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People react (left) as the body of a relative is retrieved from the rubble of a building in Mamuju, West Sulawesi; residents inspect (right) damaged buildings in Mamuju.(AP)

Midnight quake kills 42 in Indonesia

AP | , Mamuju
PUBLISHED ON JAN 16, 2021 08:54 AM IST
More than 600 people were injured by the magnitude 6.2 quake, which sent people fleeing their homes in the darkness on Friday. Authorities were still collecting information about the full scale of casualties and damage in the affected areas.
One of the most striking images at the beginning of 2020 was that of the anti-Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA), protesters reading aloud the Preamble to the Constitution.(HTPHOTO)
One of the most striking images at the beginning of 2020 was that of the anti-Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA), protesters reading aloud the Preamble to the Constitution.(HTPHOTO)

Key constitutional values invoked last year must be built on

By Ritwika Sharma
UPDATED ON JAN 04, 2021 11:09 AM IST
There were assertions of federalism by some states on CAA; the Election Commission smoothly conducted its first post-Covid assembly election; and, most significantly, citizens came into their own and truly realised the import of the Constitution — for themselves and their fellow country people. Let us hope to build on this spirit this year.
Union home secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla.(ANI Twitter)
Union home secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla.(ANI Twitter)

Home secretary writes to states, UTs over fire incidents in hospitals, nursing homes

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent | Edited by Smriti Sinha
UPDATED ON NOV 30, 2020 02:59 PM IST
Ajay Kumar Bhalla has also asked the states/UTs to submit the action taken in this regard with the ministry of home affairs
Fishermen cover their boats at Marina Beach during heavy rain, triggered by Cyclone Nivar,in Chennai on Tuesday.(PTI Photo)
Fishermen cover their boats at Marina Beach during heavy rain, triggered by Cyclone Nivar,in Chennai on Tuesday.(PTI Photo)

Cyclone Nivar: How to be safe before, during and after the storm

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Meenakshi Ray
UPDATED ON NOV 25, 2020 11:41 AM IST
Cyclone Nivar has already intensified into a severe cyclonic storm over southwest Bay of Bengal moved west-northwestwards with a speed of 6kmph during past six hours, according to the weather office.
A United Nations (UN) report on economic losses and disasters estimates that in last 20 years India has lost US$ 79.5 billion due to climate-related disasters(PTI)
A United Nations (UN) report on economic losses and disasters estimates that in last 20 years India has lost US$ 79.5 billion due to climate-related disasters(PTI)

A long-term, climate-resilient development pathway should guide India’s development

By Karan Mangotra and Saurabh Bhardwaj
UPDATED ON JUN 18, 2020 01:02 PM IST
It should look at strengthening institutions, both at the national and sub-national levels, along with providing smart incentives to promote state-of-the-art climate-resilient infrastructure
The NGO contended that it received inputs from multiple sources that traffickers have become active and have started approaching potential victims and families and even started handing out advance payments for their children. (Photo by Rajkumar/HT)
The NGO contended that it received inputs from multiple sources that traffickers have become active and have started approaching potential victims and families and even started handing out advance payments for their children. (Photo by Rajkumar/HT)

Lockdown effected downturn to cause spike in child trafficking, SC told

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Murali Krishnan
UPDATED ON JUN 08, 2020 09:09 PM IST
The petitioner pointed out that the lockdown has proved to be catastrophic for lakhs of migrant labourers and daily wage workers who are staring at a sudden loss of their livelihood and an uncertain future.
Children take bath in the Yamuna river during the heatwave in New Delhi on Tuesday.(ANI Photo)
Children take bath in the Yamuna river during the heatwave in New Delhi on Tuesday.(ANI Photo)

18-year-old record broken in Delhi, Churu sizzles as world’s hottest place: All you need to know about heatwave

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by: Amit Chaturvedi
UPDATED ON MAY 27, 2020 11:54 AM IST
The temperatures come on the back of an exceptionally pleasant April in the capital, and not so warm first half of May.
The new Act should provide for an NDMA like authority or body, having representation from both the Centre and states, responsible for designing and implementing well-coordinated surveillance, identification, contact-tracing, quarantine, isolation, testing strategy and treatment(Pratik Chorge/HT Photo)
The new Act should provide for an NDMA like authority or body, having representation from both the Centre and states, responsible for designing and implementing well-coordinated surveillance, identification, contact-tracing, quarantine, isolation, testing strategy and treatment(Pratik Chorge/HT Photo)

