• Putrajaya fails to stop Rafizi’s application to challenge legality of banking law - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider file pic, April 27, 2015.Putrajaya has failed in its bid to stop an application by Pandan MP Rafizi Ramli to challenge the constitutionality of the repealed Banking and Financial Insitutions Act (Bafia). The Shah Alam Sessions Court today ruled that Putrajaya’s objection was frivolous and lacked merit. Judge Rozina Ayob fixed May 15 to hear submissions whether the High Court could hear and rule on the constitutionality of Bafia.

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  • Chong Wei had no intention to cheat, BWF doping panel finds

    — Bernama picKUALA LUMPUR, April 27 — The Badminton World Federation (BWF) confirmed today its decision to suspend badminton ace Datuk Lee Chong Wei from active competition for eight months, but said although the national player did violate an anti-doping regulation, he had not done so with intent to cheat. In a statement on its website, the authority found that Lee had indeed been "negligent" when he took the banned substance Dexamethasone, but the degree of negligence was "rather light" as he had not known at the time that he had ingested the substance. According to BWF, the panel hearing Lee's case said that it is "convinced this is not a case of doping with intent to cheat". The panel also found it "correct and fair" to backdate the eight month suspension order to the date that Lee's sample was collected last year.

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  • Can fools be in Cabinet, asks Perlis mufti after Ahmad Maslan’s remarks - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider file pic, April 26, 2015.Perlis mufti Datuk Dr Mohd Asri Zainal Abidin has taken Datuk Ahmad Maslan to task for reportedly saying that Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad lacked understanding about the goods and services tax (GST). Without naming the deputy finance minister, Asri said he now wondered whether a fool could be appointed to important posts in the government.

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  • MCA veep must apologise for insulting all housewives, Pakatan insists

    — Picture by Choo Choy MayPERMATANG PAUH, April 27 — Pakatan Rakyat (PR) members accused today an MCA leader of criticising PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail and by extension, all housewives in Malaysia. Batu Tiga assemblyman Rodziah Ismail cited a report published on news portal Malaysiakini that she said had reported MCA vice-president Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun insulting the role of all housewives in Malaysia, insisting that Chew issue an apology. “She fails to understand the significance of a housewives’ (sic) voice and the strength it can carry in a parliamentary sitting,” the PKR assemblyman said in a statement, referring to Chew’s purported insult to Dr Wan Azizah and all housewives.

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  • Top Japanese restaurant defends foreign policy - The Malaysian Insider

    – AFP pic, April 27, 2015.A top-notch Michelin-starred sushi restaurant in Tokyo on Monday defended its special reservation rules for foreigners after a report in Japan it had refused to accept a booking from a Chinese customer. Sushi Mizutani, which has two of the coveted Michelin stars, told AFP it has an "across-the-board policy" of not accepting bookings by non-Japanese customers – unless they are made through a hotel concierge or a credit card company. "(Non-Japanese) customers may not show up for their reservations," a member of staff at the restaurant said, adding employees do not have the foreign language proficiency to explain requirements to patrons. The confirmation came after a report that the restaurant, located in Tokyo's glitzy Ginza district, had refused to take a reservation for Chinese journalist Mo Bangfu.

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  • Schumacher's son wins on his debut F4 weekend - Motorsport | The Star Online

    Michael Schumacher's 16-year-old son Mick sprayed the winner's champagne after capping an impressive debut weekend in German Formula Four with the first victory of his motor racing career on Sunday. Competing for the Dutch-based Van Amersfoort Racing team, the German lined up second on the grid for the last of three races at Oschersleben and made a quick getaway to lead from the start. Schumacher, who leads the rookie standings and is fifth overall in the championship, ended the 30-minute race behind the safety car with Australian team mate Joey Mawson second and fellow rookie Thomas Preining third.

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  • KL-Singapore high-speed rail may miss 2020 deadline, says report - The Malaysian Insider

    The multi-billion ringgit high-speed rail link between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore is expected to miss its 2020 deadline by two years, Singapore's Business Times reported today. Citing unnamed sources, the business paper said 2022 may be a more realistic deadline as there were many unresolved issues in the mammoth project, which is estimated to cost nearly RM40 billion. More time is needed to sort some aspects out so that it can take off smoothly," a source close to the project was quoted as saying by The Business Times.

