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World Bank: Climate change could result in 100 million poor 27.12.2013 Mid Day: International
Stockholm: Climate change could push more than 100 million people into extreme poverty by 2030 by disrupting agriculture and fueling the spread of malaria and other diseases, the World Bank has said in a report. Released yesterday, just weeks ahead of a UN climate summit in Paris, the report highlighted how the impact of global warming is borne unevenly, with the world's poor woefully unprepared to deal with climate shocks such as rising seas or severe droughts. "They have fewer resources and receive less support from family, community, the financial system, and even social safety nets to prevent, cope and adapt," the Washington-based World Bank said. How to help poor countries -- and poor communities within countries -- deal with climate change is one of the crunch issues in talks on a global climate accord that's supposed to be adopted next month in Paris. Those who say that rich countries aren't doing enough to help the poor said the report added emphasis to demands for billions of dollars in ...
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Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary to reopen on October 31 27.12.2013 Mid Day: National
Morigaon: Rhino habitat Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary near Guwahati will reopen for visitors on October 31 after its routine closure during the monsoon season, Assam Forest Department sources said on Friday. The Sanctuary situated in Mayong Circle of neighbouring Morigaon district will reopen for both domestic and foreign tourists, the sources said. The infrastructure of the sanctuary, having the densest population of the Great Indian one horned Rhinoceros in the world, was repaired following the damages caused by the floods in River Brahmaputra this year, they said. Last year the Sanctuary, located about 50 km from Guwahati, had earned Rs 28 lakh as revenue from visitors. With a notified area of 38.80 sq km, Pobitora has only 16 sq km as effective rhino habitat with 90 rhinos, more than 1,000 wild buffaloes, thousands of pigs and several types of snakes, tortoises, leopards, wild boar, barking deer, they said. Home to more than 2,000 migratory birds, the sources said thousands of foreign birds throng the ...
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Tata Steel to cut around 1,200 jobs in Europe 27.12.2013 Mid Day: International
London: Tata Steel on Tuesday announced it will cut around 1,200 jobs in Europe, with the UK being the worst hit, under a planned restructuring to deal with "flood of cheap imports" from China and other places. The company, which will stop making steel plate at its Long Products Europe business, also blamed high power costs and a strong pound for the proposed moves. "As a result, Tata Steel has been forced to make changes to its Long Products Europe business. The proposed changes would lead to around 1,200 job losses -- about 900 in Scunthorpe and 270 in Scotland as well as a small number at other Long Products Europe sites," it said in a statement.  The unit announced proposals to stop production of steel plate. This comes in response to a shift in market conditions caused by a flood of cheap imports, particularly from China, a strong pound and high electricity costs, it added.  Plate mills in Scunthorpe, Dalzell and Clydebridge would be mothballed, while one of the two coke ovens at ...
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Uproar in J-K Assembly over beef ban, rehabilitation of flood victims 27.12.2013 Mid Day: Columnists

Srinagar: There was uproar in the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly yet again on Tuesday as the Congress and National Conference MLAs raised slogans over the issue of beef ban and rehabilitation of flood victims.

The opposition MLAs alleged that the ruling PDP Government has failed to provide relief to the families affected by the devastating floods.

The state assembly was adjourned yesterday following ruckus by the opposition legislators on the same issues.

Speaker Kavinder Gupta adjourned the House twice yesterday as the opposition members did not relent.

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Nikki Haley's South Carolina declared disaster hit 27.12.2013 Mid Day: International
Washington: As South Carolina Tuesday began a slow recovery from what its Indian-American governor Nikki Haley called a '1,000-year level of rain' President Barack Obama signed a disaster declaration ordering federal aid to help recovery efforts. Haley said authorities were expecting to evacuate more people as the floodwaters flowed from the state's midlands to the coast. "This is not over - just because the rain stops doesn't mean we are out of the woods," she told reporters, according to NBC. "Even though you're not seeing rain, there is still water out there." "We are at a 1,000-year level of rain," Haley said earlier. "That's how big this is." Experts said this means that the amount of rainfall in South Carolina has a 1-in-1,000 chance of happening in any given year. South Carolina officials also warned Monday that the dangers from the state's unprecedented floods that began Oct 1 weren't over and that clearing skies didn't erase the threat of shifting water and unstable roads. At least 12 ...
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16 killed in France storm, flooding 27.12.2013 Mid Day: International

Paris: At least 16 people were killed and three remain unaccounted for after a violent storm and subsequent floods hit the French Riviera, President Francois Hollande said on Sunday.

