Ramdev safe in Kathmandu, expresses grief over destruction

New Delhi: Yoga guru Ramdev, who is in Kathmandu for a yoga camp, is safe, his spokesperson said on Saturday after a massive earthquake shook Nepal and parts of India on Saturday morning, causing widespread devastation.

Ramdev had gone there to conduct a five-day session being organised by Patanjali, Nepal chapter.

"Our sessions were from 5 a.m to 7.30 a.m. He then went to a different camp and at the time of the earthquake he was coming out from that session," Ramdev's spokesperson S.K. Tijarawala told IANS.

Kathmandu airport shut, flights from India cancelled

By Sharon Thambala ,

New Delhi: The Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu was indefinitely shut on Saturday after a massive earthquake rocked Nepal just before noon, resulting in the cancellation of all the eight subsequent return flights from India bound for the capital city.

The airport, according to aviation officials here, was opened in the evening, but only for non-commercial and relief operations. Some airlines like SpiceJet said they had been asked by Indian authorities to keep an aircraft ready to lift supplies from here and bring back stranded passengers.

Nepal quake: Avalanche kills 10 climbers on Everest

Kathmandu: A total of 10 people, including foreign climbers, were reportedly killed in an avalanche on Mount Everest which was triggered by a magnitude 7.9 earthquake that hit Nepal on Saturday, a Nepal tourism ministry official said.

However, BBC quoted officials and reports as saying that the quake triggered an avalanche on Mount Everest, killing at least eight people, and another five in Tibet.

An 11-member mountaineering team from the Indian state of Assam on an expedition to Mount Everest in Nepal was reportedly safe.


Death and destruction as quake ravages Nepal, rocks India

By Anil Giri and Aroonim Bhuyan,

Kathmandu/New Delhi : Over 1,500 people were killed and thousands were injured when a massive earthquake - lasting about 20 frightening seconds - and several strong aftershocks caused widespread destruction in Nepal. India too was affected.

In Nepal, buildings were flattened, roads cracked, telephone connectivity snapped and hospitals grappled with a large number of injured who were extricated from the rubble after the country was hit by the temblor at 11.41 a.m. India time.

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

New Delhi: 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 Uttar Pradesh.

After dropping the NDRF team and relief material, the C-130 will perform aerial recce to check road communication to Pokhara.

Meanwhile, an Indian Army expedition team at the Mount Everest base camp, is stated to be safe.

Nepal quake: 10 killed in Pokhara area

Kathmandu: As many as 10 people were killed on Saturday in Nepal's picturesque Pokhara area following a huge earthquake.

Police spokesman Kamal Singh Ban told the media that they have received information about the death of 10 people in the Pokhara area.

However, communication with the rural areas in Nepal has been snapped and they are trying to send out forces wherever possible.


19th-century Kathmandu tower collapses

Kathmandu: The Dharahara, a nine-storeyed 19th-century tower, collapsed here after a huge earthquake shook Nepal and caused widespread devastation on Saturday, a media report said.

Hundreds of people are reportedly trapped in the debris, a posting on Twitter said.

According to bloggers, the tower, built in 1832, was an iconic monument erected by Nepal's first prime minister, Bhimsen Thapa.

It was built as a military watch tower but became one of Kathmandu's key landmarks.


Aftershocks jolt Nepal after massive earthquake

Kathmandu: Nepal was jolted by six aftershocks of varied magnitude following a powerful earthquake measuring 7.9 in Richter Scale, which rattled the Himalayan nation on Saturday.

The US Geological Survey said the epicentre was in Nepal's Lamjung district, some 75 km northwest of capital Kathmandu.

The epicentres of the aftershocks were at 28 km south-southeast of Kodari (5.1 magnitude), 49 km east of Lamjung (6.6), 25 km north-northeast of Nagarkot (5.5), 5 km southeast of Panaoti (4.8), 15 km north-northeast of Nagarkot (5.0) and 25 km south of Kodari (5).


Huge quake rocks Nepal, tremors shake north India

Kathmandu/New Delhi: A strong earthquake measuring 7.5 on the Richter scale rocked Nepal at 11.41 a.m. India time, with tremors felt from Delhi to Guwahati and Srinagar to Jaipur. Even half an hour later, the aftershocks continued.

According to the India Meteorological Department, the depth of earthquake was 10 km and measured 6 on the Richter scale in India. The US Geological Survey said the epicentre was at Lamjung in Nepal - a district some 75 km northwest of capital Kathmandu.

'Lakhvi's release is detrimental to regional security'

Washington: Pakistan's release of the suspected mastermind behind the 2008 Mumbai attacks has the potential of throwing off the dynamic the US has with both New Delhi and Islamabad, according to a national security expert.

The Lahore High Court's approval of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) leader Zaki-ur Rehman Lakhvi's release from prison "thoroughly tanked any near-term prospects for improved relations between the two countries," Whitney Kassel wrote in Foreign Policy magazine