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India Rape Victim Cremated

As nation mourns amid protests, a new rape-murder occurs

(Newser) - Amid a national outpouring of rage and grief, the body of India's 23-year-old gang rape victim was quietly cremated today in a private ceremony, reports the AP . The unnamed victim was flown back to India from Singapore, where she died yesterday while receiving treatment for her injuries. Prime Minister... More »

Monsoon Floods Sweep Away Entire Indian Villages

81 dead, 2M displaced in country's northeast

(Newser) - The worst monsoon floods in a decade to hit a remote northeastern Indian state have killed more than 80 people and forced around 2 million to leave their homes, officials say. Nearly half a million people are living in relief camps that have been set up across Assam state, Prime... More »

In Sign of Thaw, Pakistan PM Visits India

First such meeting in 7 years, as trade, security discussed

(Newser) - Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari traveled to New Delhi earlier today to meet with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in a significant sign of warming between the two nations with years of bitter acrimony between them, reports al-Jazeera . It is the highest-level meeting between the two countries in seven years. Details... More »

Indian Anti-Graft Crusader Freed to Start Hunger Strike

Tens of thousands rally in support of Anna Hazare

(Newser) - Indian authorities, facing huge protests in cities and towns across the country, have backed down and agreed to allow anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare to begin a 15-day hunger strike. The 74-year-old activist was arrested along with at least a thousand supporters Tuesday. Despite an order for his release, he had... More »

India Rolls Out Project to ID 1.2B Citizens

World's biggest biometric ID program launched

(Newser) - What could be the biggest IT project the world has ever seen gets under way today in a tiny hamlet in northern India. The village in Maharashtra has been chosen for the launch of India's ambitious project to collect fingerprints and iris scans from all of its 1.2 billion... More »

DC-Area Party Promoter Was Third Crasher

Carlos Allen, 39, got into White House with Indian delegation

(Newser) - A 39-year-old Washington party promoter was the third person to crash November’s state dinner at the White House, a source tells the Post in confirming that Carlos Allen had, along with Tareq and Michaele Salahi, gotten past Secret Service screenings to rub elbows with the Obamas and a host... More »

The Skinny on the State Dinner

Michelle Obama wore Naeem Khan, and other tidbits

(Newser) - Didn't have a ticket to the country's hottest social event? No worries. Here's the who and what of last night's state dinner honoring Indian PM Manmohan Singh:
  • The outdoor tent was decorated with local, sustainably harvested magnolia branches and ivy; centerpieces of hydrangeas, roses, and sweet peas evoked India's state
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Obama: US, India Natural Allies

Countries will have 'defining relationship' for 21st century

(Newser) - President Obama declared that US ties with India will be "one of the defining relationships" of the 21st century as he welcomed India's prime minister for the first state visit of the Obama administration. At the conclusion of about two hours of talks, Obama said he and Prime Minister... More »

Jennifer Hudson to Sing at State Dinner

White House still mum on first lady's outfit

(Newser) - Tonight's first state dinner of the Obama administration is likely to be a star-studded affair, and while the White House has been tight-lipped thus far, details are leaking: Guests at tonight’s celebration of Indian PM Manmohan Singh are said to include Steven Spielberg, David Geffen, and Jeffrey Katzenberg, as... More »

India, DC, Hollywood Mix at Obama Shindig

GOP, Dems rub elbows with movie stars, media types

(Newser) - Swaths of green and purple surrounded guests tonight as the White House paid tribute to Indian PM Manmohan Singh at the first state dinner given by President Obama. The company was top-notch, with Washington’s elite (from both parties) rubbing elbows with Hollywood stars and media elites. For the guest... More »

First State Dinner to Reveal Obama A-Listers

Mad scramble for invitations

(Newser) - Washington notables are still scrambling for an invitation to the White House state dinner Tuesday in honor of Indian prime minister Manmohan Singh. The event, to be held in a heated tent on the South Lawn, will display who’s truly on Obama’s A-list, and the lobbying for a... More »

India Miffed By Obama's Bond With Beijing

Perceived slights complicate PM Singh's DC visit next week

(Newser) - President Obama might find Indian PM Manmohan Singh a bit prickly when he arrives in Washington this weekend, after Obama gave India short shrift during his recent Asia trip. Obama didn’t mention India at all in his speech on US relations with Asia, and caused further offense in a... More »

With US Help, India-Pakistan Tension Eases

(Newser) - Revamped leadership in India and Pakistan and some behind-the-scenes encouragement from the US could lead to negotiations over the disputed Kashmir region, the New York Times reports. But while there are shimmers of hope, the relationship is still strained. “I am happy to meet you,” India’s PM... More »

India Riots Bust Out After Austria Temple Killing

Punjab erupts in violence after Sikh guru's murder

(Newser) - Riots have broken out in dozens of cities across the Indian state of Punjab after a Sikh guru was killed in a temple in Austria yesterday. Thousands of protesters have damaged public property and set trains on fire, and in one city four people were injured when police fired on... More »

Indian Stocks Soar 17% on Election Win

Congress victory sends shares soaring; trade suspended

(Newser) - The benchmark Indian stock index soared an unprecedented 17% this morning as investors voiced their resounding approval of the Congress Party's electoral victory. Trading on the Sensex had to be suspended within seconds of opening after a 1,300-point surge; following a two-hour delay, the index jumped again and was... More »

Ruling Congress Party Wins Indian Election

Governing Congress-led coalition headed for major victory

(Newser) - India's main opposition party has conceded defeat to the ruling Congress-led alliance, CNN reports. The governing coalition—defying predictions the elections would end without a clear winner—was heading for a decisive victory as counting continued today. "We respect this mandate and accept it," said the leader of... More »

Indian Leader in ICU After Heart Surgery

PM's illness highlights lack of succession law, aging Cabinet

(Newser) - Indian PM Manmohan Singh is in intensive care as he recovers from heart bypass surgery, reports the Times of London, highlighting the country's lack of succession law and stoking fears about its preparedness for another terrorist attack. The foreign minister is acting as leader while a special committee has control... More »

Founder of Mumbai Terror Group Under House Arrest

Pakistan also freezes organization's assets

(Newser) - Bowing to global pressure to curb terrorist activities inside its borders, Pakistan today placed the founder of the group thought to be responsible for the Mumbai attacks under house arrest, Reuters reports. Pakistani police encircled the house of Hafiz Saeed, founder of the Lashkar-e-Taiba group and head of its charity... More »

Indian Government Admits 'Lapses' in Security

(Newser) - India’s new home minister said today that the response to the Mumbai terror attacks was lackluster, the New York Times reports. “There have been lapses,” said Palaniappan Chidambaram. “I would be less than truthful if I said there had been no lapses.” Meanwhile, PM Manmohan... More »

India Demands Pakistan Deliver Fugitives

Tensions rise as India calls for concrete action in wake of Mumbai attacks

(Newser) - India is demanding that Pakistan turn over 20 fugitives as a show of good faith that the nation intends to fully cooperate with investigations into the Mumbai terror attacks, Reuters reports. The list of fugitives, which was first submitted to Pakistan in 2002, includes a reported financier of Lashkar-e-Taiba, the... More »

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