Q@9: Operation Maitri, TRAI Makes Million Email-IDs Public & More

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India’s National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) personnel look for survivors in the debris. (Photo: AP)

1. Over 4000 Dead; Operation Maitri in Full Swing #NepalEarthquake

The tragedy at Nepal is mounting with the death toll rising to 4000. Aftershocks have continued to rock Nepal with more than 47 aftershocks being reported so far. While back home, 72 people are confirmed dead and more than 259 reported injured. Meanwhile, the Indian government has intensified rescue operations, sending over 13 military aircrafts, over 1000 trained NDRF personnel, 10 Imarsat phones and doctors from AIIMS and Safdarjung Hospital sent to the country.

2. TRAI Makes 1mn #NetNeutrality Email IDs Public

TRAI has made public the email addresses of the nearly 1 million Indians that had sent emails to it in support of net neutrality, exposing them to potential spamming, phishing and unsolicited marketing emails. It’s being termed an invasion of privacy of the worst kind.

3. Will Ghani’s Visit Today Spark a New India-Afghan Equation?

As Afghan President Ashraf Ghani lands in New Delhi, Commodore Uday Bhaskar builds a case for the India-Afghanistan relationship climbing to newer heights.

4. Watch: The Sehgals on Zohra Sehgal

On Zohra Sehgal’s 103rd birth anniversary, her granddaughter Sujata Sehgal recalls her grandmother Zohra as a true-blue drama-queen, who was sometimes caustic, sometimes brattish and whose aura she can still feel around the house.

5. Watch Video: Does the Land Bill Need Social Impact Assessment?

With eleven days for the Budget Session to conclude, the Modi government is racing against time to pass the contentious Land Acquisition Bill. Apart from the consent clause, the second roadblock to its passage in the Rajya Sabha is the selective inclusion of Social Impact Assessment. Watch a 90 second round-up on what the fight is about.

6. The Apple Watch Drop Test

If you thought ‘Bendgate’ was the big scandal of 2014 with the iPhone 6 Plus, this will blow your mind. A Vlogger from Ukraine was playing around with the new Apple Watch. What was supposed to be a simple drop test that the Apple Watch is designed to survive turned out to be something quite unexpected.

7. Yes PM, India Can Dare to Host the 2024 Olympics

International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach met Prime Minister Narendra Modi today in the national capital. Bach is likely to discuss the future of Indian sport amid speculation the country might bid for 2024 Olympics. Raghav Bahl argues that India must go for the 2024 games, and score a double, both for itself, and for democracy.

8. ISIS Chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi Dead: Radio Iran

ISIS Chief and self-proclaimed ‘Caliph’ Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has succumbed to his injuries according to a report by Radio Iran.

Reportedly, Baghdadi was seriously injured in an air strike in March.

9. I Was There: Nepal’s Razed Monuments Will Endure

Aakash Joshi wonders at the splendour that was Kathmandu:

Nepal has never been colonised. Every building – from the Palace, to the Durbar square and from Boudh to Pashupatinath – is its own. In the days and years to come, Nepal will be dealing with the aftermath of the devastating earthquake.

10. Read: BCCI Secy Anurag Thakur Explosive Letter to N Srinivasan

A day after the International Cricket Council (ICC) sent a letter to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) about Anurag Thakur socialising with an alleged bookie, Karan Gilhotra, the newly appointed BCCI Secretary lashed out at ICC chief N Srinivasan. In a stinging response to Srinivasan, Anurag Thakur has asked him to divulge a list of all the ‘suspected bookies’.

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