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Nepal quake: One dead in Indian embassy in Kathmandu

New Delhi, April 25 (IANS) The daughter of an employee of the Indian embassy in Kathmandu died in the massive earthquake in Nepal, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said on Saturday. A house in our embassy complex collapsed. Unfortunately, the daughter of our employee Madan has died. His wife's condition is serious, she tweeted. Briefing the media here, Foreign Secretary S....

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Filmmaker Abhik Banu supports new novelist Parul Sharma

Mumbai, April 25 (IANS) Filmmaker Abhik Banu, who has earlier written a novel titled A Dark Rainbow, has now stepped forward to support young writer Parul Sharma's novel Confess It!!. Banu told IANS: If we don't help young writers, then who will? We need young, brilliant and dynamic writers. Sharma said: It feels good to be appreciated. Sharma's book is published by Omji ...

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'Belt' technology offers quick repair post-earthquake

London, April 25 (IANS) Researchers from the University of Sheffield in south Yorkshire have developed a cheap and simple technology to repair earthquake-damaged buildings and make them safe and habitable. Recent tests showed that a damaged building repaired using the technique could withstand a major earthquake. The technology involves wrapping metal straps around each floor of the buil...

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Nepal quake: MEA opens control room

New Delhi, April 25 (IANS) The ministry of external affairs (MEA) has opened a round-the-clock control room to answer queries regarding the massive earthquake in Nepal. MEA opens 24 hour Control Room for queries regarding tragic #NepalEarthquake. Numbers: +91 11 2301 2113, +91 11 2301 4104 and +91 11 2301 7905, ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup tweeted. External Affairs Minister...

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Is Nepal's Pashupatinath temple safe?

Kathmandu, April 25 (IANS) It is not clear if the Pashupatinath temple in Nepal has suffered damage after a massive 7.9 magnitude earthquake hit the country, with an initial report saying there was slight damage to the temple. Bhagat S. Koshyari, BJP leader from Uttarakhand, tweeted: Had words with Nepal government official and RSS Nepal. We are in touch. Slight damage in Pashupatinath t...

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Modi travels in Delhi metro

New Delhi, April 25 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday travelled in the Delhi metro from Dhaula Kuan to Dwarka station on the Airport Express line and shared a picture on social networking site Twitter. Really enjoyed the ride. Thanks Delhi Metro. Thanks Sreedharan ji!, the prime minister tweeted. The prime minister, who was on the train between 10.05 a.m. and 10.20 ...

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288 percent rise in teen rape suspects, India mulls new law

Rape is the fastest-growing crime among juveniles; 86 percent of teens arrested for various crimes come from poor families, only six percent were homeless and less than six percent were girls, crime data for the last 10 years reveals. Arrests of juveniles in the 16-18 age-group increased 60 percent from 2003 to 2013, the highest among all three juvenile age groups, according to data from...

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UltraTech Cement posts lower profit in FY15

Chennai, April 25 (IANS) Cement major UltraTech Cement Ltd closed last fiscal with a net profit of Rs.2,015 crore, down from Rs.2,144 crore net profit earned during the previous fiscal, the company said on Saturday. In a statement, UltraTech Cement said the net sales for 2014-15 were Rs.22,656 crore up from Rs.20,078 crore posted during 2013-14. The company board has recommended ...

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Officials asked to restore communication lines along Indo-Nepal border

New Delhi, April 25 (IANS) Communications and Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Saturday tweeted that he has directed officials to take steps to restore communication lines along the Indo-Nepal border. I have directed officials to take steps to restore communication lines in Indo-Nepal border. Monitoring the situation very closely, the minister tweeted. Expre...

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IAF's C-130 leaves for Nepal with NDRF team

New Delhi, April 25 (IANS) An IAF C-130 aircraft left for Nepal on Saturday with a team of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and relief material from Hindon airbase after the Himalayan country was hit by a major earthquake. Official sources said that the Indian Air Force's C-130 has taken off from Hindon airbase in Uttar Pradesh. After dropping the NDRF team and relief ...

