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 Quake toll touches 11,000
The toll in the earthquake, which rocked Gujarat on the Republic Day, reached a staggering 10,902 today, with another 35,000 injured and about 1.5 lakh people still trapped in debris across Bhuj and other towns in Kutch district. Their fate unknown.

 400 children buried
About 400 school children, who were participating in a procession on the occasion of the Republic Day, were trapped under the debris of falling houses in Anjar taluk of Kutch district in yesterday's earthquake.

5 relief trains for Ahmedabad
Despite grappling with extensive damage to tracks, bridges and its staff quarters and buildings in the earthquake belt in Gujarat, the Railways has joined the civic relief efforts in a big way.

PM sanctions Rs. 10 cr.
The Prime Minister, Mr. A.B. Vajpayee, has given an immediate assistance of Rs. 10 crores from the Prime Minister's Relief Fund to the Gujarat Government for speedy relief and rescue operations.

PM's plane develops snag
The return of the Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, and his entourage to New Delhi was delayed as the plane, in which they were to depart, developed a technical snag today.

Charges framed
A local court today framed charges against the film actor, Salman Khan, for allegedly poaching protected wild animals using illegal arms.

G. P. Hinduja interrogated
The CBI today interrogated the third of the Hinduja brothers, Mr. G. P. Hinduja, in connection with his alleged role in the Bofors payoff case. and blocking the transfer of documents from Switzerland.

States offer assistance, send relief teams
Several State Governments today announced financial assistance and relief materials for the survivors of the earthquake which hit Gujarat on Friday. The Karnataka Government announced that it would donate Rs. 5 crores to provided relief to the survivors.

A shocked world rushes in aid
Messages from abroad expressing sympathy and help for the victims of the Gujarat earthquake have started pouring in.

E.U. to provide aid to quake victims
The European Union (E.U.) will provide emergency assistance as requested for the Gujarat earthquake, once the initial assessment was over.

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