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6.6 million people affected in Nepal earthquake, says UN

Kathmandu, April 26: The United Nations office in Kathmandu said on Sunday that some 6.6 million people in Nepal have been affected by the devastating earthquake. The quake and the ensuing aftershocks triggered avalanches in the Mount Everest, killing over a dozen climbers. “Rescue and relief operations may be hampered with the monsoon fast approaching,” IANS quoted the UN as saying. The... 

Nepal quake toll crosses 2,000 as fresh jolts hamper relief efforts

Kathmandu, April 26: The toll in Nepal’s worst quake in over 80 years crossed the 2,000-mark on Sunday as rescuers dug with bare hands and heavy equipment through tonnes of rubble for survivors, with fresh aftershocks triggering panic and hampering relief efforts. A strong 6.7-magnitude aftershock sent people running for open spaces as they struggled with the devastation caused by Saturday’s... 

Israeli air strike destroys Hamas headquarters

Moscow, Nov 17 :  Israel destroyed the Hamas movement’s headquarters in Gaza Saturday as the two sides continued to exchange missiles in escalating violence in the region. The five-storey building was hit by five or six missiles or bombs in quick succession around 4 a.m., smashing windows in buildings nearby and starting a huge fire, a witness told RIA Novosti. Witness reports said extensive... 
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Durga Puja celebrated in Indonesia

Jakarta, Oct 21: Bengalis in Indonesia, which has the world’s largest Muslim population, are celebrating Durga Puja with great fervour and enthusiasm this year.People from all walks of life have joined in the celebrations. Inaugurating the celebrations, Indian Ambassador Gurjit Singh appreciated the Jakarta Bengali Association for keeping their traditions and cultural heritage alive in Indonesia. He... 

Taliban killed 17 civilians for partying late night

Kandhahar, Aug 27: Taliban Islamist insurgents beheaded 17 civilians, including two women, who were holding a party with music in a southern Afghanistan village, officials said on Monday. “I can confirm that this is the work of the Taliban,” the Helmand provincial governor’s spokesman Daud Ahmadi told AFP. “Two women and 15 men were beheaded. They were partying with music in... 

Iran quake kills at least 250, injures 2,000

Tehran, Aug 12: The death toll from twin earthquakes in Iran has risen to 250, Iranian state television said on Sunday, while over 2,000 were injured and thousands spent the night outdoors after the quake leveled villages and damaged homes in the country’s northwest. Images broadcast on the main news channel showed dozens of families of sleeping on blankets laid out on the ground in parks. Some... 

Nam Theasam, A Tamil bi-monthly launched in Jaffna!

Jaffna, Aug 7: Nam Theasam (நம் தேசம்), a new Tamil bi-monthly has been launched on Sunday at Jaffna. The Tamil National Peoples Front (TNPF) led by Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam launched this as their party paper named Nam Theasam (Our Nation) at the office. University Student representatives, civil society representatives, journalists, and representatives of the newspapers published... 

South China Sea dispute: China summons US diplomat

Beijing, Aug 5: China has summoned a senior US diplomat in a dispute over the South China Sea. On Friday, the US state department said Beijing was risking an escalation in tensions by establishing a garrison on one of the disputed Paracel islands. The Chinese foreign ministry said the US remarks “disregarded the facts” and “sent a seriously wrong signal”. China lays claim to... 

Malaysia launches 11.5-bln dlr mass transit plan

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 19: Malaysia is to start work on a Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) system in Kuala Lumpur next July, premier Najib Razak announced Saturday, in an bid to ease congestion on the city’s transport network. The 36 billion ringgit (11.5 billion dollar) project, part of the government’s economic transformation plan, will link the city’s disparate commuter lines, Najib said. The...