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Tsunami

Holes in the wood

Author(s): Ritu Gupta
Issue Date: May 15, 2006
coastal mangroves and green belts offer little or no protection against the power of a tsunami, according to a recent study.

Line of Vulnerability

Author(s): PADMAPARNA GHOSH
Issue Date: Apr 15, 2006
the Union ministry of environment and forests (moef) is set to replace the Coastal Regulation Zone (crz), an enactment for the protection of coastal areas of the country, with the Coastal Zone Management Plan (czmp).

Studied delay

Author(s): T V Jayan
Issue Date: Feb 28, 2006
more than a year after the killer tsunami hit southern India, the country still does not have a plan in place to study the seafloor rupture that triggered the calamity.

Their Misery Continues

Author(s): FEIZEL SAMATH
Issue Date: Jan 31, 2006
A year after Sri Lanka's worst natural disaster, many victims of the tsunami languish in makeshift shelters while an inefficient government bureaucracy and the country's poor utilisation of foreign aid continues to compound the crisis. Experts reckon that at the current rate, it will take at least four years for all the tsunami survivors in the country to be rehabilitated.

Tsunami fallout

Author(s): C BALAJI
Issue Date: Jan 31, 2006
tribals in the Kamota island, part of the Nicobar Islands, have protested against the defence establishment's attempt to re-install the field firing range (ffr) near the Pillomillow side of the island. The range's lease ended in February 2004. Talks to renew it have sparked protests from the tribals who had to shift to temporary shelters in the Pillomillow side of the island after the tsunami.

A house for the islander

Author(s): Sharbendu De
Issue Date: Nov 30, 2005
A year has passed since the killer tsunami devastated the islands, but the Rs 600-crore corpus set aside by the Central government for rehabilitation of those who lost their homes, is yet to be utilised. The reason: the Centre can't make up its mind on the design for tribal housing, caught as it is between proposals from its own building agencies and from non-governmental organisations (ngos).

South Asia

Issue Date: Oct 31, 2005
Averse to law: The Afghanistan government, along with the UN, has rejected a call of experts to legalise cultivation of opium crops in the country. Eighty seven per cent of the world's opium is produced in Afghanistan and illegal heroin trade is rampant.

Sea walls opposed

Author(s): S BINOY RAJ
Issue Date: Oct 15, 2005
environmentalists in Andaman and Nicobar (a&n) Islands are vociferously opposing a government decision to construct mud sea walls to stop the deluge of seawater post-tsunami. Many non-governmental organisations working in Andaman allege the move is a misutilisation of tsunami relief money and would destroy coral reefs.

Bytes

Issue Date: Sep 30, 2005
abundant bacteria: Scientists say soil contains 100 times more bacteria species than believed. Previous studies estimated a gramme of unpolluted soil contained about 10,000 bacteria species. But a fresh analysis of soil data by researchers at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, the US, suggests the actual number is probably closer to 1 million or more. The old estimate was based on the assumption that all the bacteria species in a sample were equally abundant.

Semblance of relief

Issue Date: Aug 31, 2005
They choose the deep blue sea over the devil (of starvation, in this case), literally. Driven by extreme desperation due to loss of livelihood, tsunami-hit fisherfolk in Indonesia's Banda Aceh area are willingly venturing into the sea in the new fishing boats provided in aid, knowing full well that the vessels might never bring them back.
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