Liberia: Low-income households to benefit from electricity connections

The World Bank, acting as administrator for the Global Partnership on Output-Based Aid (GPOBA), has approved a grant of US$10 million to connect about 80,000 people to Monrovia’s electricity grid, raising the electricity access rate in Liberia’s capital from 0.6 percent to 8 percent. This was contained in a press release by the World Bank, [...]

Israel steps up its persecution of Palestinian lawmakers

Israel has intensified its persecution of members of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC). Israel forces arrested PLC Speaker Mr. Aziz Dweik at Jaba checkpoint, near Ramallah on 19 January. His arrest came five days after the Geneva based Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) discussed the situation of PLC members in Israeli jails. PLC members visited the IPU Committee [...]

Bangladesh unveils cyber watchdog to check crimes

Bangladesh in the wake of last week use of social media by key conspirators botched Islamic coup, the authority unveiled on Friday a new cyber watchdog. Bangladesh Computer Security Incident Response Team (BD-CSIPT) began its operation with an objective to secure the country’s information and communication traffic. The abortive coup by Islamic radicals planned to [...]

Need to Rewrite the Mountain Perspective!

Tagged as fragile, remote and marginal, these three aspects have featured prominently in discussions and deliberations concerning development in the mountains in our part of the world. Retired but active academician N S Jodha, a former senior staff with the Kathmandu-based Integrated Center for International Mountain Development, has been credited for using these three features [...]

Huge crowds on anniverary of ´25 January´ testify that Eypt´s revolution is not over yet

Hundreds of thousands streamed towards Tahrir Square in Cairo yesterday on the first anniversary of the beginning of the Egyptian revolution. The square was completely packed, surrounding places like Talaat Harb square or the Qasr el- Nil bridge were as well. Al-Ahram Online reported that some people thought that the day saw a bigger turnout [...]

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