Daily Archives: July 28, 2019

Is India a space superpower? – BBC News

BBC News

Published on Mar 29, 2019

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called his country a space superpower after the successful shooting down of one of its own satellites in a test of its national space defences.

India has been reaching for the stars since the 1970s. Today, the country has become a premier destination for other nations and companies to launch satellites cheaply.

Reality Check takes a look at India’s ambitions in space.

Video by Nadeem Shad

Animations by Jacqueline Galvin

Presented by Lora Jones

With Reservoirs Bone-Dry, How Is Chennai Dealing with Water Crisis? | The Quint

The Quint

Published on Jun 13, 2019

With Chennai metro water supply cut by 40%, water is available in most areas for hardly an hour leaving everyone at the mercy of water tankers. Almost all reservoirs are bone-dry with pipes empty. The wait period for metro water tankers is more than a month and private lorries are not affordable and accessible to all. People want the government to install desalination plants and rainwater harvesting systems, regulate the extraction of water and install more taps in rural localities.

Chennai becomes latest city to be hit by India’s growing water crisis

South China Morning Post

Published on Jun 24, 2019

Chennai is facing a severe water shortage as the southern city becomes the latest in India to be caught up in a nationwide crisis. All four reservoirs serving Chennai had mostly dried up as of June 2019, with storage only about one-hundredth of the levels recorded by the same time the previous year. Authorities say the coastal city’s water woes stem in part from a lack of rain in the 2018 monsoon season. The Indian government has set up a new ministry to tackle the nation’s growing water crisis.

Why is China so nervous about democracy in Taiwan? | The World

ABC News (Australia)

Published on Nov 23, 2018

It’s not just Taiwan’s rogue status that has Beijing worried, it’s the emerging success of its democracy. This weekend Taiwan will go to the polls for its midterm elections, and it’s independence-leaning government could be strengthened. Also at stake is a referendum on whether to adopt the name ‘Taiwan’ at the Olympics in what would be a show of defiance to Beijing who warned against any moves of showing autonomy.

The Widening Gap Between Hong Kong And China

CNA Insider
Published on Jul 24, 2019

The protests in Hong Kong over the Extradition Bill are just one of at least five major anti-government demonstrations since the city’s return to China on July 1, 1997. The common thread: Resistance against perceived growing Chinese interference in Hong Kong’s affairs. The territory’s diminishing relative importance to Beijing economically, and Hong Kong’s consolidation of its Cantonese culture and political identity, are putting the “one country, two systems” model to the test.
The programme Insight speaks to Bonnie Leung Wing Man, the woman behind the latest protests, and political observers about the road ahead.

Watch the full episode: https://cna.asia/2LDNfvb
ALSO WATCH: Hong Kong’s Brain Drain: The Unhappy Generation https://youtu.be/NaDAuoBbWWg
The ‘Ten Years’ Controversy: The Hong Kong Film That China Banned https://youtu.be/Ob5wlgX_omo

The Man Helping Myanmar’s Rice Farmers Beat Climate Change

CNA Insider
Published on Jul 13, 2019

A city boy from Singapore helping rice farmers in Myanmar double their yield? Here’s how David Chen, a molecular biology graduate, does it, with innovation and patience. For more,

Some farmers who use the hybrid rice seeds that David’s company develops have seen the yield of their crops double. But not everyone is willing to give the new technology a try. With Myanmar being the Asian country most affected by the effects of climate change in the region, time is running out for these farmers to take action.

Watch the full episode here: https://cna.asia/2Gaajh1
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India’s Vanishing Waters – CNA

30 Aug 2018 10:00AM(Updated: 04 Apr 2019 06:08PM)

How will India cope with life without water and what’s being done to avoid a looming humanitarian crisis?

Read more at http://live.wcms.mediacorp.sg:49080/insight-fy1819/india-s-vanishing-waters-10660554

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India’s Looming Zero Water Day: An Environmental Crisis | Insight | CNA Insider

CNA Insider
Published on Sep 26, 2018

Their water sources dangerously polluted and over-exploited, 21 major Indian cites could run out of groundwater in the coming years and become uninhabitable – among them India’s Silicon Valley, Begaluru (or Bangalore), and its capital, Delhi. Learn more about India’s “worst water crisis in its history” – and how one professor could have a possible solution.

Watch the full Insight episode here: https://cna.asia/2O7AF8u

30 Aug 2018 10:00AM(Updated: 04 Apr 2019 06:08PM)

How will India cope with life without water and what’s being done to avoid a looming humanitarian crisis?

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Climate crisis in India: Heat wave causes water scarcity | DW News

DW News

Published on Jun 21, 2019

A heat wave continues to batter India. Extreme temperatures across the north and east of the country have caused hundreds of deaths. In the south, the searing hot spell has also led to severe water shortages. The situation has reached a crisis point in Chennai, India’s sixth largest city. Residents there are desperate for rain, but monsoon season in Tamil Nadu isn’t meant to begin until late fall. Locals are now blaming authorities for failing to recognize the shortage and deal with it early on.

CNN reporter describes ‘chaos’ as riot police charge protesters


Published on Jul 27, 2019

CNN’s Anna Coren reports from inside a Hong Kong subway station where riot police charged at protesters who were attempting to peacefully leave the demonstration. This incident comes as thousands of marchers packed a town near Hong Kong’s border with China to condemn police violence.