Heavy rains expected in parts of Karnataka; Yellow alert for 2 days in coastal districts

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September 26, 2020

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Mangaluru, Sept 26: The meteorological department has declared a yellow alert on September 26 and 27 in the coastal districts of Karnataka.

According to the metrological department, Dakshina Kannada, Uttara Kannada and Udupi districts will receive between 64.5mm to 115.5mm of rains these two days.

The department has issued a yellow alert for September 26 in Bidar, Dharwad, Gadag, Kalaburagi, Raichur, Vijayapura and Yadagiri districts.

As southwest monsoon is active in coastal districts, torrential rainfall is expected in coastal districts. Rains have receded in southern interior parts of the state.

A few places in districts like Ballari, Bengaluru rural, Bengaluru city, Chitradurga, Mandya, Mysuru and Shivamogga might get some rainfall along with thunder and lightning.

In Uttara Kannada district, Karwar and Kadra received 11.7 centimetres of rain on Friday, September 25 while Gokarna received 5 centimetres, Bhatkal centimetre, Kollur and Manki received 3 centimetres, Castle Rock, Bidar and Agumbe received 2 centimetres each.

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October 29,2020

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Abu Dhabi, Oct 29: Mumbai Indians' Hardik Pandya and Royal Challengers Bangalore's (RCB) Chris Morris have been reprimanded for breaching the Indian Premier League's (IPL) Code of Conduct.

Mumbai Indians and RCB competed against each other in the league here on Wednesday. Mumbai Indians secured a five-wicket win over the Virat Kohli-led side.

"Chris Morris, the Royal Challengers Bangalore all-rounder, has been reprimanded for breaching the Indian Premier League's (IPL) Code of Conduct during his team's match against Mumbai Indians at Abu Dhabi," IPL said in an official release.

It also stated: "Hardik Pandya, the Mumbai Indians all-rounder, has been reprimanded for breaching the IPL's Code of Conduct during his team's match against Royal Challengers Bangalore at Abu Dhabi."

The statement said that Morris has admitted to the Level 1 offence 2.5 and Pandya has admitted to the Level 1 offence 2.20 of the IPL's Code of Conduct.

For Level 1 breaches of the Code of Conduct, the Match Referee's decision is final and binding.

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October 17,2020

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New Delhi, Oct 17: India ranked 94 among 107 nations in the Global Hunger Index 2020 and is in the 'serious' hunger category with experts blaming poor implementation processes, lack of effective monitoring, siloed approach in tackling malnutrition and poor performance by large states behind the low ranking.

Last year, India's rank was 102 out of 117 countries.

The neighbouring Bangladesh, Myanmar and Pakistan too are in the 'serious' category but ranked higher than India in this year's hunger index. While Bangladesh ranked 75, Myanmar and Pakistan are in the 78th and 88th position.

Nepal in 73rd and Sri Lanka in 64th position are in 'moderate' hunger category, the report showed.

Seventeen nations, including China, Belarus, Ukraine, Turkey, Cuba and Kuwait, shared the top rank with GHI scores of less than five, the website of the Global Hunger Index, that tracks hunger and malnutrition, said on Friday.

According to the report, 14 per cent of India's population is undernourished.

It also showed the country recorded a 37.4 per cent stunting rate among children under five and a wasting rate of 17.3 per cent. The under-five mortality rate stood at 3.7 per cent.

Wasting is children who have low weight for their height, reflecting acute undernutrition. Stunting is children under the age of five who have low height for their age, reflecting chronic undernutrition.

Data from 1991 through 2014 for Bangladesh, India, Nepal, and Pakistan showed that stunting is concentrated among children from households facing multiple forms of deprivation, including poor dietary diversity, low levels of maternal education, and household poverty.

During this period, India experienced a decline in under-five mortality, driven largely by a decrease in deaths from birth asphyxia or trauma, neonatal infections, pneumonia, and diarrhoea, the report stated.

"However, child mortality, caused by prematurity and low birth weight, increased particularly in poorer states and rural areas. Prevention of prematurity and low birthweight is identified as a key factor with the potential to reduce under-five mortality in India, through actions such as better antenatal care, education, and nutrition as well as reductions in anaemia and oral tobacco use," it said.

Experts think that poor implementation processes, lack of effective monitoring and siloed approaches to tackling malnutrition often result in poor nutrition indices.

Purnima Menon, a senior research fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute, New Delhi, said the performance of large states like Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Madhya Pradesh need to be improved to see an overall change of India's ranking.

"The national average is affected a lot by the states like UP and Bihar... the states which actually have a combination of high levels of malnutrition and they contribute a lot to the population of the country.

"Every fifth child born in India is in Uttar Pradesh. So if you have a high level of malnutrition in a state that has a high population, it contributes a lot to India's average. Obviously, then, India's average will be slow to move," she said.

Ms Menon said big states with large population and a high burden of malnutrition are those which are actually affecting India's average.

"So, if we want a change in India then we would also need a change in Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh and Bihar," she said.

Shweta Khandelwal, the head of Nutrition Research and Additional Professor at Public Health Foundation of India, said the country has one of the most impressive portfolios of programmes and policies in nutrition in the books.

"However, the ground realities are quite dismal."

"Research shows that our top-down approach, poor implementation processes, lack of effective monitoring and siloed approaches in tackling malnutrition (missing convergence) often result in poor nutrition indices. We must integrate actions to make public health and nutrition a priority across each sector," she said.

Ms Khandelwal suggested five measures to prevent exacerbation of hunger because of the pandemic.

"Safeguard and promote access to nutritious, safe and affordable diets; invest in improving maternal and child nutrition through pregnancy, infancy, and early childhood; re-activate and scale-up services for the early detection and treatment of child wasting; maintain the provision of nutritious and safe school meals for vulnerable children and expand social protection to safeguard access to nutritious diets and essential service," she said.

She said it is important to aim at curbing multiple forms of malnutrition holistically in a concerted manner rather than single short-sighted fixes.

"Hunger and undernutrition cannot and should not be fixed by mere calorie provision. All stakeholders steered by robust leadership must pay attention to making balanced healthy diets which are climate-friendly, affordable and accessible to all," she added.

GHI score is calculated on four indicators - undernourishment; child wasting, the share of children under the age of five who are wasted-- who have low weight for their height reflecting acute undernutrition); child stunting, children under the age of five who have low height for their age reflecting chronic undernutrition; and child mortality - the mortality rate of children under the age of five.

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October 22,2020

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Mangaluru, Oct 22: A teenager was killed and two others suffered critical injuries after a motorbike ran amok on NH 66 near Kotekar Sankoli on the outskirts of the city today.

According to police the speeding bike hit a pedestrian, before ramming into a road divider and electric pole. A 17-year-old youth who was riding pillion on the bike died on the spot while the bike rider and the pedestrian sustained critical injuries.

The deceased has been identified as Ashwith who was a PU student. He was the son of Manjeshwar Hosangadi Angadipadavu based Ananta Gas Agency proprietor Gopala and Shobha couple. Another son Ashwin (21), who has been critically injured in the incident has been admitted to hospital. Meanwhile, the pedestrian who also hit is yet to be identified.

The bike which was speeding from Manjeshwar towards Mangaluru initially hit the pedestrian who was crossing the national highway. The bike rider, who lost control after the hit, rammed the bike into the divider and the electric transformer. Naguri traffic police personnel then visited the spot and conducted inspection.

The injured have been admitted to Thokkottu private hospital.

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