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Oxford English Dictionary Quietly Adds Tamil Slang 'Aiyo'

'The OED has admitted a rare word of power into its pages'

(Newser) - In the latest quarterly update of the Oxford English Dictionary, there was great rejoicing when, in honor of the 100th anniversary of Roald Dahl's birth, words such as "splendiferous" and "human bean" joined the great heap of our language's modern lexicon. More quietly, the Tamil slang... More »

Latest Turbulence in the Skies: Kid-Free Zones on Planes

Some say they're great, others say they're discriminatory

(Newser) - You can now fly on one of India's largest airlines without fear you'll get stuck in front of a screaming baby or a kid who likes to kick seats. IndiGo is the latest airline to offer "Quiet Zones" on each of its flights, with two sections of... More »

Man Electrocuted While on Cell Phone

The 27-year-old victim was listening to music while his phone charged

(Newser) - A man in India was electrocuted while listening to music on his charging cell phone, the Hindustan Times reports. Police in the central state of Madhya Pradesh identified the victim as Sunil Yuvne. They said the 27-year-old suffered shocks on Saturday morning likely from an earphone attached to his mobile... More »

Teen Dies After 68-Day Fast, Family Faces Homicide Charges

13-year-old Aradhana Samdariya was taking part in ancient religious ritual

(Newser) - For more than two months, a 13-year-old in India took part in an extreme religious fast, reports the BBC . Early this month she called off that fast, but she fell into a coma two days later and died of cardiac arrest on Oct. 4—and now her parents, well-off jewelers... More »

Olympic Wrestler Turns Down Silver Medal

Yogeshwar Dutt's opponent tested positive for doping after his death

(Newser) - It's not often an Olympian turns down a medal, but that's exactly what Indian wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt is trying to do. Yogeshwar won bronze at the 2012 Olympics in London, Indian Express reports. But the wrestler who beat him, Russia's Besik Kudukhov, was discovered to have been... More »

Here's What Happens If You Lie About Climbing Everest

Indian couple banned from climbing any mountains in Nepal for 10 years

(Newser) - A total of 456 people reached the peak of Mount Everest during this past spring climbing season. PTI reports Dinesh and Tarakeshwari Rathod were not among them. The Indian police officers, who claimed to have been the first Indian couple to climb Everest, were banned from climbing any mountain in... More »

Tourism Minister to Women: Avoid Short Skirts While Visiting India

But it's not a dress code, he clarifies

(Newser) - Visiting India? According to the country's tourism minister, foreign women shouldn't wear short dresses or skirts while there. They also shouldn't walk alone at night. Both of those tips are included in the safety advice given to women in a welcome kit tourists receive when they enter... More »

Doctors Find 40 Knives in Police Constable's Stomach

And he's somehow expected to be OK

(Newser) - A 42-year-old police constable came into an Indian hospital complaining of stomach pain, the Times of India reports. According to the Telegraph , an ultrasound showed a mass doctors believed to be cancer. The reality was much more disturbing. An endoscopy revealed the mass to be a whole bunch of knives.... More »

Deadly Kite Strings Slit Throats of 3

Delhi has now banned sale of glass-covered strings

(Newser) - A man and two children are dead in India after a kite flying tradition on Independence Day went horribly wrong. Two children, aged 3 and 4, had their throats slit by kite strings covered with powdered glass or metal—a coating used to cut down competitors' kites—while riding with... More »

Dab of Honey Ends World's Longest Hunger Strike

Irom Sharmila hadn't eaten since 2000, now wants to run for office in India

(Newser) - One of India's most prominent political activists ended a 16-year hunger strike Tuesday, licking honey from her hand and declaring, "I will never forget this moment." Irom Sharmila had been force-fed through a tube in her nose and held by police since November 2000, reports the AP... More »

Emirates Airliner Crash-Lands in Dubai

All 300 onboard reported to be OK

(Newser) - An Emirates flight from India with 300 people on board crash-landed at Dubai's main airport Wednesday, sending black smoke billowing into the air and halting all traffic at the Middle East's busiest airport. There were no fatalities and all the passengers were safely evacuated before the plane was... More »

'World's Longest Hunger Strike' Is About to End

Irom Sharmila says her 16-year fast will end Aug. 9

(Newser) - Irom Sharmila hasn't eaten in 16 years. Since November 2000, the 44-year-old activist from Manipur, India, has been force-fed through a tube in her nose in a hospital prison cell as she protests the country's Armed Forces Special Powers Act, which gives security forces freedom to kill suspects... More »

Teen Dead: Alleged Rapist Accused of Assaulting Her Again

Second such case in India this month

(Newser) - Cops in India said a woman who was abducted and raped earlier this month in Bhiwani was likely the victim of the same five men who gang-raped her three years ago and were out on bail. Now, echos of that case in another: CNN reports a 14-year-old Delhi girl has... More »

Israeli Tourist Raped in India

Two suspects have been arrested

(Newser) - Police in northern India have made two arrests in connection with the rape of an Israeli tourist, who was assaulted after she accepted a ride with six men while traveling in the state of Himachal Pradesh. Police were using security camera footage from the town of Manali, where the victim... More »

In 24 Hours, 50 Million Trees Were Planted

More than 800,000 people pitched in

(Newser) - India's goal to increase its forest cover to 235 million acres in the next 15 years has gotten a big boost. On July 11, more than 800,000 people in Uttar Pradesh state planted nearly 50 million saplings in 24 hours in a bid to set a new Guinness... More »

Pee for Profit: Cow Urine Can Outsell Milk in India

There are about 30 different ways to prepare the golden 'elixir'

(Newser) - Hindus revere cows as a symbol of life, including the liquid nourishment they provide—and not just the milk. Distilled urine from female cows has become a hot commodity in India, Bloomberg reports, said to bring in at least as much cash as the other kind of cow juice. And... More »

Cops: Rape Victim Was Raped Again by Same 5 Men

Young woman's case highlights the plight of the lower castes in India

(Newser) - A master's student at India's MD University in Rohtak was found in the bushes last week, her clothes torn and the victim of an apparent abduction and rape, cops say—and her attackers look to be the same five men who gang-raped her three years ago, the Times ... More »

Tycoon With Shirt Made of Gold Murdered

Indian moneylender was attacked by a dozen men

(Newser) - An Indian businessman famous for flaunting his wealth with a shirt made entirely of gold was beaten to death in what cops believe was a dispute over money. Police say Datta Phuge, a 48-year-old moneylender in the city of Pune, was killed by a group of around a dozen men... More »

Dozens Dead in Pakistan, India From Flash Floods

In one northern Pakistan village, an entire mosque was swept away

(Newser) - Bad weather is keeping rescuers in Pakistan from helping survivors and recovering bodies after torrential monsoon rains caused flash floods that swept away homes, an army post, and a mosque Saturday into Sunday, killing dozens, CNN and the BBC report. And many others are feared missing, with an official in... More »

India's First Female Uber Driver Found Dead

'She was an inspiration to many driver partners and riders'

(Newser) - The life of Bharathi Veerath, a trailblazing cab driver who made headlines when she become the first woman to drive for Uber in India, has come to a tragic end, authorities say. The 40-year-old was found hanged in her home in Bengaluru, formerly known as Bangalore, this week, and authorities... More »

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