Sparing some land for urbanisation not harmful: WB official

 Most of India's urbanisation needs can be met if 4-5 per cent of its agricultural land is spared but the "passion" about losing land to industrialisation is making it difficult to pass the controversial Land Acquisition Bill in India, a senior World Bank official has said.

Guatemalan defender Pablo Villatoro shot dead

Guatemalan professional footballer Pablo Villatoro was shot dead Thursday in a road rage incident, police said. 

Iraq gets first funding to rebuild war-struck regions

Iraq and the World Bank signed a $350 million loan agreement on Sunday to fund emergency reconstruction in towns recaptured from Islamic State militants, a deal Baghdad said marked the first international help to rebuild areas devastated by war.

MNREGA world's largest public works programme: World Bank

India's rural employment guarantee programme MNREGA has been ranked as the world's largest public works programme, providing social security net to almost 15 per cent of the country's population, the World Bank has said.

Palestinians seize former premier`s funds: Office

The Palestinian Authority has seized the funds of an NGO headed by ex-prime minister and former IMF and World Bank official Salam Fayyad, his office said on Tuesday.

World Bank pledges up to $500 million for quake-hit Nepal
World Bank pledges up to $500 million for quake-hit Nepal

The World Bank on Tuesday pledged up to half a billion dollars to help Nepal rebuild after two earthquakes killed nearly 9,000 people there in April and May, leveling homes and pushing hundreds of thousands of people deeper into poverty.

JKNPP seeks due share of World bank aid for Jammu

Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party (JKNPP) on Tuesday sought "due share" for Jammu region of the World Bank grant for reconstruction of public infrastructure in flood-ravaged Jammu and Kashmir.

Parkash Singh Badal launches second World Bank-funded water, sanitation project

 Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Wednesday launched the second World Bank-funded Rs 2,200-crore project aimed at improving water and sanitation services and creating open defecation-free environment in the state.

World Bank aided disaster management programme for tsunami-hit villages

A World Bank-funded disaster management and awareness programme was launched on Saturday in 50 coastal villages of Nagapattinam district, which were the worst hit by the December 2004 tsunami.

Some 400 million lack healthcare worldwide, WHO and World Bank say

An estimated 400 million people worldwide lack access to at least one of seven essential health services, ranging from pregnancy care to clean water, according to a report released on Friday by the World Health Organization and World Bank.