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Kerala seeks Rs 1,843 cr Central aid

Sunday, 10 Dec 2017 | PTI | Thiruvananthapuram | in Sunday Pioneer

The Kerala Government on Saturday sought a central assistance of Rs 1,843 crore in the wake of cyclone Ockhi devastating the State's coastal stretches, leaving 37 dead and several others missing. Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Saturday met Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman, in Delhi and...

Brahmaputra turbidity level beyond permissible level

Sunday, 10 Dec 2017 | PTI | in Sunday Pioneer

The turbidity level in the Brahmaputra river at three places in Assam is much beyond the permissible limit for use as potable water, a state water resources department release said on Saturday. The Brahmaputra -- Assam's lifeline -- has turned muddy and its water has changed colour for over a week...

US draws flak over Jerusalem

Sunday, 10 Dec 2017 | S Rajagopalan | Washington | in Sunday Pioneer

The United States found itself isolated at the UN Security Council on Friday over its recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, with about every member either disapproving or sharply criticising President Donald Trump’s unilateral action and voicing concern over its implications for the West Asian peace process. Key US allies Britain...

Israel strikes kill two in Gaza as Trump rage

Sunday, 10 Dec 2017 | AFP | Gaza City: | in Sunday Pioneer

Retaliatory Israeli air strikes on the Gaza Strip killed two Hamas militants on Saturday, as unrest simmered across the Palestinian territories over US President Donald Trump's declaration of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. A total of four people have now been killed and dozens wounded since Trump announced his deeply controversial decision...

Nepal Left alliance sweeps parliamentary poll

Sunday, 10 Dec 2017 | PTI | Kathmandu | in Sunday Pioneer

The Left alliance has won at least 26 of the 30 parliamentary seats and is leading comfortably against the opposition NC which has won three seats in the historic parliamentary and provincial assembly polls in Nepal, officials said today. The Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist-Leninist (CPN-UML) has won 18 seats while...

Gaza rocket hits Israeli town: Army

Sunday, 10 Dec 2017 | AFP | Jerusalem: | in Sunday Pioneer

A rocket fired from the Palestinian Gaza Strip enclave hit the southern Israel town of Sderot, the Israeli army said today, but refused to comment on possible casualties. Public radio said the rocket failed to explode and caused no injuries. Israel's national ambulance service said its paramedics treated a woman in her...

Saudi-led strike on Yemen TV station kills four: Houthis

Sunday, 10 Dec 2017 | AFP | Sanaa | in Sunday Pioneer

A Saudi-led coalition air strike hit Yemen's rebel-controlled state television station in Sanaa overnight, killing four guards, rebel media and the head guard said today. "Air bombardment by the Saudi-American enemy targeted the building of the Yemen TV satellite channel, killing four citizens," the rebel Al-Masirah news outlet said, taking a...

Rohingya crisis: Red Cross faced with ‘real challenge'

Sunday, 10 Dec 2017 | IANS | in Sunday Pioneer

The Red Cross is faced with a "real challenge" following the Rohingya refugee crisis triggered by violence in Myanmar's Rakhine State, a senior official of the international humanitarian organisation has said. "The specificity of the situation is that only the Red Cross and Red Crescent movement is allowed to work in...

N Korea blames US for tensions in rare UN talks

Sunday, 10 Dec 2017 | AFP | Seoul | in Sunday Pioneer

North Korea blamed US "nuclear blackmail" for soaring tensions over its weapons programme in rare meetings with a senior UN official, but agreed to regular communication with the organisation, state media said today. Jeffrey Feltman arrived in Beijing today after wrapping up a five-day visit to Pyongyang aimed at defusing the...

US and North Korea set for head-on collision

Sunday, 03 Dec 2017 | Rajaram Panda | in Agenda

North Korea recently fired an ICBM that flew both higher and longer than previous such launches, in an obvious act of defiance against the US President Donald Trump after he put the country back on the list of state sponsors of terrorism. Under these circumstances, is there still room for...


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Himalayan region shows lack of political will: Chipko leader

12 Dec 2017 | PNS | Dehradun

The Chipko Movement leader and noted activist Chandi Prasad Bhatt said that the Himalayan region is experiencing the effects of lack of political will and absence of ground level implementation of various environmental laws. He said this while delivering the second RS Tolia memorial lecture on the occasion of International Mountain Day at the regional science centre of the Uttarakhand State Council for Science and Technology (UCOST) here on Monday...

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