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India Cuts Internet to Entire State
India Cuts Internet
to Entire State

India Cuts Internet to Entire State

Punjab loses service amid manhunt for Sikh preacher

(Newser) - India has cut off internet and SMS service to the entire state of Punjab, affecting almot 30 million people, as authorities search for a radical Sikh preacher. The shutdown imposed Saturday was supposed to expire Monday but it was extended for at least 24 hours, paralyzing businesses, colleges, and digital...

It's a Holy Place —and It's Sinking
It's a Holy Place
—and It's Sinking

It's a Holy Place —and It's Sinking

Environmentalist: What looks like development in Joshimath, India, 'is actually devastation'

(Newser) - For months, the roughly 20,000 residents of the holy town of Joshimath, burrowed in the Himalayas and revered by Hindu and Sikh pilgrims, have watched the earth slowly swallow their community. Multistoried hotels slumped to one side; cracked roads gaped open. More than 860 homes were uninhabitable, splayed by...

Tech Company Tells Workers Daily: 'Please Go Home'

Company in India is pushing back against culture of overwork

(Newser) - A tech start-up in India is battling the culture of overwork by giving employees a daily reminder to go home when their working hours are over. Shortly before workers' shifts end at SoftGrid Computers, a message on their computers comes up saying, "Your shift time is over. The office...

Camilla Won't Wear Controversial Crown at Coronation

The Kohinoor will stay out of the spotlight

(Newser) - A potential diplomatic row has been avoided. The BBC reports Camilla, queen consort, will not wear the crown containing the Kohinoor (or Koh-i-Noor) diamond—which India has argued it should have ownership of—when she is crowned alongside King Charles III in May. That diamond is part of the crown...

India Declares Feb. 14 'Cow Hug Day'

Government says 'dazzle of western civilization' is eroding Hindu traditions

(Newser) - India's Hindu nationalist government is urging the country's 1.4 billion people to turn their backs on Valentine's Day and hug a cow on February 14 instead. In a statement issued earlier this month announcing "Cow Hug Day," India's government-run Animal Welfare Board said...

Billionaire's 413-Page Rebuttal Doesn't Help

Stock rout of Gautam Adani's business empire in India continues amid allegations of fraud

(Newser) - India's richest man continues to become less rich by the day as he confronts allegations of fraud related to his business empire. Gautam Adani's Adani Group issued a 413-page rebuttal to the accusations raised by the US firm Hindenburg Research . The latter accused Adani, one of the richest...

India's Richest Man Accused of Epic Con
Is It 'the Largest Con
in Corporate History'?
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Is It 'the Largest Con in Corporate History'?

US research firm goes after India's richest man, Gautam Adani, and his business empire

(Newser) - Gautam Adani may not be a household name in the US, but the billionaire is the richest man in India and one of the richest in the world. However, Adani and his Adani Group are now embroiled in a nasty public fight with a US research group that accuses him...

Police Shut Down Showings of Documentary on Modi

BBC film examines leader's role in fatal riots in 2002

(Newser) - Police in India forcefully prevented university screenings of a documentary about Prime Minister Narendra Modi, locking campus gates, detaining students, and shutting off electricity and internet access. The BBC film India: The Modi Question, looks at religious riots in the state of Gujarat in 2002, when Modi was chief minister...

6 Killed by Razor-Sharp Kite String During Festival

Victims include 3 children, Indian authorities say

(Newser) - Razor-sharp kite string killed at least six people, including three children, during the annual kite-flying festival in India's Gujarat state, authorities say. At least 176 others were injured, many in falls from rooftops, during the Uttarkand festival, which marks the end of winter, LBC reports. Authorities say the six...

Her Kids Had No Food. Her Request for Help Snowballed

An uplifting story out of India

(Newser) - A woman's moment of desperation turned into her moment of good fortune. The BBC reports on the overflow of financial support an Indian widow has experienced this month. The 46-year-old, identified as Subhadra, lost her husband in August. She has three sons, the youngest of which has cerebral palsy,...

