30 Hurt in clashes, Itanagar !!

While clashes broke out in some parts of Itanagar on Tuesday over a rally which another group was reportedly against, Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jarbom Gamlin called upon people to resolve the issues through a peaceful dialogue.


Reports from Itanagar said at least 30 people were injured, and several vehicles and houses were damaged in stone-pelting by miscreants in some areas of the capital.


The day was also marked by a bandh called by one group, while another group is learnt to have blocked roads to Itanagar by felling trees and dumping boulders.


Itanagar has remained tense for the past two weeks over a series of demonstrations organised particularly by the All Nyishi Students’ Union (ANSU) and Nyishi Elite Society (NES) — both demanding resignation of Gamlin for his alleged failure to control the law and order situation in the state.


The two Nyishi organizations, ANSU and NES, accuse Gamlin of failing to take appropriate action against a New Delhi newspaper which had allegedly made some derogatory remarks against the Nyishi community. The ANSU and NES had also called Gamlin “anti-Nyishi” and asked all the 14 Nyishi legislators to dissociate from the government.



On Tuesday, trouble began when a newly floated organisation — Nyishi Coordination Committee (NCC) — called a rally against the resolutions of an earlier rally organised by ANSU and NES last Friday.


Reports also said that several vehicles, both private and government, were damaged when groups supporting and opposing the rally clashed. Police resorted to lathi-charge and lobbing of tear-gas shells to disperse people.


While security forces, including central para-military force, were deployed, a statement issued late in the night by Gamlin appealed to the people to remain calm. “We must collectively tackle these issues on the basis of dialogue and consensus. Violence has to be rejected at all costs. This is a sad moment for our state when our young people are embarked on a path of violence. We must look within ourselves to see what can be done to reverse this trend,” Gamlin said.


The state has been in the grip of a political crisis for some time with some Congress MLAs demanding a change in the leadership.









Technology Can Seriously Damage Your Health.

(NaturalNews) Did you know that technology can seriously damage your health? Tragically most people still don't get it. The World Health Organisation (W.H.O.) states very clearly that there are serious health risks from current exposure levels to electronic fields coming from wi-fi, laptops, mobile phones and ipads. Exposure to them increases the risk of cancer, brain tumours, autism, diabetes, chronic fatigue, hay fever and depression.

They state that we are being kept in the dark about these effects due to the fact that "present sources of funding bias the interpretation of findings towards rejection of evidence of possible health risks"

Is it more than just a coincidence that the health of billions of people are being affected since the introduction of technology in the 1980's.

A staggering 220 million people now suffer from diabetes. This is set to rise to 400 million by the year 2030.

Do you think that it can't happen to you or your children? Think again. Autism is more common than childhood cancer, diabetes and AIDS combined. Approximately 70 million people worldwide are affected by autism. This number has increased 6,000% in the past 20 years.

Why have we suddenly become intolerant to food? Is it just the chemicals we put in our food that have caused it? THINK AGAIN.

Over 270 million people in the world now suffer from food allergies. Approximately 3 million of them are children under the age of 18. That is a 400% increase worldwide in 20 years.

1 in 4 European children under the age of 10 suffers from an allergy.

Potentially fatal peanut allergies now affect one in 70 children.

An estimated 300 million people worldwide suffer from Asthma, with 250,000 deaths attributed to the disease. That is a 300% increase in asthma in the last 20 years.


About 10 million people in the U.S. alone suffer from ADHD (Attention Deficit Hypersensitivity Disorder). Worldwide there was a 400% increase in ADHD in the last 20 years.

2.5m people now suffer from Multiple Sclerosis

ONE IN FIVE people in the world suffers from hay fever which is expected to triple between now and 2030.


Planning to have children, - you had better hurry up. The average man has lost 53% of sperm production over the last 50 years. At the present rate of decline it will take 70 years before the sperm count goes to zero.

