Tuesday, 29 November, 2022

Topic: Africa

Dubious sponsorship & empty pledges: Why climate activists are accusing COP27 of ‘greenwashing’

The event drew criticism after reports said activists from African nations had been prevented from participating, and a petition to remove Coca-Cola as sponsor.

Need concrete action on climate adaptation at COP27, says lead negotiator for African countries

Ephraim Mwepya Shitima asserts need to access loss & damage finance without red tape. He hopes the continent’s special needs & circumstances will be resolved in Egypt — “on African soil”.

To counter China’s influence, India seeks to boost defence cooperation with African countries

Representatives of 50 African countries, including 20 defence ministers & service chiefs, participated in India-Africa Defence Dialogue chaired by Rajnath Singh on sidelines of DefExpo.

In throes of drought-induced famine, Kenya lifts 10-year-old ban on genetically modified crops

Kenya was reluctant to approve import or planting of GMO crops amid health concerns. Move meant to allow imports of GMO maize available in market at cheaper cost to lower flour cost.

Africa’s internet speed is at a record low. The economic impact is huge

South Africa—the continent’s internet speed leader—with an average mobile internet download speed of 68.9 Mbps is way below the global average.

Rare strain of Ebola virus resurfaces in Uganda after 10 yrs, 1 dead, govt officials confirm

The patient showed signs of the Sudan strain of Ebola, last seen in Uganda in 2012. There is also no clarity on how effective existing Ebola vaccines will be against this variant.

Why Angola is Africa’s next agricultural powerhouse

Angola has an abundance of arable land and a diversity of climatic conditions suitable for producing a large variety of agricultural products.

M23 — why armed African group Indian soldiers helped defeat in 2013 is back in the news

Resurgence of M23, a rebel group thought to be defunct until last year, has led to blame game between Rwanda and Democratic Republic of the Congo, although peace efforts are under way.

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'.

On Camera


Former Pakistani Army Chief Qamar Javed Bajwa | ISPR/Twitter

On my last day as Pakistan Army Chief, I leave Asim Munir with bigger problems than my billions

Does Indian Army Chief Gen Pande have no interest in making CPEC, cheese pizza economic corridor? I suggest him this corridor against China. Learn from us.
Representational image of workers at a construction site | ANI

GDP data this week will indicate FY23 outlook. But analysis shows growth still below pre-Covid yrs

Analysis of industrial & consumer data not included in usual ‘high-frequency indicators’ shows although demand seems to have recovered from pandemic, it remains weak.


Illustration: Soham Sen | The Print

Modi govt moves with Arunachal Frontier Highway, among India’s ‘toughest’ projects yet, China in mind

The 2,000 km-long highway will be of strategic importance to military. Same equipment used on other side of LAC being deployed to carry out work on tough terrain, say officials.

A Gujarat gamble: A likely reason Rahul is not giving Modi a fight this assembly election

I'd rather not buy idea that Rahul's holding his fire until 2024. More likely, Congress believes Karnataka offers best chance of winning a Gujarat-sized state if Gujarat is too challenging.