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Maharashtra spends more on cattle than orphan kids: BJP MLA
Mumbai : More money is spent on the upkeep of cattle in Maharashtra than orphans in state-run shelter homes, a ruling BJP legislator has said.
 
Anil Bonde, the Bharatiya Janata Party legislator from Morshi (Amravati), said that the state shells out Rs.70 per day per animal in a fodder camp, while orphans in state-run children's homes get only Rs.30 per child per day as food expenses.
 
Meanwhile, officials said non-governmental organisations running orphanages in Maharashtra have not received dues totalling Rs.156 crore for three years, pending sanction from the authorities.
 
More than 250 fodder camps for cattle have been set up in water-scarcity hit districts of Marathwada like Latur, Beed and Osmanabad since August 2015.
 
The state has so far spent around Rs.60 crore on these cattle camps, Bonde told the media here on Monday evening.
 
In contrast, Bonde said, there are 1,105 orphanages in the state, including 1,062 run by recognised non-governmental organisations.
 
The government pays them Rs.900 per month per child (Rs.30 per day) for food while Rs.990 (Rs.33 per child) is given for special children every month. 
 
Bonde demanded that the state government hike the money given to children's homes to at least Rs.1,500 (Rs.50 per day per child) per month and disburse it on schedule.
 
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shadi katyal

11 months ago

This should not come as a surprise. After all those childern are orphans and under BJP/RSS a cow is a mother and thus GOvt can say they are doing their duty.
After all we have killed people when Gow Mata is involved and this should make it clear that human beings have no value compared to a Bovine

23 killed as terror strikes Brussels
Brussels : At least 23 people were killed as two deadly explosions rocked the Zaventem airport and another the main metro station here on Tuesday, four days after the arrest of the Paris terror attack suspect in the Belgian capital.
 
In what looked like a coordinated terror strike, a suicide bomber was apparently involved in the airport carnage where two quick explosions just after 8 a.m. left a part of the departure hall looking like a war zone. At least 13 people were killed and over 30 injured, Belgian media said.
 
Even as Belgium raised its terror alert to the maximum, a third equally powerful blast occurred -- at the Maalbeek Metro station near the European Union building killing at least 10 people.
 
An Indian woman crew member of Jet Airways, which had just landed at Brussels, was injured and rushed to a hospital, Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj tweeted. The plane had taken off from Delhi. 
 
It was not immediately clear how the crew member got wounded. An hour earlier, another Jet plane had landed -- from Mumbai.
 
Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel appealed to people to "avoid any movement". The airport was hurriedly evacuated and both the airport and Metro station were shut down.
 
Belga news agency reported that shots were fired and shouts in Arabic were heard before the two blasts, BBC said.
 
People were seen coming out of the airport building with blood on their faces.
 
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said: "News from Brussels is disturbing. The attacks are condemnable. Condolences to the families of the deceased. May those injured recover quickly."
 
Initial reports said the blasts were centred at the American Airlines check-in desk. The false ceiling in that building came crashing down while all the glass windows, furniture and machinery were shattered. 
 
A later report said one explosion occurred at the departure area, where public access was easy, and another at the runway.
 
BBC and most media outlets said several people were killed at the airport. Belgian broadcaster RTBF quoted hospital sources to say that 10 people had been killed and 30 injured. Daily Mail of London put the death toll at 13.
 
Pictures showed the terminal windows blown out from the force of the explosion and plumes of smoke rising high into the sky. Video also showed terrified passengers running for their lives out of the terminal. 
 
Sky News Middle East correspondent Alex Rossi, who was at the airport, told the channel: "I could feel the building move."
 
The incident came as the Belgian capital was on a state of high alert following the arrest of Paris terror attack suspect Salah Abdeslam in the city last week. 
 
On Monday, Belgium's Interior Minister Jan Jambon said the country was braced for a possible revenge attack following the capture of the 26-year-old Abdeslam.
 
CNN quoted a tourist, Anthony Barrett, as saying that he heard the explosions from his hotel across the terminal building. "When I opened the curtains and looked out, I could see people fleeing," he told CNN.
 
Barrett said he saw 19 or 20 stretchers carrying people. Luggage trolleys were also used to transport the wounded. "It is clearly a very serious incident."
 
The Brussels airport, which was originally built in 1944 and has three runways, said there were two explosions at the building and everyone was asked to leave. 
 
France is seeking Abdeslam's extradition so he can stand trial for his alleged role in the November 13 rampage of gunfire and suicide bombings which killed 130 people in Paris.
 
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Brace for hotter, drier, wetter future: Researcher
New Delhi : There is strong evidence that the Earth is already one degree Celsius hotter than at the start of the 20th century - and the past four years have been the hottest on record. All this is a a foretaste of a hotter, drier and wetter future, says an international researcher.
 
He said climate change is already happening and will continue to happen as more heat-trapping greenhouse gases and short-lived climate pollutants accumulate in the atmosphere.
 
"While mitigation is necessary to control climate change, adaptation is essential to face the hotter, drier, wetter future," Kathmandu-based ICIMOD's programme manager Arun B. Shrestha told IANS.
 
At the Conference of Parties (COP) 21 in Paris last year, the governments agreed to "hold the increase in the global average temperature to well below two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5 degrees".
 
Shrestha said these commitments are highly ambitious but the plans developed so far cannot avoid a rise of three degrees Celsius.
 
UN weather agency the World Meteorological Organization said in terms of global averages, each of the past several decades has been significantly warmer than the previous one.
 
The period 2011-2015 was the hottest on record and 2015 -- because of a powerful El Nino phenomenon -- was the hottest since modern observations began in the late 1800s.
 
Along with the rising temperatures, climate change is disrupting the seasons and increasing the frequency and intensity of extreme events such as droughts and heavy rainfall.
 
And when it comes to the mountains, the indications are that changes will manifest in much stronger ways.
 
The Mountain Research Initiative, a scientific organisation that addresses global change issues in mountain regions around the world, warns that warming will be much stronger in high elevation areas, such as the Hindu Kush Himalayas, where the impact will be compounded by biophysical fragility and socio-economic vulnerability.
 
Kathmandu-based International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), along with its partners, has been conducting scientific research on climate change to support policy and action to reduce climate impacts and vulnerabilities.
 
According to a climate and water atlas, "Mapping an uncertain future: Atlas of climate change and water in five crucial water basins in the Hindu Kush Himalayas", the mountain range extending west of the Himalayas are warming significantly faster than the global average.
 
The atlas, published last year by ICIMOD, and two Norwegian entities - GRID-Arendal and the Centre for International Climate and Environmental Research (CICERO) - said the temperatures across the Hindu Kush will increase by about one to two degrees Celsius, in some places by four to five degrees, by 2050.
 
The atlas also warns that precipitation will change, with that in summer increasing in most parts of the region. The number of rainfall events is expected to decrease, but with more water falling during each event, causing both floods and droughts.
 
The Hindu Kush Himalayan region is home to 210 million people and provides water to over 1.3 billion people - more than the entire continent of Europe.
 
To counter mitigations of climate change, Shrestha, who is ICIMOD's programme manager for the river basins and cryosphere and atmosphere regional programmes, said adopting climate smart villages models, along with flexible and integrate farming with weather information is the right approach.
 
At the catchment scale, he said, community-based flood early warning systems like the one implemented in Assam by ICIMOD and its partners have increased the resilience of the people.
 
In addition to floods, droughts also need to be addressed through integrated drought management, the researcher added.
 
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