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Laadli Media and Advertising Awards for Gender Sensititvity 2013-14 (LMAAGS)

Entries published/ broadcast/ telecast between 1st July 2013 and 30th June 2014 are eligible.

The only Media Award in India for promoting gender sensitivity. By highlighting acknowledging and celebrating the commendable efforts of the media in promoting gender equality through LMAAGS, Population First aims to promote gender sensitivity as an integral value of good journalism.

Last date to submit entries 31st October 2014.

Entry Form and More information: http://populationfirst.org/Index.aspx

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MEDIA LAUNCH: ESCAP's ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL SURVEY 2014

Press Invitation

United Nations Information Centre cordially invites you to the Sub-regional Media launch of ESCAP's Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific - 2014

Ways to mobilize resources for sustainable development

at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, 30 September 2014
Seminar Hall No. 2, 1st floor, Kamala Devi Block (New Building)
India International Centre, 40 Lodi Estate, New Delhi

Video message from Dr. Shamshad Akhtar, Executive Secretary, ESCAP

Panelists:

  • Dr. Nagesh Kumar, Head, ESCAP South and South-West Asia Office
  • Dr. Alok Sheel, Secretary, Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister
  • Professor N.R. Bhanumurthy, National Institute of Public Finance and Policy

As Asia-Pacific economies are experiencing yet another year of subdued growth, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) is calling for the removal of domestic structural constraints and the unlocking of fiscal space to help stimulate growth and support social development.

Structural constraints, such as infrastructure and development deficits, along with external challenges, are keeping the region from realizing its economic potential, according to the Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2014, the annual flagship publication of ESCAP which is the most comprehensive and oldest annual review of economic and social development in the region.

With constrained growth prospects, productive and countercyclical government spending is critical in supporting inclusive growth and sustainable development. One of the most pressing issues for any country determined to invest in development is to raise the necessary resources, the Survey notes, which explores various options of mobilizing domestic resources, with a particular focus on tax revenues.

Growth in South and South-West Asia is forecast at 4.7 per cent in 2014, from 3.9 per cent last year, according to the Survey. India is projected to grow at 5.5 per cent in 2014, compared with 4.7 in 2013.

RSVP: unic.india@unic.org; Phone: 46532242

RAJIV CHANDRAN
National Information Officer
United Nations Information Centre for India and Bhutan
55 Lodi Estate, New Delhi-110003, INDIA
Phone: 91-11-4653-2237
mobile: 98106-06833
www.unic.org.in

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UNFPA

Universal quality education impossible without upholding girls' and young people's rights

UNITED NATIONS, New York - Gender equality and the rights of young people are essential requirements for delivering quality education to all, said heads of state, leading education advocates and United Nations principals at a high-level event held at the UN today, during the 69th session of the UN General Assembly.

The event, called 'Quality Education for the World We Want', was organized by the Global Education First Initiative. It focused on the issues that keep adolescents from school, worsening their own prospects and those of future generations.

"Something very important is at stake - the future," said the event's host, UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson.

Equality is step one

Girls have achieved parity with boys in primary education, an enormous accomplishment, but they lag behind in secondary education.

The reasons for this are rooted in gender inequality. In many parts of the world, girls are pulled from school when they are deemed old enough to be married, a stage of life sometimes marked by female genital mutilation (FGM). Both child marriage and FGM are violations of girls' rights.

"We cannot deliver education unless we can find a solution for child marriage," said the UN's Special Envoy for Global Education, Gordon Brown.

Other times, families choose to educate their sons but not their daughters, believing their daughters should perform domestic chores instead.

But "the real challenge isn't just about resources, it's about attitudes and beliefs," United States First Lady Michelle Obama said at the event.

"We cannot talk about quality education for adolescent girls or hope to make meaningful and lasting progress on this issue unless we're willing to have a much bigger and bolder conversation about how women are viewed and treated in the world today," she added. - See more at: http://www.unfpa.org/public/home/news/pid/18328#sthash.Po94wGJN.dpuf

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SCIENTIFIC FACT FINDING VISIT TO MALIN VILLAGE & SURROUNDINGS, PUNE DISTRICT

On 30th July 2014, a massive landslide triggered by incessant rains, killed more than 150 in the Malin village, inhabited mostly by people belonging to the tribal and dalit communities. For a single village of not-too-big a population, the death toll was extremely high given that the incident occurred in early morning hours when most villagers were sleeping. The village is in the Sahyadri range and is located in Ambegaon Taluka, Pune district.

