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Explained | Decoding the United Nation report on population trends, estimates

India projected to overtake China in population by 2023, Covid-19 pandemic impacted all components of population change: United Nation World Population Prospects 2022 report The story so far: The 2022 edition of the World Population Prospects (WPP) of the United Nations has projected that India may surpass China as the world’s most populous country next year. The report …

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Explained | How will the Roev. Wade rollback impact women? 

What are the implications of the U.S. top court overturning a 1973 judgment on the right to abortion? The story so far: The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday ended the constitutional right to abortion, overturning the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that had enshrined a woman’s right to her body. In its ruling, the Conservative-dominated SCOTUS (Supreme Court of …

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Organisation of Islamic Cooperation

Explained | What is the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation?

The 57-nation Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), which claims to be the “collective voice of the Muslim world”, triggered a war of words with India when it condemned derogatory comments by two BJP leaders on Prophet Muhammed and Islam. The story so far: On June 5, the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Secretariat “condemned and denounced” …

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Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka in Crisis: What’s behind the economic meltdown?

Sri Lanka’s economic situation is quickly worsening, causing immense suffering for the country’s citizens. At least two senior citizens died while waiting in long queues to buy fuel; the price of cooking gas increased to LKR 4,199 (approximately 1,150); the price of widely used milk powder increased by LKR 600 per kg; authorities were forced …

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Russia Ukraine

Russia-Ukraine conflict: what was the history

In an address to the nation on February 21, Russian President Vladimir Putin declared his intention to recognise the two separatist republics of Ukraine — Donetsk, and Luhansk—as independent nations, which turned out to be a prelude to Russia’s eventual military operation in the region. Mr. Putin blamed the disintegration of what he called “historical …

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drought

Severe drought threatens 13 million with hunger in Horn of Africa: UN

According to the United Nations World Food Program, drought has left an estimated 13 million people in the Horn of Africa suffering from extreme hunger. People in Somalia, Ethiopia, and Kenya are experiencing the driest circumstances since 1981, according to the UN, which is urging quick aid to avoid a serious humanitarian disaster. Drought is …

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Peru

Peru declares 90-day environmental emergency after oil spill

After an oil disaster that spilled 6,000 barrels of crude oil into the water, the Peruvian government declared a 90-day “environmental emergency” in the affected coastal areas on Saturday. According to Peruvian officials, this step will allow for “long-term management of the impacted regions” via “restoration and remediation” efforts. Emergency responders in white biosafety suits …

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Indonesia

Indonesia’s parliament passes law to move capital from Jakarta to Borneo island

The planning minister said on Tuesday that Indonesia’s parliament has passed a bill to transfer the country’s capital from Jakarta to a jungled section of Kalimantan on Borneo island. The new state capital legislation, which establishes a legislative basis for President Joko Widodo’s $32 billion megaprojects, lays out how the capital will be financed and …

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Cybercrime grows 151% in 2021, costs $3.6 million per hack: WEF study

According to a new study released on Tuesday, the accelerated speed of digitalisation, fueled by the COVID-19 pandemic, has resulted in a record-breaking year for cybercrime, with ransomware attacks climbing 151% in 2021 and an average of 270 cyberattacks per organisation. The “Global Cybersecurity Outlook 2022”, released during the World Economic Forum’s online Davos Agenda …

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