Donors pledge billions for Ebola recovery

International donors pledged $3.4 billion in new funds Friday to help Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone in their final push to stamp out Ebola and get on the road to recovery.

Blue whales spotted off Maharashtra coast after 100 years
Blue whales spotted off Maharashtra coast after 100 years

A group of researchers claimed to have spotted a mother-calf pair of blue whales off the Sindhudurg coast in Maharashtra after nearly 100 years between March and May.

Football idols Zinedine Zidane, Ronaldo team up in UN Ebola fundraiser
Football idols Zinedine Zidane, Ronaldo team up in UN Ebola fundraiser

 Football idols Zinedine Zidane and Ronaldo will lead a star-studded team in a friendly match on Monday aimed at raising money to help Ebola-hit Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

Govt approves appointment of 3 experts as NDMA members

The government on Sunday approved appointment of a scientist, an armyman and a UN expert on disaster reduction as members of the revamped NDMA, which had previously seen mostly politicians and retired bureaucrats with no background of disaster management holding office.

Ebola wiping out Sierra Leone's post-war gains: Study

Ebola-hit Sierra Leone faces social and economic disaster as gains made since the country's ruinous civil war are wiped out by the epidemic, according to a major study released today.

UN urges world to tackle human trafficking

UN urges world to tackle human trafficking

More than 2.2 billion people `poor or near-poor`: UN report

More than 2.2 billion people are "poor or near-poor", with financial crises, natural disasters, soaring food prices and violent conflicts threatening to exacerbate the problem, a United Nations report said Thursday.

BRIC GDP to surpass output of US, European nations by 2020

Reflecting the growing might of emerging markets, a UN report Friday said that the combined output of BRIC countries including India will surpass the aggregate GDP of US, Canada and other European nation by 2020.

UNDP should focus on decimating poverty: India

India has stressed that the UNDP should focus on "decimating poverty" and that UN development systems need to be "firmly rooted in its core focus area" of only development-related work in order to be successful.

41.6% of Indians below poverty line in 2005: UNDP

The United Nations estimates that 41.6 percent of India's population lived below the poverty line in 2005, but the Planning Commission had pegged the figure lower at 37.2 percent, Parliament was informed Wednesday.

Nearly half of domestic helps in Mumbai are U-15 girls

Forty percent of domestic servants
in India`s financial capital are under 15 years of age and the
number seems to be increasing at an alarming rate, states a
report by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).