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INDIA – Dry taps

INDIA – Dry taps

DEHLI –– Leaders of the Jat community reached a deal late today to end protests that paralyzed Haryana and cut water supplies to Delhi’s 20 million residents, after winning a pledge of more government jobs. Days of rioting and looting across Haryana by the Jat community had challenged Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s promise of better […]

INDIA – Leopard attack

INDIA – Leopard attack

BANGALORE –– A male leopard which entered a school in the Indian city of Bangalore injured six people trying to capture it. A scientist and a forestry employee were among those mauled during the near ten-hour-long effort to corner the dangerous animal yesterday. The leopard, which strolled into the Vibgyor International School, was eventually tranquillized and […]

INDIA – Women march for right to worship

INDIA – Women march for right to worship

NEW DELHI –– Police in western India have prevented hundreds of women from marching to a temple traditionally open only to men. The protesters want access to pray in its inner sanctum, but were stopped in a village 70 kilometres from their destination in Maharashtra state. The group want to end the “humiliating” practice of barring […]

INDIA – Earthquake kills at least seven

INDIA – Earthquake kills at least seven

NEW DELHI –– Thangkhonao Gangte wasn’t sure if he was awake when a magnitude-6.7 earthquake struck northeastern India this morning. “What is happening? Am I dreaming or is this real?” Gangte, who works for World Vision’s HIV AIDS Project, asked himself. “Then I started to hear my wife and children shouting. We all came out […]

INDIA –– Child rapes hurting New Dehli

NEW DEHLI –– A spate of rape cases involving very young children has shocked New Delhi and prompted calls for authorities to do more to stop them. Two teenagers, aged 16 and 17, were arrested yesterday for the alleged abduction and rape of a two-and-a-half year old girl, who went missing from outside her home […]

World – 27 pilgrims die in stampede

ANDHRA PRADESH –– At least 27 pilgrims have died in a stampede on the banks of a holy river in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, local officials say. The Hindu pilgrims had gathered to take a dip in the Godavari River at the start of the Maha Pushkaralu Festival. The stampede occurred at 8 a.m. […]

World – Miracle survival

BOGOTA –– A young mother and her baby have been found alive five days after their plane crashed in the jungle of western Colombia. A Colombian Air Force chief described their survival as “a miracle”. Maria Nelly Murillo, 18, and her one-year-old son were found by rescuers near to where their small Cessna plane crashed […]

World – Heatwave continues to scorch India

PEREPALLY –– Mallayia Baddula sits barefoot beneath the shelter of his hut in Perepally, a small village outside Hyderabad. He is 76 years old and mourning the death of his son Venkatesham, who at half his age succumbed to the heat during the recent hot, dry spell. “He had gone to get some medicine for […]

World – Police detained over migrant graves

KUALA LUMPUR –– Malaysia has detained 12 policemen suspected of human trafficking, two of whom are said to be connected to recently discovered jungle graves. Deputy Minister of Home Affairs Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said the two officers were suspected of transporting migrants. He also clarified that the 139 graves found on the border with […]

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