Death Toll In Haiti Earthquake Rises To 17; 333 Injured

HAITI: The death toll from a 5.9 earthquake that hit Haiti over the weekend rose to 17 people with 333 injured, authorities said Monday, as thousands of people slept outdoors fearing aftershocks would topple their cracked homes. After two days of searching for victims of the disaster, the country moved into a response phase Monday. The government faced two challenges: attending to the injured and managing fears. A magnitude 5.2 aftershock on Sunday afternoon sent people rushing into the street in Port-de-Paix, the coastal town that bore the brunt of…

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Schools and Emergency Evacuation

By: Dr. Kumar Raka, Editor-ICN  ISRAEL: School Safety Programme is one of the most important components of Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR). In order to save children’s lives and protect damages in infrastructures and investments costs in the education sector, all the States should be committed and started implementing school safety programmes in line with the Guidelines of Govt. of India. The Supreme Court of India directed all state governments to ensure that the Centre’s guidelines on safety and security of children are implemented in “reality” in every school of the country.…

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How Relevant Are These Age-Old Proverbs In Today’s World?

By: Barnali Bose, Editor-ICN Group  Disclaimer: The following analysis is meant for amusement purpose only and the reader is requested to read it “with a pinch of salt”. When in Rome do as the Romans do: The reverse, I believe is true. If you do as stated, you’ll be lost in the crowd and can never be the one among many. You have to do things differently if you wish to get noticed and receive acclaim. So, ‘When in Rome, do as the Americans do, do as the Greeks do or…

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Glacial Lakes: New Threat In Earthquake Prone Himalayan Region

By: Rakesh Lohumi, Sr. Editor-ICN Group  SHIMLA: Highly prone to severe earthquakes, the Himalayan region is becoming increasingly vulnerable to glacier lake outburst floods (GLOFs) caused by moraine-dammed lakes. As per the GLOF-risk assessment carried out by Nepal-based International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) that there are over 8,000 glacial lakes in the Hindu Kush-Himalayan region, out of which about 200 are potentially dangerous. The bursting of such a lake increases the discharge in its stream, causing flash floods in the downstream areas with huge loss of life and property.…

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Prof. S Z Qasim: The First Indian To Set Foot On Frozen Continent Antarctica

By: Dr. Shah Ayaz Siddiqui, Editor-In-Chief-ICN Group The First Indian Antarctic Expedition where Prof. S Z Qasim successfully landed on 9th January 1982 and hoisted the Indian Flag on the frozen continent. Renowned Marine Biologist Prof. S Z Qasim, who first made way to the frozen continent Antarctica in 1981-82, and successfully organized and guided the next the seven expeditions, pioneered in Fisheries Biology, mari-culture, estuarine ecology, environmental pollution and Antarctic research. Prof. S Z Qasim was born on December 31, 1926 in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh. He began his schooling from…

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Man With A Passion For Building Academic Institutions: Prof. K.V.Nagaraj

LUCKNOW/SHIMLA: Soft spoken, suave and intelligent Prof. K.V. Nagaraj is a man with a vision who believes that developing “centres of academic excellence” is more important than carving out a bright academic career. “Once you are able to establish an academic institution that promotes excellence, there will be no dearth of  bright academicians, explains Prof Nagaraj who has devoted  a major part of his academic career in building and grooming institutions of academic excellence. Prof. K.V.Nagaraj, Professor at Mizoram University and Former Pro Vice Chancellor, Assam University is an icon of…

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Dr. Sushil Solomon: An Agricultural Scientist of Great Repute

By: Dr. Mohammad Aleem, Editor-ICN Group NEW DELHI: Agriculture sector needs constant scientific and administrative attention. To ameliorate the bad conditions of farmers, who are forced to live in utter penury and hardship due to many natural and man-made disasters, such intervention and support is highly appreciable. We should salute to all those scientists, who in any way are contributing to make the lives of poor Indian farmers better. Sugar industry is also one of the major components of this important sector. Production of sugar is directly related to the…

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