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Monday, June 26, 2006


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   Natural Disaster


It is a well known fact that natural disasters strikes countries, both developed and developing, causing enormous destruction and creating human sufferings and producing negative impacts on national economies.

Different types of natural disasters like floods, droughts, earthquakes, cyclones, landslides, and volcanoes, etc. strikes according to the vulnerability of the area.  India is considered as one of the the world's most disaster prone country.  It has witnessed devastating natural disasters in recent past like droughts, floods, cyclones, earthquakes, landslides, etc.

Among all the natural disasters that country faces, river floods are the most frequent and often devastating.  The shortfall in the rainfall cause droughts or drought like situation in various parts of the country. The country has faced some severe earthquakes causing widespread damage to the life and property.  India has a coastline of about 8000 km, which is prone to very severe cyclonic formations in the Arabian Sea and Bay of Bengal.


Though it is not possible to completely avoid the natural disasters, but the sufferings can be minimized by creating proper awareness of the likely disasters and its impact by developing a suitable warning system, disaster preparedness and management of disasters through application of information technology tools.


Japan warned today it would consider "all options" - including severe sanctions - in response to a possible missile test by North Korea, and accused the communist country of intimidation. (Japan To Explore 'All Options' If N Korea Tests Missile, Daily Excelsior, Correspondent or Reporter, Jun 26, 2006)

Recent developments in Nepal and Sri Lanka are danger signals to India’s security. First, both the neighbouring States are in effect India’s security outposts. Secondly, internecine violence and domestic unrest in the countries are threatening to . . . (Neighbour Trouble, Tribune, G.S. Bhargava, Jun 26, 2006)

In 1947 when the rest of the sub-continent had burnt in communal fire the Kashmir region remained remarkably calm. Jammu too had been besmirched in the inferno. In the late 1980s the Valley started losing its well-kept reputation of peace and harmony. (Attack On Dervish, Daily Excelsior, Editorial, Daily Excelsior, Jun 26, 2006)

A 5.0-magnitude earthquake shook Indonesia's western island of Sumatra but there were no reports of damage or casualties, the meteorology office said. (Quake Rattles Indonesia's Sumatra Island, Hindustan Times, Correspondent or Reporter, Jun 26, 2006)

One is Aaj Tak. The other is Dilli Aaj Tak. The first is a Hindi national news channel (which means it tells you that the price of tomatoes in the country . . . (Two Channels, Two Themes: Dilli, Dilli , Indian Express, Shailaja Bajpai, Jun 26, 2006)

For nearly two decades I have been living in this glorious city and my scrapbook of memories is filled with nameless people who went out of their way to take care of me. (The Kindness Of Strangers , Indian Express, Editorial, Indian Express, Jun 26, 2006)

How is it that the south, particularly Tamil Nadu (TN), remained cool when protests against the move to provide reservation for OBCs in elite educational institutions raged like wild fire across north India? (Why Obc Fire Didn’T Spread South , Indian Express, Editorial, Indian Express, Jun 26, 2006)

Three Palestinian activists were killed early on Sunday in an attack on an Israeli military post on the border between Israel and the south of the Gaza Strip, the group Committees of Popular Resistance announced. (Three Palestinians Killed In Anti-Israel Attack, Hindustan Times, Correspondent or Reporter, Jun 26, 2006)

The Iraqi government declared a state of emergency in Baghdad on Friday, the Prime Minister's Office said, after clashes broke out in a central district. (Emergency Declared In Iraq, Hindustan Times, Correspondent or Reporter, Jun 26, 2006)

Even as suspected militants have gunned down a Jammu & Kashmir Police personnel in Dadsar village of Tral and a soldier of Rashtriya Rifles has died in a gunbattle in Kulgam, Police and security forces have killed five militants in four separate . . . (Five Militants, Soldier Killed In 4 Operations, Daily Excelsior, Correspondent or Reporter, Jun 26, 2006)

A mentally ill head constable posted with the PAC in the sensitive Naxal-dominated district of Chandauli today fired indiscriminately at colleagues from his service rifle, killing two and critically injuring three others, before vanishing in the . . . (Pac Constable Kills 2 Colleagues , Tribune, Correspondent or Reporter, Jun 26, 2006)

Pro-Taliban militants today announced a month-long ceasefire in a Pakistani region on the Afghan border to give tribal elders a chance to broker a settlement after months of fierce fighting. (Pak Militants Offer Truce, Telegraph, Correspondent or Reporter, Jun 26, 2006)

With peace broker Norway failing to arrange a face-to-face meeting between the two sides, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse is seeking a direct deal with Tamil Tigers which would halt attacks in the island in return for containing a breakaway rebel (Lanka Wants Direct Deal With Ltte, Indian Express, Correspondent or Reporter, Jun 26, 2006)

Counter-terrorism agencies are facing a new strategic threat to which they do not have a response and they are unlikely to have a satisfactory response in the short and medium terms. (Non-State Actors In International Terrorism, Daily Excelsior, B Raman, Jun 26, 2006)

All relevant issues discussed: Minister Extension of truce not taken up NSCN-IM charter of demands figured in talks Centre's views put forward (Nscn-Im, Centre Hold `Fruitful' Talks, Hindu, Correspondent or Reporter, Jun 26, 2006)

Stepped up violence in Visakhapatnam Agency area (Maoists Blast Ex-Mla's House In Visakhapatnam , Hindu, Correspondent or Reporter, Jun 26, 2006)

The government's anti-Maoist strategy has pitted brother against brother and village against village. Civil strife is rife in Dantewada. (The Saga Of Salwa Judum In Chhattisgarh, Hindu, Editorial, The Hindu, Jun 26, 2006)

The Central Government is moving to hold direct talks with the United Liberation Front of Asom for the first time. (Talking With Ulfa, Hindu, Editorial, The Hindu, Jun 26, 2006)

Describes Karunanidhi's remark as "blatant lie" "AIADMK regime sought Rs. 9,800 crore as assistance" "Centre promised Rs. 2,347.19 crore, released Rs. 820.31 crore" "State, on its own, disbursed Rs. 1,136 crore for relief and rehabilitation" (Jayalalithaa Denies Charge On Tsunami Relief Funds , Hindu, Correspondent or Reporter, Jun 26, 2006)

The Group of Ministers constituted by the Prime Minister to hold parleys with the leaders of National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN) Issac-Muviah faction has reportedly concluded fruitful talks on contentious issues raised by the rebels . . . (Centre, Nscn Hold 'Fruitful' Talks, Pioneer, Correspondent or Reporter, Jun 26, 2006)


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