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At least 160 dead in India due to massive heatwave At least 160 people have been killed after sweltering heatwave wreak havoc in the Eastern and Southern India.According to NewsTalk, schools in the regions have been closed and will remain closed until April 26th, as temperatures rises to 45C and above.The Indian states of Orissa, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana are the primary target of the ongoing heatwave, where the majority of deaths in relation to the heatwave have occurred.Officials in Andhra Pradesh were giving out free water and buttermilk in order to help people stay hydrated.Across the country, people have been urged to stay indoors during the hottest hours of the day, as temperatures are on average between 8 and 10 degrees higher than is normally recorded at this time of the year.According to News18, India’s mean temperature has increased 0.6C over the last 110 years, reflecting the rising temperatures across the earth. The India Meteorological Department has warned eight ...

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China unveils steps to support exports to help economy BEIJING: China will take steps to boost exports, including encouraging banks to boost lending, expanding export credit insurance and raise tax rebates for some firms, the cabinet said on Wednesday, in the latest step to underpin growth."Foreign trade is an important part as well as a driving force of the national economy," the State Council said in a statement after a meeting chaired by Premier Li Keqiang.Banks will be encouraged to lend to profitable trading ...

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Kabul attack death toll more than doubles to 64 KABUL: The death toll from a lethal Taliban attack in Kabul has more than doubled to 64, the interior ministry said on Wednesday."It is with regret that I announce that 64 people were killed and 347 others wounded in yesterday's Kabul attack. Most of them are civilians," ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi told reporters.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2016 ...

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India says 330 million people suffering from drought NEW DELHI: About 330 million people are suffering from drought in India, the government has said, as the country reels from severe water shortages and desperately poor farmers suffer crop losses.One of the government's most senior lawyers PS Narasimha told the Supreme Court that a quarter of the country's population, spread across 10 states, have been hit by drought after two consecutive years of weak monsoons.Narasimha said the government had released funds to affected regions ...

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India accused of flipflop on Koh-e-Noor diamond NEW DELHI: India's government was accused Wednesday of reversing its stance on the Koh-e-Noor diamond, after vowing to reclaim the priceless gem just days after the solicitor general said it was gifted to Britain.The 108-carat Koh-e-Noor gem, which came into British hands during the colonial era, is the subject of a historic ownership dispute and has been claimed by at least four countries including India.But India's Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar surprised many on Monday when ...

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UN chief condemns Taliban attack in Kabul THE HAGUE: UN chief Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday strongly condemned a Taliban suicide truck bombing in central Kabul which left 30 people dead and hundreds injured."I would like to express my deepest condolences for the victims and their families and friends," the UN secretary general said at a press conference during a visit to The Hague."I condemn strongly these terrorist attacks," he said, adding "there's no justification whatsoever (for) attacking civilian people as well as ...

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China's Xi tells Party to go online to ease public concerns: Xinhua BEIJING: Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday called on Communist Party officials to use the internet to better understand citizens and address their grievances, said state media, as an economic downturn sparks popular frustration.The party should be patient with internet users, resolve difficulties and correct erroneous opinions in a timely manner, said Xi, according to Xinhua.The government is embracing the internet as a key space in which to shape public discourse, an increasingly pressing issue ...