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6-Year-Old Reportedly Raped by School Staffers in India

Outraged parents protest outside Indian school where alleged incident took place

(Newser) - A 6-year-old girl was allegedly raped by a gym teacher and security guard on staff at a school in Bangalore, India, police tell the BBC . The incident, which allegedly took place on July 2, was discovered and reported just a few days ago, after the girl’s parents say she... More »

Indian Women Fight Extremism With Underwear

Journalist wages campaign in response to group that beats women

(Newser) - A group of Indian women is fighting back against Hindu fundamentalism with an unlikely weapon: pink underwear, the Times of London reports. The “Consortium of Pub-going, Loose and Forward Women,” a protest group, has encouraged women to send their pink underwear to the leader of the Sri Ram... More »

Indian Bombings Kill 29

Series of small blasts hit Bangalore, Ahmedabad

(Newser) - A series of small explosions rocked an Indian city for the second straight day today, Reuters reports. At least 29 people were killed and 88 injured in a wave of blasts in Ahmedabad, which has a history of Hindu-Muslim tensions. Yesterday, at least one person was killed in a similar... More »

India's IT Hub Challenging Politics as Usual

Community looks to election for solution to Bangalore's crumbling infrastructure

(Newser) - For years, Bangalore—India’s answer to Silicon Valley—has endured traffic jams, power blackouts and a chaotic airport that businesses blame on politicians who’ve ignored the city’s IT elites to court rural voters. Now, Reuters reports, an updated constituency map giving urban voters more clout has hope... More »

Indian Athletes Aim for Gold on Billionaire's Buck

Trust seeks to boost Indian medal count

(Newser) - Young Indians are training for this summer’s Olympics with the backing of a London-based billionaire steel magnate, the Wall Street Journal reports. Lakshmi Mittal was dismayed by India’s poor showing at Athens in 2004—where the burgeoning superpower earned only a single silver, while archrival China won 32... More »

8-Limbed Indian Tot Walking

3 months after her surgery, delighted Lakshmi takes first steps

(Newser) - Three months after she underwent an intensive, 27-hour hour operation to remove her parasitic twin's four limbs, 2-year-old Indian tot Lakshmi Tatma, is beginning to walk with assistance, reports the Daily Telegraph. "When she was put in the baby walker she started pushing herself backwards with her legs and... More »

New Cisco Unit First Based Abroad

Will aim to wire entire cities in Middle East, China, India from Bangalore HQ

(Newser) - Dozens of new cities are to be built in China, India, and the Middle East in the coming decade and Cisco Systems wants to network them top-to-bottom, the Financial Times reports. The networking equipment giant is setting up a new business center in Bangalore, India, as part of its push... More »

Girl Born With 8 Limbs Gets to Go Home

Doctors say little Lakshmi in India is doing well

(Newser) - The 2-year-old girl whose extra limbs were removed in a marathon surgery left a Bangalore hospital today for home. Doctors say Lakshmi Tata, born with four arms and four legs from a conjoined twin, will recover, but they cautioned she will need more surgery, BBC reports. "Lakshmi is normal,... More »

Girl Born With 8 Limbs Awake and Smiling

Indian toddler regains consciousness, wiggles toes

(Newser) - Two days after surgery to remove her extra arms, legs, and organs, 2-year old Lakshmi regained consciousness in a Bangalore hospital today and gave the first tentative signs that she's on her way to recovery. She even smiled at her parents and wiggled her toes, the AP reports. Doctors took... More »

8-Limbed Girl's Surgery a Success

Toddler revered as Hindu goddess stable after 27-hour operation

(Newser) - Doctors successfully completed an extremely complicated 27-hour surgery on an eight-limbed Indian toddler whose village reveres her as a goddess. Lakshmi Tatma, 2, was born entangled with an incompletely developed headless twin sister. "Beyond our expectations, the reconstruction worked wonderfully well," said one of the surgeons. Doctors removed... More »

Indian Docs Try to Help Girl With 8 Limbs

Surgery begins on 2-year-old with rare medical condition

(Newser) - Doctors in India have begun marathon surgery on a 2-year-old girl who was born with four arms and four legs, the BBC reports. Lakshmi Tatma's extra limbs are from an incompletely developed conjoined twin; her condition has drawn worldwide attention. More than 30 surgeons will work in shifts on what... More »

Tech Companies Cool on Indian Outsourcing

Rising labor costs make hiring at home more attractive

(Newser) - India, the destination of choice for American tech companies looking for sophisticated but cheap labor, is beginning to lose its appeal, the Wall Street Journal reports. Rising pay scales are making it  too expensive to justify the complications of globalizing. Now some are outsourcing their outsourcing to slower climes like... More »

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