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October 27, 2015

Magnitude 7.5 earthquake hits Afghanistan

Magnitude 7.5 earthquake hits Afghanistan

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Early yesterday afternoon local time, a 7.5 magnitude earthquake hit Afghanistan, Pakistan and North India, with its epicenter in the Hindu Kush mountain range which stretches from Afghanistan to North Pakistan, causing damage to life and buildings. A Wikinews correspondent felt the shock waves in Behror, Rajasthan at 2:50 PM IST (0920 UTC).

Hundreds of people died in this disaster. The death toll is highest in Pakistan. Pakistani officials yesterday afternoon declared over 145 people were found dead. United States Geological Survey reported the earthquake occurred at 212km depth due to reverse faulting. Twelve students died in the rush due to trembles, in an Afghani girls’ school in Takhar, near Badakhshan. Two elderly women in Kashmir died due to heart attack. Some people in Pakistan died by crushing by roof collapse.

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Indian states Punjab, Jammu and Kashmir, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi National Capital Region were affected. Srinagar experienced a power cutoff after the earthquake.

During yesterday afternoon, Indian Prime minister Narendra Modi communicated with Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, volunteering help. He also tweeted “Heard about strong earthquake in Afghanistan-Pakistan region whose tremors have been felt in parts of India. I pray for everyone’s safety.”

Yesterday evening, Pervez Rashid, Pakistani Information Minister, declared Pakistan would not ask for help for resources and rescue work and thanked India for offering help. “We have enough resources to handle the situation. Our top priority is to help those affected because of the earthquake”.

As of earlier today, officials in Pakistan and Afghanistan came up with statistics of 237 deaths in Pakistan and a total rising to 311.

Almost a decade ago, this region suffered an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.6.

Effects in Behror and nearby areas[]

A Wikinews correspondent reports the tremors were felt in Behror, Rajasthan at 2:50 PM IST. In the boys hostel on NIIT University, the students felt the vibrations of cupboards, tables and beds which lasted over a minute. Nobody was harmed because of the shock-waves, but many students came out of their rooms, asking others whether they felt the vibrations or not.

Our correspondent contacted other students in affected areas of India. According to one student the projectors used for delivering lectures in BITS Pilani university in Pilani, Rajasthan started shaking. The students asked the professor to cancel the lecture. A first year B. Tech student said he was in the library, listening to music, when suddenly everyone ran out. Later, when he got out of the library, he came to know it was an earthquake.

Students in ITM Gurgaon in Gurgaon, Haryana were asked to shelter themselves in an open space of the sports ground and return after few minutes. Many of the students left for their home.



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October 26, 2015

Afghanistan hit by magnitude 7.5 earthquake

Afghanistan hit by magnitude 7.5 earthquake

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Yesterday, a 7.5 magnitude earthquake on the Richter scale hit Afghanistan, Pakistan and North India at 1:30 AFT, 2:09 PKT and 2:49 IST. Epicenter of earthquake was in the Hindu Kush mountain range; that stretches from Afghanistan to North Pakistan. The tremors lasted for a couple of minutes causing damage to life and buildings. The shock waves were felt in Behror, Rajasthan at 2:50 PM IST.

Hundreds of people died in this disaster. The quake measured about 4.8 in magnitude in Pakistan, and death toll is highest in Pakistan. Pakistani officials declared over 145 people were found dead. United States Geological Survey confirmed that the earthquake occurred at a depth of 212km due to reverse faulting. Twelve students died in the rush due to trembles, in an Afghani girls’ school in Takhar, Badakhshan. An elderly woman in Kashmir died due to heart attack. Some people in Pakistan died by crushing by roof collapse.

The Map of the disaster
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Indian states Punjab, Jammu and Kashmir, Rajasthan, Uttrakhand and Delhi National Capital Region were affected. Srinagar experienced a power cutoff after the earthquake. Delhi Metro service was stopped when the tremor effects were felt.

That evening, Pervez Rashid, Pakistani Information Minister declared that Pakistan would not ask for help for resources and rescue work and thanked India for offering help. “We have enough resources to handle the situation. Our top priority is to help those affected because of the earthquake.”