Hollande said "the state of natural catastrophe will be declared on Wednesday", Xinhua news agency reported.

Heavy rains hit the French Riviera, which lies on the Mediterranean coast and borders Italy, on Saturday evening.

The city of Nice is estimated to have received 10 percent of its average yearly rainfall in two days alone.

The river Brague burst its banks, sending water coursing into nearby towns and cities.

The city of Cannes received 180 mm of rainfall and at 160 mm in Mandelieu-la-Napoule, causing power failure in more than 35,000 households.

About 450 rescuers and three helicopters have reached the site to search for survivors in areas which are difficult to reach.

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China to build 'sponge cities' to address waterlogging 27.12.2013 Mid Day: International

Beijing: China will try to turn its cities into “sponges” to better absorb rain following several fatal bouts of urban inundation in recent years, the state council said on Tuesday.

A campaign called “sponge city” will see the construction of high-level urban sewer systems during renovation work and new roads, residences, industrial parks and public green areas.

The sewer system will drain rain water quickly and guide it to collection facilities for recycling.

The government encourages private investors to participate in the construction of the new sewer systems and asks financial institutions to provide support.

Heavy rain often results in floods in cities with outdated sewer systems.

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Fire brigade, BMC go all out to ensure smooth Ganpati visarjan 27.12.2013 Mid Day: National
In order to ensure an event-free visarjan across Mumbai, the fire brigade and the BMC are leaving no stone unturned to ensure public safety. It has been learnt that 160 rescue officers and firemen will be deployed at various immersion points in the city. In addition, 52 lifeguards and 150 volunteers trained by the fire brigade will also be pressed into action. A jam-packed Girgaum Chowpatty on the occasion of Anant Chaturdashi last year. File pic Similarly, the corporation will deploy 1,457 employees, boats, cranes, JCBs, bulldozers and nirmalya kalash, among others, across all immersion points in the city. “We’ll deploy two boats and jet skis at Girgaum chowpatty and one each at Dadar, Mahim and Juhu. Two more will be kept on stand-by in Bandra. We’ll be manning other immersion points too. Lifeguards will be equipped with rescue ropes, life jackets and other necessary equipment,” said S D Sawant, assistant divisional fire officer and in-charge of beach safety. Girgaum special Though Girgaum chowpatty, ...
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West Bengal government to help 30 lakh flood-hit farmers 27.12.2013 Mid Day: Columnists
Kolkata: The West Bengal government has decided to give monetary compensation to 30 lakh farmers who have lost their crops due to floods in the state. "Nearly 30 lakh farmers who have suffered partial or full crop damage will get a compensation of Rs 13,500 from the state government," Pradip Majumdar, Chief Agriculture Advisor to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said. More than 11.5 lakh hectares of land has been identified by the state government which has been either fully or partially affected by the floods in the month of August this year. "Near about 13 lakh hectares of land has been affected either partially or fully. Out of this we have identified 11.5 lakh hectares of land farmers of which are eligible for compensation," said Mazumdar. He said that more than 10 lakh farmers had been registered so far who would be eligible for the compensation. "With the next few days we will be able to complete the list of 30 lakh farmers for their registration," said Mazumdar. The compensation of Rs 13,500 would ...
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Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina wins UN environment prize 27.12.2013 Mid Day: International
Dhaka: Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has won a top UN environment award - Champions of the Earth (Policy Leadership category) - for 2015, the media reported on Tuesday. The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) said Hasina will accept the award at a ceremony in New York on September 27, bdnews24 reported. Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Pic/AFP "This is in recognition of Bangladesh’s far-reaching initiatives to address climate change," the UNEP said in a media release. "Serving as Prime Minister of Bangladesh - one of the world’s least-developed countries - Sheikh Hasina has proven that investing in climate change is conducive to achieving social and economic development," the release added. Bangladesh is one of the world’s most populated countries (160 million) and one of the most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. Cyclones, floods and droughts have long been part of the country's history, but they have intensified in recent years. The Champions of the Earth award in the Policy ...
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Will Rs 12,000 cr coastal road project take away Mumbai's iconic sea view? 27.12.2013 Mid Day: National
