Tent cities have sprung up for those displaced by the earthquake in Nepal, which is now reported to have killed some 2,500 people.

Many residents of the capital, Kathmandu, lost their homes as a result of the tremor.

And others are afraid to return to their homes - especially after strong aftershocks hit the region yesterday.

It is thought hundreds of thousands of people in central Nepal have been spending a second night outdoors.

The tremor also unleashed avalanches on Mount Everest, which killed at least 17 people and injured 61 others.

Efforts to dig victims out from under the rubble of collapsed buildings in Kathmandu have been continuing.

Rescue missions and aid have started arriving to help cope with the aftermath of the worst earthquake to hit Nepal for more than 80 years.

Meanwhile, the death toll In Bihar India yesterday, rose to 51 with a powerful tremor hitting the State again in the afternoon creating panic among residents.

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Leader of the National Movement for a Just Society, Venerable Maduluwawe Sobitha Thera has decided to stage a continuous Sathyagraha in a bid to urge the authorities to enact the 19th Amendment to the Constitution.

Convener of the movement Saman Rathnapriya stated that Sobitha Thera will hold the Sathyagraha at the Independence Square at 10 am.

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Members of Parliament will take up for debate the Draft Bill of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution when Parliament meets this morning.

Minister Piyasena Gamage stated that the debate will commence around 9.30 in the morning.

The Minister further stated that the SLFP has decided to vote in favor to pass the draft bill.

He also stated that the central committee and the executive council have given the nod.

Meanwhile, Deputy Minister Eran Wickramarathna states that the UNP too will vote in favor to pass the 19th amendment draft bill.

Speaking to our news team deputy Minister stated that it is the responsibility of all to pass the amendment.

Meanwhile, the JVP, Sri Lanka Muslim Congress and the TNA have expressed their support to pass the 19th amendment draft bill.

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It is learnt in political circles that the Member of Parliament appointed by the UPFA Achala Jagoda is hurt as he had not been given the organizer post of Kolonne seat.

He has decided to cross over to UNP once the presidential election is announced. Former JVP Presidential Candidate and current Panadura Mayor Nandana Gunathilake, Dimuthu Abeykoon and Ranaweera Pathirana are anticipating to cross over and join hands with UNP, sources stated. 

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The Kaduwela Magistrate yesterday remanded till May 05 Additional Director General of Divi Neguma Bandula Thilakasiri over financial misappropriation alleged to have taken place during his tenure.

He was produced before the court by the police Financial Crimes Investigations Division (FCID), the Police Media Unit (PMU) stated.

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Proposed meeting between former President Mahinda Rajapakse and the incumbent President, which was scheduled for tomorrow (25), will not take place, Parliamentarian Kumara Welgama stated.


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A 42 year-old man from Lenawa farming village in sigiriya stabbed to death by his 33 year-old wife following a family dispute.

According to Sources wife has stabbed husband with a sharp weapon, Police Spokesperson ASP Ruwan Gunasekara stated.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal have been voted among the 100 most influential people in the world in an online poll by readers of Time magazine.

Russian President Vladimir Putin emerged the winner of this years’ Time 100 readers’ poll. He edged out rapper-singer CL (of the South Korean girl-group 2NE1) to claim the number one spot with 6.95 per cent of the votes in the final tally.


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