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Extra! Death Toll Climbs After Nepal Quake

Monday's front page of Nepalese newspaper The Himalayan Times shows the picture of a house that collapsed in the outskirts of Kathmandu, following Saturday's 7.8-magnitude earthquake.

The official death toll climbed overnight, as rescuers are struggling to reach remote villages. There are also scores trapped, and many feared dead, from an avalanche on Mt. Everest triggered by the quake. The latest estimates by Nepal police fear more than 3,600 have died in the disaster that also left 6,525 wounded.

ABOUT THE SOURCE: The Himalayan Times is an English-language newspaper distributed in Nepal. Headquartered in Kathmandu, it is the largest selling English broadsheet in Nepal.

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Tales From A Blushing Nation: Exploring India's 'Issues' With Love And Sex

Why is it that this nation of a billion-plus has such problems with intimacy and romance?

Photo of Indian romance statues

Indian romance statues

Sreemanti Sengupta

KOLKATA — To a foreigner, India may seem to be a country obsessed with romance. What with the booming Bollywood film industry which tirelessly churns out tales of love and glory clothed in brilliant dance and action sequences, a history etched with ideal romantics like Laila-Majnu or the fact that the Taj Mahal has immortalised the love between king Shahjahan and queen Mumtaz.

It is difficult to fathom how this country with a billion-plus population routinely gets red in the face at the slightest hint or mention of sex.

It therefore may have come as a shock to many when the ‘couple-friendly’ hospitality brand OYO announced that they are “extremely humbled to share that we observed a record 90.57% increase in Valentine’s Day bookings across India.”

What does that say about India’s romantic culture?

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