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Indian train inferno kills at least 26 people

Fire raced through an Indian train carriage packed with sleeping passengers on Saturday, killing at least 26 people, and forcing terrified passengers to smash windows in a frantic bid to escape. Some passengers were able to break the train’s toilet cabin windows, but other victims were overcome by the thick,…

India goes to Mars

Two projects taking advantage of a three-week optimum launch window for flights to Mars – including India’s first interplanetary mission As the optimum period opens for flights to Mars, both India and the US are poised to launch Mars-orbiting craft. The US federal shutdown, though, threatened both missions, delaying them…

Indian police arrest crew of U.S. anti-piracy vessels on arms violations

Indian police Friday arrested and questioned 33 people aboard a ship operated by a U.S. anti-piracy firm for carrying guns and ammunition in Indian waters without proper permits, reports said. India’s coastguard stopped and detained the ship off the Indian coast on October 12 after discovering the cache of weapons…

Maid’s story of torture shines a light on India’s slave labor trade

Sitting on a hospital bed with a thick bandage around her head, an Indian teenager recounts what she says was four months of horrific torture at the hands of her employer. “She would pull my hair out, violently hit me over the head… most of the times she got angry…

Passenger finds worms in Air India mid-flight sandwich

Air India said Tuesday an investigation was underway after a passenger found worms in his sandwich mid-flight. The passenger made the discovery during a flight from New York to New Delhi on September 28 on India’s struggling flagship carrier. The passenger reported the incident to Air India, but said he…

The film “Kill the Rapist?” explores women’s revenge fantasies

As India debates how to halt a rising tide of violence against women, two filmmakers are tackling the subject head on with a Bollywood movie called “Kill the Rapist?” The film was inspired by the fatal gang-rape of a student in the capital New Delhi late last year, which triggered…

Rights groups slam death sentence for New Delhi gang rapists

Indian rights groups voiced dismay Saturday over death sentences handed to four men for a fatal gang rape, saying it was unlikely to reverse the country’s “rape crisis” despite a public clamour for their execution. After a seven-month fast-track trial, Judge Yogesh Khanna said Friday the four men should be…

‘Fearless’ student whose gang rape and murder shook India remembered as court finds assailants ‘guilty’

Feted in death as India’s ‘Braveheart’, the 23-year-old whose gang rape rocked a nation is remembered by family and friends as a fearless and inspirational student with a fierce determination. The story of a young woman whose father had moved from the countryside to the city and sold his ancestral…

India might ban the use of animals at circuses

India is considering a ban on the use of all animals used in circuses after activists said Wednesday they discovered elephants and horses shackled for long periods, dogs housed in tiny cages and drunk trainers. The Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI), a statutory advisory body, said it has recommended…

Conjoined twins in India successfully separated with tireless help from 40 specialists

Doctors declared Wednesday that a pair of formerly conjoined twins were healthy and happy after they were successfully separated in a marathon “nerve-wracking” operation in India by a team of 40 specialists. The one-year-old girls from Nigeria, sporting matching bright pink dresses, sat patiently on their parents’ laps as doctors…

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