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  • Wan Azizah: The most qualified leader in the country! — Karamjit Gill

    Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail is starting to look like the only capable leader in this country; or rather shall I say the only capable leader in PKR. Supporters from both sides of political divide are vehemently voicing their opinion on Wan Azizah’s candidacy in the Permatang Pauh by-election. From a practicing medical doctor to a politician overnight, is Wan Azizah the best PKR has to offer? Wan Azizah’s involvement in politics begun after Anwar Ibrahim was jailed in the late 90’s. She was elected as a Member of Parliament for Pematang Pauh in 1999 and continued to hold the position till 2008.

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  • The urban fisherman of Puchong

    PHOTO ESSAY Radin makes a living from fishing at a former mining pond.

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  • Jho Low’s company received US$330mil, says whistle-blower | theSundaily

    PETALING JAYA: Whistle-blower Sarawak Report claims to have obtained new documents to show that Good Star Limited, a company controlled by businessman Low Taek Jho, better known as Jho Low, had received the entirety of a US$330 million (RM1.18 billion) “loan” from 1Malaysia Development Fund (1MDB) in 2011. It said the loan had been authorised by 1MDB, supposedly in favour of its former joint venture partner PetroSaudi International although Jho Low has repeatedly maintained that he has held no role in 1MDB and made no profit from its investment dealings. Sarawak Report has earlier alleged that PetroSaudi directors had agreed to “act as front” for Jho Low and that out of a total of US$1.5 billion (RM5.36 billion) already invested in PetroSaudi between September 2009 and September 2010, US$860 million (RM3.07 billion) had been secretly siphoned into Good Star’s RBS Coutts bank account in Zurich.

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  • Paris Hilton Gives Update On Aunt Kim Richards; Shows Support For Bruce Jenner

    At the annual Race to Erase MS event, Paris Hilton talks about her aunt, Kim Richards, and voices support from Bruce Jenner.

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  • The first cell phone call was an epic troll (VIDEO)

    On April 3, 1973, an engineer named Martin Cooper did something crazy: He made a phone call while walking down the street. Cooper was heading up a team of engineers at Motorola who were working to build the world’s first cellular telephone. He hoisted the thing up to his ear and dialed up Joel Engel, who was doing similar work at AT&T, to tell him he had a functional portable phone.

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  • Heavyweight appetizer sets up Mayweather-Pacquiao - Boxing | The Star Online

    Wladimir Klitschko joined Joe Louis in the record books with his title bout on Saturday but the event took a decided back seat to boxing's latest 'Fight of the Century' -- Mayweather v Pacquiao. Klitschko matched the legendary Louis by climbing into the ring for his record-tying 27th world heavyweight championship fight but the Ukrainian's win against Bryant Jennings was a mere prelude to bigger things. "This event with Wladimir Klitschko, heavyweight champion of the world returning to Madison Square Garden, is the perfect hors d'oeuvre to what the main course will be next week," Peter Nelson, HBO sports programming vice president, told Reuters.

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  • 'Dr M failed to explain 1MDB issues properly'

    Tun Faisal said Mahathir didn't say that only RM5.8bil of debt is gov't-backed.

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  • Ratan Tata buys stake in Xiaomi - The Malaysian Insider

    – Reuters pic, April 26, 2015.Ratan Tata, chairman emeritus of the holding company of India's Tata conglomerate, has acquired a stake in Xiaomi Technology, a deal that is likely to bolster the Chinese phone maker's presence in the world's third-largest smartphone market. Financial details of the unspecified stake bought by Tata in Xiaomi, the first by an Indian, were not disclosed in the statement issued by the Chinese company today.

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  • Elizabeth Wong is wrong ― Concerned Lawyers for Justice

    APRIL 26 ― Concerned Lawyers for Justice (CLJ) refers to the Malay Mail Online news report of 21 April 2015 titled “Churches may operate in commercial areas without permits, Selangor exco says”. CLJ notes that the news report quotes Elizabeth Wong, a Selangor executive councillor and co-chair of the Selangor state committee on non-Islamic affairs (HESI) stating that the Petaling Jaya Municipal Council (MBPJ) has been allowing churches to operate without permits since 2008 (the starting point presumably being when the Pakatan Rakyat state government came to power in Selangor) and that all such churches have since then only needed to notify HESI, supposedly in accordance with Article 11 of the Federal Constitution guaranteeing freedom of worship.

