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Authorities have declared a red alert as super typhoon Noru approaches the Philippines. Vietnamese citizens are currently in danger from the storm, also known as Super Typhoon carding in the Philippines. This blog will highlights the latest Typhoon Noru Vietnam updates from the ground level.

Noru, the eighth typhoon of the 2022 Pacific typhoon season, developed as a disturbance over the Philippine Sea. It moved slowly eastward until it became a tropical depression, at which point it started to move westward. Noru is the sixteenth named storm and eighth typhoon of the season.

Typhoon in Vietnam forced the closure of airports, disrupting travel, and forced thousands of people to leave their homes. It caused at least eight deaths and significant floods in the Philippines, Vietnam advised more people to leave.

From the latest Typhoon Noru Vietnam update it’s claimed that 110 million people reside on the major island of Luzon, where Typhoon Noru has caused gusts of up to 240kph (149mph). According to forecasters, the storm “explosively intensified” as it neared land west of Luzon. Landslides, flash floods, and hazardous storm surges could all be brought on by the storm.

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Authorities have already ordered the evacuation of more than 8,400 people from its route and have issued a warning that the storm will also affect Manila, the nation’s capital.

The country’s meteorological department said that wind speeds had reached 183 kph late on September 27. Noru was predicted to make landfall in Vietnam on September 28 before weakening and continuing on to Thailand.

On 27th September, as the winds began to gather up speed, the roofs of 300 buildings in the coastal province of Quang Tri were blown off. Trees were uprooted in the adjacent Hue. The third-largest city in Vietnam, Danang, had all of its businesses shut down, and citizens were forbidden from leaving their homes.

In order to prepare for rescue and relief efforts, the defence ministry mobilised over 40,000 soldiers and 200,000 militia members who were each armed with boats and armoured vehicles.

On 27th September Typhoon Noru Vietnam update is to conduct the emergency meeting on disaster response, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh remarked, “we don’t have much time left, the storm is growing, so our responses must be stronger and faster”. Nearly half of Vietnam’s airports have been closed, resulting in the cancellation of hundreds of local and international flights.

Along with many provinces schools and workplaces, including the populous city of Danang, as locals hurried to find shelter ahead of the typhoon’s anticipated arrival on September 28.

Red Cross Prepared to Assist When Typhoon Noru Hits Philippines

Typhoon Noru Hits Philippines

Teams from the Philippine Red Cross and employees from the International Committee of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) have been dispatched to the area to help and evacuate victims.

The strongest storm to hit the nation this year, which is equally powerful and destructive as Super Typhoon Rai from last year. In December 2021, Typhoon Rai struck the nation and is thought to have killed 400 people. Which also damaged or completely destroyed 1.5 million homes in December.

Additionally, one of the most potent tropical storms ever recorded, Typhoon Haiyan, claimed 6,300 lives in 2013. According to the latest Vietnam downgrade Typhoon news, it is the major storm that leads to tropical depression, and leads to create food situation.

What is happening in India, Wet spell warning between October 2 and October 5 for the Durga Puja Days?

Kolkata could become the victim of a storm that is barreling across the Philippines and spoiling Puja. A powerful cyclone is expected to bring heavy rain to West Bengal, according to the Typhoon Noru Live Tracker Map on Windy.

After the Typhoon Noru Vietnam update it is anticipated that it make landfall in the Bay of Bengal around October 1 after wreaking damage in the Philippines. West Bengal and Odisha could be lashed by moderate to heavy showers during the Durga Puja festival.

On October 1, cyclonic circulation is most likely to develop over the Bay of Bengal. From October 2 to October 5, rain is anticipated in Kolkata and other coastal Bengal regions. The system is anticipated to provide rain on the important Puja days if it travels over 3,000 kilometres to the Bengal coast.

After two years marred by the Covid virus, Durga Puja is once again in full bloom. It is probable that moderately dry weather with sporadic thunderstorms will accompany the Puja. Any weather system can intensify in late September and early October due to favourable climatological factors, such as the sea surface temperature and wind shear.