The city by the sea is in grave danger of becoming the city by the freeway. Soaking in the view of, and from, three of the city’s most iconic structures — Haji Ali Dargah, Mahalaxmi Temple and Bandra Fort — may never be the same again, if the state government has its way. Also read: Sea wall along coastal road could lead to more floods in Mumbai, say experts The BMC has planned a number of structures in the Haji Ali bay, which will obstruct the view of the dargah. Pics/Pradeep Dhivar According to the draft Detailed Project Report (DPR) of the 33.5-km coastal road, the freeway will cut off the Bandra Fort from the sea, making it lose its very character as a sea fort. Also read: Coastal road will benefit only 7 pc of Mumbaikars, say environmentalists The proposed coastal road will obstruct the sea view from Haji Ali dargah and the Mahalaxmi temple For visitors to Mahalaxmi Temple, snatching some moments of solitude mixed with awe by sitting on the edge of the structure and staring out at the sea will be a ...
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BSNL Broadband users to get minimum 2 Mbps 27.12.2013 Mid Day: National
Gurgaon: State-run telecom service provider Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd. (BSNL) on Monday decided to upgrade landline broadband speed to minimum 2 Mbps at no additional cost for broadband customers on pan-India basis from October 1. Union Minister for Communication and Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad launched the facility here. The BSNL's move came in the light of Narendra Modi government's Digital India initiatives. Speaking on the occasion, Prasad said BSNL works efficiently in natural calamities and it has proved this in Jammu and Kashmir floods, Nepal earthquake and Andhra Pradesh cyclones. "When BSNL can deliver its services well in natural calamities, then it should be able to provide better services during normal conditions," he said. Directing the BSNL authorities to evolve a system of complaint redressal, the union minister also asked them to do marketing. "I want your interface with people more frequently." The country is passing through a changing phase, he said, adding that BSNL has ...
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Shutdown hits life in Srinagar 27.12.2013 Mid Day: Columnists
Srinagar, Sep 7 (IANS) A protest shutdown against the failure of the Jammu and Kashmir government to provide relief to the 2014 flood victims on Monday impacted life here, with markets and schools being shut and public transports going off roads. The shutdown has been called by traders, transport operators and industrialists. On September 7, 2014, the Kashmir Valley was affected by unprecedented floods and almost the entire civil lines areas and commercial hubs of Srinagar city were submerged in flood waters that took over a month to drain out. Authorities placed senior separatist leaders, including Syed Ali Geelani, Muhammad Yasin Malik and Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, under house arrest in Srinagar city to prevent their participation in the protest march proposed by the various traders' organisations. Although authorities did not impose official restrictions in any part of Srinagar city, heavy presence of police and paramilitary central reserve police force was seen in both old and uptown areas. Kashmir ...
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Assam flood situation deteriorates, 10 lakh people affected 27.12.2013 Mid Day: Columnists
Guwahati: The flood situation in Assam deteriorated as incessant rains pounded the state on Wednesday and four more persons lost their lives in it as the calamity affected nearly 10 lakh people in over 2,000 villages. The Dibrugarh administration has called in the Army to evacuate marooned people from different parts of the district, Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) said in its flood report. Lakhimpur: People wade through a waterlogged road at flood-hit Dhakuakhana in Lakhimpur district of Assam on Monday. Pic/PTI With Wednesday's four death the toll in the current spell of floods has risen to 24. A total 29 has been killed in the two spells of floods this year. ASDMA reports said two persons were killed under Naduar revenue circle in Sonitpur district, while one died in Mayong revenue circle of Morigaon. Another person lost his life at Samaguri revenue circle in Nagaon district since Tuesday. It said nearly 10 lakh persons are affected in 2,005 villages across Dhemaji, Kokrajhar, ...
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No meeting held on Mithi river in five years: RTI reply 27.12.2013 Mid Day: Columnists
The Mithi river, which proved to be a major killer during the 2005 Mumbai floods, holds no priority for the Maharashtra government, if one were to go by a reply to an RTI query. In the past five years, successive chief ministers did not convene a single meeting to discuss matters concerning the Mithi river, to conserve it, restore it to its former glory and avoid flooding in future. "The Mithi River Development and Protection Authority (MRDPA), under the chairmanship of the chief minister, did not hold a single meeting in the past five years," said RTI activist Anil Galgali. Only six meetings of MRDPA have been convened since it was set up in August 2005 in the wake of July 26 floods that year. Two meetings were held in 2005, and one each in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2010, according to the RTI reply submitted by MRDPA's Deputy Planner Shivraj Pawar. However, between 2011 and 2015, not a single meeting was held during the terms of chief ministers Ashok Chavan, Prithviraj Chavan and now Devendra ...
