UNESCO has ‘serious concern’ over Great Barrier Reef coral

Agincourt Reef, located about 30 miles off the coast near the northern reaches of the 1,200-mile long Great Barrier Reef. (AP)
Updated 03 June 2017
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UNESCO has ‘serious concern’ over Great Barrier Reef coral

CANBERRA, Australia: A United Nations agency says it has “serious concern” about coral bleaching on Australia’s Great Barrier and urges the government to work faster to improve water quality in the region.
UNESCO said in a draft report to the World Heritage Committee released on Saturday on the state of conservation of World Heritage-listed properties that “climate change remains the most significant overall threat to the future” of the coral expanse.
UNESCO was also critical of Australia, saying “progress toward achieving water quality targets has been slow.”
A study of coral bleaching on the reef, published in the journal Nature in March, found 91 percent of the reef had been bleached at least once during three bleaching events of the past two decades, the most serious event occurring last year.


Indian jeweler Nirav Modi arrested in London: British police

Updated 20 March 2019
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Indian jeweler Nirav Modi arrested in London: British police

  • India had asked Britain in August to extradite billionaire jeweler Nirav Modi

LONDON: Fugitive billionaire jeweler Nirav Modi had been arrested in London on behalf of the Indian authorities, British police said on Wednesday.
India had asked Britain in August to extradite Modi, one of the main suspects charged in the $2 billion loan fraud at state-run Punjab National Bank, India’s biggest banking fraud.
Police said Modi, 48, had been arrested in the Holborn area of central London on Tuesday and was due to appear at London’s Westminster Magistrates Court on Wednesday.