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INDIA – Factory fire kills 13

INDIA – Factory fire kills 13

NEW DELHI –– At least 13 garment workers were killed after a fire broke out in a factory on the outskirts of the Indian capital, police and witnesses said on Friday. The blaze, which started in the early hours of Friday as the workers slept inside the leather factory workshop in Uttar Pradesh state, also […]

INDIA – Chaos at banks after ‘black money’ ban

INDIA – Chaos at banks after ‘black money’ ban

MUMBAI – There have been chaotic scenes outside banks in India, two days after 500 and 1,000 rupee notes were withdrawn as part of anti-corruption measures. Some banks ran out of cash. At others police were called in to manage queues of anxious customers hoping to change their savings for legal tender. The surprise government […]

Judge in India clears men in UK teen’s rape and death

Judge in India clears men in UK teen’s rape and death

GOA –– A judge acquitted two men Friday in the rape and death of British teen Scarlett Keeling in the Indian state of Goa in 2008. Placido Carvalho and Samson D’Souza were charged with culpable homicide and grievous sexual assault. They denied any wrongdoing. The girl’s mother, Fiona McKeown, has been fighting to uncover what happened […]

Knives removed from man’s stomach

Knives removed from man’s stomach

A man in India spent two months swallowing knives and had 40 of them surgically removed from his stomach, according to the doctor who led the operation. “He had a wild urge to consume metal. Even for us, the experienced surgeons, it was frightening,” Dr. Jatinder Malhotra told CNN. “We were so nervous… a small […]

Indian official steps down over ‘rape victim selfie’

Indian official steps down over ‘rape victim selfie’

NEW DEHLI –– An Indian official has resigned after she and another women’s rights advocate were pictured taking a smiling selfie with a rape victim. First emerging on the phone messaging service WhatsApp, the pictures were taken when members of the Rajasthan Commission for Women met the victim at a police station on Wednesday. The woman […]

At least 93 killed by lightning in India

At least 93 killed  by lightning in India

NEW DEHLI –– At least 93 people have been killed and more than 20 injured by lightning strikes in the Indian states of Bihar, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh, officials say. Most of the people who died were working on farms during torrential rains on Tuesday, reports said. Lightning strikes are common in India during […]

INDIA – Teen gives birth to 15-pound baby

INDIA – Teen gives birth  to 15-pound baby

DELHI –– A young woman in India has given birth to a 15-pound baby girl, which doctors believe is the country’s heaviest newborn. The 6.8-kilogram baby is the weight of an average four-month old, and was born by cesarean section Monday to a 19-year-old woman. “I have been working for ten years in this hospital, […]

INDIA – 110 die in fire

INDIA – 110 die in fire

PARAVOOR — Medical teams on Monday tended to hundreds of people injured in a massive fire that killed at least 110 people, while authorities searched for those responsible for illegally putting on the fireworks display that caused the weekend blaze at a Hindu temple in southern India. Amid the burned wreckage of the Puttingal Devi […]

INDIA – Three held for collapse

INDIA – Three held for collapse

KOLKATA — Indian police on Friday arrested three officials and detained seven more from a company constructing an overpass that collapsed onto a crowded Kolkata neighbourhood, killing at least 24 people and injuring more than 80. Rescuers cleared the crumbled concrete and twisted metal rods a day after the collapse in the crowded area of […]

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