India needs a new epidemic control and management law

By Amar Patnaik and Nikhil Pratap
PUBLISHED ON MAY 21, 2020 09:48 AM IST
The use of such an ad-hoc legal architecture with a multiplicity of statues has resulted in a patchwork response against the epidemic in several areas.
A vehicle enters the LG Polymers Plant following a gas leak at the plant in Visakhapatnam on May 8,.(REUTERS)
A vehicle enters the LG Polymers Plant following a gas leak at the plant in Visakhapatnam on May 8,.(REUTERS)

Styrene gas leak survivors will have to wait some more days to return home

Hindustan Times, Hyderabad | By Srinivasa Rao Apparasu | Edited by Sabir Hussain
PUBLISHED ON MAY 10, 2020 10:04 PM IST
Authorities suspect that styrene gas may have contaminated food, drinking water and other essentials in the houses of the villagers.
Migrants workers and homeless at a facility in Andheri, Mumbai, April 17, 2020(Hindustan Times)
Migrants workers and homeless at a facility in Andheri, Mumbai, April 17, 2020(Hindustan Times)

Overcoming structural constraints

By Sachin Pilot
PUBLISHED ON APR 19, 2020 06:25 PM IST
India must invest in health and economy, marshal medical resources, remedy institutional defects
Pakistan, which is facing its worst locust attack in decades, has declared national emergency(REUTERS)
Pakistan, which is facing its worst locust attack in decades, has declared national emergency(REUTERS)

Pakistan declares national emergency to battle locusts

Islamabad | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON FEB 02, 2020 08:30 AM IST
The decision was taken at a meeting convened by Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday. The meeting, attended by federal ministers and senior officials of the four provinces, also approved a National Action Plan (NAP) that requires a sum of Rs 7.3 billion to overcome the crisis.
On October 2-3, the Indian officials will attend an inter-ministerial exercise in the department of Yvelines, organised by the Paris Defence and Security Zone Prefecture.(Photo: Reuters)
On October 2-3, the Indian officials will attend an inter-ministerial exercise in the department of Yvelines, organised by the Paris Defence and Security Zone Prefecture.(Photo: Reuters)

Indian officials to visit France, boosting cooperation in counter-terrorism on agenda

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON SEP 30, 2019 08:32 PM IST
The visit, part of the Indo-French strategic partnership and a bilateral counter-terrorism cooperation plan, will specifically deal with managing bio-terrorism threats, according to a statement from the French embassy on Monday.
Four districts from Haryana, along with Delhi and parts of Uttar Pradesh, will participate in an interstate mock drill on earthquakes to sensitise government departments and people about measures to be taken during a natural calamity.(AFP (Representative image))
Four districts from Haryana, along with Delhi and parts of Uttar Pradesh, will participate in an interstate mock drill on earthquakes to sensitise government departments and people about measures to be taken during a natural calamity.(AFP (Representative image))

Haryana, Delhi, UP to take part in interstate mock drill on earthquakes

Gurugram | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON JUN 19, 2019 01:49 AM IST
The district administration stated that the mock drill would be conducted on June 28 in Gurugram, Faridabad, Jhajjar and Sonipat districts of Haryana, along with Delhi and adjoining districts of Uttar Pradesh, such as Noida, Ghaziabad and Meerut.
The request for consideration of the PIL was made so that any untoward incident like Fatehveer’s death does not happen again.(Bharat Bhushan / HT File Photo / Representative image)
The request for consideration of the PIL was made so that any untoward incident like Fatehveer’s death does not happen again.(Bharat Bhushan / HT File Photo / Representative image)

Punjab and Haryana high court to take up PIL on borewells on Monday

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUN 13, 2019 01:12 PM IST
The PIL blamed administration for the death of Fatehveer, who fell into an open borewell in Sangrurand and demanded fixing of responsibility of erring officers.
Special Relief Commissioner in Bhubaneswar Bishnupada Sethi said the process of landfall may continue till 12 noon.(REUTERS PHOTO)
Special Relief Commissioner in Bhubaneswar Bishnupada Sethi said the process of landfall may continue till 12 noon.(REUTERS PHOTO)

