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Beijing, 25 Nov 2016 : A 6.7-magnitude earthquake jolted Akto County in Xinjiang province at 10.24 p.m. (Beijing Time) on Friday, local authorities said adding that there were no casualties.

According to the China Earthquake Networks Centre, the quake struck at a depth of 10 km with its epicentre located at 39.27 degrees north latitude and 74.04 degrees east longitude, Xinhua news agency reported.

The Akto county government said the epicentre is in cold highland areas that are sparsely populated.

Local officials reached a village near the epicentre, which has about 80 households. Damaged houses and dead livestock were found, but no people were injured.

A level-III emergency response was activated and work teams to the quake-hit area have been dispatched. An emergency response was also initiated by the regional seismological bureau.

Statistics show that 83 earthquakes of magnitude 4 or over have occurred within 200 km of the epicentre in the past five years, with the largest recorded on December 7, 2015, when a 7.4-magnitude quake jolted Tajikistan.

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PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti released from detention after 14 months

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Jammu, 13 Oct : Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader Mehbooba Mufti was on Tuesday released from detention. “PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti is being released from detention,” said Jammu and Kashmir administration spokesperson Rohit Kansal.

A government order issued on Tuesday night said her detention was being revoked with immediate effect.

The Jammu and Kashmir administration in July had extended her detention by three months under the stringent Public Safety Act (PSA).

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Swimming pools for training of sportspersons to open with SOP from Oct 15

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SAD breaks alliance with BJP Leaves NDA in protest against farmers ordinance

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Chandigarh, 26 Sep : The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) has severed its alliance with the BJP. The Akali Dal had a 22-year-old alliance with the BJP.

The decision was taken after a meeting of the Akali Dal’s Kaur Committee which lasted for more than four hours today. Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal addressed the press after the meeting and announced that he would no longer be a part of BJP-NDA.

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