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I am a woman: Bruce Jenner

Los Angeles, April 25 (IANS) Former athlete and TV personality Bruce Jenner has revealed that he identifies himself as a woman - his 'true self' and a childhood dream. The 65-year-old star sparked rumours about his gender identity last year after visibly altering his appearance. He confirmed that he is reinventing himself physically in an interview with Diane Sawyer an anchor o...

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Short-term courses for Indian healthcare professionals

New Delhi, April 25 (IANS) Expanding the skills of healthcare professionals in India, the Global Health Alliance (GHA), with support from the University of Leeds launched a new range of short term courses here on Friday. Launching the courses, Director GHA, Rajay Narain said the short accredited courses and programs are targeted at a wide range of people who work in healthcare, including...

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Girl killed, 22 hurt as water tank roof collapses in Rajasthan

Jaipur, April 25 (IANS) An 8-year-old girl was killed and at least 22 people were injured when the roof of a water tank collapsed in Solankiya village of Barmer district around 600 km from here. The incident occurred at around 6 p.m. in Friday evening when some people, the majority of whom were women, had rushed to collect water from a 25 feet deep tank after hearing of water supply to t...

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Modi directs immediate dispatch of relief to quake-hit areas

New Delhi, April 25 (IANS) In the wake of a major earthquake that has devastated Nepal and affected many parts of India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday directed immediate dispatch of relief and rescue teams, including medical help to Kathmandu, as well as to the affected areas in India. Chairing a high-level meeting to review the situation following the massive earthquake whose...

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Quake: HSI ready to help Nepal's animal-welfare groups

New Delhi, April 25 (IANS) In the wake of Saturday's massive earthquake, the Humane Society International (HSI) said its animal rescue team was on standby to be deployed in Nepal, whenever animal welfare groups in the Himalayan nation seek help. The HSI, an organisation that works on animal protection issues around the world, said its disaster response team will work with the Animal Welf...

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Narine available for selection: Gautam Gambhir

Kolkata, April 25 (IANS) Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) skipper Gautam Gambhir on Saturday confirmed that West Indies spinner Sunil Narine, reported for suspected bowling action, will be up for selection against the Rajasthan Royals (RR) in an Indian Premier League (IPL) encounter here on Sunday. Narine's action was reported by the match officials after the game against Sunrisers Hyderabad ...

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There's a preconceived notion about Pakistanis: Actress Hina Khwaja Bayat

Lahore, April 25 (IANS) Hina Khwaja Bayat, considered one of the pillars of the Pakistani entertainment industry, feels there is a preconceived notion about her country worldwide, and hopes that India and Pakistan soon learn to live like good neighbours. During her 20 years in the media industry, she pioneered ground-breaking shows like Baatain Mulaqaatain, Uljhan Suljhan and Geo Hina ka...

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Rohit Bal to launch modelling agency for men

New Delhi, April 25 (IANS) Ace fashion designer Rohit Bal is gearing up to launch a modelling agency for men. He plans to call it Bal's Angels. Bal, who has been part of the fashion fraternity for over two decades, hopes his new endeavour helps in reducing male models' struggle to find a foothold in the industry. Talking about his future projects, the designer told IANS: I am ju...

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Delhi government to name scheme after Gajendra Singh

New Delhi, April 25 (IANS) The Delhi government on Saturday said it has decided to name its scheme of providing compensation to farmers whose crop has been destroyed after farmer Gajendra Singh who committed suicide at an AAP rally here recently. Singh, a farmer from Rajasthan's Dausa district, would also be treated as a farmer martyr, a government statement added. The decision ...

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Tibetan PM saddened over Nepal quake

Dharamsala, April 25 (IANS) Tibetan prime minister-in-exile Lobsang Sangay on Saturday expressed grief over the deaths in Nepal and Indian states after a massive earthquake hit the Himalayan country. In a condolence message, he said: Our prayers and thoughts are with the people in Nepal and northern India. Krishna Prasad Dhakal, deputy chief of mission of Nepal's embassy in New D...

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