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  • Israeli air strike kills four planting bomb at Syria frontier - source - World | The Star Online

    An Israeli air strike killed four militants on Sunday as they placed an explosive on a fence near Israel's frontier with Syria in the annexed Golan Heights, an Israeli military source said. "Four terrorists placed an explosive on a fence near Majdel Shams and an Israeli aircraft shot and killed them," the source said, speaking on condition of anonymity, and identifying a village in the territory at the foot of strategic Mount Hermon. Tensions have risen in the Golan Heights, territory Israel captured from Syria in a 1967 war and later annexed in a move never recognised internationally, amid the civil war raging in Syria in the past four years.

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  • Minister promises savings of up to 20% at farmers’ markets – Bernama - The Malaysian Insider

    Effective June 1, consumers will enjoy savings of up to 20% on essential goods at the farmers' markets, said Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister,…

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  • Cops: Public objection reason why support withdrawn for Thirst 2015

    — Reuters picKUALA LUMPUR, April 26 — Objections from the public and Selangor lawmakers resulted in the withdrawal of support for Thirst 2015, the Serdang police said today. In a statement this evening, the police said that they originally had no problems with the application for the temporary entertainment permit for the concert by organisers Future Sound Asia Sdn Bhd on March 25. “The MPSJ (Subang Jaya Municipal Council) had then rejected the application on April 6, although it was then approved with certain conditions imposed on April 22 after the organisers appealed to MPSJ. “On April 24, PDRM (the Royal Malaysian Police) had concluded to not support (the concert) after receiving objections and feedback on April 23 from society, as well as the office of the state assemblymen about the concert,” the statement read.

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  • What we must do – Thomas Fann - The Malaysian Insider

    Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan posed this question at the Asean People’s Forum on human rights: What have we done to deserve this stifling of various freedoms by Putrajaya? What a great question for us to ask ourselves and ask of this Barisan Nasional government. We get plundered, lorded over, insulted and told to migrate if not happy by our public servants.

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  • Hong Kong chief executive pays courtesy call on Najib | theSundaily

    KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak today received a courtesy call from Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Chief Executive, CY Leung on the sidelines of the 26th Asean Summit.

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  • Double-decker for stage bus services in KL to debut next month | theSundaily

    KUALA LUMPUR: Klang Valley bus commuters will be getting a new ride soon, as Rapid KL is set to introduce a double-decker bus service next month. The double-decker buses will be serving the high capacity routes around the Klang Valley, especially from Cheras and Shah Alam to the capital city as well as the inner routes in the city centre.

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  • The good, bad and ugly of street artist Ernest Zacharevic’s murals

    — TODAY picSINGAPORE, April 26 — Just search the hashtag #penangstreetart or Google “Georgetown murals” and more likely than not, images by artist Ernest Zacharevic pop up. Zacharevic is so synonymous with Penang that its tourism board, Visit Penang, has one of his artworks — that famous mural of two carefree children on a bicycle — as its official Instagram photo. Tourists follow maps and embark on trails to seek out his murals scattered throughout Georgetown. On the other hand, it brings in a lot of dramatic dynamics — suddenly, street art is attracting so much (attention),” he said.

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  • 12 arrested, explosives seized over attempt to cause ‘chaos’, tweets IGP - The Malaysian Insider

    Malaysia 12 arrested, explosives seized over attempt to cause ‘chaos’, tweets IGP BY MUZLIZA MUSTAFA Published: 26 April 2015 2:01 PM Police have foiled an attempt

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  • Saudi military plane crashes during training - World | The Star Online

    CAIRO (Reuters) - A Saudi pilot and a trainee were killed on Sunday when their military plane crashed during training, the official Saudi Press Agency said.

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  • 3,000 school labs will be upgraded to enhance science lessons, says Muhyiddin

    — AFP picMUADZAM SHAH, April 26 — The government will upgrade 3,000 secondary school laboratories from next year to enable more effective teaching and learning of science subjects, said Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin. Muhyiddin, who is also education minister, said the move was meant to revive the practical training aspect in the laboratory, thus improving students’ understanding of the subject. “In the past, the teaching system of science did not emphasise laboratory tests, but were more towards theory, now we want to change so that there are more practical tests. “That is why we are re-looking at laboratories... we have completed an overall study of 3,000 secondary schools and we found that there is a need to upgrade the laboratories,” he told reporters after attending a gathering of teachers and Rompin education department staff at the Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah campus of Universiti Tenaga Nasional (UNITEN) here today.