Since the landslide occurred, there has been much speculation about what were the contributing factors of the landslide and many hypotheses have come up. While some have blamed the irresponsible agricultural practices in the area or improper land use practices or use of heavy machineries on the hill slopes others have blamed it purely on the heavy rainfall. Several groups of people/ experts and institutions - including large government agencies like the Geological Survey of India - sent teams to the site of the tragedy, but no comprehensive study /report appeared in the public domain as yet. And in the meantime, many more such villages awaits an uncertain and frightful future, as any meaningful mitigation would be dependent on good grounded studies and their findings.

While the country faces an increasing pressure on its rural/agricultural /natural habitats, combined with an increasingly chaotic climate system, it becomes essential for us to not view such incidents as purely "natural" disasters happening in isolation but to understand underlying risks and the multiple reasons why these risks turn into such disasters and also to work towards tackling them. Such disasters have been increasing over the last few years - if not for the last one-and-a-half decade, and constantly causing huge loss of life and property. The constant threat of climate change that is looming over the country and getting bigger every day is not about future anymore as it is happening in front of our eyes. It is killing people, submerging villages, impacting livelihoods and increasing the vulnerability of the already marginalized.

The scientific fact finding team visiting Malin village is constituted by the Delhi Solidarity Group. One of the primary objectives is to delve into such an analysis of geological, social, economic and climate change/environmental factors contributing to these repeated landslide events. It would be also visiting the nearby areas to study the similarly sensitive areas and come up with recommendations for same. The members of the scientific fact finding team will be as follows:

" Anand Kapoor - Co-founder, Shashwat,
" Dr D M More - Ex Director General Maharashtra Engineering Research Institute, Nasik
" Sh Satish Bhingare - Ex Director General WALMI, Aurangabad
" Dr Satish Thigale, Ex Head of Department, Geology Department, Pune University
" Soumya Dutta - Convenor, Bharat Jan Vigyan Jatha (India People's science Campaign)
" Shankar Mahanand - Coordinator, Partners in Justice Concerns, India

In Solidarity,
Shefali

Program/Campaign Associate
Delhi Forum
F 10/12 (Basement),
Malviya Nagar,New Delhi-110017
Phone: 011 - 26680883 (O), 9582671784 (M)
email: shefali@delhiforum.net

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Appeal for articles in Indian Journal of Secularism (IJS)

Dear Friends,

Indian Journal of Secularism [ISSN 2277-5501] is a journal published by the Centre for Study of Society and Secularism (CSSS). IJS was started in the year 1993 under the editorship of Dr. Asghar Ali Engineer. The aim was to spread information and exchange views on the events affecting peace and secularism in India. It covers issues like ethnic violence, communal violence, issues relating to citizenship rights and democracy, composite culture and peace. It provided great help to activists to plan their interventions and give a bird's eye view of the happenings related to secularism world over. Prominent thinkers and authors like Steve Wilkinson and Paul Brass have written articles for the Journal in its journey of over two decades. Contributions by well respected authors and their discerning analysis of the Indian society and secular trends around the world have made the Journal very popular. It is widely subscribed to by educational Institutions, colleges and Universities. Researchers and scholars refer to the journal regularly. The journal is also referred to by civil society organizations which draw inputs for their interventions from prevailing contexts and analysis of the situation. The Journal is diligently edited and published every three months.

CSSS requests you to write articles on relevant topics for the journal. This becomes all the more important in the light of challenges presented to the secular fabric of India and the marginalization of vulnerable sections of our society like religious minorities, women and Dalits, rendering them as second class citizens. This inequality and violence affects the democratic culture of the country adversely. There is a need for more analysis and research to throw light on the complex issues sought to be discussed. Succinct and clear articles will facilitate debates and discussions and bring these important issues having bearing on overall discourse of development and justice to the forth. Thus it's our humble appeal to send us your articles to publish in IJS.

