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    Nepal quake: Toll rises to nearly 900

    Kathmandu: Nearly 900 people were killed in the massive earthquake that struck Nepal on Saturday, officials said. According to the Nepal police headquarters, 888 people were killed across the nation. Many people were still trapped under rubble. As many as 268 people were killed in capital Kathmandu, 144 in Bhaktapur and 68 in Lalitpur, police said. The quake measured 7.9 on the Richter scale. Its epicentre was in Nepal’s Lamjung district, some 75 km from capital


    Lamjung: Epicentre of Nepal earthquake

    Kathmandu: Nature unleashed her fury on the small Himalayan country of Nepal on Saturday as a massive earthquake, with its epicentre in Lamjung district, is believed to have killed over 700 people. Death and devastation befell the picturesque valleys and mountains of the country as the earthquake measuring 7.9 on the Richter scale, and with a depth of 10 km beneath the ground made buildings collapse, roads crack, and internet and phone lines snap, and

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    250 killed as Kathmandu’s iconic tower collapses

    Kathmandu: 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 military watch tower but became one of Kathmandu’s key landmarks.

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    Malinga, McClenaghan bowl Mumbai Indians to 20-run win over Sunrisers Hyderabad

    Mumbai: Pace bowlers Lasith Malinga and Mitchell McClenaghan came up with stellar bowling display to help Mumbai Indians defend a modest score and beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 20 runs in their IPL cricket match here today. Sri Lankan Malinga grabbed his season’s best four for 23, including three wickets in his last over, while New Zealander Mcclenaghan picked up three for 20 that included top scorer Shikhar Dhawan’s scalp, to restrict the Sunrisers to 137 for eight, chasing a target of 158.

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    Lenskart faces flak for quake-linked product promotion

    New Delhi: As massive tremors rocked India and Nepal, e-retailer Lenskart sought to make the natural disaster into a promotional event by asking the customers to “shake it off” like the earthquake by buying its sunglasses. A outrage on social media, however, forced the company retract the campaign and apologise for the “error.” As the figures and details of massive loss of lives and property were still trickling in, Lenskart sent out promotional SMSes that read: “Shake it off like this Earthquake: Get any

  • Debi Prasad Mishra

    Odisha govt asks Posco to pay land premium soon

    Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government today asked South Korean steel major Posco to make outstanding payment of about Rs 50 crore towards land premium and Rs 18 crore towards net present value for forest land diversion. “Posco has not yet made full payment towards land premium. The company has been told to make payment soon,”

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    Pakistan not send a replacement for injured Rahat Ali

    Karachi: Pakistan cricket selectors have decided against sending another replacement for the injury hit squad in Bangladesh after left arm pacer Rahat Ali was the latest to join the list of injured players, ruling himself out of the two Tests. “They are no plans to send any replacement for Rahat to Bangladesh. The good news is that leg spinner, Yasir Shah who hurt his hand and had three stitches in his index finger has recovered well and is available for the first Test,”

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    Modern lyrics not up to the mark: Annu Kapoor

    Mumbai: Actor Annu Kapoor, who entertains listeners via radio show “Suhaana Safar”, says the lyrics of modern day songs are “not upto the mark” and certain songs only contain “rhyming and nothing else”. “The lyrical value of the modern day songs is very limited and is not upto the mark. There are songs with only rhyming and nothing else,” Annu told IANS.

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    Indonesia informs convicts of execution, Frenchman excluded

    Cilacap (Indonesia): Indonesia said today it has officially notified eight foreign drug convicts that they will be executed, but a Frenchman was granted a temporary reprieve after Paris stepped up pressure on Jakarta. The eight — from Australia, Brazil, Nigeria and the Philippines — have been transported to the high-security prison island of Nusakambangan where they will face the firing squad along with an Indonesian prisoner, despite strident international criticism.

