Category: India

INDIA – eight-month-old baby raped in india

DELHI – An eight-month-old baby girl has been raped, allegedly by her cousin, in the Indian capital Delhi. Police say she is in a critical condition after being admitted to hospital on Sunday. They have arrested the 28-year-old cousin. Delhi Commission for Women chief Swati Maliwal, who visited the girl, described her injuries as “horrific”. […]

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INDIA – India urges private sector to report sex pests after #MeToo

MUMBAI – Amid global efforts to crack down on sex harassment in the work place, India is reaching out to women in the private sector, urging them to report sex pests via an online portal previously restricted to government staff. Activists dismissed the change, saying a portal would not stamp out sexism at work, be […]

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INDIA – More than 3,000 pounds of heroin seized

NEW DELHI – More than 3,000 pounds (1,500kg) of heroin was seized by the Indian Coast Guard Sunday, in what authorities claim is among the largest drug busts in recent Indian history. Valued at $545 million, the consignment was found aboard a merchant ship off the coast of the western state of Gujarat, according to […]

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India’s new president is lowest caste member

NEW DELHI – A relatively unknown political operator and member of India’s lowest Dalit caste has been elected as the country’s 14th president. Ram Nath Kovind, who until recently was governor of the eastern state of Bihar, won an overwhelming majority to beat opposition Congress party candidate, Meira Kumar, a former parliament speaker and also […]

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Indian woman cuts off genitals of her alleged rapist

A 24-year-old woman in southern India cut off the genitals of a Hindu holy man who tried to rape her and who she alleged has been sexually assaulting her for the past eight years, police said Saturday. G. Sparjan Kumar, a police officer in Thiruvananthapuram, the Kerala state capital, said the woman fled her home […]

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Gang rapists will be executed – India

NEW DELHI – Four men convicted of a gang rape that shocked India and attracted worldwide attention will be executed. India’s Supreme Court on Friday upheld a lower court’s decision to sentence the men to death. The judgment met with applause in the courtroom, according to CNN affiliate News18. “We are very happy that (the) […]

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INDIA – Round-the-world all-female crew flight makes history

NEW DELHI – Air India says it has become the first airline to fly around the world with an all-female crew, just ahead of International Women’s Day. “Air India scripted history by flying an all-women crew flight around the world,” the airline said in a statement on Facebook, after Flight AI 174 touched back down […]

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INDIA – Factory fire kills 13

NEW DELHI –– At least 13 garment workers were killed after a fire broke out in a factory on the outskirts of the Indian capital, police and witnesses said on Friday. The blaze, which started in the early hours of Friday as the workers slept inside the leather factory workshop in Uttar Pradesh state, also […]

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INDIA – Chaos at banks after ‘black money’ ban

MUMBAI – There have been chaotic scenes outside banks in India, two days after 500 and 1,000 rupee notes were withdrawn as part of anti-corruption measures. Some banks ran out of cash. At others police were called in to manage queues of anxious customers hoping to change their savings for legal tender. The surprise government […]

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Judge in India clears men in UK teen’s rape and death

GOA –– A judge acquitted two men Friday in the rape and death of British teen Scarlett Keeling in the Indian state of Goa in 2008. Placido Carvalho and Samson D’Souza were charged with culpable homicide and grievous sexual assault. They denied any wrongdoing. The girl’s mother, Fiona McKeown, has been fighting to uncover what happened […]

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Knives removed from man’s stomach

A man in India spent two months swallowing knives and had 40 of them surgically removed from his stomach, according to the doctor who led the operation. “He had a wild urge to consume metal. Even for us, the experienced surgeons, it was frightening,” Dr. Jatinder Malhotra told CNN. “We were so nervous… a small […]

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Indian official steps down over ‘rape victim selfie’

NEW DEHLI –– An Indian official has resigned after she and another women’s rights advocate were pictured taking a smiling selfie with a rape victim. First emerging on the phone messaging service WhatsApp, the pictures were taken when members of the Rajasthan Commission for Women met the victim at a police station on Wednesday. The woman […]

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At least 93 killed by lightning in India

NEW DEHLI –– At least 93 people have been killed and more than 20 injured by lightning strikes in the Indian states of Bihar, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh, officials say. Most of the people who died were working on farms during torrential rains on Tuesday, reports said. Lightning strikes are common in India during […]

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INDIA – Teen gives birth to 15-pound baby

DELHI –– A young woman in India has given birth to a 15-pound baby girl, which doctors believe is the country’s heaviest newborn. The 6.8-kilogram baby is the weight of an average four-month old, and was born by cesarean section Monday to a 19-year-old woman. “I have been working for ten years in this hospital, […]

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INDIA – 110 die in fire

PARAVOOR — Medical teams on Monday tended to hundreds of people injured in a massive fire that killed at least 110 people, while authorities searched for those responsible for illegally putting on the fireworks display that caused the weekend blaze at a Hindu temple in southern India. Amid the burned wreckage of the Puttingal Devi […]

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INDIA – Three held for collapse

KOLKATA — Indian police on Friday arrested three officials and detained seven more from a company constructing an overpass that collapsed onto a crowded Kolkata neighbourhood, killing at least 24 people and injuring more than 80. Rescuers cleared the crumbled concrete and twisted metal rods a day after the collapse in the crowded area of […]

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INDIA – Deadly collapse

NEW DEHLI –– A highway overpass collapsed Thursday in Kolkata, India, crushing vehicles below, killing at least 22 people and leaving dozens more missing, authorities said. Major General Anurag Gupta of India’s National Disaster Management Authority told CNN on Thursday night that authorities still didn’t know how many people were driving across that section of highway, […]

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