31% of pregnancies now end in miscarriage. This number increased between 2005 and 2009 by 15%. In the same period 25% more women received treatment for infertility.

80% of the world's population suffer from sleeping disorders. In the U.S. 40 million people suffer from some type of sleeping disorder.







Do you want to know who benefits from all of our bad health - drug companies!

One of the world's largest drug companies, Pfizer, saw profits rise from $10.02 Billion dollars in 1995 to $67.8 billion dollars in 2010.

Worldwide sales of drugs in 2012 were a staggering $830 billion dollars.

Global Pharmaceutical sales are expected to reach $1.1 Trillion dollars by 2014


Technology can damage your health and only one group of people benefit. IT IS NOT YOU.

Anybody could be one of the next two billion sufferers, your sister, brother, mother, father, grandparent, grandchild, friend or colleague.


Read more about this at Blinded by Science www.blindedbyscience.co.uk
You will be shocked and amazed to discover you have been told only half the truth about science and how it affects your health.






Motorola Photon 4G Phone Reviews

The Motorola Photon 4G is Sprint’s latest specimen; it’s a right super phone with a dual-core processor, large qHD display, and WiMAX with a gimmicky 3D camera. Motorola further flavored things up with a dash of WebTop functionality.

motorola photon 4g phone 300x221 Motorola Photon 4G Phone ReviewsDisplay and Hardware:

  • 158g (5.57oz) and 12.2mm (0.48 inches)
  • Cut-off corners, subtly curved top and bottom edges.
  • Sheet of Gorilla glass that protects the 4.3-inch capacitive touchscreen
  • It’s reddish black over the display and blueish grey around it
  • Sensors, earpiece, front-facing camera and notification light above the screen, plus the space housing the primary microphone and four capacitive buttons (menu, home, back, search) below the display. Hard plastic coated in a glossy gunmetal-colored lacquer that wraps around the left and right sides.

  • A pair of secondary microphones.
  • Widget Clock and the home-screen.
  • 1,650mAh battery, a SIM slot for the GSM / HSPA radio and a microSD card reader and 16GB built-in storage.
  • Volume rocker and camera button (both ridged for grip) are located on the right side, power / lock key, headphone jack on the top edge, and a pair of micro-HDMI and micro-USB connectors
  • NVIDIA’s snappy 1GHz dual-core Tegra 2 SoC, a 1GB of RAM, eight (!) radios: WiMAX, CDMA / EV-DO, GSM / EDGE (quadband), UMTS / HSPA (tri-band 850/1,900/2,100MHz), WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, GPS / AGPS and… FM (phew).
  • 4.3-inch qHD (960×540 pixels) TFT panel the screen is bright even in direct sunlight, with beautiful colors, ink-like blacks and wide viewing angles.
  • Call and reception typically high standards Audio playback sounded with the loudness and clarity of the built-in speaker.
  • Battery lasted 5 hr and 54 min and a full day on a single charge.


  • 8 megapixel auto-focus cameras takes lovely pictures and a dual-LED flash ,glass pod with the same two-tone coating
  • The mechanical shutter on the original Droid X and Milestone XT720, three microphones (one on the front, two in the back).
  • No night mode and pictures shot in low light just end up looking dim even when adjusting exposure offers a rather limited number of settings.
  • The digital zoom can be controlled by pressing the volume rocker, touch-to-focus, flash mode (auto, on, off), scenes (like sport), effects (sepia, etc…), picture modes (including panorama) and a few additional options in the menus (such as resolution and exposure).
  • For video, the scenes setting change which of the three microphones are active
  • Photon captures video in HD (720p) at a smooth 30fps
  •  No auto-focus of any kind when recording videos, making close-ups nigh impossible.


