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Sri Lanka cuts mudslide dead and missing toll to 38 KOSLANDA: Sri Lanka on Saturday reduced to 38 the number of dead and missing from a mudslide at a tea plantation after giving an initial toll of over 300.Police spokesman Ajith Rohana said interviews with survivors and officials found the number of victims was far below early estimates by disaster management authorities."There had been a lot of confusion about the casualties, but we arrived at our figures after a thorough and a proper investigation," Rohana told AFP."We have all the names of the 38 people who are dead or missing."Five bodies have been recovered, Rohana said, as relief workers kept up the search for more victims of Wednesday's disaster.Authorities initially estimated the number of presumed dead at 300 and then reduced the toll to 100 three days ago.Police said they had discovered many of the people thought to be dead or missing were at work or school when their homes ...

Bomb wounds three in Egyptian capital CAIRO: A bomb hidden in a rubbish bin wounded three people in the Egyptian capital before dawn on Saturday, the interior ministry said.The three victims, who suffered slight wounds, were employees of a cleaning service, according to spokesman Hani Abdel Latif.The blast happened at around 4:30 am (0230 GMT).It was unclear who was behind the attack, but militants angered by the overthrow of president Mohamed Morsi last year have claimed responsibility for previous bombings in ...

Decrease in petroleum prices would bring positive impact on masses ISLAMABAD: Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Sheikh Aftab Ahmed said that previous governments have not gifted any major projects to the nation while PML-N has been working with complete devoation to bring relief in the people's lives as soon as possible.Speaking in Nuqta-e-Nazar program of NCAC, he said, "I assure the nation that our economy would grow to a reasonable extent in the next three years and that would bring betterment in the life ...

Three injured as training plane crashes at Islamabad Airport ISLAMABAD: Three persons including a pilot were injured when a small training aircraft crashed at Benazir International Airport on Saturday.According to Pakistan Television (PTV), a small training aircraft of the flying club crashed while landing on the runway of Banazir International Airport leaving three persons including the pilot of the plane injured.Rescue teams reached the spot and shifted the injured to a hospital where injured were being treated.Copyright APP (Associated Press of Pakistan), 2014

Commuters demand cut in transport fares ISLAMABAD: The commuters of twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi have called for bringing down fares of transport, following decrease in fuel prices.The residents have complained that whenever there is rise in fuel prices, transporters increase fares on their own without issuance of formal notification.Now, when the government has reduced oil prices to mitigate problems of the common man, they are reluctant to cut transportation charges. This situation is causing problems for commuters as transporters ...

Nepal bus crash kills 10, including a Russian KATHMANDU: Two passenger buses collided in central Nepal in the early hours of Saturday, killing at least 10 people, including a Russian woman, police said.The buses crashed into each other along a national highway in Makwanpur district, 33 kilometres (20 miles) south of Kathmandu, said local police official Prakash Jung Karki."The accident happened around 2:15 this morning. Ten people have died, including a Russian woman," Karki told AFP.Twenty-nine others -- all Nepalese -- suffered injuries ...


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