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After the continuous coverage and camping in Nepal to show earthquake disaster that hit the country on April, the people of Nepal are requesting Indian media to leave now. The Twitter has been flooded with tweets ridiculing Indian media under the trend #GoHomeIndianMedia, that has been trending at top. “As a human, show your humanity. There are enough programs in this world of television where people can see dramatic shows, family serials, horror shows and nonsense reality shows. You do not have to add more at least in this time of crisis,” read a letter from Nepal to Indian media.

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A Bhartiya Janta Party leader and member of legislative assembly from Madhya Pradesh, Rameshwar Sharma, has kicked-off a fresh controversy by saying that Muslims should taste cow urine and sing Vande Mataram, if they want to enter Garba festival. He made the statement at a meeting with Hindu Utsav Samiti in Bhopal, Zee News reported. He also added that the Muslims who want to enter the venue should be accompanied by their female family members as it will ensure they will conduct themselves well and not eye Hindu girls, the report added. Earlier, another BJP MLA from the state, Usha Thakur had told reporters

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A prosecution witness in a case involving three bombings in Mumbai in 2002 has accused police of torture. The witness recently told a special court in Mumbai that the police forced him to drink the urine of an accused and have “sex with a stray dog” while he was in custody 12 years ago. According to a report in The Indian Express, after he was arrested by the police, the man was made to drink from a gutter, drink urine of an accused and also have sex with a stray dog. The daily quotes from the witness’ statement: “I was made to drink gutter water

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An earthquake measuring 5.5 magnitude on the richter scale jolted various parts of Pakistan’s northwest Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province today, triggering panic among the people. According to the meteorological department, the epicenter of the earthquake was the area of Tajikistan-Pakistan border and its depth was 144 km, Dawn online reported. The tremor was felt in Malakand, Swat, Upper and Lower Dir districts of the province. The quake came days after a powerful 7.9 temblor jolted Nepal and neighboring areas in China and India, leaving thousands dead and scores injured. In 2005, the country was hit by a 7.6 magnitude earthquake that killed

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Renu Fotedar Kashmiri-Australian Renu Fotedar, has been killed in the avalanche on Mount Everest following the earthquake in Nepal, says Dreamers Destination – a trekking company. The avalanche also killed 19 other people. The company has confirmed that the body of Fotedar is being taken to Kathmandu. The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade tonight confirmed Fotedar’s death. The Sky News reported today that a representative of Dreamers Destination said Fotedar’s body had been recovered. “She’s on the way to Kathmandu right now. She’s from Australia.” According to her social media profile, Fotedar completed her MBA at the University

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Death toll in Nepal earthquake has crossed 3,300 on Monday. Officials have warned that the number of casualties could rise as rescue teams reach remote mountainous areas of western Nepal. Over 5,000 people were also injured in the earthquake and the dozen aftershocks that continued till today, with the strongest measuring 6.7 on the Richter scale. Rescuers have been hunting for survivors under heaps of debris with bare hands as well as heavy equipment though the efforts have been hampered due to fresh tremors and thunderstorms. Thousands of injured earthquake survivors are being treated at public hospitals in Kathmandu and the

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At least 35 people have been killed and nearly 150 injured due to heavy rains and windstorm in Peshawar on Sunday, ARY News reported. According to the details emerging from reports, severe storm hammered different areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa including Peshawar, Charsadda and Naushera, followed by heavy rains on Sunday. “Roofs were blown off several houses as heavy winds hit parts of the province today, collapsing walls and poles there. As a consequence, at least 35 people were killed and nearly 150 injured in different incidents,” reports confirmed. ARY News reported that the officials of the Provincial Disaster Management Authority

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  As Nepal tries to recover from aftermath of the massive earthquake that devastated the Himalayan nation yesterday, tech giants Google and Facebook have joined in the relief efforts. While Google has opened its Person Finder tool for the purpose, Facebook has activated its ‘Safety Check’ feature to help victims of the deadly earthquake. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg posted a status update announcing the feature. He said: “When disasters happen, people need to know their loved ones are safe. It’s moments like this that being able to connect really matters. My thoughts are with everyone who’s been caught up in this tragedy.”

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The massive earthquake of 7.9 magnitude that hit Nepal on Saturday has left more than 1,807 people dead and 4,721 injured. The quake has killed 70 in Rasuwa, 57 in Kavre, 40 in Gorkha, 35 in Dhading, 10 in Okhaldhunga, nine in Makwanpur, six in Sunsari and two each in Bhojpur and Solukhumbu. Nearly 550 Indians have been evacuated by the IAF from earthquake-hit Nepal. In the wake of the disaster, the government has declared national crisis and established a fund of 500 million Nepali rupees (about $4 million) for the reconstruction of the damaged infrastructures. The tremor also shook

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Five people, including two children, were killed when buildings collapsed in different parts of Bihar following a massive earthquake that hit several places across India and Nepal on Saturday. Nepal’s Ministry of Home Affairs says more than 150 people have died in the capital, Kathmandu, following a 7.9 magnitude earthquake, CNN reported. The epicentre of the earthquake is in Lamjung in Nepal. Nitish Kumar, who reached Delhi on Friday evening, is expected to soon return to Patna. According to TV reports, NDRF teams have been sent to Bihar for relief and rescue measures. There have been reports of houses collapsed in Uttar Pradesh

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