India: Chinese Troops Just 'Tried to Change the Status Quo'

Soldiers clash along contested 'Line of Actual Control' between 2 nations; minor injuries reported

(Newser) - Soldiers from India and China clashed last week along their disputed border, India's defense minister said Tuesday, in the latest violence along the contested frontier since June 2020, when troops from both countries engaged in a deadly brawl. Rajnath Singh, who addressed lawmakers in Parliament, said Friday's encounter...

Crews Search for Survivors of Bridge Collapse
Death Toll in
Bridge Collapse Hits 132

Death Toll in Bridge Collapse Hits 132

Many more were injured in India tragedy

(Newser) - Update: The death toll in India's bridge collapse has risen to at least 132, the AP reports. Authorities said the century-old cable suspension pedestrian bridge collapsed because it could not handle the weight of the large crowd, as the Hindu festival season drew hundreds of people to the recently...

China, India Sound Unhappy With New Russian Move

Major Putin allies call for de-escalation in Ukraine after latest strikes

(Newser) - Vladimir Putin may be a pariah in the West because of his invasion of Ukraine, but two powerful allies have steered clear of publicly condemning the war since it began: China and India. However, both nations used diplomatic-speak on Monday to call for a de-escalation and to signal they're...

Dozens of Trainee Mountaineers Dead or Missing in Avalanche

Avalanche hit group of 34 trainees, 7 instructors in Indian Himalayas

(Newser) - The Indian Air Force has joined search and rescue efforts in the Himalayas, where at least 10 people were killed in an avalanche Tuesday and dozens more are missing. Authorities say the avalanche hit a group of 34 trainee mountaineers and seven instructors on Mount Draupadi ka Danda II in...

25 Killed When Wedding Party Bus Plunges Into Gorge

Children were reportedly among the dead

(Newser) - A bus in northern India plunged into a gorge, leaving at least 25 dead and 20 others injured, officials said, reports the AP . Police told the Press Trust of India there were 45 to 50 people on board the bus, all of whom were part of a wedding party, when...

India Brings Back the Only Large Mammal It Has Lost

The country reintroduces cheetahs some 75 years after they were hunted to extinction

(Newser) - Cheetahs were hunted into extinction 75 years ago in India, making them "the only large mammal that India has lost," said a conservation expert in the country. "It is our moral and ethical responsibility to bring them back." On Saturday that responsibility was fulfilled, with eight...

Billionaire Business Leader Dies
Billionaire Business Leader Dies

Billionaire Business Leader Dies

Cyrus Mistry, 54, had been chairman of Indian conglomerate Tata Sons

(Newser) - Cyrus Mistry, an Indian-born Irish businessman and former chairman of Indian conglomerate Tata Sons, died in an accident on Sunday after his car crashed into a road divider in western India, police said. He was 54. The crash occurred on a river bridge in Maharashtra state’s Palghar district near...

2 Towers Crash Down in India's Biggest-Ever Demolition
India Demolishes
2 Illegal High-Rises

India Demolishes 2 Illegal High-Rises

New Delhi apartment towers were never lived in

(Newser) - Two high-rise apartment towers in India were leveled to the ground in a controlled demolition on Sunday after the country's top court declared them illegal for violating building norms, officials said. They became India's tallest structures to be razed to the ground. More than 1,500 families vacated...

Court in India Sets Free Men Who Raped Woman

'How can justice for a woman end like this?' asks victim

(Newser) - A Muslim woman who was gang raped while pregnant during India's devastating 2002 religious riots has appealed to the government to rescind its decision to free the 11 men who had been jailed for life for committing the crime. The victim, who is now in her 40s, was brutally...

He Died in 1984 Avalanche. His Body Was Just Found

Body of Indian soldier Chandrashekhar Harbola found in ruined shelter on Siachen Glacier

(Newser) - An Indian soldier who disappeared in an avalanche in the Himalayas almost 40 yers ago will finally be laid to rest. The body of Chandrashekhar Harbola was discovered Saturday on the Siachen Glacier along the India-Pakistan border, a disputed area the two countries have been fighting to control since 1984....

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