Articles can be sent on following email id: csss@mtnl.net.in, csss2work@gmail.com

With regards,
Irfan Engineer
Director
Centre for Study of Society and Secularism
602 & 603, New Silver Star, Behind BEST Bus Depot,
Prabhat Colony Rd., Santacruz (E), Mumbai:- 400 055.
E-mail: csss@mtnl.net.in Website: www.csss-isla.com
Tel. 91-22-26149668, Fax: 91-22- 26100712

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International Conference in Mysore University

Greetings from University of Mysore India

We are happy to invite you to participate in an ICSSR funded International Conference on 'Ethnicity, Discrimination and Social Exclusion of Minorities and Margins: Post Colonial Debates' by the Centre for the Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy(CSSEIP), University of Mysore, Mysore, Karnataka State India on December 18th and 19th 2014

For all details plz visit Mysore university website

We hope that you will enrich the Conference through presenting a paper

Warm regards,
Dr. NANJUNDA
UGC-CSSEIP centre
India
Ph:09880964840

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Gender, Sexuality and Religion

8-10 October, 2014

Venue: Visthar, Kothanur Post, Dodda Gubbi, Bangalore

Jointly organised by Visthar and Aneka

The relationship between gender, sexuality, and religion within contemporary Indian society is complex and controversial. Women, sexual minorities, dalits, among others, face various forms of oppression around issues of sexuality. Tradition and religion are often evoked to justify such discrimination. However, scholarship as well as praxis demonstrate are emancipator spaces within these same religious and cultural spaces. There has been a recent surge of deliberation and public discourse around gender, identity, and sexuality; various prominent public figures, such as politicians and faith leaders, have made statements both condemnatory and supportive in nature. However, very few have been involved in frank and open discussions on the matters.

This workshop will bring together participants from various religious backgrounds, sexual orientations, and gender identities. Drawing on the personal experience of participants and the views of religious scholars and practitioners on these subjects, the workshop aims to deepen our understanding of the intersections of gender, sexuality, and religion: strategies to develop perspectives and resist violence, discrimination, and exclusion will also be discussed. The workshop will be conducted in an interactive and dialogic mode.

The workshop will focus on the following themes:

1. Revisiting Concepts: Sex-Gender-Sexuality
2. Women, Sexuality, and Religion
a. The everyday experience of women;
b. Perspective from different religions.
3. Body, Theology, and Erotic Power: Working with "Theatre of the Oppressed."
4. Religion, Gender, and Sexuality
a. The everyday experience of sexual minorities
b. Religious perspectives on sexual minorities
5. Religiously motivated anti-queer violence: Bringing the sexual body back into conversation.
6. Women's movements' engagement with religion and sexuality.
7. LGBTQI engagement with religion and gender.
8. Inter-sectionality: Gender, Religion, and Sexuality.
9. The Way Forward.

Facilitators

  • Victoria Rue, a Lecturer at San Jose State University in California who teaches Comparative Religious Studies and Women's Studies, will be one of the facilitators. She was ordained as a Roman Catholic priest in 2005. She is also a theatre director. Victoria and her partner Kathryn Poethig have been together for 24 years, and were married in the state of California in 2008.
  • Shubha Chacko (Director, Aneka) and Mercy Kappen (Director of Programmes, Visthar) will also be facilitators at this workshop.
  • Activists from sexual minorities and women's rights organisations in Bangalore will be invited to speak on different panels.

Registration
Please register online at www.visthar.org before the 20th of September, 2014. Please make sure that you are available to attend all three days of the workshop. Participants are expected to take care of their travel. The organisers will sponsor board and lodge (3 days only) for outstation participants.

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Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship for Indian Students

Ministry of Human Resource Development
Department of Higher Education
Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan - 2015 - U.K.

Last Date: 10th October, 2014.

I. On line applications are invited from Indian nationals, through MHRD's website http://mhrd.gov.in/ for nominations, of the award of Commonwealth Scholarships in United Kingdom tenable from September/ October 2015 for higher studies/research in the subjects mentioned below in the United Kingdom. Up to Sixty five (65) nominations are to be sent to the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission for final selection to be made by them. Out of these not more than twenty six (26) are for doctoral studies.