Ms. Pooja Kalbalia is presently pursuing her PhD in Media Studies from CHRIST University, Bangalore. She is an alumnus of the University of Delhi and the Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC), New Delhi. She has a rich experience in Media planning, Marketing, and Advertising industry. She is awarded Ad Person of the year by IIMCAA in the year 2021.

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What to Anticipate from Twitter Going Forward Now that Elon Musk is in Charge

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Elon Musk now formally owns Twitter, which may have been one of the most dramatic, turbulent, and complicated purchases in corporate history. The $44 billion acquisition appears to have been finalized, enabling Musk to avoid a legal dispute with the social media juggernaut and meet the deadline set by a Delaware court judge. Parag Agrawal, the CEO of Twitter, Ned Segal, the CFO, and VijayaGadde, a senior legal and policy officer, reportedly left on 22nd October2022. What comes next is the question at hand.
One thing stands out as certain:Twitter, as we know it, is set to undergo significant change. Musk, who prides himself on being an advocate for free speech, has publicly criticized the company’s vetting of violent or bigoted content. As well as some prominent permanent bans being lifted, former President Donald Trump is expected to be allowed back if he decides to rejoin the platform.

Musk hasn’t been very clear about his plans for the dominant social media platform in public, but on Thursday, he claimed that a lot of the rumors about the site’s future were inaccurate.

According to media sources from the last week, Musk has threatened to slash the company’s personnel to zero. According to The Washington Post, Musk wants to reduce the staff by about 75%, from 7,500 to 2,000 and has plans to do so. This might have a significant impact on the organization’s capacity to watch out for child pornography, misinformation, and attempts by foreign operatives to influence free elections and public opinion.
Since taking over as CEO of Twitter a week ago, Elon Musk has implemented a number of changes, including layoffs, $8 for blue tick, content council, advertising, the home page, etc. at the microblogging platform.

Here are a few other changes that we may see:

Lay Offs: CEO ParagAgrawal, CFO Ned Segal, and head of policy and legal affairs VijayaGadde were among the senior executives ousted by Musk. According to internal plans examined by Reuters, layoffs are expected to affect 3,700 employees or almost half the total. Elon Musk, the CEO of Twitter, defended the company’s big layoffs on Friday by claiming that a large number of advertisers withdrew as a result of the company’s 50% staff layoffs. He also claimed that protestors are ‘trying to kill free expression in America.

Dollars 8: Twitter will now charge $8 for tick Blue, which includes lengthier videos and audio posts as well as verification priority in responses, mentions, and search. He has tweeted several times in favor of the most recent initiative to sell blue ticks to those who can buy them. According to him, Twitter will no longer be dependent on advertising thanks to the subscription fee, which will provide it with “a revenue stream to reward content creators.”

Advertisers: Corporate advertisers in large numbers paused their campaigns and separated themselves from Twitter. Among them are General Motors, General Mills, Audi of America, Mondelez International, the manufacturer of Oreos, Pfizer Inc., and Ford. Musk stated that he wanted Twitter to be “the most respected advertising platform” in a message to advertisers.A number of marketers have stopped using Twitter. Since Musk took over Twitter last week and implemented significant changes, including content control, businesses are under increased pressure to determine whether to continue investing in the platform.

Regulation of the content: Elon Musk stated that the organization would create a content monitoring council with “widely different perspectives.” All decisions pertaining to the major material would be made by the council, he had stated, and accounts won’t be reinstated prior to the council’s meeting. According to a series of tweets from the company’s head of safety and integrity, the social media platform’s content moderation tools are still available. Following the billionaire Elon Musk purchase of the business, Yoel Roth, head of safety and integrity, tweeted to reassure customers and advertisers.

