CHENNAI: Taking suo motu note of a report published in The Times of India about a wall collapse at a government school in the Nilgiris due to heavy rain, State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) has directed state chief secretary to consider forming a committee of civil and structural engineers to assess the safety of all school buildings in the state. Chairperson of SHRC Justice T Meenakumari passed the order on the basis of a news report ‘School Building in Nilgiris Collapses’ published in TOI on October 23. The commission also directed the director of school education to submit a report within four weeks on the incident, which occurred in the government school building at Melur Hosahatty in Coonoor, Nilgiris. According to the news report, around 11am on Tuesday, a portion of wall in the Class XI room of the government high school collapsed due to heavy rain. No one was injured in the collapse as the district administration had declared holiday for schools in view of the red … [Read more...] about SHRC orders safety audit of TN schools after Nilgiris cave-in
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Left unchecked, climate change aligned with population explosion and low agricultural yields will drastically increase global poverty and hunger over the next two decades, warns the international aid organization Oxfam in a report released today (May 31).The prices of staple foods such as corn and rice will speed up their ascent, Oxfam predicts, and will climb by 180 percent and 130 percent, respectively, by the year 2030.In a world where the poorest people now spend as much as 80 percent of their incomes on food the average Filipino spends proportionally four times more on sustenance than the average British person, for example drastic food scarcities and price hikes will likely push many struggling populations into hunger and, potentially, starvation.In its new report, Growing a Better Future, Oxfam says current trends indicate that the world's population will reach 9 billion by mid-century; meanwhile, the average growth rate in agricultural yields has almost halved since 1990. Left … [Read more...] about When Will Earth Run Out of Food?
Health experts say diets of children in the United States have deteriorated dramatically over the past two generations, leading to skyrocketing rates of obesity and diabetes, both of which put children at risk for other diseases and shorter lives. But as many parents know, eating healthy isn't always easy, especially when you're a mom of three growing boys, says Raleigh, N.C.-resident Michelle Morton.Morton, who is a professional organizer, tries to buy only healthy foods from the grocery store for her 15-, 11- and 7-year-old sons. But it's challenging especially in the mornings, when she is trying to get all her kids out the door in time for school and not everyone is a fan of instant oatmeal."It's the time of the day when you have the least amount of time, so you're like, 'OK, so we had to eat Fruit Loops today,'" Morton told MyHealthNewsDaily. "That's been the hardest for me."Morton tries to keep her kids from eating junk food by keeping only healthy snacks in the house, such as … [Read more...] about Junk Food Nation: How Parents Are Ruining Kids’ Health
Srinagar: Rail services in Kashmir have resumed between Srinagar and Banihal in south Kashmir on Sunday. The service between Srinagar to Baramulla was resumed after the trial run on the same route was done on Saturday. The trial runs were conducted as the railway line passes through the restive and insurgency-hit regions concentrated in South Kashmir, making the safety audit for the resumption of rail services a must to avoid an untoward or tragic mishap. The rail services between Srinagar and Baramulla had partially resumed on November 12. The inter-Kashmir valley train service was suspended after the Centre scrapped Article 370 of the Constitution that granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcated the state into Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh. The Valley schools have remained affected since the abrogation of Article 370 on August 5. Private transport, private cabs and auto-rickshaws are now visible on roads in large numbers, a few mini-buses have … [Read more...] about Rail services resume between Srinagar-Banihal in Kashmir valley
At the back of a restaurant in Go Vap District, Ho Chi Minh City, cats stand paws splayed against the bars of their tiny wooden cage, soon to be submerged in hot water. The drowned carcasses are shaved and their skins burned, meters from a pile of ageing, silent bones. Often grilled or stir-fried in a marinade of garlic and peppers, the meat is best served with an accompaniment of beer or rice wine. Sitting on stools, two groups of men await their food. "My restaurant has been running for three years. Cat meat is exotic and expensive, perfect for those with good taste. Customers can pay up to VND2 million ($86.34) for a black cat," says owner Cuong. It is difficult to cook cat meat, he adds, noting he first learnt the recipe from a relative in northern Thai Binh Province. Cuong's restaurant serves up to five cats a day, "though by the end of lunar months, the number could double thanks to the belief the meat helps avoid bad luck." The owner describes cat as softer and sweeter than pork … [Read more...] about Paws for thought: cat meat still top of the menu