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21 Dec 2014 description

Guwahati, India | AFP | Sunday 12/21/2014 - 05:53 GMT

Three people were killed and four others wounded in a bomb attack early Sunday in India's restive northeast, police said, the second strike in the area in less than a week.

The blast shook west Imphal, state capital of Manipur, which borders Myanmar -- an area that has been plagued by separatist violence for decades.

"Three labourers were killed in the blast and four more injured," senior state police official A. Singh told AFP by telephone from Imphal.

19 Dec 2014 description

Since May this year, when I started writing this blog, I have started appreciating the strength of Indian democracy. As I followed the unraveling of the national elections, and thereafter the elections in various states of our country, I became acutely aware of the power of Indian voters and their ability to choose their own destiny in a peaceful and democratic manner. Clichés like ‘ballot not bullet’ appear less clichéd and Indian democracy despite all its ‘warts’ stands out like a beacon in an area where our neighbors still struggle to institutionalize it and give it permanency.

19 Dec 2014 description

World experts agree improved crop varieties need to go hand-in-hand with eco-friendly farming systems

Rome, 19 December 2014 ­ - Cereal-based farming systems must join the transition to sustainable agriculture if they are to meet unprecedented demand for maize, rice and wheat. That was one of the key messages to emerge from a meeting held by FAO this week and attended by leading crop production specialists.

19 Dec 2014 description

By Linda Bloom
Dec. 17, 2014 | NEW YORK (UMNS)

When the Rev. Henry Leono surveyed Banda Aceh 18 days after a deadly tsunami all but obliterated the Indonesia city, he found the devastation difficult to accept.

SLIDESHOW: INDIAN OCEAN TSUNAMI 10TH ANNIVERSARY

18 Dec 2014 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • General inflation in the region continued to slow, falling to 3.7 percent from 3.8 percent, while food price inflation was unchanged.

  • Nominal rice prices rose 7.7 percent in South Asia in October.

  • In Afghanistan retail prices for wheat and wheat flour fell by a respective 2 percent and 4.9 percent in expectation of an above-average harvest.

  • Rice prices in India rose 18 percent year-on-year.

18 Dec 2014 description
report Times of India

Arpita Chakrabarty,TNN | Dec 18, 2014, 06.27 AM IST

LUCKNOW/ALMORA: In some of the heaviest spells of snowfall Uttarakhand has seen in recent times, 30 people, according to the State Disaster Mitigation and Management Centre, have died in the hills in the last two days.

Himachal Pradesh also recorded heavy snowfall. The icy winds coming from these hill region swept Uttar Pradesh as well, leading to drop in temperatures. Lucknow was coldest in UP with minimum temperature 6.6 degrees Celsius.

18 Dec 2014 description

The unprecedented £392m donated by the generous UK public to the Disasters Emergency Committee’s Tsunami Earthquake Appeal ten years ago not only provided homes for tens of thousands of people, it helped change the way humanitarian agencies respond to large-scale disasters, the DEC said today.

18 Dec 2014 description
report Oxfam

Ten years on and Tsunami response changed lives for good

The humanitarian response to the Indian Ocean Tsunami saved lives and gave people the means to rebuild their futures, Oxfam says today.

The tsunami on Boxing Day ten years ago was unprecedented. It hit 14 countries and affected 5 million people, killing an estimated 230,000 people and making 1.7 million homeless.

17 Dec 2014 description
report Times of India

Bharti Jain,TNN | Dec 16, 2014, 10.07 PM IST

NEW DELHI: Minorities from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh seeking refuge in India will be granted a five-year long term visa (LTV) instead of a one-year visa, based on recommendation of the state government or UT administration. Besides, powers have been delegated to the FRRO/FRO to extend a short-term visa for this category of foreign nationals for a period of six months.

16 Dec 2014 description

Snapshot 10–16 December

Iraq: 700,000 IDPs, mostly in Dahuk and Anbar governorates, are living in shelters that are not adapted for winter temperatures. 945,000 IDPs are in dire need of kerosene for heating.

Afghanistan: Kabul has been hit by at least 12 suicide attacks since early November, with more attacks also carried out elsewhere, fuelling concerns about the protection of civilians.

15 Dec 2014 description

Highlights from this issue:

  • What can we learn from the missteps of providing corticosteroids for preterm delivery?

  • How should health systems in West Africa be strengthened in the wake of the Ebola outbreak?

  • How can behavior change activities increase contraceptive use in urban areas?

  • What role can drug shops play in family planning?

  • How do health care workers find the courage to care for Ebola patients?

15 Dec 2014 description

On 26 December 2004, the world experienced the Indian Ocean Tsunami, one of the deadliest natural disasters ever recorded. At an event held at the Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand last week, panelists took stock of the progress made in building greater resilience to disasters in Asia-Pacific, and also highlighted outstanding gaps and priorities for the way forward.

14 Dec 2014 description

Voluntary Return to Afghanistan

In November 2014, a total of 1,018 Afghan refugees voluntarily repatriated to Afghanistan. Of these, 772 came from Pakistan, 239 from Iran and 7 from India.

14 Dec 2014 description
report Malteser

Help for body, mind and soul

On 26 December 2004, the most devastating tsunami in history brought death, misery and immense suffering to the people on the shores of the Indian Ocean. In its aftermath, 250,000 people were dead or missing, and nearly 1.7 million lost their homes. Immediately, Malteser International ran to the aid of the survivors – with both material as well as psychological assistance. A large-scale, sustainable reconstruction and reintegration program followed.

12 Dec 2014 description
report Sphere India

Key Note Message

Dear Friends and colleagues,

10 Dec 2014 description
report Swiss Red Cross

Il y a dix ans, un violent tsunami dévastait les régions côtières du sud de l’Asie, faisant 260 000 victimes et des millions de sans-abris. Après avoir mis sur pied ce qui demeure aujourd’hui encore la plus vaste opération d’aide d’urgence de son histoire, la CRS s’est attachée à reconstruire écoles, habitations et dispensaires.