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Apr 23, 2014

Nepal moves to ease tension among Sherpas after Everest disaster

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Nepal’s government decided on Wednesday to send a delegation of officials to the base camp of Mount Everest to cool anger among Sherpas over its response to last week’s deadly ice avalanche in which at least 13 guides were killed.

Two Western expedition organizers said tension was running high at the camp among the roughly 400 Sherpas there, with many demanding that all climbs to the 8,850-metre (29,035-foot) summit be abandoned for the rest of the season and others keen to continue.

Apr 22, 2014

Nepal government meets sherpas’ demands after deadly avalanche

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Nepal’s government agreed on Tuesday to compensation demands for Mount Everest sherpas, after the single deadliest avalanche on the world’s highest mountain killed at least 13 guides.

Expedition leaders said tension was running high at Everest base camp after last Friday’s incident, which has rekindled debate on the disproportionate risks that sherpas take helping foreign mountaineers reach the 8,850-metre summit.

Apr 7, 2014

BJP puts ‘no first use’ nuclear policy in doubt

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – The opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), widely tipped to form the next government, pledged on Monday to revise the India’s nuclear doctrine, whose central principle is that New Delhi would not be first to use atomic weapons in a conflict.

Unveiling its election manifesto, the party gave no details, but sources involved in drafting the document said the “no-first-use” policy introduced after India conducted a series of nuclear tests in 1998 would be reconsidered.

Apr 7, 2014

India’s BJP puts ‘no first use’ nuclear policy in doubt

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India’s opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), widely tipped to form the next government, pledged on Monday to revise the country’s nuclear doctrine, whose central principle is that New Delhi would not be first to use atomic weapons in a conflict.

Unveiling its election manifesto, the party gave no details,

but sources involved in drafting the document said the “no-first-use” policy introduced after India conducted a series of nuclear tests in 1998 would be reconsidered.

Apr 6, 2014

Smooth Afghan poll raises questions about Taliban strength

KABUL, April 6 (Reuters) – A bigger-than-expected turnout in
Afghanistan’s presidential election and the Taliban’s failure to
derail the vote has raised questions about the capacity of the
insurgents to tip the country back into chaos as foreign troops
head home.

The Taliban claimed that they staged more than 1,000 attacks
and killed dozens during Saturday’s election, which they have
branded a U.S.-backed deception of the Afghan people, though
security officials said it was a gross exaggeration.

Apr 6, 2014

Smooth Afghan election raises questions about Taliban’s strength

KABUL (Reuters) – A bigger-than-expected turnout in Afghanistan’s presidential election and the Taliban’s failure to significantly disrupt the vote has raised questions about the capacity of the insurgents to tip the country back into chaos as foreign troops head home.

The Taliban claimed that they staged more than 1,000 attacks and killed dozens during Saturday’s election, which they have branded a U.S.-backed deception of the Afghan people, though security officials said it was a gross exaggeration.

Apr 3, 2014

Risks of violence and fraud haunt landmark Afghan election

KABUL (Reuters) – Even if the Taliban fail to hobble the Afghan presidential election on Saturday, it could take months for a winner to be declared at a time when the country desperately needs a leader to stem rising violence as foreign troops prepare to leave.

Most people expect the election will be better run than the chaotic 2009 vote that handed President Hamid Karzai a second term amid massive fraud and ballot stuffing.

Dec 28, 2013

Taking power in New Delhi, ‘common man’ leader talks of revolution

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – There was no motorcade, and none of the traditional trappings of power: the leader of India’s upstart “common man party” arrived on a crowded metro train on Saturday to be sworn in as chief minister of Delhi, India’s capital.

Tens of thousands of jubilant supporters watched as Arvind Kejriwal, a mild-mannered former tax official, was anointed after a stunning electoral debut that has jolted the country’s two main parties just months before a general election.

Dec 28, 2013

Taking power in New Delhi, ‘common man’ Kejriwal talks of revolution

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – There was no motorcade, and none of the traditional trappings of power: the leader of India’s upstart Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) or “common man party”, arrived on a crowded metro train on Saturday to be sworn in as chief minister of Delhi.

Tens of thousands of jubilant supporters watched as Arvind Kejriwal, a mild-mannered former tax official, was anointed after a stunning electoral debut that has jolted the country’s two main parties just months before a general election.

Dec 19, 2013

India says U.S. must drop case against diplomat to defuse row

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India urged the United States to withdraw a visa fraud case against one of its diplomats in New York on Thursday, suggesting that Secretary of State John Kerry’s expression of regret over her treatment in custody was not enough.

The arrest of Devyani Khobragade on charges of underpaying her nanny and her subsequent strip-search has caused a furore in India and put an unexpected strain on U.S-Indian relations.

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      "John Chalmers is the Reuters' Bureau Chief for South Asia. He was previously a correspondent in London, Paris, Hanoi, New Delhi and Brussels."
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