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Nepal quake: 10 killed in Pokhara area

Kathmandu, April 25 (IANS) As many as 10 people were killed on Saturday in Nepal's picturesque Pokhara area following a huge earthquake. Police spokesman Kamal Singh Ban told the media that they have received information about the death of 10 people in the Pokhara area. However, communication with the rural areas in Nepal has been snapped and they are trying to send out forces wh...

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Modi to meet ministers to assess situation after quake

New Delhi, April 25 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday called a high-level meeting with ministers and top government officials at 3.00 p.m. to discuss the situation after a massive earthquake hit Nepal. The earthquake, measuring 7.9 on the Richter scale rocked Nepal at 11.41 a.m. (India time), with reports of tremors from national capital Delhi to Guwahati in Assam and Srina...

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Houses collapse in Tibet quake

Lhasa, April 25 (IANS) Houses collapsed in parts of Tibet, when an 8.1-magnitude earthquake that struck Nepal earlier on Saturday, also hit the region. Houses collapsed in Kyirong county, and communications signals were interrupted in Kyirong and Dram counties on the Nepal border, head of Kyirong county Hu Hong said. Tremors were felt in the regional capital of Lhasa as well as S...

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Ending social stigma against leprosy patients

New Delhi, April 25 (IANS) Mukesh (name changed) was a happy 32-year-old with a job as an electrician in a private factory. But his life changed when an innocuous looking patch on his leg three years ago was diagnosed as leprosy. He lost his job, was forced to move out of his one-room flat in Hyderabad and his children were thrown out of school. The whole family had to eventually take to...

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Iran, P5+1 begin draf for removing sanctions: Negotiator

Vienna, April 25 (IANS) Iran and the P5+1 group of world powers have started drafting the text of the mechanism for removing the sanctions imposed on Tehran over its peaceful nuclear programme, a senior Iranian nuclear negotiator said. The US negotiation delegation gave the Iranian nuclear team very useful explanations regarding the removal of anti-Iran sanctions, Press TV cited Iran's D...

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Key Taliban commander killed in Afghanistan

Kabul, April 25 (IANS) A key Taliban commander and three other militants were killed on Saturday in Afghanistan's Herat province. Acting upon an intelligence report, security forces laid an ambush on a way used by key Taliban commander Mullah Mir Ahmad in Ghorian district, a police officer told Xinhua news agency. Mullah Mir Ahmad, who was often accompanied by 150 armed militants...

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Tremors felt in Punjab, Haryana

Chandigarh, April 25 (IANS) Tremors were felt in Punjab, Haryana and in the capital city of Chandigarh following the 7.9 Richter Scale earthquake that hit Nepal on Saturday. The tremors were felt around 11.40 a.m. and lasted a few seconds. Authorities in both the states said that there were no reports of any loss of life or damage to property. ...

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Anil Kapoor gets Dinanath Mangeshkar Award, says he's 'newcomer'

Mumbai, April 25 (IANS) Actor Anil Kapoor was conferred the Pandit Dinanath Mangeshkar Award on the occasion of the death anniversary of songstress Lata Mangeshkar's father. The actor was thrilled to bits to receive the priceless honour. I have received national and few international awards in my career so far, but this award is special, in fact, priceless for me, the National Award winn...

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'Dohchay': Fails to rob hearts

Film: Dohchay; Cast: Naga Chaitanya, Kriti Sanon, Pooja Ramachandran, Posani Krishna Murali, Brahmanandam, Saptagiri and Ravi Babu; Director: Sudheer Varma; Rating: **1/2 With a title like Dohchay, which means 'to rob', you expect a movie to do more than just entertain. Such expectations were riding high on this film right from the moment it was announced, since it was coming from the di...

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Mayweather-Pacquiao megafight tickets sold out in 60 seconds

New York, April 25 (IANS) It took just 60 seconds for the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao showdown to being declared a sold out as boxing fans lapped up the tickets having waited for five years for the megafight, scheduled on May 2. Every ticket for the event to be held at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas was sold within the first minute after being made available to the public, accor...

