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Mass wedding in Indian ‘village of sex workers’

VADIA, India — Eight young women whose mothers are sex workers were married in a so-called “village of prostitutes” in India on Sunday under a plan to save them from being pushed into the world’s oldest profession. The event, held in the village of Vadia in the western state of…

India denies report U.S. troops on soil

India has denied as “factually incorrect” a report that US special forces were stationed in the country as part of counter-terrorism cooperation. Media reports quoted top Pentagon commander Admiral Robert Willard as telling a Congressional hearing on Thursday that US special forces teams were stationed in five South Asian countries,…

Legalization of gay sex challenged in India court

NEW DELHI — India’s Supreme Court on Wednesday began hearing more than a dozen petitions filed to overturn a 2009 ruling that decriminalised gay sex between consenting adults. Homosexuality was ruled lawful three years ago by a Delhi High Court order that declared the colonial-era ban was unconstitutional, in a…

Amazon tests e-commerce waters in India

US online retail giant Amazon has made its first foray into Indiawith launch of a shopping website, Junglee.com, as it tests the waters for a possible full entry into the nation’s e-commerce market. India’s e-commerce business is set to boom as incomes and consumer demand climb in a country of 1.2 billion people…

Meet the heroes of India’s quest to wipe out polio

Later this month, India will be removed from a dwindling list of countries where polio is considered endemic, a huge achievement made possible by people like Madara, a 76-year-old street hawker. At a temporary immunisation camp in a slum in the northern district of Ghaziabad, 23 kilometres (14 miles) from…

No girls to play with at school: India’s infanticide crisis

DEVDA, India — As the only girl in her noisy classroom of 22 boys, Padma Kanwar Bhatti is one defiant symbol of the toll exacted by India’s deadly preference for male children. Padma, 15, lives with her parents and two elder brothers in Devda, a village of 2,500 residents in…

Old weapons, new threats fuel India’s military build-up

India’s planned purchase of 126 fighters from France’s Dassault marks the latest stage in a huge military procurement cycle that has turned the world’s largest democracy into its biggest arms importer. The final Dassault contract is expected to be worth $12 billion and India is preparing further big ticket purchases…

Disney to take controlling stake in India’s UTV

US media giant Disney announced it will take a controlling interest in India’s leading television producer, UTV, and delist the Indian media and entertainment group. “Increasing our brand presence and reach in key international markets is a cornerstone of our growth strategy,” Disney International chairman Andy Bird said in a…

India seeks to censor ‘offensive’ images on Google, Facebook

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – The Indian government on Friday threw its weight behind a case against internet giants including Google and Facebook, who are embroiled in a battle over offensive content after a judge warned websites may be blocked “like in China.” The case, which has stoked worries about freedom…

Polio breakthrough: India marks disease-free year

NEW DELHI — India marked a year since its last new case of polio Friday, a major milestone in a country once considered the epicentre of the disease and one that gives hope the scourge can be eradicated worldwide. There were 150,000 cases of the highly contagious virus in India…

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