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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.

Apr 26, 2015

“Demons on the mountain”; survivors recall avalanche terror

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – When Khile Sherpa opened his eyes, the snow around him was bright red, drenched with blood streaming from gashes in his body from the avalanche that catapulted him across Mount Everest’s base camp at lunchtime on Saturday.

Khile was among the first 15 survivors flown from Everest to Kathmandu on Sunday after a powerful earthquake hit Nepal a day earlier killing more than 2,460 people, at least 17 of them in the avalanche it triggered on the world’s tallest peak.

Apr 26, 2015

Nepalese dig for quake survivors as toll exceeds 1,900 and big aftershock hits

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Rescuers dug with their bare hands and bodies piled up in Nepal on Sunday after an earthquake devastated the heavily crowded Kathmandu Valley, killing at least 1,900, and triggered a deadly avalanche on Mount Everest.

Army officer Santosh Nepal and a group of rescuers worked all night to open a passage into a collapsed building in the capital Kathmandu. They had to use pick axes because bulldozers could not get through the ancient city’s narrow streets.

Apr 26, 2015

Injured flown from Everest, aftershock triggers new avalanches

KATHMANDU, April 26 (Reuters) – The first rescue plane
carrying people injured in an earthquake-triggered avalanche
that ripped through tents on Mount Everest arrived in Kathmandu
on Sunday shortly before a strong aftershock rocked India and
Nepal and triggered more snowfalls.

Nepal’s worst earthquake in 81 years, at 7.9 magnitude,
killed at least 1,900 people on Saturday including at least 17
climbers on Everest.

Apr 23, 2015

India to host Afghan leader, seeks to regain ground lost to China, Pakistan

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – When Afghan President Ashraf Ghani makes his first official visit to India next week, it will be a chance for New Delhi to regain ground lost to regional rivals Pakistan and China and push interests including trade routes and arms sales.

More than his predecessor Hamid Karzai, Ghani has reached out to neighboring Pakistan to help negotiate a settlement with Taliban insurgents and to China to add clout to the fragile peace process as well as to invest in the Afghan economy.

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.

Apr 10, 2015
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India plans new townships to resettle Hindus in Muslim-majority Kashmir


(Kashmiri protesters run towards Indian security personnel during a demonstration against the plan to resettle Hindus, in Srinagar April 10, 2015. REUTERS/Danish Ismail)

India’s nationalist government plans to resettle tens of thousands of Hindus in three new townships in Muslim-dominated Kashmir, setting up a confrontation with separatists who say it is an Israel-style policy of creating settlements in occupied territory.

Apr 10, 2015

India plans to build new townships in Kashmir to resettle Hindus

NEW DELHI/SRINAGAR, India (Reuters) – India’s nationalist government plans to resettle tens of thousands of Hindus in three new townships in Muslim-dominated Kashmir, setting up a confrontation with separatists who say it is an Israel-style policy of creating settlements in occupied territory.

Many Kashmiri Hindus, or Pandits, also say they are not in favor of the plan.

Between 200,000 to 300,000 Hindus are estimated to have fled Kashmir after an armed revolt against New Delhi’s rule erupted in 1989, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has long vowed to return them to their homes.