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12 killed in Tibet earthquake

Beijing, April 25 (IANS) The powerful earthquake that struck neighbouring Nepal on Saturday has killed 12 people and injured many more in Tibet, southwest China, authorities said. A massive 7.9.-magnitude quake shook Nepal at 2.11 p.m. Beijing time, followed by a second 7.0-magnitude quake at 2,45 p.m., leaving over 1,000 people dead in the country. The quake also strongly jolted...

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Kathmandu airport shut, flights to resume from Sunday

New Delhi, April 25 (IANS) The Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu was indefinitely shut on Saturday after a massive earthquake rocked Nepal just before noon, causing cancellation of all the eight subsequent return flights from India bound for the capital city. However, by Saturday evening, all the four Indian airliners announced the resumption of flights to Nepal from Sunday, A...

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Two Indians die in Nepal earthquake

New Delhi, April 25 (IANS) At least two Indians have died in the 7.9-magnitude earthquake that hit Nepal on Saturday, a top diplomat said. Asked about Indian casualties India's ambassador to Nepal Ranjit Rae told IANS over phone: I can confirm only two Indian deaths now -- one in the embassy and one in a hospital. Asked about other Indian casualties, he said it was difficult to...

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Ensure safe return of Assam pilgrims from Nepal: CM

Guwahati, April 25 (IANS) Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Saturday asked the state chief secretary to take steps to ensure the safe return of at least 45 pilgrims from the state who have been stranded in Nepal following the massive earthquake. Gogoi also directed the chief secretary to take stock of the situation in Assam and directed him to see whether there was any loss of property...

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Spurt in cancellations of plane tickets for Nepal

New Delhi, April 25 (IANS) Nepal's tourism industry was in for a major setback on Saturday after a massive earthquake caused huge devastation, prompting cancellation of flights from India and requests of ticket cancellation stretching till May end. We have received cancellation requests from many of our clients till May end, Sharat Dhall, president, Yatra.com, told IANS. We are a...

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Quake kills 36 in India, PM reviews situation

New Delhi, April 25 (IANS) At least 36 people were killed and more than 100 injured in India on Saturday due to the massive earthquake that had its epicentre in Nepal. Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a high-level meeting on the situation and spoke with the chief ministers of the affected states. Though Nepal was the worst affected with over 900 dead, India was not spared, as 25 people ...

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Odisha government asks for land premium from Posco

Bhubaneswar, April 25 (IANS) The Odisha government on Saturday asked steel major Posco to make an outstanding payment of about Rs.54 crore towards land premium and Rs.18 crore towards net present value (NPV) for forest land diversion. Both the government and Posco, which is setting up a 8 million tonne steel plant in Jagatsinghpur district, are at loggerheads over the land acquisition pa...

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Services push must to create jobs: Jaitley

New Delhi, April 25 (IANS) India has the means and the potential to become a global hub for services with competitive pricing, and become a major source of job creation for millions of youth in the country, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said here on Saturday. This is our area of core strength. We have the abilities to provide services cheaper, the finance minister said at a two-day expos...

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Malinga picks four as Mumbai Indians beat Sunrisers Hyderabad

Mumbai, April 25 (IANS) Mumbai Indians bowled their heart out to successfully defend a modest total against Sunrisers Hyderabad and earn their second win in the Indian Premier League here on Saturday. After putting up 157/8 on the board, the hosts picked up wickets at regular intervals to restrict Sunrisers to 137/8 in 20 overs at the Wankhede stadium. The 20-run victory, however...

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'Infrastructure development key focus of NDA government'

Kolkata, April 25 (IANS) Infrastructure development which will lead to economic growth is a key focus for the Narendra Modi-led NDA government at the Centre, Minister of State for Finance Jayant Sinha said here on Saturday. Infrastructure is a national priority and we'll offer the enabling environment to attain its development, Sinha told media persons while attending an event here. <...

