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6-magnitude earthquake jolts northern Pakistan

Written By kom nampultig on Minggu, 31 Agustus 2014 | 08.20

PESHAWAR: A 6-magnitude earthquake struck northern Pakistan on Sunday, authorities said, though there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

Pakistan Meteorological Department official Mohammad Shahid said people felt the quake in Peshawar and Islamabad. He said its epicenter was in the Hindu Kush mountains on the country's border with Afghanistan and Tajikistan.

The US Geological Survey described the temblor as a magnitude-5.1 quake that struck in Afghanistan, some 280 kilometers (170 miles) northeast of the capital, Kabul. Such conflicting data is common immediately after an earthquake.

Pakistan and the region, along an active continental plate boundary, is often hit by earthquakes. In September 2013, a magnitude-7.7 quake struck Pakistan's Baluchistan province, killing at least 376 people.

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Migrant boat carrying 100 capsizes off Libya

TRIPOLI, Libya: A Libyan coast guard official said a boat carrying more than 100 migrants capsized off the coast near the capital.

Abdel-Latif Mohammed said that the coast guard found the damaged rubber boat early Sunday off the shores of al-Qarbouli, 50 kilometers (30 miles) east of Tripoli. The coast guard has not yet confirmed the number of deaths but estimated the boat carried at least 100 people.

Last week at least 100 African migrants, including five children, drowned in the same area.

Libya has grown increasingly lawless since the 2011 overthrow of dictator Moammar Gadhafi, making it a migration hub for sub-Saharan Africans seeking a better life. Scores are killed every year on the dangerous journey to Europe.

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Five killed as gas cylinder explodes in bus in Tamil Nadu

RAMANATHAPURAM: Five people were charred to death and six injured when an overloaded bus from West Bengal, carrying 80 pilgrims, caught fire after a gas cylinder exploded on board at Tiruppullani near here, police said.

The bus was gutted in the mishap that occurred late on Saturday night when the pilgrims were en route to Kanyakumari after visiting Tirupati and Rameswaram.

Police said the driver of the bus had noticed a spark at the back of the bus through the rear view mirror and had immediately stopped the bus, and asked the passengers to get down. Suddenly one of the two LPG cylinders on board exploded and the fire spread fast helped by strong winds blowing through the coastal area.

The driver of the bus and a tourist guide Srinivasan from Tirukallukundram helped several passengers to get down but 11 persons were trapped by smoke and fire at the rear.

Police said five of them — Viswanath Dass (68) Viswanath Mandal (78), Gopal (70), Durga Sinide (50) and Malathi Nayaki (60) were killed, while six others who were injured had been admitted to the government hospital where the condition of two persons is stated to be serious.

Officials said the bus was overloaded and the 80 passengers, hailing from districts like Hooghly and Midnapore districts, had left West Bengal on August 22.

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Ten pilgrims killed in bus-truck collision in Rajasthan

JODHPUR: Ten pilgrims were killed and 34 others injured, 16 of them seriously, when a bus carrying them collided head-on with a truck in Pali district on Sunday.

The bus carrying pilgrims from different villages of Udaipur was returning from the shrine of Baba Ramdeo near Pokhran when the mishap took place, district magistrate (Pali) Rohit Gupta said.

"When the bus was passing through Manida village on the Pali-Udaipur bypass at about 6am, it collided with a truck coming from the opposite direction", said Gupta.

The accident took place apparently as the driver of one of the vehicles dozed off at the wheel, an official said,

While six passengers died on the spot, four others died on way to the hospital.

"We have rushed 16 passengers, who were seriously injured, to Jodhpur and others have been admitted to the Bangar Hospital in Pali itself," Gupta said.

The Pali administration has announced an ex-gratia relief of Rs 50,000 each for the next of the kin of the deceased from the chief minister's Relief Fund.

The bus was carrying about 45 passengers. While the driver of the truck was missing after the accident, the bus driver was killed in the accident.

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Veteran Telugu film director, artist Bapu passes away

HYDERABAD: Renowned Telugu filmmaker Bapu, also an acclaimed artist, painter, cartoonist and illustrator, passed away in Chennai today following a brief illness.

He was 80. Bapu, whose real name was Sattiraju Lakshminarayana, had been admitted to a private hospital in Chennai a few days ago and he passed away this evening due to a cardiology-related ailment, hospital sources said.

Bapu had begun his career as a director in 1967 with 'Sakshi', which was then screened in international film festivals. He went on to direct about 50 films in his career.

His last film was 'Sriramarajyam' in 2011, which had popular actor Balakrishna, son of late N T Rama Rao, and Nayanatara in the lead.

He received several coveted honours, including Padma Sri from the Union government in 2013 and the prestigious Nandi Award of the Andhra Pradesh government.

Bapu, in combination with his friend and writer Mullapudi Venkata Ramana, made critically-acclaimed and successful films like 'Muthyala Muggu', 'Tyagayya', 'Bhakta Kannapa', 'Pelli Pustakam' and 'Mr Pellam'.

Bapu made a few films in Tamil and Hindi as well. His Hindi films include 'Ham Paanch' and 'Seeta Swayamvar'.

Bapu's 'Vamsa Vriksham' in Telugu was one of the earliest films in the career of veteran Bollywood actor Anil Kapoor.

Bapu was also an artist, painter, cartoonist and illustrator par excellence, whose works signified the benchmark for Teluguness.

In casual conversations, a traditional-looking Telugu girl is often described as "a girl in Bapu's picture".

