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In an egregious display of insensitivity, the Darbhanga Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) in Bihar pasted stickers on the foreheads of persons injured in the earthquake, for identification. A HuffPost India investigation finds that depression is rife among India’s farmers as they grapple with crop loss, inadequate insurance and government apathy. Got a tattoo? Then hold off on the Apple Watch for a while as users of the latest Apple gizmo report that the device loses connection and shows inaccurate heart rate results if worn on tattooed wrists. Adheer Som deconstructs the logic of the popular conspiracy theories around the disappearance of Subhash Chandra Bose. Scores of civil society groups launched a stinging attack on the Modi government for cancelling licences of nearly 9,000 NGOs and have vowed to unite to counter such "persecution".
A network of 293 ground motion sensors located across northern, eastern and northeastern India lay crippled during Nepal's 7.9 magnitude earthquake and its aftershocks, handicapping researchers trying to assess how the quakes affected cities and towns in these regions. The Union Cabinet on Wednesday cleared one of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s most favoured projects — 100 smart cities spread across the country — and a new urban renewal mission named after Atal Bihari Vajpayee, replacing the existing one named after Jawaharlal Nehru, with a total outlay of nearly Rs. 1,00,000 crore. Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani has warned Pakistan that it will block Pakistani trucks headed to Central Asia, if they didn’t allow his trucks to pass over and trade with India. The government has said that “the concept of marital rape” cannot be applied in India where marriage is considered as a "sacrament".
Off The Front Page
A forthcoming book has alleged that donations made by former Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh, ranging from $1 million to $5 million, to the Clinton Foundation facilitated the 2008 Indo-US nuclear deal. A passenger, aboard a GoAir flight, says he was insulted by the captain on landing, for merely expressing concern about the pilot’s health before the flight took off. The Bombay High Court cited "judicial restraint" while refusing to stay Maharashtra’s beef ban. A quake survivor in Nepal prepares to cremate 18 members of his family today. Bollywood actor Salman Khan, who’s managed to appear unfazed with multiple cases and proceedings on him through the years, was momentarily perplexed when a court in Jodhpur asked him about his caste. After some thought, he replied: "Hindu and Muslim". A girl from Mahoba, Uttar Pradesh—just moments before her wedding-- refused to marry the groom after she found him drunk hours before the ceremony.
Hiroaki Takahashi, in The Hindu, enumerates lessons India could take from Japan about dealing with earthquakes. Satyam Vishwanathan, in The Indian Express, says the respect we accord to symbols such as national flags and anthems must not elide honest criticism of our nation’s actions when warranted. Ashutosh, in The Indian Express, says that for the Communist Party of India to become relevant, it has to stop “…the lumpenisation of the unions and accord respect to the individual…”