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Obama in India: Nukes, Namaste, Climate Change

Presidential visit expected to yield wide-ranging talks with PM Modi

(Newser) - President Obama landed in India today and was greeted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who skipped protocol to give the American president a hug in what the AP calls "the warm relationship" the two share. During his welcome ceremony, Obama himself clasped his hands and bowed his head in... More »

Endangered Tigers Roar in India's New Census

Some 500 more counted than in 2010

(Newser) - India's latest tiger census shows a sharp increase in the number of the endangered cats in the wild, raising hopes that conservation efforts are working, officials said today. The census conducted in 2014 found at least 2,226 tigers in forests across the country, up from 1,706 counted... More »

102 Bodies, Many Children's, Found Floating Near Ganges

Officials believe the dead were given water burials

(Newser) - Authorities are today investigating how more than 100 bodies, many of them children, ended up floating in an offshoot of the Ganges River in northern India. Officials do not suspect a crime: Instead, they believe the dead were given water burials. The 102 bodies found floating near the village of... More »

Guy Skips Work for 24 Years, Gets Fired

AK Verma, an engineer in India, last showed for work in 1990

(Newser) - A man who ditched work for 24 years has finally lost his job—apparently a sign that India is cracking down on government bureaucrats who avoid office time, Reuters reports. AK Verma, a senior engineer at the Central Public Works Department, last showed up for work in December 1990. The... More »

Brewery Sorry for Gandhi Beer

New England Brewing Co. hasn't said it will take Gandhi-Bot brew off shelves

(Newser) - There are many ways to honor the memory of Mahatma Gandhi, but a US brewery is now apologizing after an Indian man took offense to its hops homage. Lawyer Sunkari Janardhan Goud filed a complaint in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad that claims the New England Brewing Company '... More »

Cops: Japanese Student Kidnapped, Gang-Raped in India

Five men reportedly arrested

(Newser) - Another horrific gang-rape story is emerging out of India, this time involving a 22-year-old Japanese woman who police say was held for at least 12 days, reports the New York Times . Police have arrested five men, including two brothers, reports the BBC . Authorities say that the young academic was staying... More »

Was 'Hero' Monkey Really Trying to Save Its Buddy?

Answer is not clear, one expert says

(Newser) - A video showing a monkey apparently attempting to revive his companion has gone viral after being posted on YouTube this weekend, but is that really what the monkey is doing? The short answer, according to National Geographic : It's not clear. The rhesus macaques in the video are shown at... More »

Spies Could've Halted 'India's 9/11,' Failed to Connect Dots

Scads of 2008 surveillance data, but no one put it together: investigation

(Newser) - British, American, and Indian intelligence operatives all separately picked out elements of a possible major terror plot by autumn of 2008, but their inability to connect the dots led to what the New York Times calls one of "the most devastating near-misses in the history of spycraft"—the... More »

After Alleged Rape, Uber Banned in Indian Capital

Driver Shiv Kumar Yadav appeared in court today

(Newser) - In 2011, driver Shiv Kumar Yadav allegedly did the following: picked up a fare who was heading home from her job at a bar, altered the route, and raped her; he spent seven months in jail before he reached a settlement with his accuser and was acquitted. Today, Yadav appeared... More »

India Arrests Uber Driver in Rape of Passenger

Police threaten taxi company with legal action for failing to screen driver

(Newser) - India police today arrested a 32-year-old Uber driver in the rape of a New Delhi woman who used the taxi service on Friday, and they're threatening legal action against Uber itself, reports Reuters , saying that the company failed to adequately screen the driver or install a GPS location device... More »

Charity's Free Eye Surgery Leaves 24 Blind

Indian police open investigation after cataract operations

(Newser) - Authorities ordered an investigation today after at least 24 poor and elderly people went blind following cataract surgeries performed at a free medical camp run by a charity in northern India. The operations were performed in early November on 130 patients who were all older than 50 and living in... More »

The Scary Implications of India's Wave of Baby Deaths

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria is out of control

(Newser) - India sees 800,000 newborns die each year, but 58,000 of those deaths were particularly noteworthy—and alarming—last year. Those infants died of antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections, according to a recent study cited by the New York Times , which reports the evidence is mounting that a sizable amount of... More »

As Guys Harass Them, India Sisters Fight Back

Video of them using their belts goes viral

(Newser) - Two sisters getting harassed and touched by three men on a bus in India weren't getting any help from other passengers, so they took matters into their own hands: A video of them using their belts to beat the men has gone viral, reports the BBC . Police, meanwhile, have... More »

India Says Girls Hanged From Tree Died by Suicide

Teens weren't raped, murdered, federal investigators say

(Newser) - An investigation into the deaths of two teenage cousins believed to have been raped and hanged by their attackers concluded that the two actually committed suicide, according to authorities in India. The head of the Central Bureau of Investigation, India's version of the FBI, told reporters that the local... More »

Horses, Rhinos Have Roots in Ancient India

Fossil discovery offers clues to ancient past

(Newser) - Back when the Indian subcontinent was still an island—before it joined what is now the rest of Asia—it was home to ancestors of today's horses and rhinoceroses, a new study suggests. Both modern animals are members of a biological order known as Perissodactyla, or "odd-toed ungulates,... More »

No. 1 Birth Control? Female Sterilization

Reproductive health expert says not to demonize it

(Newser) - The practice of sterilization as a family-planning method is facing scrutiny after 13 women died following such procedures in India. But female sterilization is actually the most common form of birth control, with some 223 million women undergoing the procedure in 2009, NPR reports. A reproductive health expert tells NPR... More »

8-Limbed 'God Baby' Draws Crowds in India

Birth defect causes pandemonium among believers

(Newser) - A baby boy born with four arms and four legs has been nicknamed "God Boy" and drawn thousands of excited people to the city of Baruipur in eastern India. The boy's family is overjoyed because the birth defect makes him resemble a Hindu god, according to the Daily ... More »

Cops Battle 20K to Arrest Indian Guru

Rampal Maharaj wanted for alleged role in 2006 murder

(Newser) - An Indian guru was arrested yesterday after a 10-day standoff during which at least six people died. Police say up to 20,000 followers of the guru Rampal Maharaj, who is wanted in connection with a 2006 murder, battled police at his ashram, a 2.5-acre religious complex in Hisar,... More »

Ebola Survivor Quarantined Over Infectious Semen

Virus lingers in semen for months

(Newser) - An Indian man recovered from Ebola back in September, before flying from Liberia to Delhi on Nov. 10—but the 26-year-old has been quarantined anyway, because though his blood tested negative for the virus, his semen tested positive. Ebola lingers in semen for months after a person has recovered, a... More »

Medicine Looks to Be Culprit in Deadly Sterilizations

Officials confiscating pills that were given to women

(Newser) - Authorities in India initially thought the women who died after surgeries at a recent "sterilization camp" may have succumbed to septic shock; stories poured out about unsanitary conditions and rushed operations . But now, after post-mortem examinations on several of the women, health officials say it looks like tainted medications... More »

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