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  • Bengal Govt to train medical students in martial arts
  • Brazil into semis after 2-1 win in the U-17 World Cup
  • Hick, Cooley to coach against England in Ashes tour match
  • Bengal Govt to set up centres of National Institute of Virology
  • Bengal Government to provide food packs for malnourished mothers and their kids
  • Philippine defence minister declares end of fighting in Marawi City
  • Mamata to inaugurate Sister Nivedita’s house today
  • Japan's Abe to push pacifist constitution reform after strong election win
  • Australia to spend up to $195 million housing refugees after PNG detention centre closes
  • Despite ceasefire violation, Karvan-e-Aman bus resumes after a week
  • Abe, Trump agree to raise pressure on North Korea -Japan govt
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CAR: More aid needed amid deteriorating security, UN relief official warns

United Nation, Oct 7 (UNI) In spite of humanitarian access to help tackle some of the most critical needs in several Central African Republic (CAR) hotspots, eroding security since the beginning of 2017 has sparked additional needs, the United Nations humanitarian wing has reported.

Reiterating an appeal for the international community to invest more to avoid “the worst scenario,” such as a large-scale humanitarian crisis affecting the entire region, today Humanitarian Coordinator Najat Rochdi advocated for financing the Humanitarian Response Plan to better protect civilians targeted by armed groups, a press release from the UN News Centre here said yesterday.

At a briefing by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Yaounde, Cameroon, she said that the plan is intended to “lift the population from poverty and vulnerability,” and that it indisputably contributes to “accompanying the wishes of peace of the majority of fellow Central Africans.”

The current indicators are similar to those that existed between 2013 and 2014 – at the peak of the crisis.

Today, 600,000 people are internally displaced with 513,666 refugees in neighbouring countries, the highest levels reached since 2013. To date, the population in need has grown from 2.2 at the beginning of the year to 2.4 million.

The 2017 Revised Humanitarian Response Plan (RHP) of $497.3 million was funded as at 30 September to $148.5 million, leaving 30 per cent of needs unmet. With a shortfall of $348.8 million, that number jumped to 70 per cent, compromising assistance for half of the population.

New contributions to the RHP will give "a chance for hundreds of thousands of people to meet their urgent needs and thus promote the reconstruction of their lives and their country," underscored Ms. Rochdi.

Indeed, humanitarian action covering the most critical needs would gradually strengthen the resilience of the communities.

"It is only at this price that the country will emerge from the vicious circle of crises," she added.

Ms Rochdi thanked those donors whose contributions to the Humanitarian Response Plan have led to the effective and rapid response to the several crises regularly plaguing the country, particularly commending "the additional contributions received recently, notably from Japan, DFID and the Netherlands, which were a stitch in time at a moment when concurrent crises challenged the operational capacities of humanitarian actors."

The Humanitarian Coordinator also announced that she would take an international tour to “raise awareness of the current plight in the Central African Republic.”
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23 Oct 2017 | 9:58 AM

Bengal Govt to train medical students in martial arts

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23 Oct 2017 | 10:42 AM

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23 Oct 2017 | 10:39 AM

Bengal Government to provide food packs for malnourished mothers and their kids

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23 Oct 2017 | 10:37 AM
Mamata to inaugurate Sister Nivedita’s house today

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PM Modi defends demonetisation,GST ; says economy is on right track

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Despite ceasefire violation, Karvan-e-Aman bus resumes after a week

Despite ceasefire violation, Karvan-e-Aman bus resumes after a week

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Srinagar, Oct 23 (UNI) Despite ceasefire violation by Pakistani troops in Uri sector, the Karvan-e-Aman bus, operating between Srinagar and Muzaffarabad, capital of Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (PoK), resumed on Monday after remaining suspended last week due to Diwali festival.

Brazil into semis after 2-1 win in the U-17 World Cup

23 Oct 2017 | 10:39 AM

Kolkata, Oct 22 (UNI) Two goals in six minutes into the second half propelled Brazil into the semifinal of the FIFA U-17 World Cup with 2-1 victory over strong Germany and the South American side would now face England in Guwahati on Wednesday.

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