Thursday, 20 January, 2022
TopicNatural disasters

Topic: Natural disasters

Why the world’s cascade of disasters is not a coincidence

Anyone who’s tried to put in a claim knows insurance isn’t charity. If it becomes too expensive to cover losses for natural disasters, insurers will pull back toward areas that are profitable.

3 killed, 1 missing after cloudburst hits Uttarakhand’s Uttarkashi

Police and State Disaster Response Fund personnel immediately launched rescue operations and succeeded in rescuing most of the people trapped in slush after the incident Sunday night.

Rescue operations in Chamoli to continue till last victim reached, says NDRF commandant

The NDRF commandant also said the muck-clearing exercise at Tapovan tunnel may take months, if not a year.

Opposition MLAs face wrath of Indian voters after natural disasters, not ruling party’s: Study

Researchers from US and South Korea used data from 4,313 assembly constituencies over the years 1977-2007 to estimate the effects of droughts and heavy rainfall on Indian elections.

If India starts acting on the yearly floods in Bihar and Assam, that would be true nationalism

Attention deficit of the public, policy dyslexia and lack of political will lie at the roots of the recurring tragedy of flooding in Assam and Bihar.

Needs are often greater long after a disaster. That’s when you can best help

Research says that supporting recovery efforts tied to disasters that occurred a year ago or waiting to give can be the best way to go.

Landslide-prone Sikkim gets its own early warning system

Scientists from Amrita university set up system in Gangtok, the second such model after successful installation of one in Kerala’s Munnar.

Sharing WhatsApp photo to ferrying people and food: How ‘God’s own army’ saved Kerala

The 700-odd boats manned by Kerala's fishermen are estimated to have rescued around 35 per cent of the flood-affected people in the state.

Navy rescue pilots in Kerala are flying aged helicopters that don’t meet today’s standards

At least two efforts by the Indian Navy to modernise its helicopter fleet are stuck in red tape, with many of its choppers first inducted in 1987.

Using new AI algorithm, IIT-Bombay to reduce damage caused by natural disasters in India

Meanwhile, an innovation from students at IIT-Mandi can predict landslides and help effect quick evacuations.

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How England’s dying industrial towns became the West’s largest jihad factory

Malik Faisal Akram had no known affiliation with jihadist groups. Ideas that led him to take hostages in a Texas synagogue seeped into his mind almost by osmosis.

NTPC looks to coal imports to avoid new power crunch

India’s largest electricity producer is aiming to secure cargoes starting from April, when power consumption in India typically surges on summer cooling demand.

Defence

File photo of IAF drone seen flying in Leh on 18 Nov 2020 | ANI

Indian firm gets foothold in prized global ‘kamikaze’ and armed drones market

Global demand for loitering munition & armed drones saw a jump after Azerbaijan was able to defeat superior Armenian armed forces in 2020 with the help of these systems.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Read my lips, I’m hurting, says Pakistan’s National Security Policy. What it means for India

The new policy is mostly chaff, but it reveals the most inward-looking Pakistan in 3 decades. It needs breathing space, and is realising loss of stature and friendship with US.
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