Independent newspaper | News Dabba August 30: Five stories across the web for balanced news

Here are the daily updates that the internet is talking about through various news websites.

Independent newspaper brings you the daily updates that the internet is talking about through various news websites. Here’s a look at some of the national and international news, from the UN’s appeal over the floods in Pakistan, the political crisis in Jharkhand, to British pubs facing the brunt of rising energy bills.

UN chief calls Pakistan floods ‘monsoon on steroids’, BBC says

Pakistan is facing “a monsoon on steroids”, the UN secretary general has warned according to a BBC report. The floods submerged a third of the country. The report adds that Antonio Guterres urged the world to come to the aid of Pakistan by appealing for $160 million to help the tens of millions affected by the disaster. At least 1,136 people have been killed since June and roads, crops, homes and bridges have been swept away across the country. Read the full report on the BBC.

NDTV reports that Jharkhand ruling coalition MPs will be airlifted

MPs from Jharkhand’s ruling Congress-JMM (Jharkhand Mukti Morcha) coalition are being rushed to neighboring Congress-ruled Chhattisgarh amid poaching fears, NDTV reports. Jharkhand is already going through a political crisis with the opposition BJP demanding the disqualification of Chief Minister Hemant Soren from the Assembly. NDTV adds that this afternoon the MPs were seen leaving Soren’s residence in two buses and heading for Ranchi airport and a flight was booked to take them to Raipur. Read the full report on NDTV.

Evacuation order lifted for Fukushima city after 11 years, Straits Times says

An evacuation order for a town housing Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant was lifted on Tuesday, the Straits Times reports. This comes 11 years after the serious nuclear accident. The mandatory evacuation order for the city in Fukushima prefecture – where the Tokyo Electric Power Company complex was located – was issued after a 9.0 magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami hit the northeast Japan on March 11, 2011. The report said Futaba is the latest municipality to have an evacuation order lifted among 11 municipalities under such orders following the disaster. He also adds that more than 80 percent of Futaba’s total area remains designated as “hard to return” areas and that only a few former residents are expected to return. Read the full report on the Straits Times.

Kolkata reports fewest rape cases among 19 Indian cities, reports The Hindu

Kolkata reported the fewest rape cases among 19 metropolitan cities in India last year, according to the latest report from the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB). The Hindu’s report says Kolkata reported 11 rape cases in 2021, while Delhi reported 1,226 rape cases – the highest in the country. Delhi was followed by Jaipur where 502 rape cases were recorded, while in Mumbai 364 cases of rape under Section 376 of the ICC were reported. The report adds that among the states, Rajasthan last year reported the highest number of rape cases with 6,337, while Nagaland reported the fewest with four. Read the full report on Hindu.

Reuters report: UK pubs warn of mass closures

Britain’s pubs and breweries industry on Tuesday called on the government to come up with an urgent support package to prevent rising energy costs from causing irreversible damage to the sector. The report says that last week the energy regulator said the price cap for millions of households in Britain would rise by 80% to an average of £3,549 a year from October. However, no such cap has been announced for companies. In a letter to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, board members of the British Beer and Pub Association have called for a pause on levies, the introduction of an energy price cap for small businesses and additional subsidies for pubs. Read the full report on Reuters.

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