Sunday, December 11, 2016

Rs 4.27 lakh crore notes issued after demonetisation: RBI

RBI has said that currency notes worth over Rs 4.27 lakh crore have been issued to public through banks and ATMs following the demonetisation of old high value bills. The Bank also said that it “will shortly” issue Rs 500 denomination banknotes in the Mahatma Gandhi (New) Series, without any inset letter, bearing signature of Governor Urjit R Patel.
Consequent to the announcement of withdrawal of legal tender status of banknotes of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 from the midnight of November 8, 2016, the central bank made arrangements for exchange and/or deposit of such notes.
The central bank in a statement said that the RBI has also made arrangements for supply of adequate quantity of banknotes in various denominations to the public through banks.
During the period from November 10, 2016 and December 7, 2016, banks have reported that banknotes worth Rs 4,27,684 crore have been issued to public either over the counter or through ATMs.

Cyclone Vardah changes its direction,

Cyclonic storm, Vardah over west central and adjoining south Bay of Bengal moved further westwards and lay centred at about 520 km east-southeast of Nellore, 490 km east-southeast of Machilipatnam and 480 km east-northeast of Chennai. The system is very likely to move west-southwestwards and maintain its intensity till this evening and thereafter, it is likely to weaken gradually while moving towards the coast.
According to the Met Department, Vardah has changed its direction and is very likely to cross north Tamil Nadu and south Andhra Pradesh coast, close to Chennai by tomorrow afternoon.
Our correspondent reports that Under the influence of the cyclonic system light to moderate rainfall at many places with isolated heavy to very heavy falls over south coastal Andhra Pradesh, north coastal Tamil Nadu and Puducherry is very likely to commence from today evening and continue for subsequent 36 hours with light to moderate rainfall over north coastal Andhra Pradesh during the same period.
Squally winds speed reaching 40-50 kmph gusting up to 60 kmph would prevail along and off Andhra Pradesh and adjoining north Tamil Nadu coasts beginning tonight and will gradually increase to 70-80 kmph gusting up to 90 kmph at the time of landfall. Fishermen are advised not to venture into sea along and off south Andhra Pradesh, north Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coasts during next 48 hours as the sea condition would be rough to very rough along and off Andhra Pradesh and north Tamil Nadu coasts. Port Warning Signal No.3 kept hoisted in Krishnapatnam, Nizampatnam and Vodarevu while Warning Signal No.2 was hoisted in rest of the ports.
Andhra Pradesh government has alerted 11 mandals in Nellore district which are likely to be affected by the storm and deployed two teams of NDRF for rescue and relief operations. Four teams of NDRF have been kept standby for action. Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu who reviewed the situation with officials said that for the first time the State government is utilising the micro-level observational reports provided by ISRO to mitigate the loss of life, property and crop to the maximum extent. Toll-free help lines have been initiated in district headquarters’ of Nellore, Chittoor, Prakasam and Kadapa and special officers have been appointed to monitor the situation.

Turkey declares day’s mourning after Istanbul bombings

Turkey declared a one-day morning after twin blasts ripped through the heart of Istanbul killing 29 people, mainly police, and wounding 166. Prime Minister Binali Yildirim also ordered flags to fly at half mast after a car bombing near a football stadium followed by a suicide bombing at a nearby park.
No group has claimed the blasts which were the latest in a year that has seen Istanbul and other Turkish cities rocked by a string of attacks blamed on Islamic State terrorists and Kurdish militants.

UNICEF commemorates 70 years

UNICEF commemorates 70 years of tireless work for the world’s most vulnerable children

The world’s largest children’s organization was established on 11 December 1946 to bring help and hope to children suffering in the aftermath of WWII

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NEW YORK, 11 December 2016 – On the 70th anniversary of its founding, UNICEF celebrates the immense progress made for the world’s children – and renews the urgent call to reach millions of children whose lives and futures are endangered by conflict, crisis, poverty, inequality and discrimination.

“UNICEF was founded after World War II to bring help and hope to all children at risk or in need – no matter which country they lived in or what role that country played in the war.  Our mission is no less urgent and universal today,” said UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake. “With so many children around the world in so much need, we are recommitting ourselves to delivering results for every child.”

The organization was established by the United Nations General Assembly to help children in post-war Europe, China and the Middle East. Funded entirely through voluntary contributions from governments, civil society, the private sector and concerned citizens, it rapidly expanded its reach and by 1955 was working for children in more than 90 countries.

Today, UNICEF is the world’s largest children’s organization, working with partners in 190 countries and territories and through the efforts of 13,000 national and international staff to reach every child.

UNICEF’s relentless engagement in the world’s toughest places has helped create remarkable progress for children in recent decades. The number of children dying before their fifth birthdays has been more than halved in the past 25 years. Hundreds of millions of children have been lifted out of poverty. Out-of-school rates among primary-school-aged children have been reduced by more than 40 per cent since 1990.

  • In the 1940s, UNICEF provided emergency nutrition aid, mainly in the form of milk, to children in post-war Europe. In 2015, the organization and its partners treated 2.9 million children for severe acute malnutrition worldwide.

  • In the 1950s, UNICEF led its first immunization campaigns against diseases such as tuberculosis and yaws. In 2015, the organization procured 2.8 billion doses of vaccines, and with its partners helping to protect 45 per cent of children under 5 years old worldwide from a range of deadly diseases.

  • In 1953, UNICEF launched its first water, sanitation and hygiene programmes. Between 1990 and 2015, 2.6 billion people gained access to improved drinking water sources and 2.1 billion gained access to improved sanitation facilities.
  • In 1961, UNICEF expanded its programmatic focus to include children’s education. In 2015, UNICEF and its partners provided 7.5 million children aged 3 to 18 with access to formal or non-formal basic education.

  • In 1989, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child, which specifies that all children should be registered at birth to establish their identity under the law and thus to safeguard  their rights. In 2015, UNICEF supported the registration of more than 9.7 million children’s births in 54 countries.

  • In 1998, UNICEF became a founding member of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership to support malaria treatment and research, and expand prevention measures such as long-lasting insecticide-treated bed nets. In 2015, UNICEF procured 22.3 million bed nets to protect children and families in 30 countries.

  • Since its founding, UNICEF has responded to thousands of humanitarian emergencies affecting children. In 2015, UNICEF and partners vaccinated 11.3 million children against measles in countries affected by crisis; provided 4 million children in emergency situations with access to formal or non-formal basic education; and provided psychosocial support for 2 million children caught in conflicts and natural disasters.

Despite this impressive progress, millions of children are still being left behind because they live in poverty or in hard-to-reach communities, because of their gender, race, religion, ethnic group, or because they have a disability.  Nearly 250 million children are growing up in countries affected by conflict and nearly 50 million children have been uprooted from their homes.

“UNICEF’s vision for the next 70 years is a world in which our work is no longer necessary — a world in which every child is healthy, safe, educated, cared for and protected … and all children can make the most of their potential,” said Lake. “It’s the right thing to do, and the surest path to a better future for us all.”

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