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  • Bangladeshi opposition leader says will retaliate if election is rigged - World | The Star Online

    The leader of Bangladesh's main opposition party threatened retaliation if local elections being held this week are not conducted fairly. Bangladesh has been marred by months of violence, much of it attacks against vehicles during transport blockades organised by the opposition. The elections are supposed to be nonpartisan, but both the ruling Awami League and the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party directly supported candidates. "We participated in the election as a test case to judge how far the government and the election commission are non-biased," Begum Khaleda Zia, the leader of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party and a former prime minister, said on Sunday.

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  • Nokia issues rebuttal to report it plans to make phones again

    — Reuters picHELSINKI, April 26 — Finland’s Nokia denied reports in Chinese media that it planned to return to manufacturing phones. “Nokia notes recent news reports claiming the company communicated an intention to manufacture consumer handsets out of a R&D facility in China. However, Nokia has said it is looking into returning to the smartphones business by brand-licensing. Nokia sold its phone business to Microsoft last year, but just months after that it launched a new brand-licensed tablet computer, produced under license by Taiwan’s Foxconn, with an intention to follow up with more devices.

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  • Borobudur in 36 hours

    YOGYAKARTA, April 26 ― A two-and-a-half-hour direct flight from KL to Yogyakarta followed by a 90-minute drive to Borobudur makes it an ideal weekend destination to refresh and inform. So we packed light and took up this adventure one weekend to visit this UNESCO World Heritage site located in unspoilt surrounds with a handful of wonderful boutique resorts. We had only about 36 hours in Borobudur, but thanks to the efficient planning of Villa Borobudur we had complimentary transport from airport to Villa, and then tours of the area. The Borobudur site, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, is the world’s largest Buddhist temple as well as one of the greatest Buddhist monuments in the world.

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  • Time Warner Cable said open to merger with Charter

    — Reuters picNEW YORK, April 28 — Time Warner Cable Inc is open to merger discussions with Charter Communications Inc following a failed US$45 billion (RM159 billion) bid by Comcast Corp, according to people familiar with the matter. Friendly negotiations between the two companies would be in sharp contrast to their acrimonious exchanges in 2013 and early 2014 that ended with Time Warner Cable rejecting unsolicited approaches by Charter and instead finding a white knight in Comcast. While Charter has yet to make a formal offer, Time Warner Cable believes its smaller peer may be willing to make a bid that is more attractive compared with its takeover attempt two years ago, the people said. Time Warner Cable also views Charter's stock as a more valuable currency than it did last year given its stock performance since then, the people said.

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  • Next Media Video: US teacher hailed for preventing possible high school shootout

    An Advanced Placement government and civics teacher is being credited with possibly preventing a high school shooting after tackling an armed student early yesterday morning, according to local reports.— Reuters

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  • North Hulu Sungai beware of cow miscarriage disease

    AMUNTAI, South Kalimantan: North Hulu Sungai Fisheries and Livestock Agency wary of the spread of miscarriage disease (Brucellosis) in cattle, Antaranews reported. Head of Animal Health and Veterinary Public Health at the agency Gusti Putu Susila here on Monday said the miscarriage disease in cattle females was found in Pelaihari in 2014-2015. “Based on the results of brucellosis surveillance in Kalimantan still found positive cases of the disease, so we need to be vigilance though these types of illnesses has not entered the territory of North Hulu Sungai (HSU),” he explained.

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  • Aftershocks cause more terror as Nepal quake toll tops 2,200 - The Malaysian Insider

    – Reuters pic, April 26, 2015.Powerful aftershocks rocked Nepal today, panicking survivors of a quake that killed more than 2,200 and triggering fresh avalanches at Everest base camp, as rescuers dug through rubble in the devastated capital Kathmandu. Terrified residents, many forced to camp out in the capital after yesterday’s quake reduced buildings to rubble, were jolted by a 6.7-magnitude aftershock that compounded the worst disaster to hit the impoverished Himalayan nation in more than 80 years. "Electricity has been cut off, communication systems are congested and hospital are crowded and are running out of room for storing dead bodies," Oxfam Australia chief executive Helen Szoke told AFP. Climbers reported that the aftershock caused more avalanches at Mount Everest, just after helicopters airlifted to safety those injured when a wall of snow hit base camp yesterday, killing at least 18 people.

