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6.5 earthquake rocks China-Kyrgyzstan border region

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A 6.5-magnitude earthquake has shaken an area near the China-Kyrgyzstan border, in the vicinity of China’s Xinjiang Uyghur autonomous region. The mountainous area is largely uninhabited, with the closest settlement being the Kyrgyz town of Sary-Tash some 30 kilometers away. The epicenter of the quake lay about nine kilometers deep, according to the US Geological Survey.

СCTV reports tremors were felt in the Chinese cities of Kashgar and Artux. Earthquakes happen in the region quite often due to the seismic activity of the India and Eurasia continental plates. Another minor, 3.8-magnitude quake shook the region just a few days ago on June 24.

 

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Key Indian equity indices trade flat in morning session

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Mumbai, July 16: The key Indian equity indices was trading flat-to-negative on Monday soon after opening.

The 30-scrip Sensitive Index (Sensex), was trading 15.79 points or 0.04 per cent lower soon after opening.

The wider 50-scrip Nifty of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) was also trading 23.30 points or 0.21 per cent lower at 10,995.70 points.

The Sensex of the BSE, which opened at 36,658.71 points, was trading at 36,525.84 points (at 9.30 a.m.), lower 15.79 points or 0.04 per cent from the previous day’s close at 36,541.63 points.

The Sensex touched a high of 36,658.71 points and a low of 36,496.65 points in the trade so far.

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Over 4,000 pilgrims leave Jammu for Amarnath Yatra

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Jammu, July 16: Over 1,87,300 pilgrims have so far performed this year’s Amarnath Yatra as another batch of 4,195 pilgrims left Jammu for the Valley on Monday.

“A total of 4,195 Yatris left Bhagwati Nagar Yatri Niwas in two batches of 2,455 and 1,740 for the Valley in escorted convoys. Of these, 2,455 Yatris are headed for Baltal while 1,740 are going to Pahalgam base camp,” police said.

The 60-day long Yatra will end on August 26 coinciding with the Shravan Purnima festival.

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BJP MP’s daughter among 19 summoned in Assam’s cash-for-jobs scam

Police officer Pallabi Sharma is the daughter of Bharatiya Janata Party’s Lok Sabha MP from Tezpur, R.P. Sharma,” said a senior official on the probe team.

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BJP's Lok Sabha MP R.P. Sharma

Guwahati, July 15 (IANS) The daughter of BJP’s Lok Sabha MP R.P. Sharma is among 19 government officials issued summons on Sunday by the Assam Police in the multi-crore cash-for-jobs scam.

The Dibrugarh police, which is probing the case, has asked these officials to appear at the Special Branch Headquarters in Kahilipara area here on July 18 to give their handwriting samples for forensics tests.

These 19 include 13 officials of Assam Civil Service Officers, three of Assam Police Service and three of allied services. “Police officer Pallabi Sharma is the daughter of Bharatiya Janata Party’s Lok Sabha MP from Tezpur, R.P. Sharma,” said a senior official on the probe team.

The official said that police has already collected substantial evidence against the 19 for their alleged involvement in the job scam.

Certain top officials of the Assam Public Service Commission, which holds the two-stage examination for selecting candidates for plum state jobs, allegedly accepted huge bribes over several years for selecting the candidates.

Over 30 Assam civil and police as well as allied services officers have so far been arrested in the scam, apart from then APSC Chairman Rakesh Kumar Paul, two commission members, and other officials.

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