Pay Per View: It has been said that Elon Musk is looking at the possibility of letting users publish video content behind a paywall. In other words, Twitter was working on a feature that would allow anyone to submit films and charge others to view them, with the firm collecting a portion of the money. The introduction of edit button:Before he made his offer for the business, Musk was a vocal supporter of the edit button, asking his followers if they agreed. Musk hasn’t talked much lately about the edit button, but it might be one of his first steps given that the firm already unveiled its version of the tool, but only for users who have a $4.99-per-month Twitter Blue subscription. (They did, with 73.6% of the 4.4 million people who voted saying yes.)

Homepage: The CEO of Tesla asked that users who visit Twitter’s homepage while logged out be sent to the Explore page, which displays the most popular tweets and news stories.

Vine Relaunch: On Twitter, Musk posted a poll asking people if they thought Vine should be brought back. Seventy percent of the roughly five million participants replied “yes.” He has given Twitter engineers instructions to begin work on a Vine relaunch that might be completed by year’s end.

Although it is still too early to make a judgment, taking Twitter private might lessen the transparency and scrutiny that inevitably come with being a publicly traded corporation. The veil of secrecy that comes with being a privately held firm as well as the inherent irreplaceability of social media platforms call for a more extensive and complex system of checks and balances, as well as significantly greater openness and accountability.Especially if a conflict of interest is a possibility. Since Musk has referred to himself as an “absolutist” for free speech, the new owner does business with governments all around the world, including those that are hostile to his values. It has both excited and alarmed people about this. There will be close attention paid to his stance on the divisive topics of hate speech and misinformation. It is unarguable that the takeover, which occurs at a time of turbulence when the West is experiencing severe economic distress, a war is still raging in Europe, and an ambitious China is assertively charting its own course, will cause disruption. Nothing could be more at stake.

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“Let people eat cake” says Pakistan Navy

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In 1789 during yet another famine in France, the princess Marie Antoinette upon being told that the peasants had no bread, is said to have replied with frivolous disregard for the starving peasants with the words “Let them eat cake”. Today, the condition of the Pakistani citizens is quite similar to the French peasants of 1789.

The desperate economic conditions in Pakistan and the impact of floods has led the Finance Ministry to issue directives for implementing strict austerity measures for year 2022 – 2023. These measures aim to curtail operating expenditure and reduce the economic burden of the people.

However, it seems that these directives never reached their Navy.

Very recently, Pakistan Navy Ships Shamsheer and Nasr visited Yokosuka Port in Japan with an aim to participate in the International Fleet Review. In much contrast to the government verdict of “no unnecessary expenditure”, the visit was neither mandatory nor of importance. However much to the citizen’s dismay, neither the empty coffers nor the grave economic situation of the people seemed to deter the Navy from going on a tourism cum shopping spree.

Pakistan Navy Ships visit Yokosuka Port in Japan

In economically stable conditions, a Naval ship’s visit to a foreign port would have been welcomed by the citizens. However the economic burden posed by  these activities have quadrupled the fear of a complete breakdown of society. While the cost of fuel for such a long voyage is in itself a huge deterrent, the fact that the ships will be stopping at almost five to seven countries during the futile passage, has made matters worse.

Monetary Implications of this cruise

Let’s look at the basic requirement of a naval voyage. The mandatory requirements include buying stores, fuel/lubricants, undertaking necessary repairs, paying the crew in international currency etc. But is this all? Definitely not. Each stop at a foreign port will require a mandatory interaction with the diplomats, exchange of gifts, parties with great pomp and show to announce the naval ships’ arrival, preparation of native cuisines etc.…The expenditure is definitely mind boggling.

Who is paying for this?

All this is paid through already depleting foreign reserves. Therefore understandably, if news of such frivolous expenditure, especially in these trying times were to reach the general public there would be a furore, and a well justified one. But Pakistan’s Navy has been clever, or at least it thinks it has been.