Cyclone Fani likely to hit Odisha coast early on Friday morning

Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAY 02, 2019 08:23 PM IST
Officials said around 5 lakh people had been evacuated by 5 pm in Ganjam district. A total of 11.54 lakh people will be evacuated in 13 districts likely to be affected by the cyclone.
A mirage forms at Rajpath as temperature soared to 44.6 degrees, New Delhi, June 5, 2017. Heat waves and cold waves in the country have increased greatly over the past two years, according to the ministry of statistics and programme implementation.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
A mirage forms at Rajpath as temperature soared to 44.6 degrees, New Delhi, June 5, 2017. Heat waves and cold waves in the country have increased greatly over the past two years, according to the ministry of statistics and programme implementation.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

Effect of a heatwave is not just physical, it has economic impact too

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON APR 29, 2019 08:17 AM IST
If the present trends in temperature continue, it may involve large increases in expenditure on adaptation, more provision of electricity and changes in technology and work environment.
For 2018 and 2019, greenhouse gas concentrations are expected to increase even further, WMO said.(AP/ Representative Image)
For 2018 and 2019, greenhouse gas concentrations are expected to increase even further, WMO said.(AP/ Representative Image)

Extreme weather, strong signs of global warming marked 2018: United Nations

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Jayashree Nandi
UPDATED ON MAR 29, 2019 07:18 AM IST
Rainfall in Kerala in August was 96% above the long-term average, resulting to deluge
The warning, of danger level 2, has been issued for areas above 2500 metres in Uttarkashi, Chamoli, Rudraprayag, Pithoragarh and Tehri Garhwal districts of Uttarakhand. A warning has been issued for Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh as well.(PTI/ Representative Image)
The warning, of danger level 2, has been issued for areas above 2500 metres in Uttarkashi, Chamoli, Rudraprayag, Pithoragarh and Tehri Garhwal districts of Uttarakhand. A warning has been issued for Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh as well.(PTI/ Representative Image)

Avalanche warning issued for Uttarakhand, Jammu-Kashmir, Himachal

Hindustan Times, Dehradun/ Delhi | By HT Correspondents
PUBLISHED ON JAN 31, 2019 10:28 PM IST
Avalanche risk is depicted on a scale of 1 to 5, starting from low risk, to moderate to considerable to high to very high risk. Danger level 2 indicates moderate risk.
Volunteers rescue people from a submerged residential area at Alappuzha district on August 20.(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)
Volunteers rescue people from a submerged residential area at Alappuzha district on August 20.(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)

Military scales down Kerala flood rescue operations, state braces for reconstruction

Hindustan Times, Kochi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 21, 2018 04:37 PM IST
People have begun leaving the relief camps over the past couple days, heading to their homes to check on damage and begin the long process of cleaning up.
Water gushes out following heavy rain and landslide in Kozhikode, Kerala.(AP Photo)
Water gushes out following heavy rain and landslide in Kozhikode, Kerala.(AP Photo)

Heavy to very heavy rainfall expected in 16 states in next 2 days

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON AUG 11, 2018 08:13 PM IST
Rough to very rough sea conditions are likely to prevail over west central Arabian Sea.
Lokeshwari, a second-year BBA student, died after jumping off the second floor of a college building during a disaster-management drill in Coimbatore on Thursday.(Video grab)
Lokeshwari, a second-year BBA student, died after jumping off the second floor of a college building during a disaster-management drill in Coimbatore on Thursday.(Video grab)

Not our instructor: Disaster authority denies role in Tamil Nadu mock drill death

Hindustan Times, Chennai | By M Manikandan
UPDATED ON JUL 13, 2018 11:17 PM IST
Tamil Nadu CM K Palaniswami, who promised stringent action against organisers of the drill, has announced a solatium of Rs 5 lakh for the victim’s family.
A 19-year-old student died during a mock drill conducted by the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) in a Coimbatore college on Thursday.(Video grab)
A 19-year-old student died during a mock drill conducted by the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) in a Coimbatore college on Thursday.(Video grab)

Forced to jump off second floor, girl dies during mock drill in a Coimbatore college