At 11:30 PM PKT, Pakistani officials came up with statistics of 228 deaths, with the total rising to 263. Earlier, Indian Prime minister Narendra Modi communicated with Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, volunteering help. He also tweeted “Heard about strong earthquake in Afghanistan-Pakistan region whose tremors have been felt in parts of India. I pray for everyone’s safety.”

Almost a decade ago, this region suffered an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.6.

Effects in Behror[]

A Wikinewsie reports the tremors were felt at 2:50 PM IST. In the boys hostel on NIIT University, the students felt the vibrations of cupboards, tables and beds which lasted over a minute. Nobody was harmed because of the shock-waves, but many students came out of their rooms, asking others weather they felt the vibrations or not.



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February 3, 2013

Five accused of Delhi gang rape and murder plead not guilty

Five accused of Delhi gang rape and murder plead not guilty

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Five men pleaded not guilty yesterday to the rape and murder of a 23-year-old Delhi student. They face 13 charges and the death penalty in a specially set up “fast track court”.

The accused, Vinay Sharma, Pawan Kumar, Ram Singh, Mukesh Singh and Akshay Thakur, signed statements in the court declaring their innocence. The five men could face the death penalty if convicted. The men, on Saturday filed in to the court room with their faces covered, and are next expected to be back in court for a hearing on Monday for the formal start of the trial.

A sixth accused, who is believed to be a 17-year-old, will be tried in a juvenile court and faces a maximum sentence of three years in a reform facility if found guilty. A juvenile board said it accepted school records showing the juvenile as having been born on June 4, 1995. Police had been seeking a bone ossification test, suspecting that he is older than 17; however, the board rejected it stating that it would not be necessary.

The victim, a 23-year-old medical student, and a male friend were attacked after boarding a bus on December 16 in South Delhi. Police said that the six men accused, beat her male friend with a metal bar and raped her. The victims were then thrown from the bus naked on the roadside and the woman died from internal injuries two weeks later in Singapore.

The attack set off protests nationwide, sparking debates about the treatment of women in India. On Friday, the Indian cabinet approved an ordinance to introduce harsher penalties for crimes against women, including the death penalty in extreme cases of rape. It also approved increasing the maximum seven year sentence for rape to twenty years as well as stricter punishments for crimes such as stalking, cyber stalking and voyeurism. Ashwani Kumar the Indian Law Minister, said, “We have taken swift action and hope these steps will make women feel safer in the country.”



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August 1, 2012

North India blackout affects over one half billion people

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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

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A massive grid failure in India‘s capital city, Delhi, and other northern and eastern states left more than 600 million people without electricity, enrolling itself in the list of ‘World’s Biggest Blackout’. The power outage began Monday at 2:48 IST (21:18 Sunday GMT), affecting fourteen states, followed by another power outage yesterday that began at 13:02 IST (7:32 GMT), affecting at least nineteen or twenty states.

States affected include Delhi, Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, Odisha, Jharkhand, Sikkim, Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, and Arunachal Pradesh.

Blackouts are a common thing in much of India, including major cities. Even in the nation’s capital of New Delhi, rolling blackouts are common, especially during the hot summer season when demand far outstrips supply. Rural areas are most severely affected; it is common for 44% of rural households having access to electricity to lose power for more than 12 hours each day.

Hospitals and transport systems are a priority, so the authorities are trying to restore the services there.

Home Minister, until yesterday Power Minister, Sushil Kumar Shinde suggested some states had attempted to draw more power than permitted due to higher consumption. Spokesperson for Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (PGCIL) and the Northern Regional Load Despatch Centre (NRLDC) stated that Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, and Haryana were the states responsible for the overdraw. PGCIL’s chairman also stated that electrical service was restored “at a record time”.

“We’ll find out the reason and see that such kind of things are avoided in the future,” Ram Nayak, the head of state-run Power Grid Corporation, said.

A senior director for an Indian power company described the outage as “a fairly large breakdown that exposed major technical faults in India’s grid system. Something went terribly wrong which caused the backup safety systems to fail.”



