Indian Minister Says 2,000 Girls Killed Every Day

NEW DELHI— Two thousand girls are killed every day due to a preference for sons in India, with most aborted or murdered just after birth, the country’s minister for women and child development said. Despite laws that ban parents from [...]

Abandoned wife ordered to live with male neighbour in India

New Delhi – A village council in northern India allegedly ordered a woman, whose husband ran off with their neighbour’s wife, to live with the abandoned man or pay him compensation, police said Tuesday. Police are investigating [...]

North India police on alert for child marriages on auspicious day

Jaipur (India) – Police and social workers were on alert Tuesday across a north Indian state to try to prevent hundreds of child marriages from taking place on an auspicious Hindu day. Several raids were conducted on villages in the desert [...]

Protesting Indian farmers stand in chest-deep water for 11 days

New Delhi  Farmers in central India continued Tuesday to stand in murky, chest-deep water for the 11th straight day in an unconventional protest over a land dispute. Around 30 farmers have vowed to keep up their protest by standing in their [...]

India’s bidi workers suffer for 1,000-a-day habit

Kannauj (India) – Zainab Begum Alvi and her band of young helpers hunch over baskets filled with tobacco flakes and dried leaves, trying to roll a thousand dirt-cheap cigarettes a day at the behest of India’s powerful bidi barons. “I [...]

India’s powerful farming lobby turns on Modi

Kanjhawala (India)  – Farmer Tarachand Mathur was one of millions of Indians who voted Narendra Modi into power last year, but the government’s push to make it easier for big business to forcibly acquire land means he won’t [...]

Indian flag torched in Kashmir protest

Srinagar (India)  – Demonstrators set fire to an Indian flag and hurled rocks at riot police in Kashmir’s largest city Friday as protests over the arrest of a top separatist leader turned violent. Hundreds took to the streets of [...]

India’s Pachauri asks court for permission to travel

New Delhi  – Rajendra Pachauri, who stood down as head of the UN climate panel in February facing investigation for alleged sexual harassment, asked an Indian court Friday for permission to travel to Greece for a water conference. The [...]

India’s TCS yearly profits muted on FX volatility

Mumbai – India’s biggest outsourcing firm Tata Consultancy Services Thursday reported only a marginal rise in its earnings for the just-ended financial year citing volatile currency markets and a sluggish global economy. The Mumbai-based [...]

Indian village gets ‘world’s cheapest bottled water’

Madhusudankati (India)  – Charity workers have teamed with an impoverished village in eastern India to develop what they say is the world’s cheapest bottle of drinking water — costing less than one US cent. After years of [...]

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