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‘Belt’ technology offers quick repair post-earthquake

London, April 25: 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 […]

Nepal quake: MEA opens control room

New Delhi, April 25: 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. […]

Is Nepal’s Pashupatinath temple safe?

Kathmandu, April 25: 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 […]

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

(by Chaitanya Mallapur): 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 […]

UltraTech Cement posts lower profit in FY15

Chennai, April 25: 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. […]

Officials asked to restore communication lines along Indo-Nepal border

New Delhi, April 25: 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. Expressing his […]

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

New Delhi, April 25: 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 […]

Short-term courses for Indian healthcare professionals

New Delhi, April 25: 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 […]

Modi directs immediate dispatch of relief to quake-hit areas

New Delhi, April 25: 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 […]

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

New Delhi, April 25: 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 […]

Delhi government to name scheme after Gajendra Singh

New Delhi, April 25: 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”, […]

Tibetan PM saddened over Nepal quake

Dharamsala, April 25: 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 […]

When the earth shook in Nepal

Kathmandu, April 25: It was a morning like no other. Life in Kathmandu was proceeding slowly with people enjoying the weekend when it happened. The earth shook! People ran out from homes, shops screaming. With the quake measuring 7.9 on the Richter scale, over 1,000 buildings, including historical structures, collapsed. There is no electricity here. […]

Girl dies as water tank collapses in Rajasthan

Jaipur, April 25: An eight-year-old girl was killed and at least 22 people were injured when the roof of a water tank collapsed in a Rajasthan village, police said on Saturday. The incident occurred on Friday evening at Solankiya village in Barmer district, over 600 kms from here. The village with a population of over […]

BSF rescues two Bangladeshi girls from traffickers

Kolkata, April 25: The BSF on Saturday rescued two Bangladeshi girls, including a minor, while they were being trafficked into West Bengal, an official said. A 12-year-old girl, a resident of Bangladesh’s Satkhira district, was rescued from near the Khararmath border outpost in North 24 Parganas district, while an 18-year-old girl hailing from Kishoreganj in […]

Make skill development nationwide programme: Himachal CM

New Delhi, April 25: Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh on Saturday stressed the need to make skill development a countrywide programme. He also emphasised the need to initiate capacity building programmes to create skill providers and trainers. Speaking at a meeting of the sub-group of chief ministers on skill development here, he said his […]

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