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16 years of Indian Ocean tsunami: What India has learnt

The Sumatra earthquake and tsunami are considered to be an eye-opener for India as it introduced the Indian coastline to tsunami and its destructible power.

December 26 marks the 16th anniversary of the massive Indian Ocean tsunami. On this day, a 100-foot high tsunami triggered by an earthquake of magnitude 9.1, one of the largest ever recorded, from under the Indian Ocean killed more than 230,000 people in South Asia. With the epicentre near Sumatra, Indonesia, the earthquake triggered a tsunami that hit Thailand, Sri Lanka, India, Indonesia.

A tsunami researcher and forecaster with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Center for Tsunami Research, Vasily Titov cites the destructive capacity of the 2004 tsunami to the earthquake in the megathrust fault, ‘where heavy oceanic plates subduct beneath lighter continental plates’. “They are the largest faults in the world and they’re all underwater,” History reported him saying. He added that the tsunami waves could be seen like a large pebble falling in the ocean causing mega ripples.

The Sumatra earthquake and tsunami are considered to be an eye-opener for India as it introduced the Indian coastline to tsunami and its destructible power. Learning from the unprecedented natural disaster that led to such heavy damage to life and property, the Ministry of Earth founded the Indian Tsunami Early Warning System (ITEWS) at Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS), Hyderabad in October 2007.

Scientists in India are now able to predict and project movements in Indian ocean through real-time seismic monitoring with Bottom Pressure Recorders (BPR), tide gauges and 24×7 operational tsunami warning system to detect tsunamigenic earthquakes as to provide early advisories to the most vulnerable.

A community performance-based programme known as Tsunami Ready has also been started by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO to promote tsunami preparedness by actively involving the public, community leaders, and national and local emergency management agencies. As part of the UNESCO-IOC framework, the ITEWC now offers advisories to all Indian Ocean rim countries.

India is the first country to establish an early warning system for tsunami detection, while Odisha is the first state in the country to get Tsunami Ready recognition.

Kanika Kapoor, Big B, Rhea Chakraborty top Google India’s Most Searched People 2020 list

Kanika Kapoor, Amitabh Bachchan and Rhea Chakraborty are among the most searched personalities in Google India’s Year in Search list. Ankita Lokhande and Kangana Ranaut also make it to the list.

Kanika Kapoor, Amitabh Bachchan and Rhea Chakraborty are among the most searched people in Google India’s list for 2020. Anikita Lokhande and Kangana Ranaut also feature in the list. Search engine Google released Year in Search list on Wednesday which features most searched personalities of 2020.

As per Google India’s Year in Search 2020 result, Kanika Kapoor was the most searched personality after US President-elect Joe Biden and journalist Arnab Goswami. Amitabh Bachchan is on the fifth spot on the list followed by Rhea Chakraborty.

KANIKA KAPOOR MAKES TO THE LIST FOR CORONAVIRUS

Kanika Kapoor, who made headlines after she tested positive for coronavirus in March, is on the third spot on Google India’s Year in Search list. She was among the first Indian celebrities to contract Covid-19. The Baby Doll singer drew a lot of flak for attending parties without quarantining after coming from a foreign trip and hiding her travel history. An FIR was also registered against Kanika for negligence and committing acts likely to spread the fatal disease.

AMITABH BACHCHAN ON FIFTH SPOT

Amitabh Bachchan, who is always in the news, stands at the fifth position in the list of most searched personalities in India. He was also tested positive for coronavirus along with his family members, including son Abhishek Bachchan, daughter-in-law Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and granddaughter Aaradhya Bachchan. Many news channels and websites covered the news extensively. From his hospital to his daily routine every thing was flashed on the TV screens and was available on the internet. His fans also searched for his health update.

Before this, Amitabh Bachchan’s film Gulabo Sitabo was released on Amazon Prime Video. The Shoojit Sircar directorial venture was among the first films to be released on an OTT platform ditching a theatrical release. Big B is currently hosting Kaun Banega Crorepati 12.

RHEA CHAKRABORTY AMONG MOST SEARCHED IN INDIA

After the death of Sushant Singh Rajput on June 14, Rhea Chakraborty was the talk of the town. The actress, who was in a live-in relationship with the late actor, was vilified as a “gold-digger” and “drug peddler” after her name came in the Bollywood drug controversy. Sushant’s father also registered a complaint of abetment to suicide against her and others. He alleged that she along with her family siphoned off Rs 15 crore from the actor’s bank account.