Hindustan Times, Chennai | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUL 13, 2018 06:41 PM IST
The 19-year-old was asked to jump off the second floor onto a net on the ground floor but she hit the ledge on the floor below and died .
Afghan villagers are pictured near the scene in the landslide-hit Aab Bareek village in Argo district of Badakhshan province in May 2014. A landslide hit Peshghor village in Khenj district destroying nearly 300 homes and killing at least 10 people on July 11, 2018.(AFP Photo)
Afghan villagers are pictured near the scene in the landslide-hit Aab Bareek village in Argo district of Badakhshan province in May 2014. A landslide hit Peshghor village in Khenj district destroying nearly 300 homes and killing at least 10 people on July 11, 2018.(AFP Photo)

Landslide in Afghan village kills 10, destroys nearly 300 homes

Kabul | By Reuters
UPDATED ON JUL 12, 2018 04:01 PM IST
Two helicopters with a rescue team and emergency aid flew to the north-eastern province of Panjshir where the disaster struck on Wednesday night, officials said.
A road in Lahore caved in due to heavy rains.(AFP)
A road in Lahore caved in due to heavy rains.(AFP)

14 killed, 19 injured as rains wreak havoc in Pakistan’s Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Islamabad | By Indo Asian News Service
UPDATED ON JUL 06, 2018 12:09 AM IST
Pakistan’s Punjab was worst hit by the rains where 12 people were killed and 17 injured. In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, two people were killed and two others injured. Most casualties occurred due to roof collapse and electrocution.
An overcast sky in Gurugram on May 13.(Sanjeev Verma/HT File Photo)
An overcast sky in Gurugram on May 13.(Sanjeev Verma/HT File Photo)

PMO asks Met dept to advise people on action to take during severe weather warnings

Press Trust of India, New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON MAY 21, 2018 06:12 PM IST
The India Meteorological Department issues “nowcasts” in the case of extreme weather warnings with specifics about conditions expected within two hours.
Since its launch in 2013, the Android-based IMD Weather app has been downloaded less than 5,000 times.(AP FILE PHOTO)
Since its launch in 2013, the Android-based IMD Weather app has been downloaded less than 5,000 times.(AP FILE PHOTO)

IMD apps need an update; so does India’s storm warning system

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Malavika Vyawahare
UPDATED ON MAY 17, 2018 09:32 PM IST
SMS alerts based on specific forecasts, indicating when and where the storms would strike, are sent only to users registered with the IMD — a pool of mostly officials and journalists, not the public.
People try to protect themselves from the heat wave in Ranchi, on May 9.(Diwakar Prasad/ HT File Photo)
People try to protect themselves from the heat wave in Ranchi, on May 9.(Diwakar Prasad/ HT File Photo)

Special heat wave bulletins to be given to 17 states every day

Press Trust of India, New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON MAY 11, 2018 08:25 PM IST
The India Meteorological Department has said that besides the regular five-day forecasts, it will come out with special heat bulletins at 0730 hours to help people plan their day accordingly.
In this May 2 photo, people cross a road, enveloped by dust rising from a storm in New Delhi,(AP)
In this May 2 photo, people cross a road, enveloped by dust rising from a storm in New Delhi,(AP)

Strong winds hit Delhi as IMD warns of thunderstorms in north, eastern India

New Delhi | By Agencies
UPDATED ON MAY 08, 2018 10:36 PM IST
The India Meteorological Department forecast that thunderstorm and squall with wind speed of up to 70 kmph were “very likely” in Uttarakhand and parts of eastern India on Wednesday, signalling that the freak weather phenomenon over northern India had moved eastward.
A man shows his thatched house damaged in Wednesday's massive storm, at Cheet village in Agra district on Friday.(PTI photo)
A man shows his thatched house damaged in Wednesday's massive storm, at Cheet village in Agra district on Friday.(PTI photo)

Warning issued, but did not reach all those at risk, says MeT department

New Delhi, Hindustan Times | By Malavika Vyawahare
UPDATED ON MAY 04, 2018 11:13 PM IST
State agencies, however, said the alerts were not specific enough while experts rued that the forecasters did not foresee the severity of the deadly weather phenomenon.
Droughts are a frequent occurrence in India.(PTI File)
Droughts are a frequent occurrence in India.(PTI File)

India to get national database on disasters by 2020

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Malavika Vyawahare
UPDATED ON APR 26, 2018 08:50 PM IST
India is affected by over 30 types of disasters, including droughts, cyclones and earthquakes. Urban disasters such as slum fires are also emerging as a major area of concern.
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