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Monkeys behaved peculiarly ahead of quake: Animal lover

Agra, April 26 (IANS) An animal lover on Sunday said monkeys in the Taj city displayed peculiar behaviour ahead of Saturday's earthquake. Around 50 monkeys came down from the trees around 8 a.m. on Saturday and sat in a pensive and grim manner near our house. We tried to chase them away but they didn't react. We didn't realise what was coming. But once the earthquake was over, the monkey...

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Swimmer Masadur Rahman dies of multi-organ failure

Kolkata, April 26 (IANS) Indian double-leg-amputee swimmer Masudur Rahman Baidya, who created a sensation by crossing the English Channel 18 years ago, died on Sunday in a city hospital after multi-organ failure, his close associates said. He was 46. Masadur is survived by his mother, wife and two daughters. A patient of acute diabetes having high blood sugar, he was hospitalised...

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Israel joins in Nepal quake relief

New Delhi, April 26 (IANS) Israel is joining in the relief and rescue operations in Nepal with the staff at their embassy here joining their counterparts in Kathmandu to assist in the humanitarian efforts in the aftermath of Saturday's massive earthquake. The first planes carrying assessment teams, search and rescue experts and medical personnel and supplies are on their way from Israel ...

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19 bodies found at Everest base camp, stuck climbers continue tweeting

New Delhi/Kathmandu, April 26 (IANS) Nineteen bodies have been recovered from Everest base camp which was hit by an avalanche following Saturday's 7.9-magnitude earthquake in Nepal, the Indian defence ministry said on Sunday even as the stranded climbers kept tweeting about themselves for the world. Nineteen bodies have been recovered from the Everest base camp. About 50 others are injur...

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15 civilians killed in Yemen clashes

Sana'a, April 26 (IANS) At least 15 civilians were killed and more than 25 others wounded when clashes erupted between two groups in Yemen's third largest city of Taiz on Sunday morning, a government official said. Intense clashes erupted between Houthi gunmen and tribal militia loyal to President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi inside crowded neighbourhoods of Taiz and a lot of houses were damag...

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Motorsports: Ali, Musthafa adjudged champs

Coimbatore, April 26 (IANS) Kolkata's S.K. Ajgar Ali and navigator Mohd. Musthafa from Erode won the Overall and Pro-Expert titles in the second round of the FMSCI Indian National TSD Rally Championship here on Sunday. The winning pair tied with Hyderabad's Sachin Singh and his navigator Prakash M (Erode) with a penalty of 56 seconds, but Ali and Musthafa were adjudged champions on the b...

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BCCI to set up advisory panel of prominent cricketers

Kolkata, April 26 (IANS) The BCCI on Sunday decided to set up a cricket advisory committee comprising prominent players for the overall conduct and development of the game, according to its secretary Anurag Thakur. The Board of Control for Cricket in India working committee, which met here during the day, authorised its president Jagmohan Dalmiya to constitute the committee. The ...

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BCCI to seek fresh legal opinion on CSK valuation issue

Kolkata, April 26 (IANS) In a step that could spell further trouble for its former chief N Srinivasan, the BCCI on Sunday decided to seek a fresh legal opinion on the demerger and transfer of shares of IPL franchise Chennai Super Kings. The matter was deliberated at length at the first working committee meeting of the Board of Control for Cricket in India under the new dispensation with ...

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I first thought some bombs had exploded: Quake survivor

New Delhi, April 26 (IANS) Seventy-three-year-old Balaji was visiting the Pashupatinath temple in Kathmandu when the ground beneath started shaking violently and he fell down. I initially thought some bombs had exploded, but realised soon after that it was an earthquake, Balaji said on arriving in Delhi. Among the 783 Indians brought back to India from quake-hit Nepal on Sunday,...

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62 dead in India due to quake: Home secretary

New Delhi, April 26 (IANS) The earthquake that devastated Nepal killed 62 people in India, Home Secretary L.C. Goyal said on Sunday. The reports as of now indicate 62 casualties have taken place, Goyal said, adding that 259 people were injured. Among the casualties, 46 people died in Bihar and 13 in Uttar Pradesh. The home secretary said four teams of the National Disaste...