  • Latest version of Gingerbread (Android 2.3.4)
  • Motorola-specific widgets and apps (such as Gallery, Messaging and Music) with variety popular social networks.
  • In addition to seven home screens, the UI features four dock icons customized like in TouchWiz.
  • The leftmost icon brings up the app tray, which can be organized in groups (defaults are All apps, Recent, Downloaded and Sprint).
  • Gingerbread, 1GHz dual-core Tegra 2 processor and 1GB of RAM
  • Needing improvement is WebTop, which remains sluggish.
  • News, Social Networking, Rich Location, and Tasks, file manager, Quickoffice (with support for editing documents), Skype, a task manager and TeleNav.
  • Car Dock app different from Google’s
  • Including NASCAR, Sprint ID, Sprint Mobile Wallet, Sprint Music Plus, Sprint Radio, Sprint TV & Movies, Sprint Worldwide and Sprint Zone (useful for managing your account).

Speaking about overall performance, the Photon 4G is fast. With its stunning display, impressive battery life and solid performance, Motorola’s and Sprint’s best handset ever. Motorola Photon 4G is a good deal but at $200 (on contract) the Photon is definitely the first superphone.






Apple iPad 2 Launched in India – Specs, Features & Price

The Apple iPad 2 has already been launched in the US and several other countries on March 25. Now, approx. 1 month later, it’s coming up in India as well. The new Apple iPad 2 is the successor of the popular Apple iPad Tablet. It is one-third thinner, lighter than the old iPad, more powerful with double speed CPU and 9 times speed GPU. Also comes with the latest iOS 4.3.

Apple iPad2 with Covers 300x147 Apple iPad 2 Launched in India – Specs, Features & Price

Rumours and speculations have made the Apple iPad 2 as the much awaited gadget of 2011. So here are the Apple iPad 2 specifications:

  • Dimensions (HxWxD) : 241.2×185.7×8.8mm
  • Weight : 601 GM or 1.33 pounds
  • Storage : 16GB/32GB/64GB
  • Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n)
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR technology
  • 3G : UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA , Quad band GSM/EDGE
  • Digital Compass
  • Sensors : Three-axis gyro, Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor
  • GPS with A-GPS
  • Display : 9.7-inch LED-back-lit Multi-Touch display with IPS technology , 1024×768 resolution
  • Processor : 1GHz dual-core Apple A5 Processor
  • Camera : 5MP Rear and Front VGA
  • HD Video Player and Audio Player
  • Battery :
    • Up to 10 hours of surfing the web on Wi-Fi
    • Up to 9 hours of surfing the web using 3G data network
  • Charging via power adapter or USB to computer system
  • 3.5mm stereo headphone jack
  • Built-in speaker
  • Micro-SIM card tray (Wi-Fi + 3G model)

 Apple iPad 2 Features:

iPad2 is coming in 2 models: Apple iPad 2 WiFi and Apple iPad 2 WiFi + 3G. Have a look on below mentioned features list:

  • 9.7 inches LED-backlit Multi-Touch display, IPS technology, Fingerprint-resistant coating.
  • Dual Core Processors – A5 chip
  • Up to 2x faster CPU
  • Up to 9x faster graphics
  • Low power consuming processor
  • 8.8mm thick, i.e. 33% thinner
  • Lighter – up to 15% lighter
  • Two colors – Black and White
  • Up to 10 hours battery life
  • 1 month standby
  • WiFi + 3G connectivity (in iPad 2 3G model)
  • Dual Camera – Front and Rear
  • FaceTime HD
  • Sensors : Gyro, accelerometer, and compass
  • iPad Smart Cover – Available in various vibrant colors


Apple iPad 2 WiFi Prices in India:

  • 16GB – Rs.29,500
  • 32GB – Rs.34,500
  • 64GB – Rs.39,500

Apple iPad 2 3G Prices in India (3G +WiFi):

  • 16GB – Rs.36,900
  • 32GB – Rs.41,900
  • 64GB – Rs.46,900

Apple iPad 2 is launched in India. It’s now available in India at Apple India’s premium resellers like Croma, eZone, Reliance Store, iMagine, Staples and probably other popular stores.







