Wednesday, 25 May, 2022

Topic: Africa

Modi carried friendship band to Africa, except it is a 10-point guide for mutual engagement

In ‘The Harambee Factor’, former Indian ambassador to African Union Gurjit Singh talks about how under Modi ministry, Africa has been receiving a lot of economic support.

Grunt, hoo & bark — study shows chimpanzees can string together sounds to form ‘sentences’

Findings of international group of researchers who observed adult chimpanzees at Taï National Park in Africa’s Ivory Coast published in open-access journal 'Communications Biology'.

Why is a dragon carved on Jain temple in Mangalore? Medieval Africa-China trade holds answer

While many of us have heard of Indian interactions with Southeast Asia and China, or even Arabia, Africa is a gaping hole in how we think about premodern trade. But it was one of the most prosperous.

This is how Swahili became Africa’s most spoken language

In Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania, Swahili became a tool for international alliances. It's now the only language with 200 million speakers.

Africa’s Omicron-fuelled fourth Covid wave flattens out after 6-week surge, WHO says

Although the fourth wave of pandemic on the African continent has been the 'shortest-lived' surge, WHO warned that 'the next wave might not be so forgiving'.

The era of Chinese optimism in Africa may be finally getting over

Given the importance of Africa in China’s foreign policy, Beijing is likely to course correct.

Solar energy alliance co-founded by India to mobilise $1 trillion, put special focus on Africa

ISA, co-founded by PM Modi and former French president Francois Hollande in 2015, has announced a partnership with US-based charity Bloomberg Philanthropies this week.

Breakthrough malaria vaccine has been 30 years in the making. Here’s what we need to know

Malaria is a huge global health challenge, around 409,000 people died of malaria in 2019 alone.

Why scientists are hanging rhinos upside-down from helicopters

We need to protect rhinos. And this experiment has already won the 2021 Ig Nobel Transportation Prize.

WHO, partners aim to get Africa 30% of its required Covid vaccines by February 2022

To date, less than 4% of Africans have been fully immunised and most of the 5.7 billion vaccine doses administered around the world have been given in just 10 rich countries.

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Rise of social media leading to privacy & IP disputes. Indian laws need teeth to tackle them

GDPR directives make platforms such as Facebook and YouTube responsible for ensuring that copyright-infringing content is not hosted on their sites.

World’s $300 trillion in debt. Here’s what it means for services like health, education

To meet debt payments, at least 100 countries will have to reduce spending on essential services, the IMF estimates.


Boeing's F/A-18 Super Hornet pulls off its first successful launch from a ski-jump at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, US | Photo credit: Boeing

2 American Super Hornets in India as Boeing looks to showcase fighters for Navy deal

Navy looking at about 26 multi-role deck-based fighters for its aircraft carrier. Visit by Super Hornets comes close on heels of similar trip by competitor Rafale M of Dassault Aviation.

Mandir or Masjid? New surveys not needed, just acceptance of truth & move towards reconciliation

That temples were destroyed and mosques built is undisputed history. The past can’t be changed, but we can’t deny the wrongs of the past either before we consider reconciliation.