Sustainable Mountain Development Summit IV – An Update

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Here in Arunachal Pradesh preparations for the SMDS IV are in full swing. Theme anchors are engaged in collating papers and presentations by the contributors while the Committee for Local Arrangements is hard at work, making arrangements and finalising details towards the upcoming three day summit. For our main theme of Disaster Risk Reduction we have Speakers from the National … Read More

SMDS 4: Hello Itanagar!

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Come October and a remote state capital of an emerging North Eastern State, Arunachal Pradesh, would find a large number of mountain-lovers , drawn from almost all walks of life converging on it. These are not just mountain-lovers visiting this Land of the Rising Sun, where Sun-rays first kiss our Indian soil ( Arunachal Pradesh ), for  a sight-seeing trip … Read More

First Meet for Himalayan Peoples’ Representatives

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The G.B. Pant Institute of Himalayan Environment and Development (GBPIHED), Almora, is scheduled to organise the First Meet for Himalayan Peoples’ Representatives on 10th September, 2015 at 4.00 pm. This is to facilitate the development of a common vision for addressing the environmental and development priorities in the region through the creation of a common forum where views can be shared. … Read More

Crack on Uttarkashi Mountain

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Experts have discovered that it was the poor quality of slope treatment methods used on the mountain after a previous landslide that resulted in the formation of the crack on Varunavat Parvat near Uttarkashi. The series of landslides that occurred in Varunvat on September 24th, 2003 affected more than 3,000 residents and buried structures including houses, government buildings and tourist … Read More

Production of India’s First Bamboo Toilet

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India’s first bamboo toilets were formally inaugurated in Dimapur, Nagaland on 16th July, 2015 by Governor P.B. Acharya. The two prototype bamboo toilets were inaugurated as part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (Clean India Mission) and were the outcome of a five day training on “bamboo toilets for private use and the community” jointly organised by the Nagaland Bamboo Development … Read More

Border Woes for Uttarakhand Village

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Known as “the last village” Milam in the Munsiyari tehsil of Pithoragarh lies on the India China border at the height of 11,200 feet above sea level. The inhabitants have faced a history of hardships including the sudden cessation of trans Himalayan trade, which sustained the local economy and the Zamindari Abolition Act that was imposed without any notice and … Read More

Updates from Darjeeling

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7 relief camps for those affected and in immediate danger by the landslides have been set up with the largest in a school, with others surrounding it housing between 4000 to 5000 people in total. Rice, dal, onions, and oil are being provided by the government, and kitchens have been set up. Clean and enough water, and temporary access to … Read More

MPLADS Brings Relief

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Funds from the Member of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS) brought some much needed respite to some parts of the landslide affected region yesterday. A bridge was built just in time for villagers and children to access markets and schools. Untied funds such as MPLADS which can be quickly released in emergency situations are sorely needed in disaster prone areas. In some … Read More

Disasters Becoming Commonplace

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On 30 June, 2015 the Kashmir Valley felt a moderate earthquake measuring 5.5 on the Richter scale.  Following eerily soon, a series of landslides earlier today have caused widespread devastation in Mirik and Kalimpong in Darjeeling District. 20 people are reported to have lost their lives. Hospitals in the region are filling up with the injured, and roads are impassable. … Read More

More Disaster in the Mountains

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While it was relatively low on intensity, the earthquake in Assam was felt in neighbouring mountain states including Sikkim. Some roads in the region have been temporarily blocked and are out of use. The recurrence of these natural disasters does not bode well for the Indian mountain states and its people.  There is never a more critical time to address … Read More