The African Vaccine Acquisition Trust (AVAT) was set up in November 2020 by Cyril Ramaphosa, President of the Republic of South Africa, in his capacity as Chairperson of the African Union (AU). Presiding over a teleconference meeting to discuss Africa’s strategy for financing COVID-19 vaccines on November 7, 2020, PresidentContinue Reading

Sri Lanka, the pearl-shaped island with a coastline of 1,340 Kilometers, is central to the Indian Ocean region as it overlooks a very ecologically sensitive region with unique biodiversity. Sri Lanka is an ecological hotspot with broad spatial-temporal variation in climatic, topographic, edaphic and zoogeographic factors that has resulted inContinue Reading

Hardline diplomat Ali Bagheri Kani has been appointed as the new deputy for political affairs. He replaces veteran diplomat Abbas Araghchi, who led six rounds of nuclear talks in Vienna up to late July.  Ali Bagheri Kani was Deputy Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council from 2007 to 2013 and currently serves as an advisorContinue Reading

On September 15, both North and South Korea  test-launched ballistic missiles a few hours apart,  South Korea’s Presidential office said it conducted its first underwater-launched ballistic missile test.  The test followed two short-range North Korean ballistic missile launches detected by South Korea’s military, South Korea’s military said the North Korean missiles, launched from central North Korea aboutContinue Reading

The World Health Organization (WHO) chief, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a press conference that more than 5.7 billion COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered globally, but only 2% of them in Africa,  Ghebreyesus informed that, so far, just two countries in Africa have reached the 40% target, the lowest of any region.  Continue Reading

On July 5, 2021, Education Minister for India, Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank launched the NIPUN Bharat programme. The programme name stands for National initiative for Proficiency in Reading with Understanding and Numeracy. The initiative aims to make any 3rd grader student proficient in foundational learning by 2026-27. The centrally sponsored schemeContinue Reading

Green Growth may be defined as a strategy for development that harmonizes economic growth with environmental sustainability while improving the eco-efficiency of economic growth and enhancing the synergies between environment and economy. Thus, green growth is development paradigm that sustains economic growth while at the same time ensuring climatic andContinue Reading

Faced with the fast accelerating impacts of climate change and the urgent need to cut carbon emissions from the energy sector while ensuring that all people have access to electricity and clean energy, the UN is convening a meeting on September 24 to mobilize commitments and measures. The UN Secretary-GeneralContinue Reading

The COVID-19 pandemic has halted progress toward global tuberculosis (TB) targets made before the start of 2020, according to a UN assessment. WHO/Europe has been assisting Member States in adopting a multisectoral approach at the national and regional levels in order to galvanize political commitments to end the TB epidemic.Continue Reading

After making “excellent progress” in the first half of the year, Gaming Realms PLC (AIM:GMR, FRA:RNE1, OTCQX:PSDMF) anticipates full-year earnings to be in line with expectations. The provider of mobile-focused game content predicted that growth would continue in the second half of the year, with the company particularly enthusiastic aboutContinue Reading