India train hits school bus, at least 11 children dead

Hyderabad (India) – A passenger train rammed into a school bus in southern India on Thursday, killing at least 11 children, with fears the death toll could be as high as 25, officials said. The train collided with the bus carrying some [...]

Surgeons remove 232 teeth from Indian teenager

Mumbai  - Surgeons in Mumbai have removed 232 teeth from the mouth of an Indian teenager in what they believe may be a world-record operation, the hospital said Thursday. Ashik Gavai, 17, sought medical help for a swelling on the right side [...]

India’s lax antibiotic controls raise killer disease fears

New Delhi  - An Indian pharmacist swiftly pulls white boxes of powerful antibiotics from neatly stacked shelves behind him, and hands them over the counter without asking for a doctor’s prescription. Faronem and Linospan, drugs used [...]

World Bank lauds India PM, offers billions in aid

New Delhi – The World Bank on Wednesday offered India up to $18 billion in financial support over the next three years while lavishly praising new right-wing Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “ambitious vision” for the [...]

Uproar after India MP ‘force-feeds’ Muslim fasting worker

New Delhi  - India’s parliament erupted in anger on Wednesday after television footage showed a hardline Hindu nationalist lawmaker apparently trying to force-feed a Muslim man during the fasting month of Ramadan. Opposition Congress [...]

Encephalitis outbreaks in India kill more than 150

New Delhi – Recent outbreaks of encephalitis in India have killed more than 150 people, with health officials on alert fearing the death toll could rise further, state government directors said. Some 102 people have died in West Bengal [...]

India outsources chores as servant culture shifts

Mumbai  - Need someone to pay your bills and pick up your shopping, take an elderly relative to hospital or deliver 26 presents to your girlfriend on her 26th birthday? These are just some of the requests received by Mumbai start-up “Get [...]

Eyes on India as deadline for key trade pact looms

New Delhi – India under new Prime Minister Narendra Modi could take a stand Wednesday on whether it will support a key global trade pact which faces an end-of-the-month deadline for adoption, a government official said. If India does [...]

India woman ‘beaten to death on suspicion of witchcraft’

Patna (India)  Villagers in a rural part of eastern India have beaten to death a woman whom they accused of being a witch, police said Tuesday. The woman’s husband said 14 villagers carried out the attack on Saturday in Bihar, one of [...]

Encephalitis kills 60 in eastern India in fortnight

New Delhi  - An outbreak of encephalitis has killed 60 people in two weeks in the eastern Indian state of West Bengal, a top health official has said, calling the situation “alarming’. Hundreds of mainly children die across India [...]

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