Death is the only certainty here, rest is just chance -Damini Nath
Nearly 20 lives are lost every day at the hospital in Gorakhpur, where a recent night played havoc with hopes of the young, leaving parents with no sense of closure
GORAKHPUR (U.P.): For one family, it is the first day of school that their five-year-old girl was looking forward to, but will never see; for another, it is the celebration planned for the newborn twins conceived after eight years of trying, but cancelled as they never came home.
Over a week after oxygen supply ran out in Baba Raghav Das Medical College (BRD) here on August 10 and 11, families of the children who died in the neonatal and paediatrics intensive care units and the encephalitis ward that day have no answers; only stories of lives cut short and hopes dashed. A total of 567, 668 and 587 children died in the hospital in the month of August in 2014, 2015...
Rain-deficit Southern States drag down kharif sowing numbers
-The Hindu Business Line
10 meteorological subdivisions reeling from rainfall deficit
New Delhi: Deficient rains in parts of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Telangana seem to have hit kharif sowing this year with the total area covered coming down for the first time from the corresponding period last year.
The total sown area during the ongoing kharif season had dropped to 976.34 lakh hectares (ha) by the end of the week, against 984.57 lakh ha during the same time last year, according to data released by the Agriculture Ministry on Friday.
As on date, 10 out of 36 agro-meteorological subdivisions in the country are reeling under deficient rainfall as compared to six subdivisions in the same week last year.
Sowing has been seriously affected in Karnataka, with almost all major crops showing a negative trend as compared to last year. The total sown area in the State has shrunk by 27 per cent to 42.9 lakh...
-The Hindu Business Line
New Delhi: As floods continue ravage large parts of the country, Uma Bharti, Union Minister for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, on Saturday reviewed the situation and the action being taken at the national level.
After the meeting, Bharti announced that she would visit Uttar Pradesh and Bihar next week, according to an official release.
“The Minister will visit Uttar Pradesh on 21st August and Bihar on 25th August for discussions on flood related issues with the State Governments,” the release said, adding that she was also planning to visit Uttarakhand in connection with India-Nepal Pancheshwar Multipurpose project. Amarjit Singh, Secretary in the Ministry is already in Assam to survey the affected areas.
The Minister was briefed that the Central Water Commission (CWC) had issued around 3,200 flood forecasts to all concerned user agencies which helped the district administrations in timely evacuation and saving of lives of millions...
Flood continues to wreak havoc, crores of people affected
-The Times of India
LUCKNOW/ GUWAHATI/ PATNA: There is no let up in the flood fury across eastern part of the country, especially in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, as raging waters of the rivers originating from Nepal continue to cause havoc in vast areas. The death toll from drowning, collapsed houses and landslides triggered by monsoon rains climbed to over 600 on Saturday.
Neighbouring Nepal and Bangladesh are also suffering due to the flood waters. Army soldiers and disaster management workers in the three countries have launched mammoth rescue efforts to evacuate and provide food and shelter to crores of affected people.
In Bihar, two brothers, both teenagers, drowned in flood water in Motihari town area of East Champaran district, police said. 202 people have so far died in the state as swirling floodwaters submerged hundreds of villages and swept away homes.
1.21 crore people have been affected by the floods in 18 districts...
How a Bihar NGO siphoned off crores in govt funds under govt nose -- with some help -Santosh Singh
-The Indian Express
Srijan Mahila Vikas Sahyog Samiti Limited, providing vocational training to women and selling pickles, allegedly pilfered funds from Bhagalpur district administration’s various accounts for at least half a dozen welfare schemes.
Bhagalpur: Over 10 years and across two governments, of JD(U)-BJP and the RJD-JDU, one Bhagalpur NGO allegedly siphoned off an estimated Rs 700 crore of public funds. Nine FIRs and 12 arrests later, the Bihar government ordered a CBI probe Thursday.
An investigation by The Indian Express of police records, bank statements and interviews with key officials reveals how the little-known NGO, Srijan Mahila Vikas Sahyog Samiti Limited, providing vocational training to women and selling pickles, allegedly pilfered funds from Bhagalpur district administration’s various accounts for at least half a dozen welfare schemes. All with the alleged connivance of government officials, bank employees and, of course, Srijan’s own staff.
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