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Tsunami warning issued after magnitude 7.2 quake strikes off Vanuatu

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VANUATU — A large 7.2 quake struck off the coast of the South Pacific islands of Vanuatu on Sunday and the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre has warned of tsunamis.

The quake struck 151 km (94 miles) north northwest of Santo on Vanuatu and was 35 km profound, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The shallower a quake, the more damage it is likely to cause. USGS first measured the quake at 10 km deep.

“Hazardous tsunami waves” were possible for coasts within 300 kilometres of the earthquake’s epicentre, the Centre warned.

There were no immediate reports of damage.

Earthquakes are common in the area and even large tremors often cause no tsunamis.

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Govt to present its policies and programmes Monday

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KATHMANDU — The government is preparing to present its policies and programs for the fiscal year 2018/19 at the Federal Parliament on Monday.

According to Joint Spokesperson at the Federal Parliament Secretariat Keshav Aryal, all preparations are over for the release of the government policies and programs to be made by the President Bidya Devi Bhandari from New Baneshwor-based Federal Parliament Building at 4:00 pm Monday.

President Bhandari would unveil the government policies and programs for the first time in the joint meeting of the Federal Parliament after the promulgation of the new constitution.

As per the constitution, the President can address any of the House meeting or the joint meeting of the Federal Parliaments and summon the lawmakers for their presence.

Vice President, top leaders of different political parties, high-ranking government officials, chiefs of the constitutional bodies, chiefs of the security bodies and chiefs of the diplomatic missions in Nepal are invited for the program.

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