India’s brutal second wave of coronavirus has spilled into neighboring Nepal, including Mount Everest. Despite the government’s denial, a tour company told CNN more than 30 of their Everest clients have tested positive in Nepal. CNN’s Anna Coren speaks with a veteran climber who aborted his trip for fear of catching Covid-19 on the mountain.
The last village at the India - Bangladesh border in West Bengal's Nadia district along with its two neighbouring villages is demanding the long-pending Schedule Tribe card this election season. The residents of the village had appealed to the local administration several times but all in vain. In return villagers were told to prove their 'Mahato identity by birth. Schedule Tribe card is not the only thing villagers of New Shikarpur, and neighbouring villages, Raninagar and Dohokola lack. Water is second in line, although the village has several tubewells but most of them don't' work. They are forced to pay Rs. 10 for each barrel of drinking water which is a pain on the finances of families. Karimpur, the constituency under which the villages come, will go to polls on April 22 in the sixth and last phase.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on April 12 hit back at Mamata-led TMC government and accused them for 'insulting' Bengal's Schedule Cast community and said that TMC leaders are abusing Schedule Cast community and now they are calling them beggar. "Didi's people abuse Bengal's SC community and call them beggars. Baba Sahab's soul would be hurt by hearing such bitter words. Didi calls herself 'Royal Bengal Tiger'. Such comments on SCs cannot be given by any TMC leader without Didi's will," said PM Modi during public rally in Bardhaman.