The 2015 South Indian floods resulted from heavy rainfall of annual northeast monsoon in November–December 2015. They affected the Coromandel Coast region of the South Indian states of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh, and the union territory of Puducherry, with Tamil Nadu and the city of Chennai particularly hard-hit. More than 400 people were killed and over 18 lakh people were displaced. With estimates of damages and losses ranging from over ₹20000 crore(US$3 billion) to ₹100000 crore (US$15 billion), floods are the costliest to have occurred in 2015, and are among the costliest natural disasters of the year.
The 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP 21 or CMP 11 was held in Paris, France, from 30 November to 12 December 2015. It was the 21st yearly session of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the 1992 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the 11th session of the Meeting of the Parties to the 1997 Kyoto Protocol.On 12 December 2015 the participating 195 countries agreed by consensus to the final global pact, the Paris Agreement, to reduce emissions as part of the method for reducing greenhouse gas. In the 12-page document the members agreed to reduce their carbon output “as soon as possible” and to do their best to keep global warming “to well below 2 degrees C”.
End of an era: RIP “Missile Man of India”
While delivering a lecture at the Indian Institute of Management Shillong, Kalam collapsed and died from an apparent cardiac arrest on 27 July 2015, aged 83. Thousands including national-level dignitaries attended the funeral ceremony held in his hometown of Rameshwaram, where he was buried with full state honours.
Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen “A. P. J.” Abdul Kalam (15 October 1931 – 27 July 2015) was the 11th President of India from 2002 to 2007. A career scientist turned politician
Maggi tainted food scare
Maggi, one of the most popular noodles brand was banned in India due to controversy over unsafe amount of lead. However, the banned was lifted 6 weeks after the ban by the Bombay High Court. Nestle India resumed selling its popular Maggi noodles this month after getting the green light from government laboratories, as mandated by the Bombay High Court in August.
Nestle also argued that the food regulator had not served any notice before ordering a ban. Nestle claimed it has been operating in India for 30 years and had a global footprint. The government has also filed a class action suit against Nestle India seeking, Rs 640 crore in damages for alleged unfair trade practices, false labelling and misleading advertisements.
India’s Response to Nepal Earthquake
The himalayan nation of Nepal was struck by a massive earthquake this year that sent the nation’s economy ten years back. The Indian government responded within hours by sending its first plane of with disaster management personnel and relief material with six hours of the quake. The resuce mission was named as Operation Maitri involving Indian armed forces and Nepali ex-servicemen from India’s Gurkha Regiments for interface for guidance, relief and rescue in the aftermath.
An Indian army mountaineering team recovered the bodies of 19 mountaineers from Everest base camp and rescued at least 61 stranded climbers from Mount Everest. Indian Air Force helicopters reached Mount Everest on the morning of April 26 for rescue operations. India provided tons of relief materials and the rescue teams, dogs, NDRF teams, medical teams etc and rescued thousands of people from the debris following the earthquake.
Compiled by – Media Team