QBullet: Op Maitri, Mumbai Rape, BCCI’s Woes and More

Here are the top news and views  from across publications  today. 

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1. #NepalEarthquake: Over 2500 Dead; Operation Maitri in Full Swing

Nepal has declared Saturday’s earthquake a national calamity and declared a state of emergency, as the death toll from Saturday’s earthquake rose to 2500 while another 5000 people are reported injured. The Nepal government has been struggling with the lack of facilities and has said that what it needs the most is tents followed by medicine. Many hospitals have had to refuse treatment to the injured for lack of beds.
Follow our coverage here.

2. Mumbai Rape Victim Speaks: Policeman Said Make me Happy

The 29-year-old model who accused Mumbai Police personnel of rape and extortion spoke with The Indian Express about her alleged ordeal.

He gagged me, threw me on the table and forced himself on me. Mujhe happy kar de (Make me happy), he kept on repeating as he sexually abused me.

Read the Indian Express story here.

3. Srinivasan Targets BCCI’s Anurag Thakur, but is in Snooping Soup of his own

BCCI is in the middle of two problems right now, as The Hindustan Times notes.
1. The International Cricket Council (ICC), headed by Srinivasan, has reportedly sent a letter to BCCI chief Jagmohan Dalmiya after pictures emerged of board secretary Anurag Thakur in the company of a suspected bookie.
2. Meanwhile, media reports Srinivasan of hiring a UK-based security company to spy on senior board colleagues in the build-up to the tumultuous annual general meeting (AGM) in March which saw his exit as president.

4. Relief Rushes for Gajendra’s kin, Others Keep Waiting

No surprises. Gajendra Singh’s suicide drew outpourings of condolences and monetary assistance to his family from across the political spectrum. Meanwhile, Hindustan Times reports on the “painful wait for help by families of other dead peasants who couldn’t overcome the shock of a weather-induced crop loss.”

5. High Costs Push Surgical Care out of Reach

Five billion people globally do not have access to safe, affordable surgery and anaesthesia when they need them, a new study reported by The Hindu says.

A third of all deaths in 2010 — nearly 17 million lives lost in all — was from conditions treatable with surgery, such as appendicitis, fractures and childbirth complications, the researchers found.

6. Sariska Encore? Scientists Find ‘no Sign of Tigers’ in Buxa

Wildlife Institute of India has raised an alarm about misleading samples leading to an incorrect count of tigers in Buxa, West Bengal. There are fears that BUxa may go the Sariska way. Saris reportedly lost all its tigers by 2004.
Read the story here.

7. Afghan Prez Visit: More Modestly, With Kabul

Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani’s visit to India this week is an opportunity for Prime Minister Narendra Modi to “recalibrate India’s Afghan policy towards greater realism and more modest goals,” says C Raja Mohan in The Indian Express.

The prospects for economic and political instability in Afghanistan have significantly increased since the rapid downsizing of the US military presence. This, in turn, casts a shadow over Delhi’s ability to sustain the kind of economic engagement it had over the last decade. Meanwhile, as Afghan demands for security grow, Delhi is clearly not the preferred partner for Ghani’s Kabul.

Also read Radha Kumar’s view - Reach out to Ghani

8. Managing Media Without Tantrums: A Guide

Image consultant and columnist Santosh Desai offers the government a 10-point-guide to “manage” the media. Desai’s piece comes at a time when the NDA government and its ministers have lashed out at the media on various occasions.

The danger of thinking of media as an actor in a conspiracy is that little attempt is made to understand it; the effort is largely aimed at taming it through some manner of force or denouncing it angrily.

9. A Bill for Juvenile Injustice

DMK MP Kanimozhi Karunanidhi writes in The Hindu about how the Cabinet’s Juvenile Justice Bill amendments would violate the basic principles of the Constitution and be in conflict with evidence-based social policy.

It is for us to now decide whether we want juveniles to reform and rejoin our society or become hardened criminals themselves.

From The Quint

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