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Human traffickers now on Facebook

London, April 25 (IANS) Businesses are increasingly using social media -- even the illegal ones. Now, even smugglers have taken to the Facebook to woo their clients. The human smugglers are offering desperate migrants passage across the Mediterranean to Europe, according to a Financial Times report. The paper reported the existence of several Facebook pages in Arabic offering passage to ...

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Brathwaite ton headlines Windies resistance

St. George's (Grenada), April 25 (IANS) Opener Kraigg Brathwaite fashioned an outstanding, unbeaten 100 that headlined a strong West Indies resistance, shackled England's zeal and set up a riveting final day of the second Test on Saturday. The 22-year-old, with just 18 Tests and a little over three years of international cricket under his belt, carved out 101 - his fourth Test century - ...

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Lahore film fest called off, Madhur Bhandarkar 'dejected'

Mumbai, April 25 (IANS) Filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar, who was looking forward to his trip to Lahore to be part of the Rafi Peer Theatre Workshop international film festival, says he feels dejected over its cancellation due to security concerns in Pakistan. The National Award winning director, who has framed the truth of society in his movies like Page 3, Fashion, Chandni Bar and Corporate...

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USGS upgrades quake intensity to 7.9

Kathmandu/New Delhi, April 25 (IANS) The USGS on Saturday upgraded the intensity of an earthquake that shook Nepal to 7.9 on the Richter scale from an earlier estimate of 7.5. China Earthquake Networks Center, however, put the intensity at a staggering 8.1. India Meteorological Department head L.S. Rathore said that the earthquake had an intensity of 7.5 on the Richter scale. He said tha...

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Mild tremors felt in Nagpur, Mumbai

Nagpur/Mumbai (Maharashtra), April 25 (IANS) Mild tremors were felt in some parts of Mumbai and the central Indian city of Nagpur in Maharashtra as an offshoot of the massive 7.5 Richter Scale earthquake which hit Nepal on Saturday, officials said. There are no reports of any damage or panic among the people in both the cities. Nagpur is the home town of Chief Minister Devendra F...

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One dead in violence during Bengal civic polls

Kolkata, April 25 (IANS) One person was shot dead and another received bullet injuries in West Bengal during polling for 91 civic bodies on Saturday. The voter turnout in the first four hours of the polling, amid violence and earthquake, was 42 percent, an official said. While one person - Indrajit Singh - said to be a Trinamool Congress activist, was shot dead at Katwa in Burdw...

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Tremors shake Bihar

Patna, April 25 (IANS) Tremors were felt in various cities of Bihar on Saturday, with the massive earthquake hitting electricity and telephone services across the state. State disaster management chief secretary Byas Ji said strong tremors were felt in Patna, Gaya, Sitamarhi, Nalanda, Buxar, Purnia and Begusarai, adding that no major damage has been reported as yet. The epicentre...

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Nishikori, Ferrer reach Barcelona Open semis

Barcelona, April 25 (IANS) Defending champion and top seed Kei Nishikori advanced to the semi-finals of the Barcelona Open with a 6-2, 3-6, 6-1 victory over Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut, but David Ferrer and Pablo Andujar kept the home country's hopes alive with quarter-final victories. Like he did in his previous match against Colombia's Santiago Giraldo, the 25-year-old Nishikori got ...

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Cordoba closer to relegation after home loss to Athletic

Cordoba (Spain), April 25 (IANS) Athletic Bilbao defeated Cordoba 1-0 to put the vanquished team closer to relegation from the La Liga. Cordoba wasted several clear scoring opportunities as its winless streak extended to 15 matches after the loss here on Friday, reports Efe. Bilbao had the stronger start and the long-suffering Cordoba fans began chanting slogans against club mana...

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Italian eyewear working on Google Glass 2.0

London, April 25 (IANS) Italian eyewear maker Luxottica has announced it is working with Google to build version 2.0 of the eye wearable Google Glass device. According to a Wall Street Journal report, Luxottica's CEO Massimo Vian told the company's general meeting in Milan that it is now working on Google Glass version 2 which is in preparation. The partnership with the US tech g...

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