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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

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A massive grid failure in India‘s capital city, Delhi, and other northern and eastern states left more than 600 million people without electricity. The power outage began Monday at 2:48 IST (21:18 Sunday GMT), affecting fourteen states, followed by another power outage yesterday that began at 13:02 IST (7:32 GMT), affecting at least nineteen or twenty states.

States affected include Delhi, Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, Odisha, Jharkhand, Sikkim, Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, and Arunachal Pradesh.

Hospitals and transport systems are a priority, so the authorities are trying to restore the services there.

Home Minister, until yesterday Power Minister, Sushil Kumar Shinde suggested some states had attempted to draw more power than permitted due to higher consumption. Spokesperson for Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (PGCIL) and the Northern Regional Load Despatch Centre (NRLDC) stated that Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, and Haryana were the states responsible for the overdraw. PGCIL’s chairman also stated that electrical service was restored “at a record time”. “We’ll find out the reason and see that such kind of things are avoided in the future,” Ram Nayak, the head of state-run PGCIL, said.

A senior director for an Indian power company described the outage as “a fairly large breakdown that exposed major technical faults in India’s grid system…Something went terribly wrong which caused the backup safety systems to fail.”



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July 31, 2012

North India Blackout

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A massive grid failure in India‘s capital city, Delhi, and other northern states including Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, Orissa, Jharkhand, Sikkim, Assam, Meghalaya, Tripura, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh, left more than 600 million people without electricity on 31st July. This is considered as one of the world’s worst blackout to hit the planet in more than a decade. This blackout is a power outage that began on 30 July 2012 at 2:48 AM (IST (21:18 GMT) in India, affecting 14 states, followed by another power outage the next day, July 31, that began at 13:02 PM (IST (7:32 GMT), affecting 20 states.

Blackouts are a common thing in much of the country, including major cities. Even in the nation’s capital of New Delhi, rolling blackouts are common, especially during the hot summer season when demand far outstrips supply. Rural areas are the most severely affected; it is common for 44% of rural households having access to electricity to lose power for more than 12 hours each day.

Hospitals and transport systems are a priority, so the authorities are trying to restore the services there.

On the day of the collapse, Power Minister, Sushil Kumar Shinde, stated that the exact cause of the failure was unknown, but that at the time of the failure, electricity use was “above normal”. He speculated that some states had attempted to draw more power than permitted due to higher consumption. Spokesperson for Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (PGCIL) and the Northern Regional Load Despatch Centre (NRLDC) stated that Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Haryana were the states responsible for the overdraw. PGCIL’s chairman also stated that electrical service was restored “at a record time”.

“We’ll find out the reason and see that such kind of things are avoided in the future,” Ram Nayak, the head of state-run Power Grid Corporation, said.

Whatever the reason it might be, but this blackout is a fairly large breakdown that exposed major technical faults in India’s grid system. Something went terribly wrong which caused the backup safety systems to fail.



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July 30, 2012

Power outage in Nine States of North India

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Power broke down today at 2:30 am (IST) in nine states in India: Delhi, Jammu, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Uttaranchal. The power failure took place due to technical problem in one of the grids at Agra due to which the North India woke up to a dark. The failure affected all the essential services like Metro (rail) in New Delhi, Water Supply, Trains, Air Ports. This failure also affected half a dozon water treatment plants of Delhi. Even the traffic signals on the roads are not working causing the chaos in the city. As on 11.00 am ist the Metro has started running and about 40% power supply has been restored.



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September 26, 2011

Delhi earns UN carbon credits

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The UN has certified that the Delhi Metro has aided in the reduction of greenhouse gases, earning ‘carbon credits’. This makes the Delhi Metro the first of its kind in the world to do so.

This comes under the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) of the UN under the Kyoto Protocol. The UN said the rail based system has helped to save 630,000 tonnes of pollution a year. The credits to the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) are worth $9.5 million for each of the next seven years. More credits would be given for more passengers on the system.

The credits are designed as a financial incentive for developing countries to reduce greenhouse emissions.

The Delhi Metro was started in 2002. According to the DMRC, it has reduced road traffic by more than 91,000 vehicles per day.