II. ELIGIBILITY
The candidate should not be more than 40 years of age as on 10.10.2014 and fulfill the minimum qualifications as per Para (IV) below.

III. LEVEL OF COURSE
These scholarships will be awarded for studies leading to either: -

(i) ONE YEAR TAUGHT MASTER'S COURSES OR EQUIVALENT DEGREE,
(ii) DOCTORAL DEGREE OF UPTO THREE YEARS DURATION

(A) ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY:
1. Electronics/Electrical 2. Environmental Studies 3. Remote Sensing Technology 4. Communication Engineering 5. Biotechnology or Biochemical Engineering 6. Robotics 7. Computer Applications/Computer Science 8. Aerospace Engineering /Aeronautics 9. Civil Engineering 10. Material Science 11. Mining Engineering and 12. Marine Engineering.

(B) SCIENCE (PURE AND APPLIED)
1. Mathematics 2. Molecular Biology 3. Physics 4. Chemistry (including Pharmaceutical/Medicinal Chemistry).

(C) AGRICULTURE
1. Agronomy & Forestry.

(D) HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES
1. History 2. Sociology 3. **Management Studies 4. Economics 5. Philosophy 6.Psychology 7. Law 8. English (Literature/Linguistics) 9. Political Science with International Relations (IV) MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS The candidates must have completed tertiary education in English Medium :-

FOR MASTER'S DEGREE
One should hold or able to produce the certificate of Bachelor's Degree by October, 2015 in the subject field concerned (indicated above) securing 60% or above marks in Humanities and Social Science group and 65% or above marks in Engineering and Technology, Science and Agriculture Group.

" **Candidates who wish to undertake postgraduate study in Business/ Management Studies should have taken the Graduate Management Admission Test (Princeton Test) before applying for the Commonwealth Scholarship. Details about GMAT may be obtained from G.M.A.T. Educational Testing Services, Box 966 - R, Princeton, NJ 08541, U.S.A.
" Candidates appearing for Scholarship in Economics and related subjects should be aware that
a number of departments may require them, before admission, to pass the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) of which details may be obtained from Graduate Record Examination, Educational Testing Service, Box 955, Princeton, NJ 08541, U.S.A. Service, Box 955,Princeton, NJ 08541, U.S.A.
" Candidates whose native language is not English will be required to provide evidence
that they have sufficient competence in English to study in the United Kingdom. Nominated candidates will be required to take the IELTS, for which they may contact local British Council Office. An IELTS test will only be considered valid if taken after 1st October 2014 and before 6th March 2015.

(B) FOR Ph.D. DEGREE:-
One should hold or able to produce the certificate of Master's Degree by October 2015 in the concerned subject fields (indicated above) securing 60% or above marks in Humanities and Social Science group and 65% or above marks in the relevant subjects inEngineering and Technology, Science and Agriculture Group.

VALUE OF AWARD
Each scholarship provides: -

  1. Student concessionary or other approved airfare to the United Kingdom and return on expiry of the Scholarship (the cost of journey made before final award confirmation will not normally be reimbursed nor can fares be paid for a scholar's dependents).
  2. Approved tuition and examination fees.
  3. A personal maintenance allowance at the rate of £977 per month (£1,208 per month for those studying at institutions in the London Metropolitan area)
  4. A grant towards the expenses of preparing thesis or dissertation, where applicable.
  5. An initial arrival allowance, incorporating in initial clothing grant for scholars from tropical countries.
  6. A grant for expenses for approved travel within the United Kingdom or overseas. (G) A contribution towards fieldwork costs for those Scholars undertaking doctoral studies for whom a case has been made for fieldwork outside the United Kingdom. This shall not normally exceed one economy class return airfare to the fieldwork location.
  7. A paid mid-term fare to their home country for Scholars on three years doctoral awards. Scholars for whom fieldwork fares are provided to their home country shall not be entitled to a mid-term fare home, nor Scholars who have claimed (or intend to claim) spouse or child allowances for more than 12 months during their award.

