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  • Climate change sparks tension in India's tea gardens
    Climate change sparks tension in India's tea gardens

    By Krishna N. Das JORHAT, India (Reuters) - Usha Ghatowar smiles wryly when asked about the pay she earns picking leaves at a colonial-era tea garden in Assam. COURTING THE TEA VOTE State elections have national significance in India - Modi needs to win most of the state assembly contests in the next four years if he is to take control of the upper house of the federal parliament and ease the passage of his reform agenda. …

  • About 100 bodies found in Nepal trekking village
    About 100 bodies found in Nepal trekking village

    By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepali police and local volunteers found the bodies of about 100 trekkers and villagers buried in an avalanche set off by last month's devastating earthquake and were digging through snow and ice for signs of dozens more missing, officials said on Monday. The government began asking foreign teams to wrap up search and rescue operations, as hope of finding people alive in the rubble receded. If they are also specialists in clearing the rubble, they can …

  • Aberdeen launches legal challenge to tax demand
    Aberdeen launches legal challenge to tax demand

    By Himank Sharma MUMBAI (Reuters) - Aberdeen Asset Management has filed a legal challenge against a tax claim in India, the latest twist in a dispute between foreign fund management groups and the government over retrospective taxes. Uncertainty around the so-called minimum alternative tax on foreign asset managers' past income has unsettled investors, contributing to sharp falls in India's stock market. It has also dampened hopes that Prime Minister Narendra Modi would usher a period of …

  • Nepal asks foreign nations to end search, rescue operations
    Nepal asks foreign nations to end search, rescue operations

    Nepal has asked foreign countries to wrap up search and rescue operations nine days after a devastating earthquake killed more than 7,200 people, now there is no hope of finding people alive in the rubble. Dozens of countries sent teams to look for survivors after the Himalayan nation was hit by a 7.8-magnitude quake on April 25, its worst since 1934, but the Nepal government now believes the search and rescue work has been nearly completed. If they are also specialists in clearing the …

  • Facebook opens Internet.org to developers amid open web debate in India
    Facebook opens Internet.org to developers amid open web debate in India

    By Aman Shah and Nivedita Bhattacharjee MUMBAI (Reuters) - Facebook Inc opened up its Internet.org platform to new websites and applications from developers on Monday, a move the social media giant said would boost efforts to get people online in low-income and rural areas in emerging markets. Internet.org offers free access via mobile phones to pared-down web services, focused on job listings, agricultural information, healthcare and education, as well as Facebook's own social network and …

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