IAF and NDRF personnel on their way to earthquake-hit Nepal, Apr. 27, to carry out rescue operations. (Press Trust of India)


Nepal was struck by the worst earthquake in 80 years, Apr. 25, leaving over 4,000 people, including two Indians, dead, and over 7,000 injured, in flattened houses and buildings including the iconic Dharhara tower and renowned Darbar Square in the heart of the Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu. Relief teams sent from India put the situation as “very, very serious.”


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Nepal was struck by the worst earthquake in 80 years, Apr. 25, leaving over 4,000 people, including two Indians, dead, and over 7,000 injured, in flattened houses and buildings including the iconic Dharhara tower and renowned Darbar Square in the heart of the Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu. Relief teams sent from India put the situation as “very, very serious.”

Fifty doctors have arrived from India to provide emergency services with more on the way. India dispatched as many as four aircrafts including a C-130 plane carrying three tons of relief supplies and a 40-member rescue team to Nepal as an immediate response. The relief team has since grown with more personnel, aircrafts and food and essential supplies arriving on a daily basis.

The tremors shook parts of India as well, causing damage far and wide, write Shirish B. Pradhan and Prashant Rangnekar.

The blame game over a farmer’s suicide in New Delhi escalated Apr. 23, with government and police accusing the Aam Aadmi Party of having instigated it. Prime Minister Narendra Modi appealed for a collective solution to the “deep-rooted” agrarian crisis.

Under fire over his handling of the issue that has snowballed into a major controversy, the AAP supremo also slammed the media and the opposition parties, saying that the debate had veered away from the “real issue” of the farmers’ plight, reports PTI.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently visited France and Canada. While strategic, business and defense deals were on the agenda, the focus was also on pushing forward India’s atomic energy plans. As electricity for all Indians was a cornerstone of his electoral campaign, Modi has ensured that energy security remains in the forefront of talks and negotiations during overseas tours, whether America, Australia or Japan, writes Siddharth Srivastava.

Indian-American Vivek Murthy was administered the oath for the top post of U.S. Surgeon General by Vice President Joe Biden at a ceremony in Fort Myer, Virginia, Apr. 22, becoming the youngest-ever in charge of the country’s public health, writes Lalit K. Jha.

Former Goldman Sachs director Rajat Gupta seeking to set aside his conviction on insider trading charges, has said his friendship with jailed hedge fund founder Raj Rajaratnam does not prove he received personal gain by passing on classified information, writes Yoshita Singh.