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Cyclone Winston rolls through Fiji, flattens villages

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(DIYA TV) — The most powerful cyclone to hit the Pacific made its way through Fiji over the weekend, leaving residents with the grimly task of assessing the damages and begin cleaning up. At least 20 people have been reported dead in the aftermath of Cyclone Winston.

Officials said Sunday current efforts are being focused on reestablishing communications and road access to the hardest-hit areas of the islands — power, water and communication services must be restored for close to 900,000 residents. The full extent of damages and injuries won’t be known until that process is complete. A 30-day state of natural disaster was declared on the same day, curfews were extended and police were granted permission to make arrests without a warrant.

A beachside villa and trees lay destroyed following high winds caused by Cyclone Winston [Sarah Bingham/Reuters]

A beachside villa and trees lay destroyed following high winds caused by Cyclone Winston [Sarah Bingham/Reuters]

The cyclone rolled through the Fiji islands on Saturday with wind speeds estimated at up to 285km/h, or 177 mph. Hundreds of homes were destroyed, as well as many of the villagers crops. Of the hardest-hit areas was the northern coast of the main island, Viti Levu. In a separate village, Koro Island, 50 homes were reportedly destroyed.

An elderly man was killed during the cyclone after the roof of the house he was in collapsed. The Red Cross said there were unconfirmed reports of at least three more fatalities, and the Fiji Broadcasting Corporation has pegged the total death count so far at five. Several have speculated that the death count will increase when information is retrieved from the outlying islands and from so-called “squatter areas.” In these areas, hut-like structure house many residents, structures that would have unlikely withstood the impacts of the category 5 storm.

Alice Clements, of UNICEF Pacific, was in Fiji’s capital city, Suva, when the storm hit.

“We certainly felt the impact of…Winston in Suva with destructive, howling winds and the sound of rivets lifting from roofs a constant throughout the night,” she said.

“It is likely that smaller villages across Fiji will have suffered the most, given their infrastructures would be too weak to withstand the power of a category 5 cyclone.”

Early relief efforts have been hampered because of trees and power lines blocking the roads, and by power failures. The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said it had a response team on standby. The Bainimarama has not yet asked for help, the UN said.

Virgin and JetStar airlines have suspended all flights into and out of Fiji’s international airport, the international carrier has suspended all flights as well.

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India, Pakistan trade quips at UNESCO

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PARIS (Diya TV)  — At UNESCO’s general conference in Paris, both Pakistan and India traded quips over Kashmir. Pakistan’s Minister of Education and newly elected President of UNESCO’s Education Commission Shafqat Mehmood efforted to convince UNESCO leadership to confront India over their recent constitutional change affecting Jammu and Kashmir, claiming 1.5 million Kashmiri students who have not been able to attend schools since August 5th. In response, India’s UNESCO delegate Ananya Agarwal countered that “Pakistan is the world’s largest producer and exporter” of terrorism, calling Pakistan’s charges “fabricated falsehoods.”

Notable executives from the worlds of private investing, industry and nonprofits came together to talk about impact investing at Akshaya Patra’s TAP Forum in the Bay Area. The goal is to take the diasporas success to build a foundation for the next generation.

The Indian women’s hockey team will get the chance to go for the gold in Tokyo, qualifying for the 2020 Olympics after beating team USA in a qualifying match.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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House holds hearing on human right violations in Jammu & Kashmir

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV)  — The Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, a bipartisan caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives, examined the human rights situation in Jammu and Kashmir. Seattle Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal was among those on hand hearing testimony from experts offering widely different narratives. The commission plans to take these perspectives into account before offering recommendations for action by Congress.

In a line of questioning during the impeachment inquiry lauded by many political analysts, Democratic Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi focused on the timeline of the Ukraine affair, confirming through witness testimony that once Congress began investigating quid pro quo by the Trump administration, security funds were released to Ukraine two days later.

American tech firms are increasingly sponsoring green cards, or permanent US residency, for their employees from India and elsewhere in an effort to hold on to their skilled talent at a time when work visa extensions have become unpredictable.

India will fund at least 250 defense startups over the next five years as it seeks new technologies for their armed forces. The plan is obtain at least 50 ‘tangible innovations’ by the startups for military use.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Jolly Joseph held for serial killings of her family in South India

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Koodathai, India (Diya TV)  — A 47 year old mother of two in Kerala is being held on suspicion of using cyanide to murder at least six of her own family members, including her husband and in-laws. Jolly Joseph is behind bars as police continue their investigation into the serial killings. Police and neighbors allege after the deaths of her immediate family, years later, Jolly killed the wife and child of a man she went on to marry.

India’s Commerce minister Piyush Goyal will meet US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer once again this week as the U.S. and India continue bilateral trade negotiations. These talks come days after India exited a China-backed trade agreement that covered much of Asia, citing domestic concerns.

Just a couple of months after the ‘Howdy Modi’ event that brought India and the U.S. together in a manner we’ve never seen before, President Trump told reporters he does plan to visit India soon, after Prime Minister Modi extended an invitation to him in Houston.

Kshama Sawant was reelected to Seattle’s City Council, despite Amazon spending $500,000 to back her opponent. Sawant, a self-proclaimed socialist, ran on an agenda to deal with Seattle’s growing gentrification, homelessness and a lack of affordable housing

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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