Where normally, all port visits are turned to a media circus by the Navy, this time not a single press release is available on the open media. Why? Because of a stringent gag order on issuing media bites by the government. The Navy has warned cruising ships to conduct events without the presence of press. The aim apparently is to prevent citizens from becoming aware of this trip to Japan. Pakistan’s naval commanders seem to be relying on their belief (definitely flawed and misguided) that – ordinary Pakistani citizen are like the proverbial ostrich with its head buried in the sand – what it cannot see, does not exist!

In today’s world where information travels faster than light – there are enough people who monitor everything. Which is why hiding the journey of two huge warships was definitely worthless. As soon as a local net-hawker identified the movement of the naval ships – the world and entire Pakistan was made aware of the secret journey.  The Maverick could not outfox these people.

Frivolous Spending in Desperate Times

While one may still be able to find an excuse for Navy’s foreign visits, but what about the inflating expenditure on the procurement and projects, which are of no immediate importance? As pointed out by social media users a few days earlier, the Pakistan navy has been planning to procure four Frigates (each from Turkey and China), four to eight Corvettes (from the Netherlands), eight submarines (from China) and almost ten new aircraft for its maritime fleet.

Which brings a very interesting scenario to light – the huge lack of communication between the Pakistan’s government and its navy. On one hand the government has been insisting on cutting down operating costs and even travel/fuel usage by every ministry and service, but on the other, the Armed Forces are on a shopping spree. And whose money are these forces using?  The question that the citizens of Pakistan need to ask is despite the mushrooming economic crisis, why is there a need to undertake such frivolous expenditure/cruises? And if they are really necessary, why the extra effort to hide it?

Many Pakistanis have already started asking such questions, a mass outcry is not far. And while the Pak armed forces especially its navy may pretend to be blissfully unaware of their countrymen’s plight, they must realize that secret voyages will not help the deplorable situation of their country and their fellow countrymen.

 

This article has been contributed by Commander Abhishek Rathi (Retd), Indian Naval Officer

Commander Abhishek Rathi (Retd) is a retired executive officer and holds an experience of commanding two naval warships. He has a keen interest in maritime history and technology. The officer is also an avid nature photographer and likes traveling all across India for it.

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Is World on the Verge of the World War 3 ??

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The Russia-Ukraine conflict which began in February 2022 is currently ongoing, with Russia occupying 18% of Ukraine’s territory. If Ukraine joins the NATO Forces, then following the ‘ripple effect’, the ongoing bilateral attacks will escalate into something as deadly as World War 3, as is also warned by the Russian officials. Now can we say, is world on the verge of the World War 3?

World War 1 – Summary

It is rightly said that history is the best teacher if you want to take a lesson or two regarding your future decisions. If one turns the pages of history of the time period 1914-1918, one will find that in World War 1, the Austro-Hungarian rule was challenged by Serbia as the Serbians wanted to free themselves from the claws of the incumbent mighty empire. The killing of Archduke Ferdinand, who was the heir to the Austro-Hungarian empire, by a Serbian nationalist made Austria-Hungary declare war on Serbia. Russia backed Serbia and the ruling empire was backed by the Germans. As things progressed other countries started taking sides and declared their support for either of the two powers. Russia, France, Belgium, and Great Britain were part of the Allied Powers and they fought against the Central Powers which consisted of Germany, the Austria-Hungarian empire, the Ottoman empire, and Bulgaria. The European continent had become a blood-bathed battlefield for the years between 1914 and 1918. 

Also Read: Wartime Communications since World War I

Points of commonalities if we compare it with today’s war scenarios

In both cases, the ‘expansionist’ approach is being challenged by a country that is generally considered to be a not-so-powerful state. If one looks from the Russian point of view, they are resisting NATO’s expansion, while Ukraine thinks it is in its best interest to join NATO.

The two segments which can be loosely and broadly classified as the West versus Russia, are backed by some countries indirectly.

The ‘Eurasian’ region in which Russia comes, is often a zone of debate owing to the geographical challenges that still continue to exist.

