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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Chinese New Year: The world's biggest human migration

An estimated 385 mn Chinese people are travelling to be with their families in rural parts to mark the Year of Dog

 This is up 12% more than last year.

 The volume of people on the move in China is 13 times bigger than Maha Kumbh Mela in India, making it the world's biggest human migration

 The tourist revenue from this is estimated to be 467 bn Yuan, according to China news.

Here's how it compares with other big events involving human migration.


United Nations General Assembly Budget 2018 - Who's paid their dues, who hasn't

United Nations General Assembly has a $2.5 billion US dollar budget for 2018.

This money comes from member states, which are given a one month period to place their payment.

So far, only 48 states have paid on time with an additional 5 states paying shortly after the key date of February 9, 2018. India's contribution of $18 million has been paid.

The US, which is the largest contributor to the UN has yet to pay its share of $590 million.

Here’s a look at countries that have paid their dues to the UN, those that have not, and the biggest contributors to the UN’s coffers.

UN Budget- The Biggest Contributors (2)
 UN Budget- The Biggest Contributors2

Countries With Best 4G Reach And Download Speeds

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Cauvery River Water Dispute - Tamil Nadu Hold All-party meeting chaired by the Chief Minister Edapadi Palanisamy Thursday Feb 22,2018

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami will lead a delegation of leaders from all political parties, representatives from various farmers associations and Members of Parliament from the State to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi soon and press him for immediate constitution of the Cauvery Management Board.

A decision to this effect was taken at the all-party meeting chaired by the Chief Minister at Namakkal Kavignar Maaligai in Fort St. George here on Thursday Feb 22,218

After day-long deliberations, the meeting passed three resolutions.

The main resolution was the demand for constitution of Cauvery Management Board and Cauvery Water Regulatory Authority within six weeks from the Supreme Court judgment on February 16, 2018. The government also decided to agree in total the demands made by all parties and consult with legal experts on all aspects raised to take appropriate action.

About 35 political parties and 14 farmers' associations took part in the meeting. DMK working president and Leader of the Opposition M.K. Stalin, TNCC president Su. Thirunavukkarasar, BJP State president Tamilisai Soundararajan, MDMK founder Vaiko, CPI leader R. Mutharasan, CPI (M) leader K. Balakrishnan, VCK leader Thol. Thirumavalavan were among those who participated in the meeting.

Cyclone Gita slams New Zealand

Cyclone Gita is pounding New Zealand with torrential rain, damaging winds and large waves.
Tens of thousands of people have lost power, a number of major roads are impassable and flights to and from Wellington International Airport have been suspended until the cyclone has cleared.

There are also reports of people being trapped on their roofs by flood waters and one person being swept away, according to the New Zealand Herald.

Seven provinces - Christchurch, Buller District, Grey District, Selwyn, Westland, Tasman and Taranaki - have declared states of emergency.

Waves as high as 6.7 metres have been pounding the coast and a gust of 130 kilometres per hour (kmph) was reported in Hawera.

A staggering 256 millimetres of rain fell in the Kaikoura Ranges in just 18 hours, and of that, 53.6mm of that fell in one hour, making it the wettest hour ever recorded in New Zealand.

The cyclone developed two weeks ago in the southern Pacific Ocean near the waters of Fiji.

Cyclone Gita hit Tonga Feb 12,2018

Thousands of Tongans were affected when Tropical Cyclone Gita  tore through the country on February 1,2018

Officials said the Category 4 cyclone impacted 70% of the population on the main island of Tongatapu and more than 1,000 homes were destroyed or damaged.

Clean-up efforts are under way with disaster response organisations and government agencies doing assessments and distributing relief items.

Local communities have rallied around each other to support aid and recovery efforts.

Mapping Africa's Natural Resources

Oil and gas

Africa is home to five of the world's top oil-producing countries, with an estimated 57 percent of Africa's export earnings from hydrocarbons.
  • Algeria, Angola, Cameroon, Chad, Republic of Congo, Egypt, Eritrea, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Libya, Nigeria, South Sudan, Sudan, Tunisia, and Mozambique are all rich in oil and gas.
  • Proven oil reserves have grown by almost 150 percent, increasing from 53.4 billion barrels since 1980, to 130.3 billion barrels by the end of 2012.
  • The region is home to five of the top 30 oil-producing countries in the world, and nearly $2tn of investments are expected by 2036.

Other resources

Besides oil and gas, Africa is rich in precious minerals, forests and:
  • Diamonds: Angola, Botswana, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo.
  • Gold: Benin, Burkina Faso, Djibouti, Mali, South Africa, Tanzania.    
  • Nickel and Uranium: Burundi.
  • Pozzolana: Cape Verde.
  • Fish: Comoros, Guinea-Bissau, Mauritius, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles.
  • Timber: Liberia.
  • Titanium: Gambia.
  • Graphite: Madagascar. 
  • Tobacco: Malawi.
  • Iron Ore: Mauritania.
  • Phosphates: Western Sahara, Morocco.
  • Aluminium and Gas: Guinea, Mozambique.
  • Copper: Uganda, Zambia.