Best Digital Cameras in India with Prices

Canon PowerShot G12canon powershot g12 Best Digital Cameras in India with PricesThe Canon PowerShot G12 is the 2010 version of Canon’s premium compact camera, aimed at the DSLR owner looking for a backup model or the enthusiast who wants DSLR functionality without the added size and weight. The new Canon G12 inherits most of the core features of its predecessor, the G11 – 10-megapixel CCD sensor, 2.8 inch vari-angle LCD screen, 5x, 28-140mm equivalent zoom lens, RAW image capture, optical viewfinder, 4.2fps burst mode, flash hotshoe, 1cm macro mode, ISO 80-3200 and full range of manual shooting modes. Brand new additions to the G12 include 720p HD video recording, a front control dial, hybrid image stabilisation system, multi-aspect shooting, High Dynamic Range mode, an electronic level, SDXC card compatibility and an optional Lens Filter Adapter. The Canon Powershot G12 is available in black priced at approx 30k – 35k Indian Rupee / £539 / €649 / $499.99.

Pentax Optio H90optio h901 Best Digital Cameras in India with PricesThe Pentax Optio H90 is a new budget compact camera with style, sporting a retro look developed under Pentax’s new ‘functional beauty’ concept. In addition to its unusual looks, the entry-level Pentax H90 offers a 12.1 megapixel image sensor, 5x optical zoom lens with a focal range of 28-140mm), a 2.7 inch LCD, Face Detection system that recognises up to 32 faces plus Smile Capture and Blink Detection, compatibility with Eye-Fi wireless memory cards, and even 720p HD movie recording. Available in three different two-tone colour schemes, the Pentax Optio H90 costs at approx. 10,000 Indian Rupees / £129.99 / $179.95. 

Fujifilm FinePix F80EXRfujifilm finepix f80exr Best Digital Cameras in India with PricesThe Fujifilm Finepix F80EXR is a pocket camera offering lots of advanced functionality at a competitive price. Replacing last year’s F70EXR model, the F80 EXR has a new 12 megapixel, 1/2-inch Super CCD EXR sensor with three selectable EXR modes which essentially turns it into three kinds of camera in one. One mode captures the highest resolution possible, another the lowest noise, and the third the best dynamic range, with the F80EXR also able to automatically choose the most suitable for the current scene. In addition to this innovative sensor technology, the Fujifilm F80 features a 10x zoom lens (27-270mm equivalent) with a CCD-shift dual image stabilisation system, larger 3 inch LCD screen, HD movie capture at 720p, Face Detection and Recognition technologies, Super Intelligent Flash mode for flash-assisted macro shots, Pro Focus Mode and Pro Low-light modes which take advantage of the F80EXR’s multi-frame technology, and sensitivity settings of up to ISO 12800. The F80EXR also offers creative exposure modes in the form of aperture-priority and full manual, as well as a range of auto modes for the less experienced – there’s even a new Pet detection mode. The Fujifilm Finepix F80EXR retails prices are approx. 10,000 Indian Rupees / £229.99 / $299.95.

Samsung PL150Samsung PL150 front Best Digital Cameras in India with PricesThe Samsung PL150 (also known as the TL210) is a new 12 megapixel point and shoot camera with a twist – it has a second 1.5 inch LCD screen on the front which makes it much easier to take self-portrait pictures and videos. As part of this DualView system the PL150 also offers a large 3 inch rear LCD screen, plus there’s a 5x, 27-135mm lens, 720p high-definition video recording, and a clever Smart Auto mode which automatically chooses from 16 different scene settings. The Samsung PL150 / TL210 is available in black with red or blue highlights, priced between 10,810 to 11,990Indian Rupees / £179.99 / $229.99.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5Panasonic Lumix DMC LX5 Best Digital Cameras in India with PricesThe Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 is the much-anticipated successor to the LX3, a compact digital camera that proved especially popular with experienced photographers due to its fast lens, full range of manual shooting modes and RAW file support. The new LX5 aims to build on the success of its predecessor with a new 3.8x, 24-90mm zoom lens, large 1/1.63-inch 10 megapixel CCD sensor and HD movie recording with Creative Movie Mode for adjusting both the shutter speed and aperture. Other key improvements to the LX5 include a re-designed user interface, Power OIS anti-shake system, Intelligent Resolution technology and an optional electronic viewfinder. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 is available now in black or white for approx. 32,868 Indian Rupees / £449.99 / $499.95.

