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Air qualty worsens, rain may bring relief

Even though the crisis concerning Rohingys refugees in India seems to have subsided, veteran experts on statelessness and refugees have called for resolving the issue through diplomacy.

Rescue operations to contiue

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Monday said search nd rescue operations in high seas would not be stopped or diluted till all fishermen, who are missing since Cyclone Ockhi hit Kerala shores, were brought back safe.

In Pak, Mattis stresses on eliminating terror

US Secretary of Defence General James Mattis on Monday met Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and underscored the importance of continuing and deepening cooperation for the common objectives of 'eliminating terrorism; from the region.

China opens CPEC to other nations

China has thrown open its economic corridor with Pakistan for investment by other countries after successfully commissioning a power plant near Karachi.

Use discretion fairly in probes, Jaitley tells DRI

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Monday asked revenue intelligence officials to use their discretion fiarly and reasonably in their investigations and use technology to deal with offenders.

Mizoram ro register Myanmar refugees

The Mizoram government has started the process to register the over 1600 Myanmarese nationals who had taken refuge in four remote villages in Lawngtlai district, an official said on Monday.

Editorial

Forgotten War

Saudi Arabia over the years has bombed Yemen killing thousands and turning the situation into a humanitarian tragedy. In its aim of removing rebels from the area, it is dropping attacks with help from the Western allies. As such, Yemen now is facing the largest famine breakout in the world. Around 17 million people in the country are dependent external food and medical aid. This is primarily due to the breakdown of the government services, the lack of proper drinking water and a lagging health sector. The state of Yemen is also turning out to be a breeding ground for extremist groups like al-Qaeda. Saudi Arabia on its part says that it is fighting Houthi rebels which mobilized into the area in the chaos prevailing after the resignation of President Ali Abdullah Saleh in the year 2012. Saudi Arabia on its part formed a coalition with the anti-Houthi Sunni groups and provided them financial and armory help to attack Houthi positions. This never-ending war continues till today with Sana still under the control of the Houthis. Saudi Arabia is desperately trying to change the war situation. Only last month, it decided to impose an indefinite blockade on the country in the midst of the food crisis. Though the blockade was released under international pressure, it still is applicable. The Saudis and the Houthis need to understand that amidst the war between them, it is the people who are suffering the most with no food and no supplies for them.

Record at Kotla

The recent cricket match in Kotla Delhi highlighted the urgent need of action on the air quality of the national capital. The Indian team captain threw his bat in a tantrum frustrating over the air quality and many Sri Lankan players going to the dressing room to use oxygen cylinders and the play being suspended many times. This is shameful on the part of the Indian authorities who couldn’t control the pollution problem and the first time in the 140 year history of Indian test cricket that the players wore masks during the game. To top it all, Indian team captain Virat Kohli, Ravi Shastri and acting president of BCCI C.K Khanna accusing the Sri Lankan players of creating a fuss. A week before the arrival of the Sri Lankan players, the air quality in Delhi was 10-15 times poorer than the normal standards. Earlier FIFA kept the air quality scenario of Delhi in mind while making the schedule of the football events in India. Last year, the foul air quality in Delhi forced the BCCI to cancel two Ranji Trophy matches in Delhi. Delhi was ranked as the second most polluted cities among the big cities of the world. The policymakers at the Centre need to plan out well to control the worsening air quality of Delhi to drop its name from the most polluted cities and to make a good mark in the eyes of the world.

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