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May 14, 2015

Government clears deal for 56 Airbus transport planes

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India’s defence procurement agency has cleared the purchase of 56 transport planes from Europe’s Airbus in collaboration with local partner Tata Sons in a deal worth an estimated $1.9 billion, a defence ministry source said on Thursday.

The government also approved a Russian proposal to build Kamov light helicopters in India and the purchase of 145 ultra-light howitzers from the United States as part of its efforts to modernise the military.

May 14, 2015

India government clears deal for 56 Airbus transport planes

NEW DELHI, May 14 (Reuters) – India’s defence procurement
agency has cleared the purchase of 56 transport planes from
Europe’s Airbus in collaboration with local partner Tata Sons in
a deal worth an estimated $1.9 billion, a defence ministry
source said on Thursday.

The government also approved a Russian proposal to build
Kamov light helicopters in India and the purchase of 145
ultra-light howitzers from the United States as part of its
efforts to modernise the military.

May 11, 2015

Indian rail projects outweigh rivalry before Modi visit to China

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Beijing has been pushing India to accelerate work on a multi-billion dollar rail link from New Delhi to Chennai ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to China this week, as the Asian giants put economic ties before regional rivalries.

China, which is conducting a feasibility study into a $36 billion bullet train project from the capital in the north to Chennai in the south, has asked for work to begin on a pilot project covering part of the route, officials said.

May 2, 2015

Thousands still missing after Nepal quake

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Thousands of people were still missing in Nepal on Friday as food and help began to trickle through to those stranded in remote areas after last week’s earthquake which killed 6,250.

The death toll could rise further. Bodies are still being pulled from the debris of ruined buildings, while rescue workers have not been able to reach some remote areas.

May 1, 2015

Up to 1,000 Europeans missing after Nepal quake – envoy

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Nepali and foreign officials were struggling on Friday to locate thousands of people still missing after last week’s massive earthquake, as food and other relief supplies began to trickle through to those stranded in remote parts of the country.

Up to 1,000 Europeans are among the missing, mostly around popular trekking routes, the head of the European Union (EU) delegation in Nepal said.

Apr 28, 2015

Nepal quake victims still stranded, PM Koirala says toll could be 10,000

JHARIBAR/SINDHUPALCHOWK, Nepal (Reuters) – People stranded in remote villages and towns across Nepal were still waiting for aid and relief to arrive on Tuesday, four days after a devastating earthquake destroyed buildings and roads and killed more than 4,600 people.

The government has yet to assess the full scale of the damage wrought by Saturday’s 7.9 magnitude quake, unable to reach many mountainous areas despite aid supplies and personnel pouring in from around the world.

Apr 28, 2015

Nepal quake victims still stranded, PM says toll could be 10,000

JHARIBAR/SINDHUPALCHOWK, Nepal (Reuters) – People stranded in remote villages and towns across Nepal were still waiting for aid and relief to arrive on Tuesday, four days after a devastating earthquake destroyed buildings and roads and killed more than 4,300 people.

The government has yet to assess the full scale of the damage wrought by Saturday’s 7.9 magnitude quake, unable to reach many mountainous areas despite aid supplies and personnel pouring in from around the world.

Apr 28, 2015

Near remote Nepal quake epicenter, survivors dig for loved ones alone

JHARIBAR, Nepal (Reuters) – Her husband away in India, Sunthalia worked alone for hours in the rubble of her house perched on a ridge near the epicenter of Nepal’s earthquake to pull out the bodies of her 10-year-old daughter and a son aged eight.

Another son of four miraculously survived.

Three other houses in their remote settlement, an hour’s walk up the lush green Gorkha valley, had collapsed. It was deathly quiet after Saturday’s quake, she recalls.

Apr 28, 2015

A friend in need: China, India turn on aid diplomacy in Nepal

DHADING, Nepal/KATHMANDU (Reuters) – At a 12-bed hospital deep in Nepal’s Himalayan mountains, Indian Air Force helicopters bring in the casualties of a devastating earthquake that has killed more than 4,000: injured men, women and children plucked from hilltops and inaccessible valleys.

In the capital Kathmandu, Chinese rescuers in red uniforms have been searching for survivors in the rubble. Television footage on Tuesday showed one crew pulling a man from the wreckage of a hotel, carrying him gingerly on a stretcher.

Apr 27, 2015

Desperate Nepalese sleep in open, seek help as aftershocks spread fear

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Thousands of desperate Nepalese huddled under tents and sought scarce food and medical supplies on Monday, two days after a massive quake killed more than 2,500 people, as overwhelmed authorities struggled to care for the wounded and homeless.

The sick and wounded lay out in the open in the capital, Kathmandu, unable to find beds in the devastated city’s hospitals. Surgeons set up an operating theater inside a tent in the grounds of Kathmandu Medical College.