Rhea Chakraborty was also arrested for allegedly supplying marijuana to Sushant. She spent a month in Mumbai’s Byculla jail before she was released on bail.

ANKITA LOKHANDE AND KANGANA RANAUT ALSO IN THE LIST

Ankita Lokhande and Kangana Ranaut also feature in the list of Google India’s Most Searched Personalities of 2020. Ankita was at the centre of attention after the demise of her ex-boyfriend and actor Sushant Singh Rajput. The actress demanded justice for the late actor on social media and was seen with his family. Sushant and Ankita had starting dating on the sets of their popular TV show Pavitra Rishta. They also lived together for years before their break-up.

Joining Ankita on the Google India list is her Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi co-star Kangana Ranaut. The Queen actress is often in news of late for her remarks and Twitter spats. After making her debut on Twitter recently, she has been making a lot of statements on various issues, which often land her in the soup. Her latest Twitter spat with Diljit Dosanjh over farmers’ protest also made headlines.

Reference: https://www.indiatoday.in/

Bharat bandh: India farmers protest against law

Tuesday’s strike follows three rounds of inconclusive talks between the two sides over laws that farmers say are against their interests.

Thousands of them have laid siege to capital Delhi for the last 12 days choking almost all the entry points.

At least 15 opposition parties have backed the call for the strike.

Another round of talks is expected on 9 December.

The governing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has said the reforms, which allow private players a greater role in the farming sector, will not hurt farmers’ incomes.

But farmers are unconvinced. In recent weeks, thousands of them marched upon Delhi, in a convoy of tractors and on foot. They were met at the border by barricades and clashed with police and paramilitary troops to enter the capital.

Most of the protesting farmers are from the northern states of Punjab and Haryana, and belong to the country’s richest agricultural communities. Their campaign has found resonance on social media, and among the influential Sikh community in Punjab and overseas.

Although they were later allowed to enter the city, thousands of them are still at the borders, vowing not to leave until the government rolls back the reforms. The protest sites have since turned into camps, with entire families cooking and sleeping in the open.

The protests come even as the pandemic rages in India – although case counts have been dropping nation wide, Delhi has seen a sharp uptick in recent months.

Images of thousands of elderly farmers from Punjab and Haryana – known as the “food bowl” of India – being tear-gassed and sprayed with water in the winter could have won them tremendous public sympathy in India and also from the diaspora around the globe.

The farm bills roiled the country’s parliament when it was passed in September, which led to the suspension of eight opposition members.

What do the reforms propose?

Taken together, the contentious reforms will loosen rules around the sale, pricing and storage of farm produce – rules that have protected India’s farmers from an unfettered free market for decades.

They also allow private buyers to hoard essential commodities for future sales, which only government-authorised agents could do earlier; and they outline rules for contract farming, where farmers tailor their production to suit a specific buyer’s demand.

One of the biggest changes is that farmers will be allowed to sell their produce at a market price directly to private players – agricultural businesses, supermarket chains and online grocers. Most Indian farmers currently sell the majority of their produce at government-controlled wholesale markets or mandis at assured floor prices.

These markets are run by committees made up of farmers, often large land-owners, and traders or “commission agents” who act as middle men for brokering sales, organising storage and transport, or even financing deals.

The reforms, at least on paper, give farmers the option of selling outside of this so-called “mandi system”.

So, why are farmers angry?

The issue is that it’s unclear how this will play out in reality.

“We will lose our lands, we will lose our income if you let big business decide prices and buy crops,” Gurnam Singh Charuni, one of the main leaders of the agitation, told the BBC recently.

“We don’t trust big business. Free markets work in countries with less corruption and more regulation. It can’t work for us here,” he said.

Farmers are mainly concerned that the reforms will eventually lead to the end of wholesale markets and assured prices, leaving them with no back-up option. That is, if they are not satisfied with the price offered by a private buyer, they cannot return to the mandi or use it as a bargaining chip during negotiations.

The government has said the mandi system will continue, and they will not withdraw the floor prices they currently offer. But farmers are suspicious.

