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May 5, 2015

Nepal, aid agencies trade blame as confusion mars quake relief

KATHMANDU/NEW DELHI (Reuters) – A row has broken out between Nepal and some international agencies over the handling of aid that poured into the country after last month’s devastating earthquake, with each side blaming the other for confusion and delays in getting help to victims.

    Relief efforts have been slow to reach many people affected by Nepal’s worst disaster in more than 80 years, leaving an unknown number of people stranded, injured and hungry for days.

May 2, 2015

Customs checks hold up relief for Nepal quake victims – UN

KATHMANDU, May 2 (Reuters) – Customs inspections at
Kathmandu airport are holding up vital relief supplies for
earthquake survivors in Nepal, a U.N. official said on Saturday,
as the death toll from the disaster a week ago passed 6,600.

United Nations Resident Representative Jamie McGoldrick said
the government must loosen its normal customs restrictions to
deal with the increasing flow of relief material now pouring in
from abroad and piling up at the airport.

May 2, 2015

Relief goods for Nepal quake victims held up at customs: U.N.

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Some of the relief material for survivors of Nepal’s devastating earthquake was being held up at the country’s only international airport because of customs bottlenecks, the United Nations said on Saturday, as the death toll from the disaster passed 6,600.

Nepal exempted tarpaulins and tents from import taxes on Friday, but U.N. Resident Representative Jamie McGoldrick told Reuters the government had to loosen customs restrictions further to deal with the increasing flow of relief material.

May 2, 2015

U.S. Marines begin operations in quake-struck Nepal

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – U.S. military aircraft, heavy equipment and air traffic controllers will start arriving in Nepal from Saturday as part of a U.S. relief operation following the devastating earthquake, a senior U.S. officer said.

The 7.8 magnitude quake that struck last Saturday killed at least 6,250 people and left hundreds of thousands homeless when it destroyed parts of the capital Kathmandu and flattened villages across a wide swath of the country.

May 1, 2015

Soul-searching over quake ends Everest climbing season

LUKLA, Nepal/KATHMANDU (Reuters) – As rescuers lose hope of finding more survivors in Nepal’s earthquake disaster zone, a separate drama has unfolded high above them on Mount Everest where the hopes of a few rich climbers and some of their sherpas have also vanished.

After six days of high emotion and harsh words at Everest Base Camp, climbing firm Himalayan Experience finally decided on Friday to abandon its ascent of the world’s highest peak, becoming the last big team to do so.

May 1, 2015

Insight: Soul-searching over quake ends Everest climbing season

LUKLA, Nepal/KATHMANDU (Reuters) – As rescuers lose hope of finding more survivors in Nepal’s earthquake disaster zone, a separate drama has unfolded high above them on Mount Everest where the hopes of a few rich climbers and some of their sherpas have also vanished.

After six days of high emotion and harsh words at Everest Base Camp, climbing firm Himalayan Experience finally decided on Friday to abandon its ascent of the world’s highest peak, becoming the last big team to do so.

Apr 23, 2015

Modi land bill delayed amid rising anger in rural India

NEW DELHI, April 23 (Reuters) – Prime Minister Narendra
Modi’s government has delayed a bill that will make it easier
for industry to buy farmland, following anger over rising rural
distress and the suicide of a farmer in India’s capital.

The death of farmer Gajendra Singh, who hanged himself from
a tree during an opposition rally in New Delhi on Wednesday,
dominated debate in parliament on Thursday.

Apr 20, 2015

Mystery trip over, Gandhi attacks Modi on farm crisis

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Rahul Gandhi accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of failing farmers in a rare speech to parliament on Monday, sharpening an attack on the government after a long vacation that raised questions about the opposition leader’s future.

Looking rested following a mystery two-month break that reportedly included a meditation retreat, Gandhi criticised Modi over a plan to make it easier for industry to buy rural land, at a time when farmers are suffering crop losses and depressed incomes.

Apr 20, 2015

Mystery trip over, India’s Gandhi attacks Modi on farm crisis

NEW DELHI, April 20 (Reuters) – India’s Rahul Gandhi accused
Prime Minister Narendra Modi of failing farmers in a rare speech
to parliament on Monday, sharpening an attack on the government
after a long vacation that raised questions about the opposition
leader’s future.

Looking rested following a mystery two-month break that
reportedly included a meditation retreat, Gandhi criticised Modi
over a plan to make it easier for industry to buy rural land, at
a time when farmers are suffering crop losses and depressed
incomes.

Apr 13, 2015

India order for two Rafale squadrons casts doubt on larger deal

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Any future Indian purchase of Rafale jets will come through direct talks with the French government, the defense minister said on Monday, suggesting that commercial negotiations for a larger deal with Dassault Aviation have been shelved.

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday announced a plan to buy 36 planes from Dassault through the government-to-government route, after three years of price negotiations for local assembly of the aircraft produced no results.