World War 2 – Summary 

The seed of the second World War was sown after the end of World War 1 in the form of the ‘Treaty of Versailles’, which was against Germany’s interest. The rise of Hitler in Germany by stirring the wave of nationalism paved the way for the second war. The invasion of Poland by Germany in 1939 led Great Britain and France to declare war on Germany. In the Pacific region, the USA was fighting against Japanese expansion. The horrific war between the Axis Powers (Germany, Japan, and Italy) and the Allied Powers (US, USSR, and Great Britain) ended in 1945. 

Points of commonalities if we compare it with today’s war scenarios

The expansionist approach being challenged

The world is divided into two factions.

Is World on the Verge of the World War 3?

Russia’s ongoing invasion is not militarily challenged by any other country, while the Cold War period saw two superpowers fighting proxy wars with each other which never took the form of a Hot War. The factor of ‘nuclear deterrence’ also prohibits any war to escalate to the scale of a World War as it might lead to the end of the world by causing irreparable damage to life and our surroundings. The last two world wars were fought when the media was in a burgeoning stage but the expansion of media today and the increased participation of people via media builds a public narrative that restricts the ruling government to take harsh measures like going to war. After the havoc created by the two-atom bomb in 1945, people have learnt how devastating war can be and what is the aftermath suffered by people in the years to come. The back channels of talking and the diplomatic routes have also evolved over the years and the complex interdependence of the countries also minimizes the chances of a world war.

Is World War 3 Coming?

The world today is divided in its approach as it was during the last two world wars. Russia’s call for world war is for the scenario when Ukraine becomes part of NATO, because of Article 5 of NATO which states that any attack on any member of NATO will be responded to by all the members. This may invite all other countries into the conflict zone, even if they have no direct interest in the matters. In a different part of the world, China is regularly indulging in border stand-offs with India and Taiwan and the US response against the Chinese greed, translated into targeting Beijing economically. In the case of Central Asia, the Israel-Iran proxy wars, and Iran’s relationship with the US also point to the fact that there is chaos in almost all parts of the world. The North Korea intermittent missile launch while expanding its range is also heavily criticized by people all over the world.

Also Read: After Russia-Ukraine War

What Countries Will be in World War 3

The new axis, if it is formed, can consist of Russia, China, Iran, and North Korea. The other axis can be of the US and other major world powers.

India’s Role in World Wars 

When the two world wars were fought, India was under colonial rule. Indians didn’t directly participate in the decision making and the leaders who had some influence over the people supported the British in the war against the Axis powers. India has always called for diplomatic talks and to resist violence in all forms. During the Cold War era, India’s Non-alignment movement was aimed to pacify the situation and not to help any power in the war. India had fought wars in its eastern and western borders, and since the advent of globalization and the coming of more back channels, India always went for diplomatic talks.

In his latest remark, the Prime Minister of India asked the Russian President at the SCO summit, to restrain from the war and said that, “this is not an era of war”.

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One only hopes to see peaceful times ahead.

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“Women! Life! Freedom!” –  Anti-Hijab Protest in Iran

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Social media was abuzz with videos of women chopping their hair in Anti-Hijab Protest in Iran. The death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini has sparked nationwide protests in what is being termed a revolutionary women’s movement. Women have taken to the streets protesting, burning hijab and chopping their hair off in solidarity to the death of Amini in the custody of “morality police”. The incident comes to light after Iran’s recent change in the hijab and chastity law, that enforces a code of conduct on Iranian women on their clothing, among other things.

 What Happened to Mahsa Amini ?

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Although Iranian authorities maintain that Amini succumbed to a heart attack, there are reports that suggest that she had been tortured while in police custody. She was accused of violating the “rules” on hijab and was taken into custody for the “improper manner” of wearing a hijab. The anger on the part of the protesting women and women standing in solidarity with these protests is on dictating women’s way of living and on curbing their liberty and freedom. In overcoming fear and taking to the forefronts of these protests against gender apartheid are scores of women challenging those in authority over their rights. 

