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New FM of Nepal for friendly ties with neighbours

The Newly elected Minister for Foreign Affairs of Nepal Dr Prakash Sharan Mahat assured that he would establish friendly ties with the neighbouring countries based on trust and mutual understanding.

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State of emergency declared in Italy quake zone.


Italy has declared a state of emergency in the regions worst hit by Wednesday's earthquake as hopes of finding more survivors fade. Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has pledged 50 million euros in funds for rebuilding. At least 250 people are now known to have died and 365 were injured. Teams have continued to search the rubble of toppled buildings for a second night. However, hundreds of aftershocks have hampered the efforts of the 5,000 rescuers.

Italy earthquake: Aftershocks hamper rescue efforts.

Hundreds of aftershocks have rocked devastated areas of central Italy, hampering search efforts after a deadly earthquake. A strong tremor with magnitude 4.3 struck on Thursday afternoon, sending rescuers fleeing from already fragile buildings.

About 5,000 rescue workers are combing through rubble for survivors using heavy machinery or bare hands. At least 250 people are now known to have died afterWednesday's quake.

Death toll from Italy earthquake rises to 159.


At least 159 people have been killed and 368 injured in an earthquake that hit a mountainous area of central Italy. The magnitude-6.2 quake struck at 03:36 local time, 100 kilometers north-east of Rome, not far from Perugia.

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Turkish tanks roll into northern Syria.

A dozen Turkish tanks have rolled across the Syrian border after heavy shelling of an area held by so-called Islamic State.
Military sources told Turkish media 70 targets in the Jarablus area had been destroyed by artillery and rocket strikes, and 12 by air strikes.

Earthquake strikes Central Italy

An earthquake of 6.2 magnitude has struck central Italy, leaving at least 13 people dead and others trapped under rubble. The USGS said the quake hit at 03:36 a.m.
local time, 76 kilometers southeast of the city of Perugia, at the very shallow depth of 10 kilometers. The mayor of one town told Italian radio that "half the town is gone".
In Rome, some buildings shook for 20 seconds. A family of four had been found under rubble in the town of Accumoli. Meanwhile the Police said two people had died in the nearby village of Pescara del Tronto.

Paris tourism hit by militant attacks, strikes and floods.

Figures show that attacks by Islamist militants, strikes and floods have caused a big fall in tourism in Paris. There were a million fewer visitors, a 6.2 percent drop, between January and June compared with the same period in 2015.

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Sushma asks jobless in Saudi to return

The Indian government has asked stranded Indian workers in Saudi Arabia to return without waiting for unpaid salaries from their Saudi employers.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj used the social media to reach out to the affected Indian nationals asking them to return without waiting for their dues.

The issue erupted on July 30 when External Affairs Minister announced from her Twitter handle that 10,000 Indian nationals were facing a “food crisis” in Saudi Arabia as they had not been paid salaries for several months. The crisis was due to non-payment of salaries for Indian nationals.

Following the Indian initiative, the Saudi government pitched in with food, medical and transport support for the jobless workers and promised to give “exit visas” to those without no-objection certificates.

PM Dahal directs transport authorities for effective services

In Nepal ,Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal has directed the concerned authorities to make transport-related government services effective and efficient as well as friendly for service-seekers.

Issuing directives to Minister for Physical Infrastructure and Transport PM Dahal urged them to develop three more transport service centres in the Kathmandu Valley – two in Kathmandu and one in Bhaktapur – for the purpose.



The new centres would help ease the process of issuing driving licences, renewing bill books and receiving route permits.

He had also directed Minister Lekhak and Secretary Karki to manage online registration system and utilise school and college buildings for driving licence examinations.

Germans told to stock up for a disaster

For the first time since the Cold War the German government is advising citizens to stockpile food and water for use in a national emergency. Some opposition MPs said the new civil defence concept, to go before ministers, was scaremongering.

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