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Tremors felt in Uttar Pradesh

Lucknow : Fresh tremors across many parts of Uttar Pradesh created panic on Sunday.

The quake jolted Lucknow, Kanpur, Agra, Noida, Allahabad, Sultanpur, Sant Kabeernagar, Shrawasti, Gonda and Bahraich.

Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav was personally monitoring the situation, an official of the home department told IANS.

In the earthquake that jolted the state on Saturday, more than a dozen people were killed and over 20 injured.

Poor connectivity hinders business with northeast India: Vietnam envoy

By Rupesh Dutta,

New Delhi : India’s northeast is considered the gateway to Southeast Asia and crucial for its Act East Policy, but Vietnam's envoy here says that poor road and air connectivity are a hindrance to developing tourism and other economic linkages with it.

"There is need for the Vietnam tourism industry to earn revenue. But there is no point in the Southeast Asian nations to endorse tourism in India's northeast, as the people and the region are similar to ours," Vietnam's Ambassador to India Ton Sinh Thanh told IANS:


PM calls high-level review meeting on quake

New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi called a high-level meeting at 3.30 p.m. on Sunday to review the situation in the wake of a massive quake that hit Nepal and India on Saturday.

The Prime Minister's Office tweeted: "Today (Saturday) at 3:30 P.M. the prime minister has called a high-level meeting to review the situation arising due to the Earthquake."

"The review meeting called by the PM (Modi) at 3:30 p.m. will be looking at the relief work and other issues arising due to the earthquake."


Fresh quake hits northeast India, neighbouring countries

Agartala/Aizawl : Fresh quake rocked the entire northeastern India and adjoining areas on Sunday, a Met official said.

There are no immediate report of loss of life or properties from anywhere in the region, comprising eight states.

"A moderate intensity earthquake measuring 6.9 on the Richter scale hit most parts of northeastern states and Nepal, Myanmar and Bangladesh," Tripura meteorological department director Dilip Saha told IANS in Agartala.

"The earthquake occurred at 12.39 p.m. Reports of any loss of life and property are yet to be received," he added.

Metro services halted in Kolkata following fresh tremors

Kolkata : Kolkata Metro railway services were halted on Sunday as a safety measure after fresh tremors hit Kolkata and other parts of West Bengal.

A Metro railway spokesperson said trains were halted at 12.42 p.m. as a precautionary measure. "We will carry out all safety checks before resuming the services, hopefully soon," the spokesman said.

A spokesman with the regional meteorological centre here said the quake measured 6.9 on the Richter scale in Kolkata and was felt at 12.40 p.m.

Shopping malls were also evacuated soon after the quake.


Panic-stricken Tripura woman dies after quake

Agartala : A 35-year-old woman died of heart attack after she panicked during the earthquake in Tripura, an official said here on Sunday.

"Krishna Sinha became frightened during the earthquake on Saturday. She suffered cardiac arrest at her home in Betchara village in Unakoti district (Tripura). She was shifted to a hospital where she died at night," said an official of the disaster management control room.

The official said several buildings, mostly offices, were affected due to the earthquake and cracks were visible in many houses across Tripura.

Rs.2 lakh compensation for families of quake dead

New Delhi : The central government on Sunday announced a compensation of Rs.2 lakh each to the families of those killed in the earthquake across India.

"The government of India has announced compensation of Rs.2 lakh each, to families of those who lost their lives in yesterday's (Saturday) earthquake across parts of India," an official statement said.

More NDRF teams headed for Nepal for quake relief: Rajnath

New Delhi : Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday said six more teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) are being sent to Nepal in addition to the 10 teams that have already been rushed for quake relief.

Singh, who reviewed the ongoing relief and rescue operations in quake-hit areas of Nepal and India on Sunday, tweeted: "Six more NDRF teams will be despatched to earthquake affected areas in Nepal. 10 teams were already pressed into action."


Four IAF planes return with 540 Indians from Nepal

New Delhi : Four Indian Air Force aircraft have returned from Kathmandu with 540 stranded Indians, officials said on Sunday

More flights are planned for Sunday, the ministry of external affairs said.

External affairs ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup tweeted: "Four flights have returned from KTM (Kathmandu) with stranded Indians. Ten flights planned for the day with personnel and relief."

The ministry has also started a Twitter handle for the quake control room @MEAcontrolroom as well as an email

Two from Jammu killed in Nepal earthquake

Jammu : Two people from Jammu and Kashmir have been killed in Nepal earthquake, a source said here on Sunday.

Former minister and senior PDP leader Sardar Rangil Singh told IANS over phone from Delhi: "Sardar Sujan Singh and his son who belong to Bhor camp (Satwari) in Jammu have died in Nepal earthquake."

"The father and his son were running a Punjabi dhaba in Kathmandu," said Rangil Singh, also a leading transporter here.