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‘Giant Panda Friendly’ Medicinal Plant Harvesting Project Wins Equator Prize

A project to promote sustainable harvesting of wild medicinal plants in the mountains of China’s Upper Yangtze ecoregion has won the prestigious Equator Prize 2012.

ISRO Launches First Student-Designed Rocket Called Vyom

For the first time in the history of India's space program, a student-designed rocket was launched at the Thumba Equatorial Rocket Launching Station on Friday.

India’s ISRO Successfully Tests Indigenous Engine For GSLV Launcher

India's trouble-prone Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle program crossed an important milestone on May 12 with the successful testing of its indigenous cryogenic engine.

India’s Health Ministry To Review Serious Lapses In Drug Approvals

An Indian parliamentary committee has found serious lapses in approvals for some drugs, sparking the order for a panel of experts to look into the charges and suggest remedial measures.

App To Tackle Wildlife Trafficking In Cambodia

A new iPhone app has been launched to help tourists make responsible choices about their purchases while on holiday in Cambodia.

Facebook is Wearing Young Asian Adults Out, Survey Says

A survey of 19 to 26-year-olds, conducted in China, Singapore, and the U.S., has found that over half of young adults are unable to keep up with their social media commitments.

Japan Closes Last Nuclear Plant, Fears Of Summer Energy Crisis

The 70-day closure of the Tomari nuclear plant marks the first time in four decades that Japan will go without nuclear power for supplying electricity.

ADB Secures US$12 Billion To Help Asia’s Poorest

The Asian Development Bank has secured US$12.4 billion for the next four years to fight poverty in the Asia-Pacific region.

UNICEF: Worrying Decline Of Breastfeeding Across East Asia

UNICEF this week voiced alarm at the decline of breastfeeding across East Asia, and stressed the long-term benefits of breastfeeding for development in children.