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The Latest: Hawaii lava flow may cross highway within hours

The Latest: Hawaii lava flow may cross highway within hours

Technology
The Latest on the eruption of Hawaii's Kilauea volcano (all times local): 3:45 p.m. Hawaii County civil defense officials are warning residents that lava may cross a highway in the coming hours. Officials say a flow is less than a mile (kilometer) away from Highway 137 in the Big Island's Puna district where lava has oozed out of fissures in the ground. At the flow's current speed Saturday afternoon, officials estimate it may cross the highway in the next several hours. Before Friday, lava was just spattering up and collecting at the edges of the fissures. On Friday afternoon, the flow ramped up. The flow crossed a road, isolating a handful of residents, including some who needed to be airlifted to safety. On Saturday morning, it was 1.5 miles (2.4 kilometers) from the ocean and advancin...
Deposits in Jan Dhan accounts cross Rs 80,000 crore

Deposits in Jan Dhan accounts cross Rs 80,000 crore

Finance
NEW DELHI: Total deposits in Jan Dhan accounts crossed Rs 80,000 crore mark with more people joining the flagship financial inclusion programme, according to official data. The deposits, which have been steadily rising since March 2017, were at Rs 80,545.70 crore on April 11, 2018, said a finance ministry data. Pradhan Mantri Jan-Dhan Yojana (PMJDY) accounts had come into focus during the demonetisation period when the deposits witnessed a meteoric rise. The latest report of the World Bank titled Global Findex Report, 2017 released last week cited the success of the Jan Dhan Yojana. India's financial inclusion efforts have won recognition from the World Bank as their data indicate that 55 per cent of new bank accounts opened are from India, Financial Services Secretary Rajiv Kumar had said...
Red Cross: $6 million for Ebola fight stolen through fraud

Red Cross: $6 million for Ebola fight stolen through fraud

Health
Fraud by Red Cross workers and others wasted at least $ 6 million meant to fight the deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the organization confirmed Saturday. The revelations follow an internal investigation of how the organization handled more than $ 124 million during the 2014-2016 epidemic that killed more than 11,000 people in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea. The disease erupted in Guinea and quickly spread to Sierra Leone and Liberia. The international aid response was initially slow, and money once it arrived was often disbursed quickly in the rush to purchase supplies and get aid workers into the field. As much as $ 2.13 million disappeared as the result of "likely collusion" between Red Cross staff and employees at a Sierra Leonean bank, the investigation found. It is believed t...
International Red Cross to reduce presence in Afghanistan

International Red Cross to reduce presence in Afghanistan

World
Oct. 9 (UPI) -- The International Committee of the Red Cross said Monday that it will "drastically" reduce its operations in Afghanistan, including closing some offices, after seven members were killed in attacks this year."Since December 2016, the ICRC has been directly targeted in northern Afghanistan three times, including in what we considered one of our safest facilities, the rehabilitation center in Mazar-i-Sharif," said Monica Zanarelli, head of delegation for the ICRC in Afghanistan said in a statement. "These incidents have affected not only the ICRC in Afghanistan, but the organization as a whole."ICRC, in a news release, said "there is no other choice but to drastically reduce its presence and activities in Afghanistan, in particular in the north of the country."ICRC's offices i...