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September 7, 2011

Bomb blast in Delhi kills 12, injures 62

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It is in the second time in four months that a blast occurred outside the Delhi High Court complex. An explosion on May 25 triggered panic prompting the authorities to sound a high alert in the capital and tighten security at public places, however no one was injured in that blast.

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Twelve people were reported killed and 62 people injured in a terrorist attack outside gate number 5 of Delhi High Court, in India’s capital New Delhi at around 10:15am (4:45 am GMT) on Wednesday.

According to home secretary RK Singh, the explosives were hidden in a briefcase placed in the reception of the high court. At that moment hundreds of people were present on the site to get passes to attend court cases. Islamic fundamentalist organization Harkat-ul-Jihad al-Islami claimed the responsibility for these blasts. In an email sent to the media, the group demanded immediate repeal of the the death penalty given to Mohammed Afzal Guru, a terrorist involved in the attack on the Indian Parliament in 2001. They also warned that they could target other high courts and the Supreme Court of India.

Victims injured in the attack have been taken to All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, and Safdarjang Hospital. As the accident site is not far from the Parliament and the Prime Minister’s Office, the Delhi Police have cordoned off the area.

Politicians including the Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader L. K. Advani, former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu M. Karunanidhi, Indian National Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi, and BJP president Nitin Gadkari have condemned the attacks, as have numerous celebrities on Twitter.

“My heart goes out to the bereaved families and to those who are injured I convey my best wishes,” Manmohan Singh said in a statement to the Indian journalists accompanying him on his two-day Bangladesh visit.

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April 25, 2011

Renowned Indian guru Śrī Satya Sai Baba dies aged 84

Renowned Indian guru Śrī Satya Sai Baba dies aged 84

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Śrī Satya Sai Baba, one of India’s most prominent spiritual leaders and revered by millions of followers worldwide, died Sunday in a Puttaparthi hospital, following a cardiac arrest. He was 84 and had been in hospital since last month, suffering from kidney failure and respiratory problems.

Followers and devotees of Śrī Baba considered him to be the manifestation of a “living God” on Earth and believed he had powers of magic, such as being able to pull things from out of thin air.

Former Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee was one of Śrī Baba’s followers, as was international test cricketer Sachin Tendulkar.

Worshippers carried Baba’s image through the streets of Bangalore and extra police were deployed in his hometown of Puttaparthi. In Delhi, masses gathered in temples and some refused to accept Baba’s death.

With an estimated six million followers, Baba saw donations allow for the expansion of his home village to include many temples, a hospital offering free medical care, a university, and an airport. His first permanent facility opened 60 years ago.

Born Sathyanarayana Raju, Baba decided at the age of fourteen that he was the reincarnation of 19th-century guru Sai Baba of Shirdi. The legend runs that Baba was stung by a scorpion and then sang religious chants in a language previously unknown to him. He predicted his death in 2019, as well as a third and final reincarnation in Karnataka state in 2023.

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Nobody has been appointed to take over running the trust that promotes the faith, which has over 1,200 centres worldwide. There are fears the family and trust could argue, leading to a government takeover. “If the government has to take over the affairs of Sai Baba’s mission that could spell its end,” warned one devotee.

“Some people out of their mean-mindedness are trying to tarnish the image of Sai Baba,” said Baba in 2000, after allegations of sexual abuse were made against him by young men, claims the BBC highlighted in 2004. “I am not after name and fame. So, I do not lose anything by their false allegations. My glory will go on increasing day by day,” Baba added.

Claims that Śrī Baba was a charlatan and allegations of sexual abuse dogged him constantly. In 1993, six people “died violently in the spiritual leader’s private rooms,” The Guardian reported. No full explanation has ever been given for the deaths, though speculation of a money dispute has been raised.

In a statement, current Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said that the death of the guru was an “”irreparable loss” to India, adding, “He was a spiritual leader who inspired millions to lead a moral and meaningful life even as they followed the religion of their choice.”

The guru’s body is being kept at the hospital amid appeals for his devotees not to flood them to see his body. The public viewing of Śrī Baba’s body will take place Monday and Tuesday, and a funeral will follow. There are to be four days of mourning in his home state, Andhra Pradesh, by decree of the state government.



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