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Nepal earthquake leaves more than 1800 dead, mountaineers missing from Mt Everest

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Image: Prabhas Sharma
Image: Prabhas Sharma
Image: Prabhas Sharma

By NewGram Staff Writer

An earthquake with an intensity of 7.9 on ritcher scale with epicenter 77 kilometer north-west of Kathmandu has killed more than 1800 people and triggered a deadly avalanche.

The impact of the earthquake was also felt in almost all northern States in India particularly in Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Sikkim, West Bengal.

As per the latest information, 34 deaths have been confirmed in India so far with 23 deaths in Bihar, 8 in Uttar Pradesh and 3 in West Bengal. In order to deal with the situation in the affected States, 5 teams of National Disaster Response Force( NDRF) have already been sent; one team to Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh and one each to Darbhanga, Supaul, Motihari and Gopalganj in Bihar.

An avalanche caused by the quake also struck Mt Everest, killing 18 people. According to sources, there were about 1,000 climbers, including about 400 foreigners at the base camp or on Everest when the disaster struck.

Here is some important information related to the earthquake:

-The magnitude of the quake was 7.9 at a depth of 10 Km with its epicentral region located in Nepal about 80 Km North West of Kathmandu. Its latitude and longitude were 28.1 N and 84.6 E respectively. A broad graphical representation of the earthquake showing the magnitude in varying colours as on the right of the graphic is as below:

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– A report by the Seismic Division of the Indian Meteorological Department said major damage was expected in and around the epicentral region.

– The National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC) in the Cabinet Secretariat met and reviewed the situation through video-conferencing with the Chief Secretaries of affected States. The NCMC will be meeting regularly to take stock of the situation and the relief measures.

-The Central Government is in constant touch with the States and monitoring the situation very closely. The States will be provided with all possible help from the Central Government.

-Control Rooms  have been set up both in MHA and NDMA with following numbers:-011- 2309 3564, 23093566 (MHA Control Room ), 011-26701728, 26701729, 9868881801(M) – (NDMA Control Room) Meanwhile , an inter Governmental coordination cell has been set up in Cabinet Secretariat which will coordinate all relief measures for Nepal as well as for Indian States. This will function on round-the-clock basis and the phone numbers are :- 011- 2301 6633, 2379 2281.

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Special Drive on India-Nepal Border in Bihar to Instantly Clear Pending IGST Refunds of Exporters

The special drive to clear refunds on the spot is aimed at disposing all refund cases which are pending due to various errors

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India, Nepal, Exporters
The department's Patna unit will organize a 5-day IGST Refund Mela at all land customs stations (LCS) starting September 3. Pixabay

Central custom officials would kick off a special drive on India-Nepal border in Bihar to instantly clear pending IGST refunds of exporters.

The department’s Patna unit will organize a 5-day IGST Refund Mela at all land customs stations (LCS) starting September 3.

The special drive to clear refunds on the spot is aimed at disposing all refund cases which are pending due to various errors such as invoice details and bank particulars filed with the department.

The customs authorities have already sent more than 500 letters and emails to exporters explaining them the errors which led to withholding of their refunds and how they can get them back following a simple process.

India, Nepal, Exporters
Central custom officials would kick off a special drive on India-Nepal border in Bihar to instantly clear pending IGST refunds of exporters. Pixabay

Commissioner of Customs, Patna, Ranjit Kumar said that government is committed to ease of doing business and the IGST refund is automatically done if the data regarding details of invoices and banks are filed correctly in the system.

He, however, said that due to errors related to invoice and bank details, some of the IGST refund claims are not sanctioned.

Besides making exporters aware about errors and need to avoid them, the Customs Department would clear the pending refunds following submission of required details in prescribed format.

The Commissioner said that he will inaugurate an IGST Refund Mela in Raxaul on Tuesday.

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Office of the Commissioner, Customs, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand would also organize IGST Refund Week for rectification of errors and updation of export accounts from September 3.

In this regard, the authorities have informed exporters, custom house brokers, shipping lines and other members of the trade. (IANS)