For more information please visit the Link : http://mhrd.gov.in/sites/upload_files/mhrd/files/CSUK_2015.pdf

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Climate, Food and Farming Research Network opens call for scientific training of PhD students

The Climate Food and Farming (CLIFF) Research Network invites applications from students from developing countries currently enrolled in PhD programs for short-term scientific training and research stays at CGIAR research centers.

Applicants should have a background in agriculture and climate change research and an interest in mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture. We especially seek students with experience with crop-livestock systems.

Selected students will be sponsored for short-term (3-4 month) scientific training and research stays at CGIAR centers or affiliated research institutions in their home regions. (Scientific stays to non-CGIAR centers will be considered if justified.)

During their tenure at the host institutions, students will learn approaches used in the Standard Assessment of Mitigation Potential and Livelihoods in Smallholder Systems (SAMPLES) research program to evaluate options for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from smallholder systems and the changes in productivity and livelihood indicators associated with alternative practices. The techniques that may be studied include (but are not limited to) remote sensing, economic surveys, and measurement of greenhouse gas emissions. Topics will depend on student and host institution scientist interests.

Applications are invited for training and travel grants of up to 10,000 USD. The grants will be used to support living and research costs at the host institution for short stays (3-4 months) to take place in 2015. It is important to note that these grants will not necessarily be to support participants' own research, but to facilitate training on techniques and methods being applied in CCAFS research.

Application requirements

  • The application must include the following documents merged into one pdf file:
  • 1-2 page motivation letter (described below).
  • 1-page curriculum vitae that includes your contact details.
  • Letter of support from your university supervisor.
  • All applications must be in English.
  • The motivation letter, no more than two A4 pages, must include:
  • Your name, citizenship and the country where you are conducting your graduate study.
  • The objectives of your graduate study.
  • Linkages between your study and the SAMPLES program.
  • Any other relevant research experience.
  • Justification for the short-term scientific visit. How will scientific training with the SAMPLES program improve your graduate research?
  • Eligibility and conditions
  • Applicants must be currently enrolled PhD students.
  • Applicants must be students from and conducting their research in a developing country. For this call, we include all countries NOT listed as "high income economies" in this World Bank database.
  • The grant money should be used to finance the short-term scientific visit,NOT tuition or other fees related to the degree.
  • Scientific visits must take place during 2015.
Submission
Applications must be submitted on or before the 30th of September 2014. To submit your application and for any questions, please contact the coordinator of the CLIFF network, Tanka Kandel, Department of Agroecology, Aarhus University, Email: Tanka.Kandel@agrsci.dk

For more information visit the Link http://ccafs.cgiar.org/about/careers-and-calls/climate-food-and-farming-research-network-opens-call-scientific-training-phd#.VAi8cvm1bpV%C2%A0

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Workshop on
'Ethics of Reporting in Situations of Emergencies/Understanding the Context and the Actors'

Organised by the Women's Feature Service and International Committee of the Red Cross.

India's Minister for Minority Affairs Najma Heptullah said at a workshop in Delhi that journalists do commendable work under adverse conditions. She was speaking at a workshop, 'Ethics of Reporting in Situations of Emergencies/Understanding the Context and the Actors' organised by the Women's Feature Service and International Committee of the Red Cross.

Heptullah, then narrated a number of instances about how journalists covering the Parliament would be on duty throughout the day without food and water. "This included women journalists too. I often made arrangements for tea, snacks and water for the journalists covering Parliament as I understood the difficult conditions that they work under."

The Head of Regional Delegation, Mary Werntz, said that devastation in human cost is staggering. "There are debilitating injuries, communities are ripped apart, hospitals are destroyed and starvation is happening. The media is a messenger in how the world sees the suffering of people."

More on http://southasia.oneworld.net/news/journalists-work-amidst-grave-dangers-indian-minister#.VBgArFdc9ac

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Extracts from Kashmir Floods Situation
Updates Up to 13 September 2014
By Arjimand Hussain, Rawalpora, Srinaga
Prepared with Additional Inputs and Edited by Mazher Hussain, COVA,
Hyderabad

Most News Headlines on Kashmir floods continue to fall short of capturing the intensity of this calamity. I have put together some points which our friends in media and humanitarian agencies could use in their communications to capture the enormity of the crisis:

Critical Immediate Aid Requirements

- Critical aid requirements include: boats, drinking water, medicines, water purifying tablets, food, warm clothes, Beddings and Quilts (Razai), baby food, milk, liquid hand sanitisers, women's hygiene kits, children's hygiene kits.