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  • Teacher praised for apprehending armed student in US high school (VIDEO)

    An Advanced Placement government and civics teacher is being credited with possibly preventing a high school shooting after tackling an armed student early yesterday morning, according to local reports. Police received reports of an active shooter, described by students as wielding a Magnum, at North Thurston High school early yesterday morning. The suspect, a 16-year-old student, reportedly fired a shot into the ceiling in one of the school’s hallways. Just before 7.30am the teen entered the Lacey, Washington school’s common area and fired a second round into the ceiling.

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  • Templeton fund ends reign in Asia as top picks falter

    — File picSINGAPORE, April 28 — Templeton Asian Growth fund, managed by star stock picker Mark Mobius, ended its six-year reign as the biggest equity fund in Asia ex-Japan after suffering a second straight quarter of investor withdrawals and underperforming its benchmark. In the case of Templeton Asian Growth fund, investors yanked out a net US$500 million (RM1.77b) in January-to-March for the second straight quarter. The fund shrank to US$11.8 billion in size, putting it behind the US$12.2 billion First State Asia Pacific Leaders fund, according to Lipper, a unit of Thomson Reuters. The Templeton fund returned 1.96 per cent, less than the 4.90 per cent returns of the MSCI All Country Asia ex-Japan index, partly due to its substantial allocations in energy and Thai equities.

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  • Nishikori retains Barcelona title with battling win - Tennis | The Star Online

    Kei Nishikori was crowned Barcelona Open champion for the second consecutive year after a hard-fought 6-4 6-4 victory over surprise Spanish finalist Pablo Andujar on Sunday. "I didn't think about winning the tournament at the start of the week because of the strength of the players here, especially the Spanish, but now I am very happy," Nishikori told reporters. "I knew that Andujar has a good backhand and my plan was to move the ball around a bit. Andujar broke serve in the opening game with Nishikori making uncharacteristic mistakes and the score was 2-2 before either player held serve.

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  • Defend the constitution to retain public support, law practitioners tell judges - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic, April 28, 2015.The call to set up a constitutional court is a reflection that public confidence in the judiciary has eroded, members of the legal fraternity said. They said judges should subscribe to their oath to preserve, protect and defend the Federal Constitution from further assault from the executive and Parliament. All of them said there was no necessity to set up a constitutional court as the Malaysian Federal Court already played that function. Retired Federal Court judge Datuk Seri Gopal Sri Ram said it was unsuitable to establish a constitutional court as the Malaysian apex court was tasked to interpret the written constitution.

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  • Australian team says Rio goal more ‘aspirational’ than likely

    — Reuters picMELBOURNE, April 28 — Australian sport has moved to dampen expectations of a big medal haul at the Rio Olympics by admitting that the goal to finish in the top-five on the table was more “inspirational” than likely. Australia slumped to 10th in the medal standings at the 2012 London Games, the country’s worst Olympic haul in 20 years, sparking criticism back home of under-performing athletes and wasted taxpayer money. In the wake of London, the nation’s top sports mandarins set a renewed goal to get Australia back into the top five as part of the 10-year “Winning Edge” manifesto. The last time Australia broke into the top five was the fourth-place finish at Athens in 2004.

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  • Yemeni foreign minister rejects peace talks call from ex-president - World | The Star Online

    Yemeni Foreign Minister Riyadh Yaseen on Sunday rejected a call for peace talks issued by former president Ali Abdullah Saleh and said a Saudi-led military campaign against Iran-allied Houthi fighters opposed to his government had not ended. Saleh, whose loyalists have been fighting alongside Houthi rebels who forced the central government into exile, on Friday called on all Yemenis to return to political dialogue to find a way to end the country's spiralling conflict.

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  • As they lay to rest their dead, Nepal earthquake survivors struggle to continue on

    — Reuters picSAURPANI (Nepal), April 28 — Five hours by car from Kathmandu, then by foot for several miles past the spot where the road is blocked by boulders and mud, people from the villages near the epicentre of Nepal’s powerful earthquake are burying their dead, despairing of help arriving anytime soon. Yesterday, Parbati Dhakal and several dozen of her neighbours walked two hours down a jungle path, carrying 11 bodies attached to bamboo poles. Three days after Nepal’s worst earthquake in 80 years, the official death toll had risen to more than 3,800, and humanitarian aid was starting to flow to the capital. Kathmandu’s airport had been so overloaded by aid and passenger planes that incoming flights sat for hours on the runway.

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