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Centre prepared to tackle monsoon deficit: Union minister

Kolkata, April 25 (IANS) With the Met Department predicting a below normal monsoon this year that is likely to affect the agro and allied industries, Minister of State for Finance Jayant Sinha on Saturday said the Centre is prepared to take on the challenge. Last year, monsoon was 88 percent of the long-term average. Despite that we were able to manage the overall situation quite well bo...

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Bengal civic polls: Violence fails to deter voters, 60 percent turnout

Kolkata, April 25 (IANS) Over 60 percent of voters on Saturday turned up for polling for 91 civic bodies in West Bengal during which a man was shot dead while three others sustained bullet injuries. A Trinamool Congress activist, identified as Indrajit Singh, was shot dead while two women voters sustained bullet injuries at Katwa in Burdwan. Another person was shot at in North 24 Pargana...

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Thousands sleep out in open fearing aftershocks

Kathmandu, April 25 (IANS) Thousands of people in Kathmandu and elsewhere in Nepal slept out in the open, fearful of powerful aftershocks following a massive earthquake that measured 7.9 on the Richter scale, eyewitnesses said. The main earthquake struck at 34 km east-southeast of Lamjung, Nepal at 06:11:26 (11.41 a.m. India time). Here is a list of aftershocks which began soon a...

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Two killed in Bangladesh earthquake

Dhaka, April 25 (IANS) Two women were killed during evacuation in Tangail and Pabna districts of Bangladesh on Saturday after an earthquake, followed by a shockwave, hit different parts of the country, media reported. The jolt was felt shortly after a 7.9 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal. The epicentre of the quake was in Lamjung district of Nepal. Two tremors were felt in the s...

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250 killed as Kathmandu's iconic tower collapses

Kathmandu, April 25 (IANS) A total of 250 people were killed when the 183-year-old iconic Dharahara tower, which gave visitors a panoramic view of Kathmandu, collapsed on Saturday due to the massive earthquake that jolted Nepal. The nine-storey tower, built in 1832 and nearly 63 meters tall, was a historic monument erected by Nepal's first prime minister Bhimsen Thapa. It was built as a ...

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China's emergency response to 5.9M quake in Tibet

Beijing, April 25 (IANS) China's ministry of civil affairs (MCA) and the National Commission for Disaster Reduction on Saturday evening issued a level-IV emergency response to the earthquake in Tibet that measured 5.9 on the Richter scale. The quake struck Dingri county in southwest China's Tibet region at 5:17 p.m. Saturday following strong earthquakes in neighbouring Nepal, the China E...

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250 Indians being evacuated from quake-hit Nepal

New Delhi, April 25 (IANS) Around 250 Indians are being evacuated from Nepal on Saturday night after a 7.9-magnitude earthquake hit the Himalayan nation claiming over 1,000 lives. We are sending around 250 Indians by one one plane tonight, India's ambassador to Nepal Ranjit Rae told IANS over phone on Saturday. The toll in Nepal has crossed 1,000 now, he added. Asked abo...

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15 security personnel killed in Iraq car bombings

Baghdad, April 25 (IANS) At least 15 security personnel were killed and 22 others wounded when three suicide car bombers struck the positions of border guards on Saturday at a border crossing point with Jordan in Iraq, a security source said. The incident occurred when three suicide bombers blew up three vehicles packed with explosives at Trebil border crossing with Jordan in Anbar provi...

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'Joint drill with France helped during Operation Raahat'

Vasco-da-Gama (Goa), April 25 (IANS) Maritime exercises like Varuna-13 between Indian and French navies have helped both the countries to combat piracy on the high seas and conduct tricky evacuation exercises like Operation Raahat, off the Yemen coast, which rescued over 5,000 Indian and foreign nationals, top officials of both the navies said on Saturday. Flag Officer Commanding of the ...

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Funds under compensatory afforestation meant for states: Javadekar

New Delhi, April 25 (IANS) The funds under the Compensatory Afforestation Fund Management and Planning Authority (CAMPA) are likely to be given to the state governments for undertaking afforestation programmes as the Centre is working on a statutory mechanism to facilitate it. This was announced by the Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Pra...

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