New executive directors appointed at World Bank and Asian Development Bank

Rajesh Khullar has been appointed to the World Bank as executive director and Sameer Kumar Khare, additional secretary in the economic affairs department of the finance ministry is set to be the new executive director at Asian Development Bank for a tenure of 3 years.According to multiple reports, India has been highly dependent on multilateral […]

CSE calls for ‘green’ recovery action plan

United Nations General Assembly declared September 7 as the International Day of Clean Air for blue skies. The idea was to build awareness on clean air for health, productivity, economy and environment at all levels — individual, community, corporate and government. As the world marks the first such day on Monday, the Centre for Science […]

World Bank halts country business climate rankings to probe data irregularities

It came under fire in early 2018 when the World Bank’s then-chief economist, Paul Romer, said methodological changes to the report may have been biased against Chile’s socialist president at the time, Michelle Bachelet. The report published in 2017 dropped Chile to 55th from 34th in 2014, when Bachelet took office.

Fact check: World Bank website does not show COVID-19 testing kits were purchased in 2017 and 2018

Social media users are sharing posts claiming the World Bank’s website shows that COVID-19 testing kits were purchased in 2017 and 2018, implying prior knowledge of the outbreak. This is false: the World Bank explained the products had only been relabelled with COVID-related descriptions in April 2020. Prior to that, the products had been listed since 2017, but not in relation to the pandemic.

World Bank Cancels Loan for Bisri Dam Project in Lebanon

“The decision to cancel the Lebanese loan will take effect immediately due to the failure to complete the necessary tasks to build the dam”, the World Bank said in a statement. The construction of the dam has been suspended partially since late June, as the World Bank has been concerned about certain issues undermining the […]

Rajasthan govt to work on action plan for introduction of cheetahs

Cheetahs roamed about India’s grasslands till the 1950s when they were hunted to extinction in the country. Iran has a sub-species of the Asiatic cheetah but has refused to share them with India, forcing the government to look for the African ones. The Asian and the African species separated between 30,000 and 60,000 years ago.

World Bank approves grant for road upgrading in Uganda

“The Uganda Roads and Bridges in the Refugee Hosting Districts Project will upgrade 105km Koboko-Yumbe-Moyo road from gravel to bitumen and strengthen the institutional capacity of the Uganda National Roads Authority to manage environmental, social, and road safety risks,” the statement said.

UN launches COVID-19 tri-national action plan in South America

This triple border region — home to nearly 209,000 people, in which 57 percent of them are indigenous — is currently witnessing the highest COVID-19 mortality rates in the world. COVID-19 is disproportionally affecting indigenous people with double of the national fatality rate, which is already one of the highest fatality rates worldwide, it noted.

BJP seeks action plan to prevent attacks on temples in State

Leading a protest by the party activists demanding the release of those arrested in connection with a protest staged at Antarvedi in East Godavari district, Ms. Purandeswari said handing over of the case relating to burning of the temple chariot indirectly amounted to admitting the government’s failure to offer protection to places of worship belonging […]

Delhi: More rigorous testing in revised action plan

NEW DELHI: With the capital witnessing a worrying rise in the number of new Covid-19 cases and deaths now, Delhi government has put in a place a revised Covid response plan. It seeks to ensure rigorous contact tracing and tests of all symptomatic and asymptomatic high-risk contacts and formation of containment zones around home and […]