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  • Nepalis rue slow government response, some blame politics
    Nepalis rue slow government response, some blame politics

    By Gopal Sharma and Krishna N. Das KATHMANDU/NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Nepal's government has drawn early criticism from opposition politicians and some residents for what they say has been a sluggish response to the humanitarian crisis triggered by Saturday's massive earthquake. As the body count from the 7.9 magnitude quake in Nepal rose to more than 4,300 on Tuesday, aid had begun to arrive in the country, but disbursement in many areas was slow. "The government's response has not been good. …

  • Near remote Nepal quake epicentre, survivors dig for loved ones alone
    Near remote Nepal quake epicentre, survivors dig for loved ones alone

    By Sanjeev Miglani 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 epicentre of Nepal's earthquake to pull out the bodies of her 10-year-old daughter and a son aged eight. He founded the Shah dynasty who ruled the Himalayan nation of 28 million people for 240 years until the abolition of the monarchy in 2008. …

  • Modi, Ghani pledge to fight militants, build trade
    Modi, Ghani pledge to fight militants, build trade

    Afghan President Ashraf Ghani called on Tuesday for regional cooperation to defeat violent extremist groups, saying after meeting the Indian prime minister that he wants to "make Afghanistan a graveyard of terror" but needs help from India, Pakistan and other neighbours. Ghani's visit to India comes amid his efforts to forge closer ties with neighbours Pakistan and China, prompting some Indian analysts to fret that New Delhi may be losing influence in Afghanistan. It cannot be …

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

    By Sanjeev Miglani and Ross Adkin 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. Nepal's government has struggled in the wake of the country's …

  • India cancels licences of nearly 9,000 NGOs over foreign funds
    India cancels licences of nearly 9,000 NGOs over foreign funds

    By Aditya Kalra NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - India has cancelled the registration of nearly 9,000 charities for failing to declare details of donations from abroad, as New Delhi tightens surveillance on foreign-funded non-governmental organisations in the country. The crackdown comes days after the government suspended the licence of Greenpeace India and put U.S.-based Ford Foundation on a security watch list, ordering government approval of any of its activities in the country. …

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