Samsung WB200000759 samsung wb2000 Best Digital Cameras in India with PricesThe Samsung WB2000 (also known as the Samsung TL350) is a new 10 megapixel compact camera aimed at serious photographers. The pocketable WB2000 features a 1/2.4-inch high-speed Back Side Illuminated CMOS sensor that provides 1,000fps shooting for videos and 10fps for still photos. In addition the Samsung WB2000 offers a 5x, 24-120mm ultra wide-angle lens, 3 inch AMOLED screen, manual control over exposure, ISO 80-3200, Dual Image Stabilization technology, Smart Range (High Dynamic Range), and even a RAW shooting mode. The Samsung TL350 is available in black for approx. 20,700 Indian Rupees / /-$349.99 / £319.99.

Fujifilm FinePix HS10 Best Digital Cameras in India with PricesThe Fujifilm FinePix HS10 is a new super-zoom digital compact camera with a long list of headline-grabbing features. Looking and handling like a DSLR, the bridge-style Fujifilm HS10 is one of only 2 digital cameras in the world to boast a 30x zoom lens. On the HS10, the lens covers a 35mm equivalent focal range of 24-720mm and also features mechanical image stabilisation and twist-barrel manual zoom and focusing controls. Other highlights of the camera include a 10 megapixel back-illuminated sensor, a 3-inch tilting LCD monitor, electronic viewfinder with eye-sensor for automatic switching, full 1080p HD movie recording with stereo sound, Super High Speed movie capture at 1000 fps, high-speed continuous shooting at 10fps, full manual controls and support for the RAW file format. The Fujifilm FinePix HS10 is available at the manufacturer’s suggested retail price of approx. 20000 to 23000 / £439.99 / $499.95 in the India, UK / US, respectively.

Olympus E-PL1Samsung PL150 front1 Best Digital Cameras in India with PricesThe brand new E-PL1 is the third Micro Four Thirds camera from Olympus, following on from the E-P1 and E-P2 models which were launched in 2009. The Olympus E-PL1 is a more affordable mass-market camera, with a plastic rather than metal chassis, smaller and lighter body, and a redesigned user interface that’s simpler to use. The easy-to-understand, non-technical Live Guide provides direct on-screen control over key image effects like depth-of-field and sharpness, while the addition of a built-in flash makes the E-PL1 more versatile in low-light. Other key features of the E-PL1 include 12.3 megapixels, 2.7 inch LCD screen, sensor-shift image stabilisation, one-touch HD video recording, Supersonic Wave Filter for automated sensor cleaning, a sensitivity range of ISO 100-3200, 6 different Art Filters and 3fps continuous shooting for up to 10 raw images. The Olympus E-PL1 is available now in silver, black, blue, champagne gold and red at a retail price of 24000 – 28000 Indian Rupees / $549 body only, £549 / $599 for a single lens kit and £699 for a twin zoom kit.

