create the human and social capital necessary for vibrant and inclusive agricultural production.

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World Environment Day celebrations kick off in New Delhi

India is the global host of 2018 World Environment Day, 2018 with “Beat Plastic Pollution” as the theme for this year’s edition. The issue signals the centrality of plastics and plastic waste to addressing environment challenges.

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Smoother walls healthier for lungs

A study from the University of Moratura in Sri Lanka has attempted to understand the relation between walls and respiratory health, given especially how toxic mould linked with asthma, respiratory diseases on the rise. According to the research, smoothing walls prevents mould growth in hot and humid countries.

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A leg-up for relief standards for elderly and disabled

Humanitarian inclusion standards for older people and people with disabilities are set to become part of the Humanitarian Standards Partnership through a partnership between a coalition representing this section of the world's population and the Sphere Project

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Rights, ecology take a back seat as spin doctors take over

Locals charge the police for firing on a peaceful protest as an estimated 100,000 protesters moved to the District Collectorate to lodge their protest against serious public health and environmental hazards posed by the copper smelter of Vedanta's Sterlite Copper.

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