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#Indifference: World has lost humanity on Syria – Malala Yousafzai.

Teenaged Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai has appealed for world leaders to do more on Syria, saying that the drowning of a toddler showed the world had “lost humanity.”

The 18-year-old Pakistani, who was shot by the Taliban for defiantly going to school, said she was so upset by abuses of girls at the hands of extremists in Syria and Iraq that she has stopped watching the news.

But she saw and remained haunted by the picture of Aylan Kurdi, the Syrian toddler whose body washed up on a Turkish beach in an image that became emblematic of the risky exodus of refugees seeking safety in Europe.

“We lost humanity on that day when… nowhere a child is welcomed,” she told reporters at the United Nations.

“It is important that people open their hearts and people open their lands to people who are now needing more support and who need the right to live,” she said.

Malala appealed to world leaders to imagine their own children suffering the abuses meted out by the Islamic State movement, which has sexually enslaved girls from minority groups.

“The first thing is that the world leaders need to take all these issues more seriously,” said Malala, who brought with her four girls including a Syrian refugee.

“They should think about their own children.”

Malala came to New York for the adoption of a new UN development agenda, which aims to end extreme poverty in 15 years.

She met on the sidelines with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who has emerged as the leading European force in support of welcoming refugees.

The youngest-ever Nobel Peace Prize winner explained her fund that supports girls’ education during the 15-minute meeting with Merkel, a German government source said.

Malala has not returned to Pakistan for three years amid concerns for her safety, instead studying in Birmingham, England.

She said she took two days off to come to the United Nations.

“I never miss a school day unless it’s for a good cause and it really brings change,” she said.

As the World leaders on Friday pledged to end extreme poverty within 15 years, adopting an ambitious set of UN goals to be backed up by trillions of dollars in development spending, Malala urged world leaders to zero in on promoting education.

Stressing the need of unity for achieving the goal of education, Malala described the promoting education as “the real investment the world needs and what world leaders must do.”

The new UN agenda aims to end poverty, ensure healthy lives, promote education and combat climate change, at a cost of between $3.5 and $5 trillion per year until 2030.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon described the plan as a “to-do list for people and planet” that laid out a “universal, integrated and transformative vision for a better world.”

“The true test of commitment to agenda 2030 will be implementation,” Ban told leaders. “We need action from everyone, everywhere.”

The goals are non-binding, but the United Nations is planning to roll out 300 indicators to track progress and pile pressure on governments that fail to make the grade.

It is unlikely that all countries will achieve all of the goals, but aid groups say they will provide benchmarks for governments in every area of development.

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#Outflow: Developing World lost $1 TRILLION due to tax evasion, corruption in 2012; India 3rd on list

Developing countries lost nearly $1 trillion in 2012 due to tax evasion and corruption, according to a new report.

A record $991bn (£634bn) ‘disappeared’ from some 151 poor and middle income nations in the period surveyed, according to US-based Global Financial Integrity (GFI). 

The figure is a 5% increase on the previous year. 

The report, titled “Illicit Financial Flows from Developing Countries: 2003 - 2012”, found that China, Russia, Mexico, India, Malaysia were the biggest exporters of illicit capital which researchers said was facilitating crime and corruption around the world.

GFI President Raymond Baker said: “As this report demonstrates, illicit financial flows are the most damaging economic problem plaguing the world’s developing and emerging economies.

“These outflows — already greater than all Foreign Direct Investment flowing into these countries — are sapping roughly a trillion dollars per year from the world’s poor and middle-income economies.”

“Most troubling, however, is the fact that these outflows are growing at an alarming rate of 9.4 percent per year—twice as fast as global GDP,” Mr. Baker added. 

The report revealed that the total amount of illegal outflows topped $6.6 trillion in the years surveyed.

The fraudulent mis-invoicing of trade transactions was revealed to be the largest component of illicit financial flows from developing countries, accounting for 77.8 percent of all funds.

This involves fraudulently manipulating the price, quantity or quality of a good or service on an invoice.

The US$991.2 billion that flowed illicitly out of developing countries in 2012 was greater than the combined total of foreign direct investment (FDI) and net official development assistance (ODA), which these economies received that year.

Illicit outflows were roughly 1.3 times the US$789.4 billion in total FDI, and they were 11.1 times the US$89.7 billion in ODA that these economies received in 2012.

Report author Joseph Spanjers said: “Illicit financial flows have major consequences for developing economies.  This is a trillion dollars that could have contributed to inclusive economic growth, legitimate private-sector job creation, and sound public budgets.”

India, where the issue of so-called ‘Black Money’ has dominated political debates in recent months, was the only South Asian nation in the top 25 countries with the biggest outflows.

The report found that India averaged nearly $44 billion in illegal outflows and corruption over the entire period with the total figure topping $440 billion.

Remarkably, a large chunk of that total – more than $94 billion – was accounted for in 2012 the third highest figure after China and Russia.

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Veena Malik Lost and Found

Veena Malik has been found. The actress is allegedly staying at a service apartment in Juhu for the last two days. Her manager Prateik Mehta told TOI, “ I am on my way to meet Veena who is at Oakwood Park. I have only spoken to her briefly.” The Pakistani …

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