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4 killed as bus falls into gorge in Meghalaya

Written By kom nampultig on Jumat, 29 Agustus 2014 | 08.21

SHILLONG: Four persons were killed and 30 others injured after a bus they were travelling in fell into a deep gorge in Meghalaya's West Garo Hills district, police said on Friday.

The Shillong-bound bus left the district headquarters Tura on Thursday evening and the accident occurred at around 11pm at Dollonggre village, about 50km away from Tura, the district headquarters.

"At least four persons have died. Five critically injured persons were shifted to a Guwahati hospital," inspector general of police (western range) H Nongpluh said.

Other injured were taken to the Tura Civil Hospital, he said.

The bus had to be cut open to retrieve the bodies and rescue the passengers.

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Iceland volcano alert at red after small eruption, no volcanic ash detected

STOCKHOLM: A small eruption has occurred north of Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano after nearly two weeks of earthquakes in the region but no volcanic ash has been detected, authorities said on Friday.

The estimated 1-km fissure eruption in the Holuhraun area prompted the Icelandic Met Office to raise the warning code for aviation to red, the highest level.

The rumblings at Iceland's largest volcano system, which is covered by a several hundred meters thick glacier, have raised worries of an eruption that could spell trouble for air travel. In 2010, an ash cloud from the Eyjafjallajokull volcano closed much of Europe's airspace for six days.

The eruption just after 0000 GMT took place in a lava field not covered by ice. The risk of an ash cloud is highest in case of a sub-glacial eruption.

"The Icelandic Met Office has raised the aviation colorcode over the eruption site to red and the Icelandic Air Traffic Control has closed down the airspace from the earth up to 18000 feet," Iceland's National Crisis Coordination Centre said.

"No volcanic ash has been detected with the radar system at the moment....Seismic eruption tremor is low indicating effusive eruption without significant explosive activity."

Icelandic Met Office spokeswoman Kristin Gudmundsdottir said activity at the fissure seemed to be unchanged in the morning hours after decreasing two hours after the eruption started.

The red warning code indicates that an eruption is imminent or underway, with a risk of ash.

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Ruckus in J&K assembly over land grab allegations against PDP leaders

SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir assembly was on Friday adjourned for a brief period following pandemonium over alleged involvement of PDP leaders including deputy speaker Sartaj Madni in a land grabbing case.

Speaker Mubarak Gul adjourned the house for ten minutes as opposition members including those from PDP and BJP created noisy scenes in the house and disrupted the Question Hour.

As soon as the house assembled on Friday morning, Madni raised the issue of land grabbing allegations levelled by ruling National Conference legislator Bashir Ahmad Veeri in the Legislative Council on Thursday, which were published in local newspapers.

"I will quit politics if it is proved that I have purchased any land, even one marla (272 square feet), since I started my political career," Madni said.

The matter pertains to conversion of 200 hectares of wetland into agriculture land at Marhama in Bijbehara constituency of Anantnag district alleged by a PDP leader.

Veeri alleged that names of PDP patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed and Madni had also surfaced in the case.

The Legislative Council has already directed the chief secretary to ascertain the documents regarding the land in question and submit a report.

Higher education minister Mohammad Akbar Lone suggested that the speaker constitute a house committee to probe the allegations so that responsibility for the wrongdoing is fixed and punishment meted out to those involved.

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Arrest of Indian nationals: India takes up matter with Kuwaiti govt

NEW DELHI: India has taken up with Kuwait the matter of arrest of nearly two dozens of its nationals there after an incident of a brawl with people of a different country and has asked the Indians to abide by the local law.

The Indian embassy officials have also visited the hospital where about 15 Indians were admitted after the incident, external affairs ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said, adding no Indian was in critical state.

Noting that there is a 750,000-strong community of Indians in Kuwait which was well-respected, the spokesperson said the incident relates to a very small segment of that community.

There was a brawl with some other nationals that led to situation where some of the Indians got arrested and the ministry has immediately taken action and written to Kuwaiti foreign ministry, the spokesperson said.

However, he added that it was imperative for Indians to abide by the local laws and regulations.

He said the mission called the management of the company and tried to ensure that normal food provisions are there for all Indians in the camp. The mission officials have also spoken to the employee and asked them to allay concerns of their Indian workers.

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Gujarat demands Rs 9,000 crore from Modi government for SAUNI scheme

AHMEDABAD: The Gujarat government has demanded a Rs 9,000 crore grant from the Centre for the ambitious Saurashtra Narmada Avtaran Irrigation (SAUNI) scheme to supply of water to Saurashtra. The scheme was announced by Modi himself in September 2012, prior to the Gujarat assembly elections when he was the chief minister.

Under SAUNI, the state government has planned to fill 115 dams of seven districts by a 1,115 km of link pipelines for all four zones.

Highly-placed sources in the state government said that, "Under the Government of India's Accelerated Irrigation Benefits Program (AIBP) scheme, the districts of Saurashtra are eligible under the grant criteria for the SAUNI irrigation scheme. Areas under the SAUNI scheme are drought-prone and have lower irrigation development than the national average. Under the AIBP scheme most areas under the SAUNI scheme are eligible for 90% central funding while a few areas qualify for 70% grants by the Government of India. The remaining will be funded by the state government."

"The total project is worth approximately Rs 10,000 crore, so as per the 90% criteria, the state government has demanded Rs 9,000 crore grants from the Centre. We are hopeful of getting the SAUNI scheme sanctioned under the AIBP scheme shortly," added a source.

Modi, while announcing the scheme, had said that he had a personal commitment to execute the SAUNI Yojana in the next five years, and that the scheme would end the water scarcity problems of Saurashtra.

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