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Nepal quake kills six soldiers

Kathmandu, April 26 (IANS) The earthquake in Nepal has killed six soldiers, the army announced on Sunday. Army spokesman Gen Jagadish Pokhrel told the media that 90 percent of our manpower is engaged in rescue and search operations. Some of the areas hit hard by Saturday's devastating earthquake are home to Gorkhas, who form part of the Indian, Nepalese and British armies.

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Tibetan aid for Nepal quake victims

Dharamsala, April 26 (IANS) The Tibetan government in-exile here on Sunday expressed its grief over the loss of lives in Nepal following a massive earthquake that jolted the Himalayan nation on Saturday and announced it was sending aid for relief work. While expressing grief and sadness, Tibetan prime minister-in-exile Lobsang Sangay said: At this dark and painful time, words fail to con...

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Indian Army to undertake long term operations in Nepal

New Delhi, April 26 (IANS) With a large number of ex-servicemen living in Nepal, the Indian Army will launch long term operations there to reach out to them, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said on Sunday. The minister's statement came in the wake of magnitude 7.9 and 6.7 quakes striking the Himalayan nation on Saturday and Sunday, respectively. Parrikar said there are 1.6 lakh...

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Odisha's excise revenue goes up in 2014-15

Bhubaneswar, April 26 (IANS) The Odisha government has collected Rs.2,709.73 crore as excise revenue in the financial year 2014-15 as against Rs.2,286.04 crore in the period 2013-14, said an official of Excise department on Sunday. The government has collected a total of Rs.2,709.73 crore including Rs.6,70.94 crore of sales tax and entry tax in the period 2014-15, while it had collected ...

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Google executive killed in Nepal avalanche

London, April 26 (IANS) Senior Google executive Dan Fredinburg was among more than a dozen people confirmed killed in an avalanche that swept through Everest base camp in the aftermath of the 7.9 magnitude earthquake in Nepal, media reported on Sunday. Tom Briggs, marketing director for Jagged Globe, a Sheffield-based climbing and adventure company, confirmed the news, The Guardian repor...

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No contact with 25 tourists from Maharashtra in Nepal

Mumbai, April 26 (IANS) Indian authorities have not been able to establish contact with at least 25 tourists from Maharashtra whose whereabouts remain unknown in an earthquake-ravaged Nepal, an official said here on Sunday. We have contacted more than 1,000 people from the state so far, including tourists and mountaineers, who are safe. However, we are not able to connect with another 25...

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Delhi holds awareness programme on declining child sex ratio

New Delhi, April 26 (IANS) Concerned over the decline in the child sex ratio in the capital, the Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights (DCPCR) here recently held a public awareness programme. At Declining Child Sex Ratio, a consultation organised by DCPCR here on Saturday in collaboration with Action Aid and Beti Zindabad Campaign, the participants discussed the laws on pre-nat...

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Don't panic, Nepal tells citizens

Kathmandu, April 26 (IANS) Amid unending aftershocks of Saturday's powerful earthquake, the Nepal government on Sunday urged people not to be taken in by rumours of fresh destruction. While asking people to remain alert until 3 p.m. on Monday, the government said that several kinds of rumours had triggered panic among the public. No one should panic. It is not a new earthquake. T...

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India U-14 girl footballers return from quake-hit Nepal

New Delhi, April 26 (IANS) The Indian Under-14 girls football team, left stranded in Kathmandu following fresh tremors on Sunday, have returned home safely aboard a military aircraft. The U-14 Girl's Team has landed safely in New Delhi. Everyone stays safe, the All India Football Federation (AIFF) tweeted. Fresh tremors on Sunday delayed the evacuation of the team from the earthq...

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KKR, Royals IPL encounter called off due to rain

Kolkata, April 26 (IANS) The Indian Premier League (IPL) encounter between defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Rajasthan Royals at the Eden Gardens here on Sunday was abandoned due to rain. Despite a Herculean effort from groundsmen and after four pitch inspections, the match officials decided that the tie would be called off due to unfit playing conditions. There...

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