The quake, among the most powerful to hit a populated area in recent years, flattened school buildings, shops and homes across a wide, mountainous area around the epicenter in China's Sichuan province. Local officials estimated 3,000 to 5,000 people died in a single Sichuan county, called Beichuan, where 80% of the buildings were estimated to have collapsed, the official Xinhua news agency reported. Tuesday morning in China, it listed the death toll at 9,219. NEW DELHI: A day after the serial blasts in Jaipur, minister of state for home affairs, Sriprakash Jaiswal, presented an assessment of the attack. But it was very vague and non-specific like the advisories warning of terror strikes in crowded/religious places or vital installations.
The minister, addressing a press conference packed with mediapersons, offered them the ultimate scoop: that Tuesdays blasts were dangerous, and carried out by a dangerous terrorist outfit. When asked if there existed a te