April, 2015


Tensions rise in Nepal after “weak” response to deadly earthquake

Kathmandu: Nepali officials conceded they had made mistakes in their initial response to a massive earthquake that has killed more than 4,700 people, as survivors stranded in remote villages and towns waited for aid and relief to arrive on Wednesday. The government has yet to fully assess the devastation wrought by Saturday’s 7.9 magnitude quake, unable to reach many mountainous areas despite aid supplies and personnel pouring in from around the world. Anger and frustration was mounting steadily, with many Nepalis sleeping out in the open under makeshift tents forRead More

World Bank extends support to Nepal

Washington: Extending support to earthquake-hit Nepal, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim has said the global body would help the Himalayan country in assessing the damage and reconstruction work. “We were shocked and deeply saddened to learn of the tragedy in Nepal, with its terrible human toll and material destruction,” Kim said in Paris, where he is travelling. “We are in close contact with the Nepalese authorities, who have specifically requested our support to help carry out an assessment of damage and reconstruction needs in urban areas affected by theRead More

Government officials, local authorities discuss Ganga clean-up

Kanpur: A group of central government officials met local municipal authorities and the Jal Board here and discussed with them issues related to cleaning of the Ganga river. The meeting proposed to prohibit the discharge of effluents from the tanneries and other solid waste into the river which adds to pollution in it, an official said. Officials also said that four pumps which were constructed for cleansing of discharge from tanneries would be upgraded. Prasad said that any new construction coming up within a distance of 500 metres from theRead More

Indian Railways provides free train travel for Nepal victims

New Delhi: Reaching out to earthquake victims evacuated from Nepal, the Railways has made travel for them free of cost besides arranging special trains. A special railway reservation counter has also been set up at Delhi’s T-3 International Airport so that evacuees can reach their destination within India without any hassle. All railway stations near the Nepal border have been fully geared up to provide all possible assistance, according to a senior Railway Ministry official. Special travel arrangements have been made at Gorakhpur Railway station in Uttar Pradesh and RaxaulRead More

Benevolence is greatest religion: CM

Bhopal: Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that no religion is bigger than benevolence. One can attain God automatically if he works for others’ welfare. There are 3 ways to attain God – knowledge, devotion and Karma. Through knowledge, one follows path of virtue and teaches it to others, devotion creates spirit of sacrifice and Karma paves way to attain God. Shri Chouhan was addressing religious event of making 5.25 crore earthen Shivlings in the presence of Grahasth Sant Pt. Shri Dev Prabhakar Shastri “Daddaji” at Bamora inRead More

No compromise with quality of roads : CM

Bhopal: The Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that quality of road construction would not be compromised at any cost. Good works should be appreciated while deliberate delays in performance would invite punitive action, he added while reviewing the plans of department of public works at Mantralaya here today. Minister for Public Works Shri Sartaj Singh was present. Shri Chouhan said that all major routes should remain motorable in the rainy season for which all possible measures need to be taken up on time. Stressing the need forRead More

Quake-hit Nepal at high risk of landslides in coming weeks: Research

Washington: The threat of landslides and mudslides remains high in the earthquake-hit Nepal in the coming weeks, and the risk is likely to increase when the monsoon rains arrive this summer, scientists have warned. The region at highest risk for landslides and mudslides is the mountainous area along the Nepal-Tibet border, north of Kathmandu and west of Mount Everest, directly above the fault rupture, according to researchers at the University of Michigan (U-M). U-M geomorphologist Marin Clark and two colleagues have assessed the landslide hazard in Nepal following Saturday’s magnitude-7.9Read More

Resolution tabled to recognise June 21 as Yoga Day in NYC

New York: A resolution has been tabled in the New York City Council to recognise June 21 as ‘World Yoga Day’ here in line with the United Nations’ decision to commemorate the day annually. The resolution was tabled on Wednesday by Council member for the 19th District Paul Vallone and calls on the city to commemorate June 21 as ‘World Yoga Day’. The UNGA resolution, adopted less than three months after Prime Minister Narendra Modi proposed the idea at the UN, recognised that “yoga provides a holistic approach to healthRead More

Rahul Gandhi’s next stop Vidarbha, to hold ‘padyatra’ tomorrow

New Delhi: Ratcheting up pressure on farmers’ issues, Rahul Gandhi’s next stop will be Vidarbha in Maharashtra where he will hold a 15-km ‘kisan padyatra’ (footmarch) on Thursday as he criss-crosses the country to reach out to the farmers in distress in various states. The Congress Vice President, who met farmers in Punjab yesterday, will commence his foot march from village Gunji at 7 AM on Thursday and end it at Ramgaon. Maharashtra is one of the states that experienced severe agrarian crisis and Amravati division in Vidarbha region hasRead More

Rescuers struggle to deliver aid to remote areas in Nepal

Kathmandu: Rescuers raced against time to search for survivors still feared trapped under mountains of debris in quake-hit Nepal where over 5,000 people have been killed, even as heavy rains hampered global humanitarian efforts in remote areas of the battered country. Quake relief efforts continued, but officials warned that they were hampered by problems of getting aid into the country and then delivering it to some of the remote communities in desperate need in the Himalayan nation. Landslides in remote mountainous areas around the epicentre of the quake hampered rescueRead More