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Tensions rise in Nepal after "weak" response to deadly quake
By Gopal Sharma and Rupam Jain Nair KATHMANDU (Reuters) - The death toll from the devastating earthquake in Nepal four days ago passed 5,000 on Wednesday as officials conceded they had made mistakes in their initial response, leaving survivors stranded in remote villages waiting for aid and relief. Over 200 Nepalis protested outside parliament in the capital Kathmandu, demanding the government increase the number of buses going to the interior hills and improve distribution of aid.
BJP minister disparages farmers for suicides, draws opposition ire
Om Prakash Dhankar, a state minister who heads the farmers' wing of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), has drawn flak from the opposition for branding as "cowards" some farmers who committed suicide after unseasonal rains destroyed their crops. In many rural areas, discontent with government policies is turning to anger against Modi as he completes a year in office. Tuesday's comments by the agriculture minister of Haryana, one of India's breadbasket states, could further alienate those in the countryside, where the opposition Congress party is trying to broaden its appeal to voters. "Any farmer committing suicide is running away from his responsibilities, leaving behind his burden on his innocent wife and children," Om Prakash Dhankar, who is also chief of the farmers' wing of the BJP, told reporters in images aired by national media on Wednesday.
Delhi Law Minister Tomar denies fake degree charges
A Bihar-based university from where Tomar claimed to be enrolled as an advocate and obtained his law degree said that the provisional certificate is not genuine and the document does not exist in the university's record.
Nepalis dig through quake rubble for survivors, PM says toll could be 10,000
The death toll from Nepal's devastating earthquake could reach 10,000, the prime minister said on Tuesday, as residents frustrated by the government's slow response used their bare hands to dig for signs of their loved ones.
Angry Nepalis dig in rubble themselves as quake toll passes 4,000
Hundreds of Nepalis, angered and frustrated by the government's slow response, were digging through rubble themselves on Tuesday to find remains of their loved ones after a devastating earthquake three days ago killed more than 4,000 people.
After quake and avalanche, Everest climber not yet ready to quit
Climber Nick Cienski has not given up on his world record bid to scale six 8,000-metre peaks this calendar year, despite narrowly escaping a huge avalanche on Mount Everest set off by an earthquake that killed thousands of people in Nepal.
Riots in Baltimore over man's death in police custody
Baltimore erupted in violence on Monday as hundreds of rioters looted stores, burned buildings and injured at least 15 police officers following the funeral of a 25-year-old black man who died after he was injured in police custody.
In post-quake aid rush, Nepal neighbors jockey for position
Wedged between the two rising Asian powers of China and India, landlocked Nepal watched rescuers and offers of help pour in from both sides within hours of an earthquake that killed more than 4,000 people.
Farmer suicide: Kejriwal sorry for not stopping speech
In their first information report in the case, Delhi Police accused the Aam Aadmi Party and its leaders of obstructing efforts to save the farmer.
No fault of Delhi Police in Gajendra's death: Rajnath
Denying allegations that Delhi Police did not do enough to save Rajasthan farmer Gajendra Singh, Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday clarified how the police was right in its approach in dealing with the crisis.
We won't let our farmers die anymore, says PM Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday sought a collective response from political leaders to the agrarian crisis caused by unseasonal rains and resolved not to "abandon" the farmers.
New twist: Farmer's kin say suicide note not in his handwriting
The hand-written suicide note in Hindi found at the spot said he was taking his life because rains had destroyed his crops. He ended the note with 'Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan, Jai Rajasthan'.
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