Pentax K-r pentax kr review Best Digital Cameras in India with Prices

The Pentax K-r is a new mid-range DSLR camera aimed at digital SLR novices and family users. The K-r combines the compact body and simplified layout of the cheaper K-x model with some of the advanced features of the prosumer K-7, most notably the auto-focus system and the LCD screen. The 12.4 megapixel Pentax Kr also has a few unique features of its own, including the fastest continuous shooting rate of any Pentax DSLR at 6fps, the widest ISO range (100-25600), infrared data transfer and support for AA and lithium-ion batteries. Other highlights of the K-r include an 11-point AF system with the active focus point shown in the viewfinder, 720p HD movies, high-resolution 3-inch LCD monitor, built-in shake reduction and anti-dust mechanism, dynamic-range expansion, in-camera High Dynamic Range, digital filters and a full range of automatic and manual shooting modes. The Pentax K-r is available in black, red or white and costs around 40,000 Indian Rupees / £599.99 / $599.95 with the 18-55mm DAL kit lens, and £699.99 / $849.95 with the 18-55mm DAL and 50-200mm DAL double kit lenses.

Canon EOS 7Dcanon eos 7d dslr 1 Best Digital Cameras in India with Prices

The Canon EOS 7D is an 18 megapixel digital SLR camera incorporating a new APS-C CMOS sensor designed and manufactured by Canon. Featuring a revised photodiode and microlens construction, the 7D’s sensor offers a versatile ISO range of 100-12,800. Other new additions include dual DIGIC 4 processors offering continuous shooting at 8fps, improved 19-point cross-type auto-focus system including Zone and Spot AF, Focus Colour Luminance metering system which measures from 63 zones, and an Intelligent Viewfinder with 100% frame coverage and 1.0x magnification. The Canon 7D’s 3 inch Clear View II LCD screen with 920,000 dot resolution is used for the camera’s Live View and Movie modes, with Full HD 1080 video supported. The Canon EOS 7D is equipped with an integrated Speedlite Transmitter, making it easy to control external Speedlite flashguns with no additional accessories required. The magnesium alloy body offers weather sealing, an Integrated Cleaning System and 150,000 release shutter durability. The Canon EOS 7D is available now for Rs.1,04,995 Indian Rupees /






Corruption in India !!

Corruption is today a world-wide phenomenon. In our own country some people in high positions lave been charged for it.

A corrupt person is termed immoral, dishonest and unscrupulous in his dealings. His disregard for honesty, righteousness and truth results in his alienation from society. He is treated with contempt. But as erosion of values leads to decadence, remedies for the social malaise remain elusive, and so no amount of contempt can eradicate corruption which is a symptom of decadence.

Corruption is the most virulent when crises everywhere threaten the very existence of the society and the faith in life is shaken. It has always been there like tie leech, but when the system grows weaker and the boat flounders, it gets bolder and drains its victims of the last drops of their blood.

The older the system the weaker it grows and fails to solve the riddles of life that grows more complex every day. So men lose faith in it and let it drift down. At this point corruption takes over and plunges the entire society. After Second World War the old system with all its values was left in a shambles. The crippling effects of the war, the recession and depression, and uncertainties in a faithless world of maimed and moribund encouraged cynicism in a section of the population.

This section included the government officials dealing in essential commodities. They found the post-war conditions ideal for fishing in troubled waters and jetting richer. They formed a sort of vicious circle in which moral values and honest intentions no longer held valid. The flourishing black market in essential commodities, adulteration of even baby- food, bribery, fraud and economic, political and administrative manipulations with an eye on earning profits has brought untold misery to the people.

One would say the corruption in India has an ancient lineage; it is sanctified by tradition. The author of the Arthasastra made some remarks on government officials of his time which are relevant even today: "Just as it is impossible not to taste the honey or the poison that finds itself at the tip of the tongue, so it is impossible for a government servant not to eat up at least a bit of the king's revenue. These in the post­war world became only bolder while eating up government money and accepting bribes.

Today, when India is free, these officials representing all government departments are very close to the most corrupt businessmen who are too unscrupulous to let any opportunity of amassing profits slip. This collusion broadens the base of the vicious circle and corruption spreads 'like wild fire to engulf the entire society. The political and social guardians depend only too much on the richer communities and they look indulgently on while these communities hold the entire society and the government to ransom.

