Thursday, December 6, 2012

Earthquake in Iran & Tornado in Auckland

 Iran earthquake
Iran, at least eight people were killed and 12 others injured when an earthquake measuring 5.6 on the Richter scale hit eastern parts of the country. Iran's news agency said people ran out of their homes after the tremor struck the Zahan district in South Khorasan province yesterday. Walls and buildings collapsed, and several people were left trapped under the rubble. Officials said the death toll could rise as rescuers reached the affected areas. The Iranian Seismological Centre said at least 12 aftershocks have been registered since the quake struck at 20:38 local time.

 Tornado rips city of Auckland
 Three people have been killed as a rare tornado ripped through western suburbs of the New Zealand city of Auckland. The tornado struck Hobsonville and Whenuapai today afternoon, uprooting trees and taking roofs off houses. Two of those who died were believed to be working on the construction of a school and another was hit by a tree, the Civil Defence office said.

Another seven people were taken to hospital, said the office in a statement, adding that 150 homes had been badly damaged. Some 250 residents were being taken care of at an air force base, it said.

A number of planned flights were delayed by the storm, which also caused power outages in several suburbs. Fallen trees and debris blocked some roads.

500 dead, Thousand homeless



NEW BATAAN: Nearly 200,000 people were homeless and nearly 500 dead after the Philippines' worst typhoon this year, officials said Thursday, as the government appealed for international help.
Typhoon Bopha ploughed across Mindanao island on Tuesday, flattening whole towns in its path as hurricane-force winds brought torrential rain that triggered a deadly combination of floods and landslides.


The army said it was looking for at least 377 missing people while seeking help for more than 179,000 others who sheltered in schools, gyms and other buildings after losing everything.

The officials said many victims were poor migrants who flocked to landslide-prone sites like New Bataan and the nearby town of Monkayo to farm the lower slopes of mountains or work at unregulated mines in the gold rush area.

Those in list of dead, 258 were found on the east coast of Mindanao while 191 were recovered in and around New Bataan and Monkayo, said Major-General Ariel Bernardo, head of an army division involved in the search.
The civil defence office in Manila said 17 people were killed elsewhere in Mindanao along with nine in the central Visayan islands."We still have more than 377 missing and our challenge now is really to try to get to them," he told.

 ILO and Ministry of Labour organised one day  National Knowledge-Sharing Workhop on 'Way Out of Informality'  today at Royal Plaza Hotel in New Delhi.

Workshop attended by  hundred of delegates and stakeholders  who vent their ideas, participated with their concern of the Informal Sector. Experts across the south Asian countries, ILO Japan with their model and experience put up various ILO sponsored government plans.

This meet is to share international good practices of approaches promoting and enabling formalization of firms and workers and introduction of the proposed project ‘Way out of Informalisation’.

Initial discussion and feedback from tripartite partners on how the project can add value to ongoing initiatives of constituents and partners India.Workshop was attended by various workers chief, media person and representatives of International orhanisation.


URB Group, Europe’s biggest manufacturer and producers of bearings marked its India entry with the announcement of the launch of its first ever manufacturing factory in India. The world leaders who have 60 years of experience, manufactures over 18000 different types and versions of bearings, URB group, the world leaders in customized bearings, exporters to over 80 countries in 4 continents made an announcement to invest 50 Million Euros in its factory in INDIA. URB India factory would be its fourth factory in the world with factories in Romania, Turkey and Hungary.

Addressing the audience Mr. Harun Adiguzel, President, URB India said, “We have strong confidence in the Indian market. With India URB factory, we will make available authentic URB bearings at much lower prices directly to manufacturing companies in Steel, Mining, Power, Oil, Railways and along with our dealers in India. We are looking at a turnover of 200 Million US Dollars with our India URB factory in next 5 years.”

The raw materials for the hundred thousand square feet factory will be sourced from Romania and will be assembled and super finished in the India factory. For the initial period, 70 % of the production will be for the domestic use and 30 % for exports going on to 50-50 domestic and exports in the future. The group also informed that India production will be exported to both Europe and USA. The bearings made in India will be unique and different from the ones produced in other URB factories abroad.

URB is also taking strong measures against fake bearings; spurious products though cheap are extremely hazardous to the safety. It was said that URB has launched the latest technology, ‘DATA TRACE DNA’- top secret form of defense against counterfeiters. It is a Nano particles system and acts like an invisible bar code, which means URB bearings have now their own “fingerprints”. It’s a molecular signature which is inert, safe, strong and long lasting. The tracers are designed to withstand explosions, fire and heat to 1000 degrees centigrade. It cannot be duplicated because of its unique identity and is irremovable.

URB group’s main products include Deep Groove Ball Bearing, Thrust Ball Bearings, Cylindrical Ball Bearings, Spherical Ball Bearings, Tapered Roller Bearings and special bearings. The new factory will supply its main distributors – GWB and SNK and agents in railway, energy, cement ,steel, material handling, mining, metallurgy and agriculture.

URB will also offer special and customized bearings to its end users.

Present in India since 1982, URB  established our first registered office in New Delhi last year and have already touched a turnover of $20 million dollar.

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