Nearly 50,000 People Hit By Flash Floods In Northern Sri Lanka

COLOMBO: Nearly 50,000 people have been affected by recent flash floods in Sri Lanka’s Northern Province, the Disaster Management Centre (DMC) said on Sunday. Nearly 14,000 families had been affected due to the heavy rains and floods in all the five districts of the Northern Province of Sri Lanka, the Disaster Management Center (DMC) said. Over 13,000 families in the Tamil-majority area have been impacted, authorities said.“Search and rescue teams have been mobilised with boats. As many as 670 military and police officials have been deployed. The affected districts are…

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Indonesia Tsunami Leaves 222 Dead, 800 Injured

Indonesia, one of the most disaster-prone nations on earth, straddles the so-called Pacific ‘Ring of Fire’, where tectonic plates collide and a large portion of the world’s volcanic eruptions and earthquakes occur. JAKARTA: A tsunami triggered by an underwater landslide from volcanic eruptions has hit beaches in Indonesia, killing at least 222 people and injuring 800 more. The worst affected area was the Pandeglang region of Banten province in Java.Tourists were also affected during the holiday weekend ahead of Christmas. Indonesian president Joko Widodo said in a statement that he…

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Antarctica Ice Shelf Cracks-Warning For The Global Sea-Level Rise?

By: Prof. Jaswant Singh (Member-Indian Scientific Expedition to Antarctica & Arctic, Director-Institute of Earth Sciences & Executive Editor-ICN Group  Scientists believe that the entire West Antarctica Ice Sheet is likely to collapse within the next 100 years, sending a massive volume of water into the sea. The data collected by the researchers on Climate change and their forecasts based on General circulation model (GCM), Earth’s and ocean water temperature is increasing. This is not only affecting the terrestrial and aquatic ecosystem but human life also. Climate change is the challenge of our…

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Knock, Knock: Beware! ‘The Bad Santa’- Krampus might be at your doorstep this Christmas Eve

By : Barnali Bose, Editor ICN-Group An Alpine Legendary Bad Santa that horrifies children and amuses grown-ups KOLKATA : Worldwide, every year in  December, children excitedly  track the countdown to the visit of the traditional wish granter, Santa Claus,as he is popularly known. Our good old white- bearded St. Nicholas,the hero of children who traverses the four corners of the globe in a jiffy, riding his majestic reindeer-drawn sleigh is a delight for the young and old. But,in Austria, on Christmas, beware lest you meet Krampus, ‘the Christmas Devil’ who…

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Better To Have No Rulebook Than A Weak Rulebook: CSE

By: Dr. Dakter Esse, Editor-ICN As negotiations enter the second week at the 24th meeting of the Conference of Parties (CoP24), it is clear that they are progressing towards a weak and incomplete rulebook for Paris Agreement Paris Agreement is already a weak regime; a weaker rulebook will make it inconsequential Instead of framing a weak rulebook at Katowice, it is better that negotiations are extended next year to develop a robust and meaningful rulebook  No discussion by Parties at Katowice on revision of NDCs by 2020 Katowice (Poland): Centre for Science…

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Hungarians Protest Against PM Viktor Orban’s “Slave Law”

The new labor law allows employers to ask for up to 400 hours of overtime work per year, leading critics to label it the “slave law”. BUDAPEST: Around 10000 people took to the streets of Budapest in one of the biggest demonstrations Hungary has seen for some time. All opposition parties appeared on stage and promised that they would stand united to put pressure on the government.Trade unions also joined the rally. By Sunday, the demonstrations had become a catchall protest against many aspects of Mr. Orban’s increasingly autocratic governance.…

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Nine Killed And 47 Injured As High Speed Train Derails In Ankara,Turkey

The Ankara–Istanbul high-speed railway is a 331-mile long high-speed railway currently running between Ankara and the Pendik suburb of Istanbul.It can reach maximum speeds of 155mph. ANKARA: A high-speed train hit a railway engine and crashed into a pedestrian overpass at a station in the Turkish capital Ankara on Thursday, killing nine people and injuring 47 others, officials said. The train, carrying 206 passengers, was heading from Ankara to the central Turkish province of Konya and was not due to stop at Marsandiz. At least two cars derailed, hitting the station’s…

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‘The Facilitator Of War Who Sought To Usher Peace After Death’: The Story Of Alfred Nobel, The Benefactor Of The Nobel Prize

By: Barnali Bose, Editor-ICN Group KOLKATA: Who hasn’t heard of the much-coveted Nobel Prize that has unanimously been regarded as one of the most prestigious awards worldwide for more than a century ? Let us unearth how, why and when the first Nobel Prize came to be awarded. The Nobel Prize has been named after Alfred Bernhard Nobel who was born on 21 October,1833 in Stockholm, Germany. He was the Swedish inventor of dynamite and other powerful explosives. In order to understand how and why the award came to be…

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Human Rights Day 2018: To Deny People Their Human Rights Is To Challenge Their Very Humanity

The doctrine of human rights has been highly influential within international law, global and regional institutions. NEW DELHI: Human Rights Day is observed every year on December 10, the day when the United Nations General Assembly adopted and proclaimed the ‘Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). The basic principle of the day is that we need to stand for our own rights and those of others. The theme for Human Rights Day 2018 is ‘Stand Up For Human Rights’. The Declaration, which is available in more than 500 languages, sets…

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The Trip to Western & Central Europe 2017

By: Shoubhik Bose & Debanjana Maitra Shoubhik and Debanjana, senior engineers in software companies of repute in Bangalore love travelling in India and abroad. They take time out to share their experiences through their travelogues. Budapest, Hungary The journey to Budapest was a 6 hour journey by Austria’s OBB railway network. Day 1 It took us a while to accept that this is where we would be staying. Our accommodation in Bupdaest A typical evening in Budapest is full of music performances at every street corner. There are plenty of public spaces…

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