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22 climbers dead in quake-triggered avalanche on Mt Everest
KATHMANDU, Apr 26 (Agencirs): At least 22 climbers have died near the base camp of Mt Everest where hundreds of climbers, including many foreigners, are stranded after an avalanche triggered by Nepal's massive earthquake slammed into a part of the camp on the world's highest peak. More than 60 climbers were injured and hundreds of foreign adventurers, hikers and guides at the base camp were feared missing when the avalanche swept down the Everest and buried under snow a section of the mountaineering camp yesterday. While 17 people were killed at the base camp, five more casualties were reported today from areas below the base camp, Home Ministry officials said. "Tents have been blown away," Gelu Sherpa, who was at the camp when disaster struck, said, adding, "There is a lot of confusi...
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Thousands march in US capital against gay marriage
WASHINGTON, Apr 26 (Agencirs): Several thousand people including religious leaders marched in Washington against same-sex marriage as the US Supreme Court prepares to hear arguments on the deeply divisive issue in the coming days. Crowds rallied from the US Capitol to the Supreme Court yesterday, carrying placards reading, "A Child Needs a Father and a Mother" and "March for Truth." The gathering comes with the top court Tuesday set to consider whether same-sex couples have a constitutional right to wed in the US, with a final decision expected in June. Currently, individual states are responsible for determining marriage laws, with 37 out of 50 US states and the capital Washington legalising gay unions. "We will not be silenced... We are not alone," Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, presiden...
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Indian-American Vivek Murthy takes oath as US Surgeon General
FORT MYER (VIRGINIA), Apr 23 (Agencies): Indian-American Vivek Murthy was today administered the oath for the top post of US Surgeon General by Vice President Joe Biden at a ceremonial ceremony here, becoming the youngest-ever in charge of the country's public health. 37-year-old Vivek Hallegere Murthy is now the highest ranking Indian-American in the Obama Administration. "To have the opportunity to serve as Surgeon General is an extraordinary honour and a profound responsibility, and I want to thank President Obama for entrusting me with the stewardship of this office," Murthy said in his address on the occasion. Attended by eminent Indian-Americans, who flew in the military bastion from across the country to attend the Commissioning and Change of Command Ceremony, Murthy took the oa...
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Veto lies with Pak on solution to Indo-China border issue: Natwar Singh
NEW DELHI, Apr 21 (Agencies): Ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's proposed visit to China next month, former External Affairs Minister Natwar Singh today said that it is Pakistan which would have the veto on a "final solution" to the Sino- Indian border issue. "China-India relations are tied up with Sino-Pakistan relations. In a final decision on the Sino-Indian border resolution, Pakistan will have the veto. That is the reality," Singh said. He was speaking at a discussion here at United Services Institute of India on the book, 'India-China Boundary Issues - Quest for Settlement', authored by former ambassador Ranjit Singh Kalha, who had led the Indian side for the India-China Boundary Sub-Group negotiations from 1985 to 1988. Referring to a statement by present External Affairs M...
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China's Xi describes Pakistan as a 'dependable' friend
ISLAMABAD, Apr 21 (Agencies): Chinese President Xi Jinping today lauded Pakistan for its anti-terror campaign, especially for its support in the crackdown on separatists in the restive Muslim-dominated Xinjiang province, at a time when India is pressing Islamabad to contain cross-border terrorism. Xi, on a two-day historic state visit to "all-weather" ally Pakistan, addressed a joint session of Pakistan's parliament which is the first for any Chinese president. Both China and Pakistan "share a common stake in security", Xi told parliament in a speech that was aired live nationally as he linked economic cooperation with security. "Over the years Pakistan has overcome all kinds of difficulties and contributed greatly to the security and stability of China's western border areas and this ...
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China, Pak launch joint think-tank, faces ridicule on Acronym
ISLAMABAD, Apr 21 (Agencies): All-weather allies China and Pakistan have launched their first joint think-tank, the acronym of which became the butt of jokes on social media. The Research and Development International (RANDI), launched around the time of Chinese President Xi Jinping's maiden visit to Pakistan, left some social media users in splits as the acronym sounded like a word in Hindu and Urdu that refers to a 'prostitute' in derogatory terms. Twitter went berserk, with many relating the acronym to the closeness between the two countries. "#Pakistan is now officially #China's #RANDI," said a user called Chandan Sandhu. "Pak finally figured out what they are and created a think tank with china called #RaNdi," another user Prashanth K E tweeted. In one of the more understated re...
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Another temple vandalised in the US, third such incident in 2015
WASHINGTON, Apr 20 (Agencies): A Hindu temple in the US state of Texas has been vandalised with offensive images spray-painted on its walls, the third such incident in the country this year. The number 666 and an upside down cross was spray-painted on the door of the temple in Old Lake Highlands, north Texas. Krishna Singh, who is on the temple's board, said they discovered the graffiti on Monday. "That was a big shock, really...The whole things has been very disturbing to the community," CBS Local quoted Singh as saying. Singh says, the temple wants to add surveillance cameras, better lighting, and a fence to prevent this from happening again. Dallas police sent out detectives with the gang unit who are still searching for suspects. Now devotees will build a fence around the entire...
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Smugglers locked hundreds in hold of capsized boat: Survivor
ROME, Apr 20 (Agencies): A smuggler's boat crammed with hundreds of people overturned off Libya's coast as rescuers approached, causing what could be the Mediterranean's deadliest known migrant tragedy and intensifying pressure on the European Union to finally meet demands for decisive action. Survivor accounts of the number aboard varied, with the Italian Coast Guard saying that the capsized boat had a capacity for "hundreds" of people. Italian prosecutors said a Bangladeshi survivor flown to Sicily for treatment told them 950 people were aboard, including hundreds who had been locked in the hold by smugglers. Earlier, authorities said a survivor told them 700 migrants were on board. It was not immediately clear if they were referring to the same survivor, and Premier Matteo Renzi sai...
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Japan is planning moon mission: Space Agency
TOKYO Apr 20 (Agencies): Japan plans to launch an unmanned mission to the moon as a stepping stone to a future visit to Mars, officials and local media said today. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) unveiled the plan for a moon lander to a council of the cabinet office and the ministry of education, culture, sports science and technology, a JAXA official said. If successful, Japan will be the fourth country to send an unmanned probe to the moon after Russia, the United States and China. "This is an initial step and a lot of procedures are still ahead before the plan is formally approved," the official said. According to the evening edition of the Yomiuri Shimbun, JAXA plans to launch the moon mission as early as the fiscal year starting in April 2018, with a development cos...
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Chinese Prez set to sign USD 46 Bn CPEC deal on Pak visit
ISLAMABAD, Apr 20 (Agencies): Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived here today on his first visit to Pakistan where he is expected to sign a deal for an economic corridor worth USD 46 billion and other agreements to bolster their all-weather strategic ties. The Chinese president and his wife Peng Liyuan were accorded a red-carpet welcome when they landed at the Noor Khan airbase in Rawalpindi. They were received by Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussain, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, army chief Gen Raheel Sharif and members of the cabinet. Xi's aircraft was escorted by JF-17 Thunder jets which Pakistan built with the help of China. Tight security measures have been enforced in the capital while security personnel have been deployed on all vital city roads during Xi's visit. At the airbase,...
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