Corruption starts at the top and percolates down to the whole society. Such corruption cannot be confined to the towns alone. It is as widespread in the villages where the dishonest officials and the traders carry the germs of the disease. The tyranny of confusion and price rules the land and the people are helpless victims of corruption everywhere.






Strong quake hits northeastern India; 9 dead

Strong quake hits northeastern India; 9 dead


People who rushed out of buildings following tremors stand on the street in Patna, India, Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011. A strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.8 hit northeastern India on Sunday near the border with Nepal. Reports said several people were injured and some buildings fell in the capital of India's Sikkim state. In neighboring Nepal and Bangladesh, the quake sent residents rushing out their homes, offices and shopping centers. (AP Photo) INDIA OUT


                     GAUHATI, India (AP) — A strong earthquake shook northeastern India and Nepal on Sunday night, killing at least nine people, damaging buildings and sending lawmakers in Nepal's capital running into the streets.

The quake, with a preliminary magnitude of 6.9, was felt across northeast India including the capital of New Delhi. It triggered at least two aftershocks of magnitude 6.1 and 5.3, Indian seismology official R.S. Dattatreyan said. He warned more aftershocks were possible.

At least four people in India's Sikkim state were killed and an unspecified number of people were injured, state police Chief Jasbir Singh told The Associated Press. Nepal's government said five people died and dozens were hurt there.

The full extent of damage was not immediately known because the region is sparsely populated with many living in remote areas which were cut off by mudslides triggered by the quake, Singh said.

TV stations reported buildings collapsed and sidewalks cracked in Sikkim's state capital of Gangtok, 42 miles (68 kilometers) southeast of the quake's epicenter. The Indo-Tibetan Border Police said two of its buildings had collapsed in Gangtok.

Rescuers were working overnight to search for anyone pinned under fallen buildings in the city, which has a population of 50,000, Singh said. 

"We have sounded a high alert. Police are on the streets in Gangtok and other major towns," he said.

Electricity and some phone service was interrupted in the area.

Power lines snapped in the West Bengal cities of Darjeeling and Kalimpong, which "are now in total darkness," state Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh offered to send troops to help, and summoned the National Disaster Management Authority for an emergency meeting. The air force sent five planes to help with rescue efforts.

Nepalese rescue workers and people look on after after the British Embassy's compound wall collapsed reportedly killing three pedestrians following an earthquake in Katmandu, Nepal, Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011. A strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.8 hit northeastern India on Sunday near the border with Nepal. Reports said several people were injured and some buildings fell in the capital of India's Sikkim state. In neighboring Nepal and Bangladesh, the quake sent residents rushing out their homes, offices and shopping centers. (AP Photo/Binod Joshi)


In neighboring Nepal and Bangladesh, the quake sent residents rushing out of their homes, offices and shopping centers.

In Nepal's capital of Katmandu, members of parliament who were debating the national budget ran out of the assembly hall into a parking area. They returned 15 minutes later and resumed their session.

The quake was also felt as far as the Indian capital, with New Delhi residents also rushing out of shaking buildings.






Panasonic's "Evolta" swim robot

Panasonic's "Evolta" swim robot

Panasonic's "Evolta" run robot, powered by the company's Evolta rechargable batteries, is demonstrated during a news conference in Tokyo September 15, 2011. The company said three types of Evolta robots, developed to swim, bike and run, will challenge to complete an Ironman triathlon course in Hawaii, a total of about 230 km, within one week or 168 hours from October 24, 2011, powered by three AA-size rechargeable Evolta batteries, the company said. REUTERS/Yuriko NakaoPanasonic's

The company said three types of Evolta robots, developed to swim, bike and run, will challenge to complete an Ironman triathlon course in Hawaii, a total of about 230km, within one week or 168 hours from October 24, 2011, powered by three AA-size rechargeable Evolta batteries









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