As protests spread, it points toward an important question that was raised during the Beijing Platform for Action (BFfA) adopted as a resolution towards the end of the Fourth World Conference on Women on 15 September 1995. This resolution was a set of principles indicative towards the equality of men and women. It focused on 12 critical areas of focus, with Violence against Women (VAW), one among these. Predating the BPfA, was the 1993 Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women, which defined violence against women as –

“any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual or psychological harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or private life.”

Decades have passed since, despite ratification, the propensity of increasing instances of VAW, restrictive laws binding women and their bodies are modes of establishing control over women and their sexuality since time immemorial. It is to note that women captured in the ‘male gaze’ are incessantly objectified and held accountable for violence perpetrated against them – a straight denial of fundamental rights to women. 

This incident sends ripples to another historical event on 13 February, 1986, when Iqbal Bano appeared in front of a crowd of 50,000 audience to perform one of Faiz’s most popular nazm, Hum Dekhenge wearing a black saree. One must think why would this act of performing be a form of protest and be called revolutionary. The answer lies in the Zia-ul Haq’s regime banning of Faiz, his works, the black saree – all flouted by Bano in a single act of defiance. 

Women and their clothing are a deeply personal choice, being dictated on what, where, in what measure to cover or to let loose is best left to her discretion. 

Also Read: Feminist Movement of 2020

Anti-Hijab Protest in Iran & The Revolutionary Women’s Movement

Although the current movement may appear to be unprecedented, it is actually a part of Iran’s longstanding and deeply ingrained resistance movement by women. The hijab was intended to be legally binding in 1981, which was largely viewed as a punishment for the hundreds of women who took part in the anti-regime demonstrations that preceded the Iranian Revolution of 1979. 

To confront the ongoing issue of impunity in Iran, world leaders must support calls at the UN General Assembly for the creation of an independent international investigative and accountability agency. Reports by Amnesty International, and Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Right, Ravina Shamdasani express concerns over the shutdown of telecommunications channels in Iran because of which there is a lack of clarity in ascertaining the gravity of violence being inflicted upon protestors by Iranian forces. While both sources list a number of horrific and verified instances of violation of human rights, it is difficult to put a number of these casualties and arrests. The raging protests in close to 80 countries are filled with the “Jin Jiyan Azadi” (Women Life Freedom) chants on the streets. 

Several years before, a popular social media movement where people drew semi-colon symbols and posted their pictures in solidarity with those who have dealt with mental health issues, particularly suicide. It was a representation of a life that could’ve been ended but was chosen not to, instead choosing to struggle despite odds, and taking the life’s narrative in their hands. Women in history written by men are semi-colon in the grand narratives about revolutions and women’s participation in it. Sometimes, at high odds of being written off entirely like a second grade citizen, symbolic of an untimely death of women’s autonomy in these protests. Today what we are witnessing in anti-hijab protest in Iran, are women choosing to move beyond this semi-colon by seizing the narrative and writing their own histories and destinies, to be able to break the shackles of state monopolies. I read somewhere that women are mostly seen as an afterthought of a revolution and rarely as trailblazers, history is on its way of changing course for sure.

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Bomb Threat on Delhi Bound Flight From Moscow

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On Thursday night security agencies were on alert at Indira Gandhi International airport, after a threatening warning email of having a Bomb on Delhi bound flight from Moscow was received at 11:30 PM, The flight SU232, an Airbus 330 operated by Russian carrier Aeroflot, had landed at Delhi airport on runway 29 around 3.20 am on Friday. A total of 386 passengers and 16 crew members were on the flight.

Bomb threat on Delhi Airport

The security officials came into action and thoroughly checked the airplane after which it was confirmed that it was a hoax bomb threat. 

It led to panic at Delhi airport, all the passengers and crew members of the flight were safely deboared. There is a proper security drill that is still being followed, nothing suspicious found so far the officials are searching the location from where the hoax call originated.

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