Global watchdog to tackle greenwashing with ESG ratings guidance

A global securities watchdog plans to publish its first regulatory guidance for firms that rate corporate environment, social and governance (ESG) performance. A global securities watchdog plans to publish its first regulatory guidance for raters of corporate environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance in July to stem growing concern among asset managers about overstated green […]

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Three killed in blast near LeT founder Hafiz Saeed’s Lahore home

Three killed and 13 others wounded after explosion near house of Lashkar-e-Taiba founder Hafiz Saeed in Lahore. At least three people have been killed and 13 others wounded after an explosion near the residence of the founder of armed group, Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore, hospital and police officials said. The […]

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Explainer: What is the Delta Plus variant of COVID-19?

Scientists worry the mutation, coupled with other existing features of the Delta variant, could make it more transmissible. India on Wednesday said it has found about 40 cases of the Delta coronavirus variant carrying a mutation that appears to make it more transmissible, and advised states to increase testing. Here is what we know about […]

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India says COVID Delta Plus ‘variant of concern’, 22 cases found

DEVELOPING STORY Variant, first identified in Europe, now found in India’s Maharashtra, Kerala and Madhya Pradesh states, health ministry says. India has declared a new coronavirus variant to be of concern after nearly two dozen cases had been detected across the country so far. The variant AY.1, identified locally as Delta Plus and first identified […]

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Brazil probes vaccine contract with India’s Bharat Biotech

Prosecutors cite the drug’s high price, speedy talks and pending regulatory approvals as red flags for the contract. Brazilian federal prosecutors have opened an investigation into a contract worth 1.6 billion reals ($320m) for 20 million doses of a COVID-19 vaccine made by India’s Bharat Biotech, according to a document seen by Reuters. The prosecutor-general’s […]

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Sri Lanka’s belated #MeToo movement starts from its newsrooms

Government orders probe into sexual harassment in media after a string of allegations from female newsroom staff. Sri Lanka’s government has ordered an investigation into sexual harassment in the media after a string of #MeToo allegations from female newsroom staff. The flood of claims began after journalist Sarah Kellapatha tweeted last week that a male […]

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‘Historic moment’: Legal experts unveil new definition of ecocide

After six months of deliberation, a team of international lawyers has unveiled a new legal definition of “ecocide” that, if adopted, would put environmental destruction on a par with war crimes – paving the way for the prosecution of world leaders and corporate chiefs for the worst attacks on nature. The expert panel published the […]

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Taliban capture Afghanistan’s main Tajikistan border crossing

Some security forces abandon their posts and flee across the frontier as the Taliban seizes Shir Khan Bandar crossing. The Taliban has captured Afghanistan’s main border crossing with Tajikistan, an Afghan provincial official and army officer said on Tuesday, with some security forces abandoning their posts and fleeing across the frontier. The seizure of Shir […]

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In Bangladesh’s empty Armenian church, a lone Hindu worshipper

With no priest to minister and no faithful to pray, Dhaka’s Armenian church has one last parishioner: a Hindu caretaker. With no priest to minister and no faithful to pray, an Armenian church in Bangladesh has one last parishioner: a Hindu caretaker doing his “sacred duty” to preserve a relic of the city’s former commercial […]

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