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It is the first time a banned NOC has been reinstated

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It is the first time a banned NOC has been reinstated during Games time.

India had been suspended by the IOC for failure to comply with the Olympic charter, forcing its three athletes to come to Sochi 2014 expecting to compete under the Olympic flag.

IOC communications director Mark Adams said the IOC executive board had reinstated the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) during an ad-hoc meeting in Sochi on Tuesday.

The IOC took the decision following a report about the IOA's general assembly and elections for a new board had been successfully conducted on Feb. 9 and observed without issue by an IOC delegation headed by member Robin Mitchell.

Indian athletes can now compete for their NOC and will walk behind their national flag in the closing ceremony on Feb. 23.

To symbolically mark the lifting of the suspension, the Indian flag will be raised in the Olympic village in a special ceremony.

Narayna Ramachandram, president of the World Squash Federation, has been elected as the new president of the IOA.

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BEIJING, Aug. 9 (Xinhua) -- A 7.0-magnitude earthquake struckthe county of Jiuzhaigou in southwest China's Sichuan ProvinceTuesday night.

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-- How serious was the earthquake?

The quake, measuring 7.0 on the Richter scale, hit JiuzhaigouCounty at 9:19 p.m. Tuesday. The epicenter was recorded at a depthof 20 km below the township of Zhangzha. The population density ofthe county is 15 people per square km.

As of 8 p.m. Wednesday, 19 people had been confirmed dead while247 reported injuries, including 40 in serious condition.

The number of casualties may continue to rise since rescuershave not yet reached all villages because some roads andcommunications remain cut off.

Seismologists warned that 6.0-magnitude aftershocks may strikein the coming days.

-- Where is Jiuzhaigou?

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The Jiuzhaigou Nature Reserve covers 720 square km and includesplateau lakes, waterfalls and mountains. It has been open totourists since 1984 and has seen visitor numbers rise each year. In2016, it logged 5.14 million visits.

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-- Why do so many quakes hit this part of China?

At least three major tectonic earthquakes have struckmountainous areas of Sichuan in the past decade.

In 2008, an 8.0-magnitude earthquake in Wenchuan claimed morethan 80,000 lives. Five years later, a 7.0-magnitude quake hitLushan, killing 196.

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-- Are the tourist sites damaged?

The nature reserve was closed to the public early Wednesday.

Water was drained from the plateau lake, known as Wuhuahai or"five flower lake," during the earthquake. Some tourist facilitieshave been damaged, according to Sangye, an employee of the naturereserve. Small landslides have occurred.

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-- Are the pandas OK?

Sichuan Province is the main habitat for giant pandas and thelocation of China's leading panda breeding and researchinstitutes.

China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda(CCRCGP) reported Wednesday that pandas and staff at its base, 400km from the quake epicenter, were not affected by theearthquake.

Preliminary checks confirmed that no pandas were injured andtheir breeding houses in the center's several reserves remainedintact.

-- How are the rescue efforts progressing?

China has experienced devastating natural disasters in recentyears and its rescue services have become extremely wellprepared.

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Sichuan has dispatched more than 1,300 armed police, 1,100firefighters, 55 sets of heat sensors and 30 sniffer dogs toJiuzhaigou.

A total of 455 firefighters from Shaanxi Province and 28 rescueworkers from Gansu Province have also devoted themselves to therescue. Enditem

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