The Disaster and Its Impact

  • This is the worst flood Kashmir has witnessed in over a century
  • Close to 5 million people are affected by the floods in Jammu & Kashmir - 4.5 million in Kashmir valley and half a million in the Jammu region*.
  • Some 3 million people and their homes are submerged mainly in the districts of Srinagar, Pulwama, Anantnag, Kulgam, Baramulla, Bandipora and Budgam.
  • The submerged and affected people include Indian and foreign visitors and Indian construction workers - whose number is estimated at half a million.
  • Flash floods in Jammu region has also resulted in disruption in road services in the district of Rajouri, Poonch and Reasi.

Disruption of Essential Services

  • Drinking water and power services are suspended since Sunday (6th September) in Srinagar and other flood affected areas. Power has been restored to some areas close to Srinagar airport.
  • Acute shortage of drinking water has now triggered second displacement - with the displaced people seeking shelter in places with drinking water. Such drinking water facilities are mostly available on the highlands in the peripheries of Srinagar and beyond.
  • Water-borne diseases have started to surface with children being the worst hit. A sudden spike of diarrhea, fever, vomiting is being witnessed among children. Adults are affected too.
  • Medical services are the worst hit in the flood-hit Kashmir at the moment. The region's only care hospital SKIMS, Soura has not been submerged. However it can at present only be accessed by tiny Ganderbal district and some areas of Bandipora, Sopore and Baramulla through a long and treacherous road along the Wullar Lake. It is also accessible to some areas of Srinagar on the east side of Jhelum - from Noorbagh to Babademb areas.
  • Srinagar's main emergency hospital SMHS Hospital, G B Panth Children's Hospital, Dental Hospital, JVC Hospital are submerged in water. There are unconfirmed reports of at least 40 children dying due to submersion in G B Panth Hospital. Bone & Joint Hospital Barzulla was initially submerged but remains damaged and mostly inaccessible. Chest Diseases Hospital, Dalgate remains out of bounds. Private hospitals like Noora Hospital, Modern Hospital, Khyber Hospital, Ramzana Nursing Home, Tahira Khanam Nursing Home, City Hospital Tengpora, Sheikh ul Aaalam Hospital Karan Nagar and other private hospitals remain submerged in water.
  • Privately-run Ahmad Hospital at Nowgam with 25-beds remains the only hospital accessible from Srinagar airport. This hospital is presently providing whatever possible medical care it could.
  • There is acute shortage of life saving medicines in the flood affected areas, with medical shops having run out of stocks.
  • There are unconfirmed reports of people having died of natural reasons and their bodies remaining un-burried due to flood water and lack of mobility in the flood affected areas.
  • Bodies of individuals dying of natural reasons lie in the upper floors of some Srinagar hospitals. Some people have been buried temporarily on higher grounds outside their family graveyards.
  • Due to lack of access to medical care, child births are taking place in domestic settings in vast submerged and flood-isolated areas. People with health conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure and other critical illnesses are at highest risk due to unavailability of medicines.
  • There is severe shortage of essential commodities. Markets - wherever free of water - have run out of stocks
  • Due to submergence of critical go-downs in the commercial hubs of the flood affected areas, particularly in and around Srinagar, an acute shortage of supplies is likely to emerge in the next few days, which has a potential of creating large-scale disturbances.
  • Srinagar's commercial hub Lal Chowk, administrative districts, including civil secretariat, government TV and radio stations, Police headquarters, High Court, hospitals and almost all other important installations are submerged and immobilized as on 13th September 2014 .

