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Faster, cheaper, and high-quality — these 3 countries are embracing 3D printed homes

By 2030, three billion people will need improved housing. That means building 96,000 new homes every day, according to UN Habitat.

Covid pandemic laid bare issue of digital divide, says Ravi Shankar Prasad

While confronting the pandemic, those without Internet access have been unable to benefit from remote education, work, or health services, said Prasad at the UN's thematic debate.
Relatives of Covid patients wait to refill cylinders with medical oxygen, in Gurugram on 25 April 2021 | PTI | Representational image

United Nations offers aid of integrated supply chain to India amid Covid spike

Deputy Spokesman for the UN chief Farhan Haq said that UN's own staff in India are taken care of so that they don't place a burden on the country's healthcare system.

Amphan costliest cyclone in North Indian Ocean, resulted in loss of $14 billion: UN report

The State of the Global Climate 2020' report, released Monday, said that extreme weather combined with Covid dealt a double blow for millions of people in 2020.
File photo of a market in Laad Bazar, Hyderabad | Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

India’s 2021 economic output could remain below 2019 level, UN survey says

Due to Covid, an additional 89 mn people in Asia-Pacific region could have been pushed back into extreme poverty, annual UN survey says.
Covid vaccines, made by India, are being sent abroad as a part of India's Vaccine Maitri' initiative | Twitter/ANI

We have supplied more vaccines globally, than vaccinated our own people, India tells UN

India's UN Ambassador said that we will not only be vaccinating 300 million of our own frontline workers over the next 6 months but have also supplied vaccines to over 70 nations.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres

UN chief ‘concerned’ over violence against Asians, people of Asian descent during pandemic

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres' statement comes against the backdrop of multiple shootings this month around Atlanta that killed eight people, six of whom were Asian women.
A health worker administering a Covid-19 vaccine shot | Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

South Asia will see 5 lakh more Covid deaths, over 4.9 lakh will be in India, says UN report

New UN report states that India is likely to bear the highest cost of pandemic economically apart from registering highest mortality of mothers and children under the age 5.

India emphasises early return of displaced Rohingyas from Bangladesh to Myanmar at UNGA

India said it has the highest stake in resolving the issue of repatriation of Rohingyas since it is the only country that shares a long border with both Bangladesh and Myanmar.
Ligia Noronha

Indian economist Ligia Noronha appointed as UN Assistant Secretary-General

Noronha will succeed fellow Indian and development economist Satya Tripathi for the post. She has also been appointed as the head of UNEP's New York Office.

On Camera

File image of Assam BJP leader Himanta Biswa Sarma | PTI

Covid, connectivity, climate – CM Himanta Biswa Sarma has early mover advantage in Assam

From visiting Covid patients at 2:30 am to giving deadlines for Dispur flyover, Himanta Biswa Sarma has hit the ground running as CM.
Representational image | Photo: Dhiraj Singh | Bloomberg

WPI inflation shoots up to all-time high of 10.49% in April

The WPI inflation was 7.39% in March 2021, and (-) 1.57% in April 2020. This is the fourth straight month of uptick seen in the WPI-based inflation.

Defence

Russia's S-400 air defence system

Despite Covid, 100+ IAF personnel are in Russia on S-400 missile training as delivery nears

The delivery of the S-400 missile system was originally scheduled to begin in 2020, but the deadline was extended after payments to Moscow were delayed.

By the rivers of the heartland & across Vindhyas, proof which politics sucks & which works

Politics & economics are at the heart of Covid tragedy in UP, Bihar. The regional imbalance in political power, economic & social indicators is deeply troublesome.