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South Asia

Issue Date: Apr 30, 2005
Delayed aid: Sri Lanka's tsunami reconstruction work has been delayed by three months due to non-payment of foreign aid. The government announced on February 7, 2005 that donors had finally approved the payment US $1.5 billion aid for and "its from now the construction phase begins". But this happened only after it went public with the complaint that the reconstruction was getting delayed because the foreign aid pledged by donors wasn't materialising.

Et tu nature?

Issue Date: Apr 30, 2005

Stand up again

Issue Date: Apr 30, 2005
When on the islands do not think Land. Think Water. The Tsunami has wreaked havoc. The government is drowned up to its neck in relief work. No, they call it rehabilitation. On one island sit 150 metric tonnes of mostly perishable goods, milk packets and food, waiting for someone, anyone. There is no one to pick them up, 8,000 odd people on this island apart. For the islanders, the Nicobarese and the Shompen (the two tribes on the Nicobar islands), this is dole. Bait to make them dependent on the government.

PMO exposes system slip-up

Issue Date: Apr 15, 2005
the Prime Minister's office (pmo) has raised serious concerns about the Sethusamudram Shipping Canal Project (sscp) in Tamil Nadu. The sscp aims to provide a route linking India's eastern and western shores, doing away with the current need to circumnavigate Sri Lanka.

Small mercy

Issue Date: Apr 15, 2005
people dependent on the tourism industry in the tsunami-hit Andaman and Nicobar islands have managed to survive despite the crash in tourist inflow. The relief workers, scientists, journalists and others visiting the islands post-disaster have provided them work: a phenomenon termed by many in the business as "disaster tourism".

Tsunami-swept worries

Issue Date: Apr 15, 2005
The new environment minister of Somalia's non-resident government has urged the UN to examine the nature of the possible hazardous waste washed ashore in the country following the recent tsunami disaster. The minister, Mohamed Osman Maye, said reports of unusual illnesses and hazardous waste are reaching the government, based in Kenya. Some of the waste might even be radioactive.

In Court

Issue Date: Apr 15, 2005
Justice prevails: The Supreme Court on March 15, 2005, ruled that states will have to allot alternative cultivable land to even those people who have been affected temporarily by the Sardar Sarovar Project on Narmada River. The judgement is expected to have a major impact on the relief and rehabilitation being doled out to the affected people before the height of the 110 metre high dam is raised further. The dam is to be raised to a height of 138 metres.

Prey again

Issue Date: Mar 31, 2005
first came the tsunami. Then the crocodiles. Many south Andaman villages have of late started complaining about frequent crocodile attacks. But the authorities are clueless about how to solve the problem.

Trouble's back door entry

Issue Date: Mar 31, 2005
Eu members recently agreed over eu fisheries commissioner Joe Borg's proposal to send fishing boats to tsunami-affected Asian countries. But experts warn that instead of having a positive effect, the move might harm fishing communities and fish stocks of recipient countries.


Issue Date: Mar 15, 2005
nearly a month after the tsunami hit India's eastern coast, some districts of Andhra Pradesh are reporting incidents of water appearing in wells that had dried up long ago. The first such occurrence was sighted recently in Mukundapur village of Ranga Reddy district, where about 30 centimetre deep water seeped into a farm plot. Similar reports came in from Medak, Adilabad, and Mahboobnagar districts.
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