Accessibility

  • Kashmir's only road linkage with the outside world - the Srinagar-Jammu highway - remains closed since seven days and is expected to open in another 4-5 days. Closure of this vital surface communication link has resulted in acute shortage of essential commodities in Kashmir. All supplies to Kashmir at present could only reach Srinagar by air.
  • Although Srinagar Airport (the region's only civilian airport) is open, access to Srinagar city from the airport and the larger Kashmir region is still not possible.
  • North Kashmir continues to remain cut off from Srinagar airport (Skeletal access is possible though Budgam, Beerwa, Magam road).
  • South Kashmir also continues to remain cut off from Srinagar airport and rest of the world due to continued closure of Jammu-Srinagar Highway and flooded Awantipora-Bijbehara areas. Some access to some areas of Pulwama, Shopian is possible through Nowgam, Newa road from Srinagar airport.

Communications

  • Mobile network, landline phones, Internet, banking services (Including ATMs), local TV and radio services remain suspended. State-owned BSNL mobile services have been restored on Wednesday in some limited areas of Srinagar

Destruction and Casualties

  • As of 11 September, 2014; according to police sources, 220 people have died in Srinagar city and bodies of women and children have been retrieved. The process of retrieving bodies is still on. Over 200 people have been killed by the floods elsewhere.
  • Thousands of animals -cattle, goats, chicken, cats, dogs etc have died and their bodies are reportedly floating around.
  • Stench from the dead has already started in many areas and outbreak of diseases is expected any time now.
  • Hundreds of houses and buildings have collapsed in the last three days, especially in Old Srinagar - home to some 600,000 people.
The exact casualties and damage remains unknown.

About rescue and relief efforts:

  • No organised government rescue and relief has been initiated as of now due to complete break-down of government administrative system
  • Most of the rescue and relief efforts are being carried out by local volunteers and Indian army and air force. Close to 100,000 people - mostly visitors to and construction workers in Kashmir - have been evacuated in the last three days by armed forces. Local volunteer efforts - carried with improvised boats and floating objects - are estimated to have rescued about one million people.
  • Massive relief efforts are on in Kashmir, mainly organized by local volunteer efforts from areas outside Srinagar (Ganderbal, Budgam, Pulwama, Baramulla, Bandipora, Ramban, Kupwara etc.) and the dry lands of South Srinagar and areas east of Jhelum (Down town areas).
  • In Srinagar areas like Hyderpora East Bypass, Parraypora, Rawalpora, Sanat Nagar, Rangreth are safe and are housing a large number of displaced people. On the eastern side of Jhelum, areas from Noorbagh upto Babademb in Old Srinagar are mostly free of water. These areas are also organising relief for the affected areas at a large scale.
  • Hundreds of relief camps have been established in and around Srinagar mostly run by local volunteer efforts. Community kitchens and shelters have been organised in hundreds of villages and habitations in and outside Srinagar.
  • MSF, Save the Children, Action Aid, ICRC and Handicap International are the only international aid agencies operating in Kashmir. No INGO rescue or relief effort has been initiated in Kashmir so far. Some relief efforts have been initiated in Jammu region, particularly in Rajouri area
  • As of 11 September 2014, no inter-government or inter- aid agency coordination efforts have been initiated in Kashmir.
  • Kashmiri diaspora, private individual and non governmental actions are beginning to witness aid mobilisation and transportation to Srinagar airport. The absence of a centralised coordinated system has the risk of this aid effort being duplicated or servicing non high priority areas.
  • A Sphere India-led situation report - an inter-aid agency co-ordination system in India - has been issued from New Delhi on 9th September. The report draws upon secondary government and army information sources. An updated, ground- informed and comprehensive situation report is awaited.

Population Affected: As per 2011 census, the total population of the Indian side of Jammu & Kashmir is 12.55 million. Kashmir valley population is 6.9 million. At any given point of time the aggregate number of tourists, other visitors, Indian construction workers from other states in Kashmir is roughly 400,000 (excluding the number of armed forces).

The worst affected Srinagar district population is 1.25 million, while Anantnag district has 1.07 million and Kulgam district has 423,181. Other affected districts of Pulwama has a population of 570,060, Budgam - 755,331, Ganderbal - 297,003, Bandipora - 385,099, Baramulla - 1 million, Kupwara District 875,564. Other affected areas of Rajouri, Reasi and Poonch districts have populations of 619,266, 314,714 and 476,820 respectively.

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