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04 Sep 2018 description

The southern Indian State of Kerala is famous for its various tourist attractions such as wildlife which includes endangered species like the Nilgiri Tahr goat and the lion-tailed macaque, the Vallam Kali traditional boat race and the Kumily spice festival.

It is not surprising then that the state received about 14.6 million foreign and domestic tourists in 2017. According to a January 2018 report from India’s Centre for Public Policy Research (CPPR), tourism contributes 10 per cent of Kerala’s GDP and around 23.5 per cent of the state’s total employment.

16 Nov 2017 description

Since 2015, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has worked on antibiotic resistance in collaboration with the health authorities in West Bengal, India. As the world discusses this growing challenge during World Antibiotic Awareness Week (13 to 19 November), we shares some of our findings on the reasons behind this phenomenon and how this challenge can be addressed.

17 Jun 2017 description
report Caritas

Growing recognition and interest on climate change as a political and ethical issue has become a scope of discussion in the recent past. The poor and the vulnerable that have generally contributed the least to the climate crisis are hit the hardest.

Highlighting issues on justice, Climate Change Desk (CCD) of the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences (FABC) Office of Human Development organised conference workshop on June 11-12, 2017 at Bangkok. This served as a culminating activity of the climate change research project undertaken by CCD in the year 2016.

03 Mar 2017 description
report Pew Research Center


India has a long history of migration. More than a century ago, large numbers of Indian migrants – many of them involuntary ones – moved to Africa, the Caribbean and within the Indian subcontinent itself. Some of the top destinations of Indian migrants in more recent decades include Persian Gulf countries, North America and Europe. Here are five facts about India and migration.

03 Jan 2017 description
report Government of India

Executive Summary

About Emergency Management Exercises

20 Sep 2016 description

• TC PAINE continued moving north north-west over open waters, slightly weakening. On 20 September at 6.00 (UTC) its centre was located approx. 435 km south south-west of Punta Eugenia (Baja California State) and it had max. sustained winds speed of 110 km/h (Tropical Storm).
• Over the next 24 h it is forecast to continue moving north with a turn to the north-east approaching the western coast of Baja California state, weakening further.

26 Aug 2016 description
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- 397 Fractional-dose inactivated poliovirus vaccination campaign, Telangana state, India, June 2016
- 403 Monthly report on dracunculiasis cases, January– May 2016


  • 397 Campagne de vaccination par une dose fractionnée de poliovirus inactivé, État du Telangana (Inde), juin 2016
  • 403 Rapport mensuel des cas de dracunculose, janvier-mai 2016
14 Jul 2016 description

• Heavy rain has been affecting the country over the past few days, causing floods.
• According to media reports, as of 13 July, at least 300 houses have been damaged in several villages of Benue state.

13 Dec 2015 description

10.12.2015 – Extreme weather events have increased significantly as a result of climate change. Droughts and floods threaten crop yields in many countries. GIZ is working with partner countries to make climate risk insurance available to affected farmers to protect them against losses.

07 Dec 2015 description


The enhanced vulnerability of children to the detrimental impacts of disasters and emergencies now qualifies as conventional wisdom in various humanitarian circles. Almost 70% of the affected population of a disaster or extreme event are children. Consequently, a lot of government and humanitarian agencies have taken up the cause of protecting and promoting the rights of children to safety and security.

27 Aug 2015 description

New Delhi: “India has come a long way since the adoption of the Hyogo Protocol in 2005 to institutionalize disaster risk reduction, but even today enormous challenges remain”, said Kiren Rijiju, Minister of State for Home Affairs, Government of India.

The Minister of State was addressing a workshop on strengthening private sector partnerships for reducing disaster risk. The event was organized by the Ministry of Home Affairs, United States Agency for International Development (USAID), FICCI and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) held in New Delhi.

31 Jul 2014 description

Southasiadisasters.net issue no. 114, July 2014:

Cities and urban citizens are moving centre stage from HFA to HFA2 process. And that is overdue.

We live in an era of unprecedented urbanization. Since 2008, for the first time in human history, more people live in cities and towns as compared to the countryside.

Moreover, the number of city and town dwellers is expected to swell up to 5 billion by 2030. This great number has huge implications for the risk profile of urban centres.

16 Jan 2014 description

On a visit to New Delhi, the ICRC director-general discusses the strategic partnership between his organization and the Indian Red Cross Society and outlines the humanitarian services the ICRC has provided on the Indian sub-continent since 1917. Speaking at various fora, he highlights humanitarian challenges arising from conflicts around the world and emphasizes the need to improve access to health care in conflict areas.

11 Oct 2013 description

Today is the International Day of the Girl Child and to mark this the World Bank is facilitating an online conversation between their president, Dr Jim Yong Kim, and Malala Yousafzai, the 16 year old educational campaigner from Pakistan who was shot by the Taliban a year ago on her way home from school.

02 Oct 2013 description
report Inter Press Service

Analysis by Malini Shankar

DEHRADUN, India , Oct 2 2013 (IPS) - In Uttarakhand, the small Indian state in the Himalayan foothills that was a victim of flash floods that killed at least a thousand people in June this year and uprooted thousands of families, the story is told of a child who went every day to the helipad, believing his father will return when, in fact, the father died in the floods.

There are many such stories, Ray Kancharla of Save the Children told IPS.

09 Sep 2013 description
report The Guardian

Indian farmers have seen increased yields not just in rice but also in wheat cultivation. Could SCI curb hunger in low-resource communities?

Yields achieved under the system of rice intensification (SRI) have made headlines in recent years, with one farmer in India reported to have produced a record-breaking 22.4 tonnes from one hectare of land in 2011. But why stop at rice? Farmers and NGOs have found that the same principles can be applied to other crops such as wheat and teff, where it is referred to more broadly as the system of crop intensification (SCI).

29 Feb 2012 description


A week back the doorbell rang and two ladies stood with vaccine boxes at my doorstep asking if there were children five years and below in the house as they wanted to give polio drops. Hearing a 'no' from me they went to the next door and then continued knocking on doors. India just completed a year without a single case of Polio and this is a great achievement indeed. World over India's Polio control is being quoted as a huge success story and rightly so.

13 Jan 2012 description

Today India celebrates a whole year free of any new cases of polio – the crippling and potentially fatal disease that targets young children.

The milestone follows a step up of India's own vaccination programme in recent years backed by UK aid through the Global Polio Eradication Initiative.

The announcement is a major step towards global efforts to wipe out polio forever – defeating the disease in one of the toughest countries in the world.