Bhubaneswar silent as Fani approaches

The streets of Odisha state capital Bhubaneswar lie deserted as Indian authorities race to complete the evacuation of more than one million people out of the path of an extreme cyclone heading towards the Bay of Bengal coast with winds of up to 200 kilometers (125 miles) per hour. IMAGES

Santa made of 10,000 plastic bottles sends green message

Indian artist Sudarsan Pattnaik created a Christmas installation at Puri beach in the state of Odisha using 800 tonnes of sand and 10,000 plastic bottles, as footage filmed on Monday shows. The sculpture, which is nine metres (30 feet) high and 30 metres (100 feet) wide, was made under two hashtags – #ReadyToChange and #BeatPlasticPollution.

According to the artist, he made this world record attempt to spread the awareness of plastic pollution.

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Cyclone hits India at 125km/h speed, kills at least 8

At least 8 people have been killed in cyclone ‘Titli’ that hit the southeastern state of Andhra Pradesh and partly the neighbouring state Odisha, Thursday. Raging at a speed of around 125 km (80 miles) per hour, the cyclone pounced on Srikakulam district of Andhra Pradesh, mowing down trees, damaging buildings and scattering debris on the streets. READ MORE: https://on.rt.com/9g8r

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Lost Control: Train with 1000 passengers rolls backwards for 12km without engine in India

22 passenger carriages carrying about 1,000 people detached from a train engine and sped backwards for some 12 kilometers before being brought to a halt, in the Indian state of Odisha on Sunday. None of the passengers have reportedly been injured in the incident.

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VICE News Daily: Beyond The Headlines – December 05, 2014

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ZIMBABWE
President Mugabe’s Unwavering Grip on Power​
After expelling his deputy, the 90-year-old warned members of the ruling ZANU-PF party against attempts to overthrow him.

INDIA
Doctor Fired for Using Bicycle Pump in Mass Sterilizations
Odisha state has banned the procedures after it was revealed a bicycle pump was used to inflate women’s abdomens during surgery.

ITALY
Probe Unveils How Deep Mafia Hands are in Rome’s Pockets
Police are investigating current and former politicians for bribery, extortion and corruption.

ENVIRONMENT
Cruise Ships Dumped a Billion Gallons of Sewage in 2014
​The environmental group Friends of the Earth released a report that says 40% of cruise line operators use antiquated sewage treatment technology that contributes to harmful contamination of ocean waters. ​

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