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24 Nov 2016 description
report Inter Press Service

By Stella Paul

KULGAM, Kashmir, India, Nov 23 2016 (IPS) - In the fading light of a November afternoon, 12-year-old Mariya Sareer bends over a textbook, trying to read as much as she can before it gets dark. It’s been nearly five months since the seventh grader from Shurat, a village 70 kms south of Srinagar city, last went to school, thanks to a raging political conflict.

22 Nov 2016 description
  • The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) in collaboration with WFP organized a workshop on World Food Day to launch standards for food fortification in the country and advocate for the inclusion of fortification as part of a strategy to reduce micronutrient malnutrition.

  • A WFP-sponsored high-level government delegation visit led by Honourable Union Minister for Food, India visited the WFP Centre of Excellence (CENEX) in Brazil. They were accompanied by WFP India Country Director.

21 Nov 2016 description

The quest of the last 15 years to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) taught us that Global Goals can motivate and help sustain leaps in human progress. It also taught us that the specifics matter. In some places, the MDGs became a widely-recognized, consistent and important driver of local progress; in others, the role and impact of the MDGs was more ambiguous. A lot depended on way the MDGs were implemented: if local change agents made them meaningful locally; if local leaders drew on their legitimacy and visibility; if they were employed to solve real-life problems etc.

17 Nov 2016 description

Key messages

  • Education is lifesaving. Education is crucial for both the protection and development of girls and boys affected by crises. It can restore a sense of normalcy and safety and provide them with important life skills. It is also one of the best tools to invest in their long-term future and in the peace, stability and economic growth of their countries.

  • The Commission currently dedicates over 4% of the EU's overall humanitarian budget to education in emergencies, one of the most underfunded sectors of humanitarian aid.

05 Nov 2016 description
  • Since the end of September the tensions over the disputed Himalayan region have increased. More than 60 ceasefire violations have been witnessed including shelling across the Line of Control.
  • Eight civilians have been killed, 24 have been injured and tens of thousands are displaced from villages close to the Line of Control. The displaced are located in government-run shelters or have taken shelter in temples and schools. At least 174 schools have been closed and intra-Kashmir trade has been suspended.
04 Nov 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund

New Delhi, 4 November 2016 – Children are effective agents of change and must be included in disaster risk reduction strategies and processes – the youth have told delegates at the Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction being held from 2 to 5 November 2016.

03 Nov 2016 description

Highlights

 A WFP-sponsored high level government delegation led by the Honourable Union Minister for Food, India, visited the WFP Centre of Excellence (CENEX) in Brazil. They were accompanied by the WFP India Country Director.

 The proposal for setting up CENEX in India is being developed in collaboration with the Government of India.

02 Nov 2016 description
report Human Rights Watch

Classrooms Shut Throughout the State

Meenakshi Ganguly, South Asia Director

On Sunday, arsonists set on fire a school in southern Kashmir, the latest arson attack that has targeted nearly 25 schools in India’s Jammu and Kashmir state. Anti-government protests and the government’s heavy-handed response have created an atmosphere of turmoil.

28 Oct 2016 description

The disaster risk reduction aspects highlighted in this issue serve to depict the manner in which leading countries, including India, have addressed and mitigated different disasters in the past and the lessons learned. The aim of this issue is to bring innovative ideas to AMCDRR in order to accelerate regional implementation and monitoring. By active hosting of AMCDRR India will renew its commitment to the Sendai Framework and pursue a resilient and sustainable future for all citizens.

25 Oct 2016 description

Asia: Catching the wave of success

As the highest performing region under the Millennium Development Goals, Asia has much to shout about. Among other notable achievements, poverty has been slashed by more than two-thirds, great strides have been made in the delivery of healthcare, and primary school enrolments have surged.

The results are remarkable for a continent that is the largest on earth and home to more than half the world’s population.

30 Sep 2016 description

Highlights

  • The Government of India and WFP signed a Letter of Intent for a proposal to establish a Centre of Excellence (CENEX) on food and nutrition security.
    The proposal for setting up CENEX shall be sent for government approval by mid-September 2016.

  • Delegation led by the Honourable Union Minister for Food, India visited WFP CENEX in Brazil. Delegation included high level Government official from India accompanied by WFP India Country Director.

26 Sep 2016 description

In June 2016, India launched its first National Disaster Management Plan (NDMP) with the aim of improving the country's resilience to disasters and reducing the loss of lives and assets. Hailed as one of the first national level plans which is aligned to the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (SFDRR), India's NDMP not only adheres to the spirit of SFDRR, it also entails provisions to help India reach the goals set in SFDRR.

15 Sep 2016 description
report Islamic Relief

Islamic Relief Worldwide’s annual report for 2015 has been published today, detailing our income, expenditure and the projects we undertook to help 8.3 million people across the globe.

07 Sep 2016 description
report Sphere India

1. Humanitarian Situation

Chhattisgarh state has a rich natural endowment of land, water forest and annual average rainfall of 1350 mm. Recorded documents reveal that state had a past of agricultural abundances comparable with Rice bowl of the Burdwan region of the west Bengal. There were innumerable ponds with tree groves the yielded fruits and other bio products. Chhattisgarh is primarily a mono crop area. Paddy is the principal crop, generally grown in Kharif season. This season starts from mid-June to mid-October. The Rabi crop is generally not taken due to various reasons.

07 Sep 2016 description
report Sphere India

1. Executive Summary

Acute water scarcity has developed into a severe drought situation. While there has been monsoon deficit of for past few years, differential rainfall pattern, Data shows a continuous fall in the average rainfall in the state from last few years. Agriculture in Jharkhand is mostly dependent on Rain and in most of the places only mono cropping is prevalent. Due to which the drought has led to alarming situation for food security in the rural areas of the state.

07 Sep 2016 description
report Sphere India

1. Executive Summary

Government of Madhya Pradesh has declared 46 districts out of 50 affected by drought resulting in huge crop loss, massive migration, economic loss to farmers and loss of lives. In June to September 2015, there was enormous decline noted in the rainfall and villagers were hit by a triple whammy: first, the ripening winter wheat and gram crops were destroyed by untimely heavy rains and hailstorms from February to early April. Then, a drought destroyed the summer kharif paddy and pulse crops.

30 Aug 2016 description
report Alhasan Systems

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Heavy rainfall floods streets in Rawalpindi

  • Provinces asked to follow National Climate Change policy

  • Preventive measures against Congo virus advised: Experts

  • Pakistan to become water scarce in 4 years

  • Supreme Court rejects review appeals of 16 terror convicts set to hang

  • Pakistan’s Counter- Terrorism Policy

  • CPEC confronts terrorism

  • US urges Pakistan, Afghanistan to work together against terrorism

23 Aug 2016 description
report Alhasan Systems

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • UN lauds Pakistan’s capacity in dealing with natural calamities

  • CDA to launch Monsoon Tree Planation Drive

  • NDMA chairman vows to protect schools from natural disasters

  • India funding terrorists in Balochistan

  • Pakistan has launched decisive action to eliminate terrorism

  • NACTA receives thousands of false informations about terrorism

  • Pakistan again invites India for Kashmir talks

19 Aug 2016 description
report Save the Children

In the wake of severe flooding across Bangladesh, India, China and Nepal, Save the Children warns that years of development progress could be eroded if education isn’t prioritised during the emergency response.

Intense flooding in South and East Asia has so far affected almost 40 million people since June, including approximately 10 million children, bursting riverbanks, washing away homes and destroying crucial infrastructure.