Blue Economy in the Indo-Pacific: Navigating Between Growth and Conservation
The Blue Economy (BE) is a recent field of study that encompasses economic activities that depend on the sea. A new paradigm for coastal management and development of marine resources, the concept has become a popular theme in the recent years. It is premised on the idea that a healthy ocean can support productive ecosystems, helping integrate economics with environmental sustainability, innovation, and dynamic business models.
One of a few who have done wonders for Bangladesh
Nearly 10 million people took shelter in numerous refugee camps in India during the1971 bloodbath. Many private initiatives emerged right then just to help those helpless people voluntarily. Today we call them ‘Non-Governmental Organisations or NGOs. Right after the great liberation war of Bangladesh, the country’s poverty rate was 80 per cent. The birth rate was 47 and the mortality rate was 19.2 per thousand in 1972. The average lifetime for a man was only 47 years back then. Many of our mothers died of giving birth and we could do so little to save them. The NGOs were there, helping those distressed people. From the right way of washing hands to birth control, they did many things. They literally went to every household to teach the basics of life
As violence soars in refugee camps, Rohingya women speak up
A climate of fear has spread across Bangladesh’s sprawling Rohingya camps as militant groups and criminal gangs compete for control, refugees and humanitarians warn. Community leaders and female Rohingya in particular are threatened and intimidated for being educated or outspoken about women’s rights – stretching conservative norms to a level of oppression. Women report being harassed, kidnapped, attacked, or extorted by men they believe are affiliated with Rohingya militant groups or gangs. Some women say they have been told not to work outside the home. Others say assailants demand a cut of their earnings. Most say they are afraid to leave their homes at night, when there’s little security and government-imposed curfews bar aid workers from staying past 4 pm.
No military solution’ to conflict in Afghanistan, US envoy says
The war in Afghanistan “has no legitimacy” and a political solution is the only way forward, the United States’ special envoy to Afghanistan has said, as violence rages between Afghan government forces and Taliban fighters. Speaking at the Aspen Security Forum on Tuesday morning, US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad said Washington expects both sides to focus on a political settlement amid weeks of “very concerning” violence.
50-60% reduced risk of Covid for double-vaccinated: English study
Fully-vaccinated people have an around 50 to 60 percent reduced risk of infection from the Delta coronavirus variant, including those who are asymptomatic, a large English coronavirus prevalence study found on Wednesday. Imperial College London researchers said people who reported receiving two vaccine doses were half as likely to test positive for Covid-19, adjusting for other factors such as age, whether or not the people tested had Covid-19 symptoms. Focusing on those who had Covid-19 symptoms, effectiveness rose to around 59 percent, according to the study, which covered a period when the Delta variant completely displaced the previously dominant Alpha variant.
US accuses Myanmar generals of ‘stalling’, urges ASEAN pressure
The United States has accused Myanmar’s military generals of playing for time after coup leader Min Aung Hlaing extended the deadline for new elections, with Secretary of State Antony Blinken urging the Association of Southeast Asian Nation (ASEAN) to step up efforts to resolve the political turmoil triggered by the power grab. Blinken is participating virtually this week in talks with foreign ministers from ASEAN, whose 10 members include Myanmar.