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Seemingly unfazed at being ousted from the Asian Athletics Association, scam-tainted Suresh Kalmadi on Monday said losing the presidential re-election bid to Qatar’s Dahlan Jumaan Al-Hamad has actually given him a chance to work at the “grassroots” level.
“I have no issues today and I congratulate Mr Al-Hamad for being elected as President. I am rather relieved that I will be able to work at the grassroots level in athletics,” Mr. Kalmadi said after losing the vote during the ongoing AAA Congress in Pune.

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Myanmar EarthquakeToll rises to 9

Monday - Nov 12, 2012, 11:14am (GMT+5.5)
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The death toll rose to at least nine in a magnitude-6.8 earthquake that rattled northern Myanmar at the weekend, collapsing two bridges and damaging 34 pagodas and hundreds of houses, the government said on Monday.

Sunday’s quake, whose epicentre was 52 kilometres north of Shwebo in the Sagaing region, killed nine people, left five missing and injured 57, the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement said.

Non-state media reports put the death toll at 13.

The deaths and most of the damage were near Shwebo.

One of the two bridges that collapsed was under construction, the state-run New Light of Myanmar newspaper said. The Yadana Theinga bridge, linking the Mandalay division to Sagaing over the Irrawaddy River, fell onto a barge and a boat, sinking them and killing one person, it said.

At least two aftershocks on Sunday measured about 5 on the Richter scale in a region that is no stranger to earthquakes.

The area 250 kilometres around Sunday’s quake has seen eight earthquakes of magnitude 6 or greater in the past 40 years and six tremors of at least magnitude 7 on or near the Sagaing fault killed more than 600 people from 1930 to 1956, the US Geological Survey said.



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