Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Subscribe Log In Global warming poses an urgent threat to Kolkata, a river delta city of 14 million. A Times reporter returns home and learns: The city’s natural defenses are being lost. Kolkata’s wetlands provide a natural defense against flooding, but many are clogged or being built over. Credit Saumya Khandelwal for The New York Times Supported by BySomini Sengupta July 31, 2018 KOLKATA, India — I wanted to glimpse the future in the city where I was born. So, this summer I returned to India for a firsthand look at the way climate change is affecting Kolkata. I spent the first seven years of my life in this delta city, close to where the Ganges pours into the sea. In my memory, it was a city of steam and sweat, rice and fish, of languid, muggy afternoons. A city of water. Lots and lots of water. On this trip, in the era of global warming, I found a city at … [Read more...] about The City of My Birth in India Is Becoming a Climate Casualty. It Didn’t Have to Be.
Dave Clark Cincinnati Enquirer Published 9:00 p.m. UTC Jul 30, 2018 Cincinnati Reds first-round draft pick Jonathan India, the fifth overall pick in the 2018 MLB Draft, was promoted from Rookie-level Billings to the Low-A Dayton Dragons, the team announced Monday. The Enquirer's Bobby Nightengale points out via Twitter that India played in just three games at Billings, and adds that he played shortstop in all three of those games. It is not known, according to Nightengale, which position he will play most for the Dragons, but he is batting third and playing third base Monday night against Lansing, according to the lineup the Dragons Tweeted. India hit his first professional home run earlier this month and also singled and doubled with three RBIs in Rookie-level Greeneville's 5-4 win at Kingsport. The Enquirer's John Fay compared India's versatility to that of top Reds prospect Nick Senzel when the Reds signed India earlier this month. India came up as a shortstop, played third … [Read more...] about Reds promote first-round pick Jonathan India to Dayton after 3 games at SS in Billings
World India has published a list that effectively strips nearly 4 million people in the eastern Assam state of their citizenship. The National Register of Citizens (NRC), which is the country's list of nationals who can prove they arrived in the state by March 24, 1971, has fueled fears that groups such as Bengali-speaking Muslims in Assam will be deported en masse. Of the 32.9 million people living there, only 28.9 million were listed as citizens by the NRC. When Bangladesh declared independence from Pakistan on March 26, 1971, hundreds of thousands fled to India. The majority settled in Assam, and those Bangladeshi immigrants now fear they will lose their citizenship and voting rights. The 1985 Assam Accord says people who cannot prove they arrived before March 24, 1971 will not be regarded as legitimate citizens. Recommended Slideshows 76 The Most Powerful Military Forces in the World 59 The 25 Most Powerful Passports in the World 61 … [Read more...] about India Moves to Strip 4 Million of Citizenship, Citing Undocumented Immigration
India on Saturday said it hoped the new government of Pakistan would "work constructively" to end militancy in South Asia, in its first comments following this week's general election in Pakistan."Prime Minister (Modi) also reiterated his vision of peace and development in the entire neighbourhood", the statement added.Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday telephoned Pakistan's likely prime minister Imran Khan over his party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) landslide victory in July 25 general elections, ARY News reported.Several key parties in Pakistan have begun to coalesce around Imran Khan, paving the way for him to form a majority in the National Assembly and ascend to the premiership.The National Assembly, Pakistan's parliament, has 272 contested seats and Khan's party has done far better than all the others, winning 115 seats. There are 13 independents who have won the NA seats.But the Pakistan People's Party has said he should be allowed to form a government, and the … [Read more...] about India’s PM Modi congratulates Imran Khan on election victory
Longtime India Basin resident Jill Fox isn’t overjoyed at the prospect of a pair of 14-story towers sprouting up from the mudflats across the street from her blue 1874 Victorian overlooking Innes Avenue and the bay. Nor is she is excited about the sheer density of development headed to her quiet corner of the Bayview — 1,575 units of housing and 150,000 square feet of commercial space in about 20 buildings, ranging from townhomes to 200-unit mid-rises. Yet despite her misgivings Fox, chairwoman of the India Basin Neighborhood Association, is supporting developer Build Inc.’s plan to redevelop 17.5 acres of waterfront land in India Basin. That’s because she and her neighbors see the plan as their best shot at getting some of the amenities and services that people in most San Francisco neighborhoods take for granted — public transportation, a grocery store, a cafe or two, parks and perhaps even a library. “We are the opposite of NIMBYs,” said … [Read more...] about SF’s India Basin residents welcome waterfront development proposal