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Heavy snowfall to disrupt air, surface traffic in J&K

SRINAGAR:The local Met office on Wednesday issued an adverse weather advisory forecasting heavy to very heavy snowfall in Jammu and Kashmir that is likely to disrupt surface and air traffic during the next three days.

Cyclone Maha: Cabinet Secretary reviews preparedness

NEW DELHI:With cyclonic storm 'Maha' likely to intensify over Gujarat, Maharashtra and Daman and Diu by Tuesday morning, Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba on Monday took stock of the preparedness for rescue and relief operations in a meeting with the National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC) here.

Capt amarinder writes emotional letter to modi seeking centre's intervention to evovle consensus on delhi pollution

CHANDIGARH:Expresses anguish & anger at the situation, underlines need to rise above political & regional considerations
Says not trying to brush off punjab"s responsibitly,but situation calls for collective efforts

Evolve consensus to counter pollution in Delhi: Punjab CM to Modi

CHANDIAGRH:Expressing deep anguish and anger at the unprecedented situation triggered by the growing air pollution in Delhi, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Saturday wrote an emotional letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, underlining the need for evolving a consensus on tackling the issue, rising above political affiliations and regional considerations.

Philippines earthquake toll rises to 7, 400 injured

MANILA:The death toll in earthquake that has struck Mindanao island in the southern Philippines, climbed to seven and the number of injured was around 400, the authorities said on Wednesday.

Workshop on challenges of disaster risk reduction in hill towns of North-Western Himalayas concludes

SHIMLA:The two days regional workshop on challenges of disaster risk reduction in hill towns of North-Western Himalayas concluded here on Wednesday evening. The discussions were held on disaster mitigation and preparedness and improving disaster response and recovery for the Himalayan States on the concluding day.

NDMA provides crisis Management training to officials deployed for 550th Gurpurab celebrations

KAPUTHALA:Brigadier Kuldip Singh, consultant (ME, IRS) and coordinator National Disaster Management Authority New Delhi described the best communication and coordinator amongst all departments a key step to ensure the smooth conduct of grand celebrations of 550th Parkash Purab at Sultanpur Lodhi.

Over 48 thousand youth to be trained for disaster mitigation: CM

SHIMLA:Effective steps must be taken to build safer and disaster resilient Himachal by developing a holistic, pro-active, multi-disaster, technology driven and community based strategy for disaster management through collective efforts of all government agencies and non-governmental organisations.

5.8-magnitude quake jolts Pakistan

ISLAMABAD:An earthquake measuring 5.8 on the Richter scale jolted Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province on Monday, although there were no reports of casualties or injuries.

Earth Science Centre coming up in Dhangari in Solan district of HP

DHANGIARI (SOLAN): Earth Science Centre  is coming up in village Dhangari in district Solan of Himachal Pradesh. The Centre is founded by Dr. Ritesh Arya (Ph.D.) in Geology who himself belongs to Kasauli. While talking to Dr Arya on the sideline of the project told PBD that it was an effort to promote and popularize earth science which was a neglected subject.

6 killed in Indonesia earthquake

JAKARTA:  Six people were killed and more than a dozen others injured after a 6.5-magnitude earthquake struck off Indonesia'sMaluku province on Thursday, a senior disaster official said.

Pakistan earthquake toll increases to 37

ISLAMABAD:  The death toll from the 5.8-magnitude earthquake that jolted Pakistan has increased to 37, with nearly 500 people injured, authorities said.

India, Caribbean Community boost ties (Lead)

NEW YORK:  Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said India and the CARICOM, a group of 15 members of the Caribbean Community, will seek to energise their ties as the two sides held their first ever Leaders Meeting on the sidelines of the 74th UN General Assembly here.

13 die in Bihar lightning strikes

PATNA: At least 13 people, including women and children, were killed and nearly half a dozen injured in incidents of lightning strikes across Bihar in last 24 hours, an official said here on Wednesday.

Malaysia air quality drops to unhealthy levels

KUALA LUMPUR: The air quality in several areas of Malaysia dropped to unhealthy levels on Monday, according to disaster management authorities.

2 dead, 3 injured in Delhi building collapse

NEW DELHI:  Two persons have been killed while three others were injured after a residential building collapsed here, the police said on Tuesday.

Trump to divert disaster aid for border detention

WASHINGTON:  The Trump administration is planning to use $271 million of Department of Homeland Security (DHS) funds, including $155 million disaster relief aid, to detain and remove immigrants who cross the southern US border illegally.

Punjab Government issues Rs.4.5 cr to Flood hit Districts

CHANDIGARH: On the directions of Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, State government has released Rs. 4.50 crore to the five flood-affected districts of the State, informed Mr. GS Kangar, Revenue Minister Punjab.

Sri Lanka braces for severe heat

COLOMBO:  Sri Lanka's Meteorology Department on Monday issued a severe heat advisory for several districts in the island nation from August 27 to September 7.

Punjab Chief Secretary reviews flood relief ops in state

CHANDIGARH: Punjab Chief Secretary Mr. Karan Avtar Singh on Monday chaired a high-level meeting of Group of Secretaries on Disaster Management to review flood relief operations in the State and directed to immediately release the funds to meet urgent financial requirements in affected areas.

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