“First, farmers will feel attracted towards these private players, who will offer a better price for the produce. The government mandis will pack up meanwhile and after a few years, these players will start exploiting the farmers. That’s what we fear,” Multan Singh Rana, a farmer in the northern state of Punjab, told BBC Punjabi.

Resource: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-55213644

Delhi Police puts CM Arvind Kejriwal under house arrest, alleges AAP

Delhi Police has put Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal under house arrest after he visited farmers at Singhu Border yesterday, tweeted Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).

“CM Kejriwal met farmers at Singhu border yesterday. He had said that we’ll serve them like ‘Sevadars’ and support them. After he returned, Delhi Police barricaded his residence from all sides, putting him in a house-arrest like situation, at the behest of Home Ministry,” said AAP.

However, Delhi Police has rubbished Aam Aadmi Party’s claims of Kejriwal being put under house arrest.

It is a general deployment to avoid any clash between AAP and any other party. CM has not been put under house arrest: Anto Alphonse, DCP North, Delhi

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday visited the Singhu border, where thousands of farmers are protesting against the Centre’s new farm laws, and checked arrangements made for them by the city government.

The visit comes a day after the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) extended its support to the ‘Bharat Bandh’ called by farmers’ organisations on December 8.

Kejriwal was accompanied by his Cabinet ministers and some party MLAs during the brief visit to the protest venue on the Delhi-Haryana border.

“I checked the arrangements. We received a lot of pressure to allow the use of stadiums as temporary prisons but we did not give permission and I feel this helped the movement. Since then our party MLAs and ministers have been involved in ensuring that farmers do not face any discomfort,” he said.

Reference Link: https://www.livemint.com/

Bharat Bandh on December 8: All you need to know

Bharat Bandh 2020 Date, Farmers Protest 08 December 2020: Several political parties, including the Congress, Shiv Sena, AAP, DMK, Kamal Haasan’s MNM, Left parties, the TMC, and the TRS, have joined ranks with the protesting farmers. NDA constituent RLP has also supported the bandh call.

After popular actor-singer Diljit Dosanjh, many B-town celebs have come out in support of protesting farmers. While farmers all across the country have been protesting against three farm laws passed by the central government, popular names from the industry have now taken to social media to voice their support to the protest.

Actress Sonam Kapoor, who is currently in London, took to Instagram and shared a series of pictures of the protesting farmers and used Daniel Webster’s quote to caption it. She wrote, “When tillage begins, other arts follow. The farmers, therefore, are the founders of human civilization.”

Global sensation Priyanka Chopra also took to Twitter and wrote, “Our farmers are India’s Food Soldiers. Their fears need to be allayed. Their hopes need to be met. As a thriving democracy, we must ensure that this crises is resolved sooner than later.”

Even Riteish Deshmukh took to the micro-blogging site and penned “If you eat today, thank a farmer. I stand in solidarity with every farmer in our country. #JaiKisaan”

Meanwhile, Diljit joined the farmers in their protest at the Singhu border and said, “Hats off to all of you farmers, you have created a new history. This history would be narrated to future generations. Farmers’ issues shouldn’t be diverted by anyone.”

Several Bollywood celebrities like Chitrangda Singh, Sonu Sood, Taapsee Pannu, Swara Bhasker, Hansal Mehta and many more took to their respective social media handles to lent their support to the ongoing farmers protest.

Reference: https://indianexpress.com/

Himachal likely to consider imposing curfew in 4 districts, 5-day office for govt employees

Himachal Pradesh CM Jai Ram Thakur on Saturday announced to enforce five days office and sixth days work from home for all the state government employees till December 15 to break the coronavirus chain.

Himachal Pradesh CM Jai Ram Thakur on Saturday announced to enforce five days office and sixth days work from home for all the state government employees till December 15 to break the coronavirus chain. Moreover, the chief minister also said that the state government would also consider imposing a curfew from 9 pm to 6 am in the four districts – Shimla, Mandi, Kullu, and Kangra.

This decision by the Jai Ram Thakur government comes amid rising cases of COVID-19 in the state. He had earlier told that the administration is taking all the precautionary measures to curb the spread of the virus. The decision was taken by CM Thakur during a review meeting over COVID-19 with the district officials.

Earlier, the state government had announced to close all the schools, colleges, and other educational institutions in the state till December 31.