Newspaper headlines: Nepal aid and election manoeuvres

Bleak images from the earthquake disaster in Nepal continue to dominate the front pages - the Guardian has a moving picture of four-year-old Abhishek Tamang after treatment at Dhading hospital, near the epicentre.

Describing some of those affected, the Guardian's Jason Burke in Kathmandu writes: "What all these casualties share, like almost all the 3,729 dead and nearly 7,000 injured confirmed by late Monday afternoon, is that they are poor.

"Though many had predicted that an earthquake in Kathmandu would bring the newly constructed cement apartment blocks tumbling down, it was almost exclusively the older, brick and wood homes that were reduced to rubble. Anyone who stayed in these could not afford better."

The Times reports how angry crowds gathered outside aid distribution centres in the Nepalese capital, three days after the devastating earthquake.

It says Nepal's government was showing signs of being overwhelmed by the biggest disaster to hit the country for 80 years.

"The tiled roofs and red brick facings of Bhaktapur, one of Nepal's most famous historic sites, look like toy houses bashed randomly by a child with a plastic hammer," writes Richard Spencer in the Telegraph.

"A roof punched in here, a facade blown away up the street, in all too many cases a full-on hit that brought the whole thing tumbling down despite the building next door appearing untouched."

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Image caption UK aid supplies are on their way to Nepal

Anil Giri in the Independent describes the "tent cities" that have sprung up in public spaces in Kathmandu: "The queues snake between green tarpaulin on what was once a military parade ground. Tundikhel park has become a makeshift refugee camp.

"The mood is grim. Many fear that another, even bigger, earthquake is coming. Others are sick. Nobody has enough food or water."

The Sun's Rhodri Phillips portrays a similar scene: "The catastrophe reduced countless buildings to rubble. Where there were once homes there are now only tents."

The Daily Express says a crack team of Gurkha engineers has left to join British aid workers combing rubble for survivors of the huge earthquake.

The Daily Mirror says the scale of the devastation means more people will die unless the relief effort is stepped up.

It says in an editorial: "Today's harrowing tales of homelessness, injuries and deaths - plus the worries of relatives here in Britain who are desperate to be assured loved ones are safe - underlines how this earthquake is an issue for the entire world.

"The Nepalese need our friendship and support in their hour of desperate need. Such a disaster would be catastrophic in a rich country, but Nepal is one of the poorest nations in the world."

'Pumped up'

In general election campaign news, the Guardian says David Cameron will attempt to steal ground from Labour by pledging to use the £227m fine imposed on Deutsche Bank for the Libor rate-fixing scandal to create 50,000 apprenticeships.

The paper says: "In a piece of banker bashing not normally associated with the Conservatives, Cameron will brand Deutsche Bank as 'part of Labour's failed past' and say he is 'taking the money off a bank that tried to rig the market and using the money to get young people off the dole'.

"The Conservatives are this week trying to position themselves in the polls and in the public mind as the party certain to win most seats before making a final 72-hour push next week for an improbable overall Commons majority."

The paper says Labour believes it can remain competitive with a "hope over fear" message, as the party turns its attention to immigration after campaigning on housing.

In an interview with the Times, the paper says Mr Cameron raised the stakes over his own future by saying that winning an absolute majority was the line between success and failure.

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Image caption A fist-pumping David Cameron on the campaign trail

In doing so, the Times says he set a bar that most forecasters believe he cannot reach.

The sketch writers reflect on a speech by Mr Cameron in which he said he was "pumped up" for the election.

Ann Treneman in the Times writes: "It was 'passion day' on the campaign. If you think that is the kind of thing you can't schedule, then you don't understand politics.

"Thus we had David Cameron shouting that he was 'pumped up'. And we had Ed Miliband, up in Stockton-on-Tees, with, wait for it, a new pledge card."

The Telegraph's Michael Deacon says: "Well. After that speech, David Cameron probably had to go and lie down in a darkened room. I know I did.

"Critics of the Tories' election campaign have complained that the prime minister hasn't shown enough 'passion'.

"Last Wednesday I saw him give a 10-minute speech at a log cabin assembly plant in Bedford.

"He displayed all the dynamism of a used tea bag. Now, though, he's decided to prove us wrong."

Matt's cartoon on the front of the Telegraph has a voter on his doorstep berating a pollster: "I'm a Don't Know. I'm a VERY passionate, pumped-up Don't Know".

Gracing skies

Many of the papers have the story of the World War Two Spitfire, restored after being buried beneath the sands of a Calais beach for 41 years, which could fetch up to £2.5m at auction.

The Times says the plane - one of only two airworthy Mark I Spitfires - was shot down, its pilot taken prisoner, and the aircraft abandoned to its fate.

The Telegraph says when it emerged from the sand the Vickers Supermarine Spitfire P9374 was little more than a lump of rusting metal covered in barnacles.

But it is once again gracing the skies after after a painstaking restoration project paid for by a billionaire US philanthropist, the paper continues.

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Image caption This Spitfire was dredged up from a Calais beach

"Elegant, deadly and unmistakeable, a Spitfire soars above the clouds and into a sky of deep blue," says the Mail.

"With its gleaming paint and flawless lines, the fighter looks as if it has only just left the factory where it was built.

"In fact, this aircraft spent more than 40 years steeped in the mud of a French beach after being shot down.

"Its stunning appearance owes everything to the dedication of a team of engineers who spent five years rebuilding it."

Cherries blossom

The champagne is flowing in Bournemouth after the town's football team all but booked their place in the Premier League with victory over Bolton Wanderers.

It means a remarkable rise for The Cherries, who were nearly relegated out of the entire Football League as recently as 2009.

Rory Smith writes in the Times: "Bournemouth in the Barclays Premier League? The same Bournemouth who were bottom of League One, docked 17 points for their endless financial strife, only a little more than five years ago?

"The same Bournemouth who have never been in the top flight in their history? Frankly, it borders on unrealistic."

Jim White in the Telegraph says: "Even the most optimistic of Cherries followers must be pinching each other after this evening.

"The Reds are going up? They can hardly believe it themselves. A total of five seasons in the second tier is as elevated as they have been in their entire history."

"Bournemouth turn on style to spark a Premier League party" is the headline in the Independent.

"Bournemouth all but sealed the most improbable yet inspiring of promotions to the Premier League," reports the paper's Nick Szczepanik.

"Perhaps not since Wimbledon in 1986 has a smaller club in terms of support base and ground capacity reached the top flight.

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Image caption Bournemouth expect to take their place in the Premier League next season

"But despite their lack of pedigree and the second-lowest average gates in the Championship, they will welcome Chelsea, Manchester United and the rest next season.

"There was a good-natured pitch invasion at the end that included a supporter in a wheelchair. 'We're AFC Bournemouth, we're Premier League,' they sang. Incredible, but true."

And finally, The Times advises that if you're a terrier and your name is Molly it may be best to stay away from cliffs in Dorset after two Mollys were fortunate to survive falls.

In one incident a border terrier fell 200ft while chasing a lamb at Eype - she plummeted 100ft down the sheer cliff, bounced and tumbled down the steep slope at its base, then landed in gorse bushes that broke her fall.

It comes after a Norfolk terrier fell down a 100ft cliff into the sea near Swanage last October and swam though a water-filled cave to a small beach where she was rescued by the coastguard.

The border terrier's owner Jane Tipper tells the Times: "I was so pleased to see her again. She was covered in clay and mud and was filthy.

"I don't know how she survived both the fall and then the next three days lost on the beach. She is very lucky."

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