New Delhi, Apr. 28 (ANI): Union Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Smriti Irani has said that the University Grants Commission (UGC) has initiated several actions against the fake universities. "As per information available with the University Grants Commission (UGC), there are 21 Fake Universities which have been listed in the UGC list of Fake Universities and are functioning in contravention or violation of the UGC Act, 1956 in different parts of the country," she said in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha question.
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- Parliament passes Payments and Settlement Bill
New Delhi, Apr. 28 (ANI): The Parliament has passed a bill to address the problem of insolvency in the payment and settlement system by increasing transparency and stability. The Payments and Settlements Systems Amendment Bill 2014 is also aimed at bringing the country's banking payment system in sync with international practices. The bill was passed by the Rajya Sabha on Monday by voice vote, with members cutting across party lines extending their support to the bill. Moving the amended bill, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said it was needed to address the issue of insolvency.
- Indian naval ship INS Tarangini leaves on 8-month voyage to …
Kochi, Apr. 28 (ANI): INS Tarangini, the sail training ship of Indian Navy, left the port of Kochi on an eight month voyage through Europe to participate in the annual Tall Ship Races and other events organised under the aegis of Sail Training International. In addition to the Tall Ship Races, the ship is also scheduled to participate in the one of its kind race with the newly acquired Oman Navy's sail training ship Shabab Al Oman, from Muscat in Oman to Kochi in India.
- Nepal Quake: Dead bodies of three Indians reach Delhi
New Delhi, Apr. 28 (ANI): The dead bodies of three Indians, killed in the massive earthquake that recently struck Nepal, were brought back here on Tuesday. A fresh batch of Indians, rescued from quake-ravaged Nepal, arrived in the capital earlier today. Around 377 Indians had arrived in the capital on Sunday. Saturday's earthquake, which measured 7.9 on the Richter scale, resulted in the deaths of over 3800 people in Nepal, while 72 people were killed in India.
- School staff pays tribute to Nepal earthquake victims in Mor …
Moradabad, April 27 (ANI): The staff of Bonny Anne Public School in Moradabad held a tribute for the victims of the Nepal earthquake that has claimed over 3,800 lives. "In our school today, the entire staff held a tribute for all those who have lost their lives in the Nepal earthquake. It was not so intensely felt in our area, but people still got worried," said Sunita Bhatnagar, principal of the school. "Apart from this, we will also donate food, clothes and money to organisations so that it can be sent to the victims in Nepal.
- Nepal Quake: Candlelight vigil held in Imphal
Imphal, Apr. 28 (ANI): A candle light vigil was held in Imphal on Tuesday over the massive earthquake in Nepal that has claimed over 3,800 lives.
- More Indians arrive at Delhi airport from quake-hit Nepal
New Delhi, Apr. 28 (ANI): A fresh batch of Indians, rescued from quake-ravaged Nepal, arrived in New Delhi on Tuesday wee hours. I am happy that we have returned," said an Indian national, Payal Agarwal. Around 377 Indians had arrived in the capital on Sunday. Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a crisis management meeting along with Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar.
- Amit Shah slams Rahul Gandhi over Kashmir remark
Agartala, April 27 (ANI) : Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah slammed Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi over his comment on the conflict between India and Pakistan and said that the latter did not see the differences because he had 'Italian' spectacles on. Shah assured that Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government has been strong in dealing with firing from Pakistan and has given maximum priority to the security of the borders, unlike the previous UPA regime. "Rahul baba recently said there is no difference in the Pakistan border during UPA and NDA regime. Earlier there was exchange of fire in the border between the security forces of India and Pakistan and now also the same thing is being repeated.
- Nepal Quake: Foreign students hold candle light vigil in Viz …
Vishakhapatnam, Apr. 28 (ANI): Students from different nationalities held a candle light vigil here on Tuesday over the massive earthquake in Nepal that has claimed over 3,800 lives. They paid tributes to those who lost their lives in earthquake by singing the national anthem of Nepal. The rally was inaugurated and led by Andhra University Vice -chancellor G.S.N.Raju. "So many students from Nepal were studying various courses in Andhra University.Due to God's grace all of their family members were safe but most of them lost their homes.So I am requesting all the vizagites to come forward to help them," said Raju.
- Nepal Quake: PM Modi chairs high-level meet
New Delhi, Apr. 28 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday held a crisis management meeting in wake of the massive earthquake which has claimed over 3,800 lives in Nepal.
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- Angry Nepalis wait for quake help as death toll passes 4,000
By Rupam Jain Nair and Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Shock turned to anger in Nepal on Tuesday as some of the tens of thousands stricken by a devastating earthquake, which killed more than 4,000 people, expressed frustration at what they said was their government's slow response to the crisis. International aid has finally begun arriving in the Himalayan nation of 28 million people after the major quake that struck at about midday on Saturday. A Home Ministry official in the capital, …
- Shock turns to anger as Nepalese wait for quake assistance
By Rupam Jain Nair and Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Shock turned to anger in Nepal on Tuesday, as some of the tens of thousands of people stricken by the weekend's devastating earthquake expressed frustration at what they said was their government's slow response to the crisis. International aid has finally begun to arrive in the Himalayan nation of 28 million people, as the death toll topped 3,900 people. About 6,500 more people were injured in Nepal's most deadly quake in 81 years. …
- Eight million people may be affected by Nepal earthquake, says U.N.
By Nita Bhalla NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Up to eight million people have had their lives disrupted after a deadly earthquake shook Nepal, said the United Nations, adding there was an urgent need for relief materials ranging from tarpaulin sheets and clean water to soap and medicines. The U.N. Children's Fund (UNICEF) said supplies of food and clean drinking water were dwindling after the quake, which was the worst to hit the Himalayan region in more than 80 years. In the …
- Google, Facebook join Red Cross to find thousands missing after Nepal quake
By Nita Bhalla and Joseph D'Urso NEW DELHI/LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - German development worker Caroline Siebald and her boyfriend Charles Gertler, an American glaciologist, were on a rafting trip in Nepal when the earthquake struck and initially panicked about how to let their families know they were safe. After about 30 attempts, Gertler, 25, managed to get a phone call through to his mother in Massachusetts in the United States, and she registered them as safe on Facebook's …
- Nepal scrambles to organise quake relief, many flee capital
By Gopal Sharma, Rupam Jain Nair and Ross Adkin KATHMANDU, Nepal (Reuters) - Nepalese officials scrambled on Monday to get aid from the main airport to people left homeless and hungry by a devastating earthquake two days earlier, while thousands tired of waiting fled the capital Kathmandu for the surrounding plains. By afternoon, the death toll from Saturday's 7.9 magnitude earthquake had climbed to more than 3,700, and reports trickling in from remote areas suggested it would rise …