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    Suicide bombers kill 4 at Iraq-Jordan border crossing

    Baghdad: Three suicide bombers attacked a border crossing between western Iraq and Jordan today, killing at least four Iraqi security personnel and wounding eight others, officials said. The bombers detonated explosives-rigged vehicles, one of them a lorry, at three successive checkpoints at the Turaibil crossing, said Sabah Karhout, the head of the Anbar province council.

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    President Mukherjee conveys sympathies to earthquake victims in India, Nepal

    New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee has conveyed his heartfelt sympathies to those affected and sincere wishes for the speedy recovery of the injured on account of earthquake in India and Nepal today. In his Tweets, the President said, “Deeply distressed at loss of life & property due to earthquake in Nepal” “India committed to assist Govt. of Nepal in every way possible in dealing with situation” “Call upon State Governments and concerned agencies to take all necessary steps to

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    Bihar Govt. announces compensation of four lakhs to kin of earthquake victims

    Patna: The Bihar Government on Saturday announced a compensation of four lakh rupees each to the families of those who were killed in the state after a massive earthquake hit India’s northern region. Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Skill Development Rajiv Pratap Rudy said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has assured all support to Bihar.

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    Tremors felt in central and western states

    Mumbai/Ahmedabad: Tremors triggered by a massive earthquake with its epicentre in Nepal today were felt at many places spanning Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh; causing panic among people though no casualties or loss to property was reported.

  • Mild tremors in Chhattisgarh, no casualties

    Raipur: Mild tremors caused by a massive earthquake in Nepal today were also experienced at various places in Chhattisgarh. However, no loss to human life or damage to property was reported in the state. “Mild tremors were felt in Raipur, Bilaspur, Sarguja and Bastar regions at around 11:41 AM, which are measured at 5 on Richter Scale,” said M L Sahu, Director, Meteorological Centre, based in Raipur district. He said reports from other such centres are also being sought.

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    Massive quake kills 34 in India

    New Delhi: At least 34 people have been killed in northern and eastern India as a powerful earthquake originating in Nepal damaged houses and buildings and sparked panic among the people. “Of these 34 dead, 23 were killed in Bihar, eight in Uttar Pradesh and three in West Bengal,” Union Home Secretary L C Goyal said at a hurriedly called press conference here. More than 100 people have also been injured in these states.

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    Nepal quake: IAF’s C-130J Super Hercules aircraft lands in Kathmandu

    New Delhi: The Indian Air Force’s C-130J Super Hercules aircraft has landed in Kathmandu with 39 NDRF personnel to assist in the rescue operations in Nepal, where a powerful quake measuring 7.9 on the Richter Scale killed hundreds besides leaving several others injured.

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    Officials asked to restore communication lines along Indo-Nepal border

    New Delhi: 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.

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    Congress terms PDP-BJP coalition as ‘alliance of controversies’

    Samba (JK): The Congress today described the PDP-BJP coalition government in Jammu and Kashmir as an “alliance of controversies” and said the two parties carry along their inherent contradictions while being together for the sake of power. Addressing a convention of party workers the district president of the Pradesh Congress Committee Ghulam Ahmed Mir said, “The two parties secured the mandate of the people by exploiting them on regional and religious lines with the promise of keeping each other out of power, but betrayed

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    Rajeev Kher: 3-pronged strategy to raise share of services in global trade

    New Delhi: Government is working on a three-pronged strategy to increase the share of India’s services sector in the global trade, Commerce Secretary Rajeev Kher said today. He said that still there are several constraints in the sector including legal and education. “We are aware of the kind of constraints which we have in the legal services area, in education and in several other areas,” he said, adding the department of commerce is working on this reform agenda.

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    Bangladesh cricket team to receive money, flats, cars

    Dhaka: Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday announced that flats and cars along with prize money will be given to the national cricket team for its brilliant performance in the World Cup and home series against Pakistan. Bangladesh’s clinical 3-0 One-Day International (ODI) series sweep and maiden T20 International win against Pakistan followed their most successful campaign in the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand where they reached the quarter-finals, reports