India

Despite efforts, Rohingyas remain vulnerable in Bangladesh: WHO


New Delhi, Aug 24: The World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday expressed concern over the health condition of Rohingya refugees living in Cox's Bazar in Bangladesh and said a severe fund crunch has threatened continuation of health services in the refugee camps.The Bangladesh government, WHO and other health agencies have worked to save thousands...

Kerala announces special lottery to raise funds


Thiruvananthapuram, Aug 24: To raise additional funds towards the Chief Ministers Distress Relief Fund (CMDRF) following the floods in Kerala, Finance Minister Thomas Issac on Friday announced a special lottery.Issac told the media that each ticket would cost Rs 250 and the draw would take place on October 3. The entire proceeds of the...

Death toll in Indonesia’s Lombok island quakes surpasses 550


Jakarta, Aug 24: The death toll in the devastating earthquakes that hit Indonesia's Lombok island between July 29 and August 19 was raised to 557 on Friday, authorities said.More than 390,000 people remain displaced due to the quakes, while 76,765 buildings were damaged. The National Agency for Disaster Management spokesperson Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said on...

HC convicts 33 in Haryana killing case, says atrocities against Dalits on rise


New Delhi, Aug 24: The Delhi High Court on Friday held 33 people guilty in a 2010 Dalit killing case in Haryana's Hisar district and said 71 years after Independence, instances of atrocities against Scheduled Castes by those belonging to dominant castes have shown no signs of abating.The incidents that took place in Mirchpur...

Trade talks with US constructive: China


Beijing, Aug 24: A new round of meetings between Beijing and Washington to seek a way out of the trade war has been constructive and will continue, Chinese authorities said on Friday.At the invitation of the US, a Chinese delegation led by Vice-Minister of Commerce Wang Shouwen held talks on Wednesday and Thursday with...

‘Climate change can trigger more devastating floods in India’


New Delhi, Aug 24: With more than a million people displaced by flooding in Kerala, Britain-based charity Christian Aid on Friday warned that more devastating floods in India will become the norm if nothing is done to tackle climate change.Simultaneously, it plans to support 10,000 people in each of the flood-hit Wayanad and Idukki...

Onam festivities washed away by Kerala floods


Thiruvananthapuram, Aug 24: With the state government cancelling the Onam celebrations, it is unlikely that Kerala households within the country or overseas will witness any festivities this year ignoring the huge loss of life and property in the devastating floods.The Kerala government has already diverted the Rs 30 crore earmarked for state-sponsored celebrations to...

Sitharaman visits flood-hit Kodagu, promises Army help


Kodagu (Karnataka), Aug 24: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Friday visited the flood-hit Kodagu district and assured the people of Indian Army's help in rebuilding the devastated region's roads.I can assure you that the task force of the Indian Army's Border Roads Organisation (BRO) will visit as consultants and advise the administration on how...

Scott Morrison is new Australian PM after Turnbull’s ouster


Canberra, Aug 24: Former treasurer Scott Morrison, one of the architects of Australia's tough immigration policy, was sworn in as the country's new Prime Minister following the ouster of Malcolm Turnbull from the post amid growing discontent and a revolt of the ruling Liberal Party conservatives.Turnbull's dismassal came after a week of turmoil, as...