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Assam flood situation worsens, rivers rising 27.12.2013 Mid Day: Columnists
Guwahati: The flood situation in Assam worsened today following incessant rainfall in the upper catchment areas of Bhutan and Arunachal Pradesh, affecting more than three lakh people in 13 districts and hit road communication in several places. The water level of the rivers flowing through the districts of Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Kokrajhar, Bongaigaon, Chirang, Barpeta, Jorhat, Baska, Sonitpur and Dibrugarh was rising alarmingly while in Nalbari, Sivasagar and Tinsukia districts it was maintaining a rising trend, a report from the Water Resources Department said. Brahmputra river was flowing above the danger level at Nematighat in Jorhat and Dibrugarh and was maintaining a rising trend in most of the other districts. Several areas of Kaziranga National Park were under flood waters forcing wild animals to move to highland areas in the nearby hills of Karbi Anglong district, a senior park official said. Flood waters have inundated vast tracts of land in Burapahar and northern range of the park but there was no ...
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Tripura militants have camps in Bangladesh: Tripura CM 27.12.2013 Mid Day: Columnists
Agartala: Terrorist outfits of Tripura have camps in Bangladesh, though they have no hideout in the state currently, Chief Minister Manik Sarkar said. "Militant outfits have no camps or hideouts in Tripura. However, the terrorists of the state have camps in adjoining Bangladesh," he told the Tripura assembly on Monday. Sarkar, who holds the home portfolio, said during the past two years (2013 and 2014), 12 extremist-related incidents had occurred in the state in which four people were killed, two injured and 18 people abducted. Of the 18 kidnapped people, 16 were released by the rebels. "There is no militancy related incident so far this year. A significant number of militants have surrendered to the government in the recent past," he added. India is erecting a fence and putting up flood lighting along the 4,096-km India-Bangladesh border in West Bengal, Assam, Tripura, Meghalaya and Mizoram to check trans-border movement of militants and check border crimes. "Of the 856-km India-Bangladesh border with ...
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Pakistan's child pornography case horrific: Daily 27.12.2013 Mid Day: International
Islamabad: The child pornography case in Pakistan is horrific, said a leading Pakistani daily which demanded action against not only of those who perpetrated these ghastly acts but also those who 'illustrated how access to justice in this country is leveraged on influence and connections'. "From a trickle to a flood, the horrific details of the child pornography case in Husain Khanwala village in Punjab's Kasur district are spilling out in the media," said an editorial 'Victims of abuse' in the Dawn on Tuesday. "Some facts remain to be ascertained: for example, how many victims there actually are, and what led to the racket being exposed now, several years after the alleged abuse first began to take place. What is clear is that a number of children, if not hundreds, were victims of this reprehensible crime," said the daily. News reports have said boys and girls - some younger than 14 years - were repeatedly preyed upon by a gang of paedophiles over a number of years and their sexual violation filmed. The ...
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Myanmar flood toll rises to 96 27.12.2013 Mid Day: International

Yangon: The toll from severe floods in Myanmar has risen to 96, the ministry of social welfare, relief and resettlement said on Sunday.

Rising river water is threatening to inundate Ayeyawaddy region, Xinhua reported.

The residents in low-lying areas of Ayeyawaddy are being alerted and urged to move to safer places as the Ayeyawaddy and Ngawun rivers remained above the danger levels in Hinthada, Nyaungdon, Zalun and Seiktha regions.

Floods, triggered by heavy rainfall since June, have severely affected Myanmar, destroying houses, farmland, railway lines, bridges and roads.

The Myanmar government declared on July 31 four disaster zones - Rakhine, Chin, Sagaing and Magway, of which Rakhine state was worst hit.

More than 330,000 people have been affected.

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Over 62,000 affected in Philippines flood 27.12.2013 Mid Day: International

Manila: More than 62,000 people have been affected in the Philippines due to flooding and heavy rainfall since last week, authorities said.

The country's National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said flooding and flashfloods have been reported in several towns in Bohol, Bukidnon and Maguindanao provinces, Xinhua news agency reported.

Nearly 900 were evacuated to safer place on Saturday. Nine people have so far died due to flashfloods.

The damage to agriculture and infrastructure sectors has been pegged at $118,995.

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