UN CALLING ASIA: Afghanistan passes legislation criminalizing recruitment of child soldiers

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The passing of legislation which criminalizes the recruitment of children into the security forces in Afghanistan has been praised by the UN Mission in the country, UNAMA. The new legislation sets 18 as the official recruitment age for Afghans. It now needs to be passed by the parliament's Upper House. Setyo Budi has this report.

India's growth depends on private sector investments

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Private sector investments in India need to increase if the country is to achieve a better growth rate, according to the new chief economic adviser to the Indian Government. Arvind Subramanian, who assumed his duties mid-October, was at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to discuss how private investment is down in India. Jocelyne Frank asked Mr Subramanian about the main challenges of his new agenda.

Fruit fly with four names wreaks havoc on agriculture

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For years a fruit fly that has caused damage to fruits and vegetables in Asia, Africa, the Pacific and parts of South America had been regarded as different species in these regions. This created trade problems as, for instance, African countries could not export to other regions which feared that they would be importing food products containing the destructive foreign species of the fly. However, results of research published by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) show that it is, in fact, the same pest. Jorge Hendrichs who works with the FAO/IAEA Division of Nuclear Techniques in Food and Agriculture, spoke to Sandra Ferrari about the research and measures to control the pest.

Presenter: Jocelyne Sambira
Production Assistant: Sandra Guy
Duration: 10'00"

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