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Study Suggests These Are the Least Honest Countries

Here's how the US did

(Newser) - China ranks as one of the least honest countries and the UK as one of the most, if a new study out of the University of East Anglia in the UK holds any weight. Presenting their findings at the London Experimental Workshop this week, researchers say they analyzed more than... More »

Woman Stranded 13 Years After Crossing Border Goes Home

Deaf-mute woman Geeta was only 11 when she wandered into Pakistan

(Newser) - Geeta was about 11 when she somehow crossed the militarized border between India and Pakistan. A deaf-mute Indian girl, Geeta couldn't explain exactly what happened, but mimed an explosion, ducking out of the way, and then her discovery at the Lahore railway station, report Reuters and the Indian Express... More »

Meet the Guy Who Illegally Sold Execution Drugs to 4 States

Buzzfeed digs into Harris Pharma of Salt Lake City, India

(Newser) - Four US states bought execution drugs illegally supplied from a man in India, according to a report from Buzzfeed . Journalists Chris McDaniel and Tasneem Nashrulla say Chris Harris of Harris Pharma, a self-described drug manufacturer and distributor in Salt Lake City, India, has earned tens of thousands of dollars from... More »

3rd Muslim Man Killed Over Beef

This time, an 18-year-old burned to death

(Newser) - For the third time in less than a month, a Muslim man has been killed over beef. In the most recent incident, an 18-year-old truck driver was burned in the cab of his truck in an Indian-controlled part of Kashmir Oct. 9 because he was suspected of transporting beef; he... More »

2 Teens Arrested for Raping Toddler in India's Capital

In separate incident, 3 men are arrested for gang-rape of 5-year-old

(Newser) - Police arrested two teenagers Sunday for allegedly raping a toddler in New Delhi, the latest incident of sexual violence against a young child in the Indian capital. Police said they questioned more than 250 residents of the western Delhi neighborhood where the 2 1/2-year-old girl was raped and left bleeding... More »

Jaguar Gets Sent Home for Being 'Too Fat' to Mate

Salman has zero interest in lady friend at Delhi Zoo—but lots of interest in food

(Newser) - A jaguar is being sent home to Kerala, India, from a New Delhi breeding program after being accused of having a dad bod without the "dad" part. Salman had been borrowed by the Delhi Zoo to mate with Kalpana, its female jaguar, but there were problems: Salman turned out... More »

India's Glowing Border Is Visible From Space

Thanks to nearly 1,200 miles of floodlights

(Newser) - An astronaut above the International Space Station has captured a stunning image of what NASA refers to as "one of the few places on Earth where an international boundary can be seen at night." The Sept. 23 image shows the glowing, snaking border between India and Pakistan, visible... More »

India Mob Brutally Kills Man Over Rumor He Ate Beef

They beat him with bricks until they crumbled, his family says

(Newser) - The mob came in the night while Mohammad Akhlaq slept, smashing in his door and dragging him from bed, then beating him to death with bricks until the blocks crumbled in their hands, reports the Washington Post . Why? "They accused us of keeping cow meat," Akhlaq's daughter,... More »

Tourist Dies Taking Selfie at Taj Mahal

He reportedly fell from stairs, though reports conflict

(Newser) - A Japanese tourist died while visiting the Taj Mahal Friday, and one eyewitness tells the BBC the man was taking a selfie at the time. He reportedly fell down the stairs at the monument, lost consciousness, and died of head injuries at a nearby hospital; one of the three other... More »

2.3M Reply to Job Posting in India

It would take 4 years to interview them all

(Newser) - This story throws India's high unemployment levels into harsh relief: When the government of Uttar Pradesh announced 368 job openings for positions that pay about $240 per month, 2.3 million people applied. And, while the government jobs are menial and require only a fifth-grade education, at least 255... More »

This Guy's Current Job Is Taking Selfies

Bhanu Prakash will shoot for the selfie world record on Sept. 18

(Newser) - So apparently not only are selfie records a thing, but quitting one's gainful employment to practice beating those records is also a thing. Meet Bhanu Prakash, a 24-year-old (now former) hospital research assistant in Hyderabad, India, who on Friday will attempt to break the current world record of 1,... More »

Inside the Bizarre Murder Case That's Gripped India

TV mogul Indrani Mukerjea accused of murdering daughter, trying to kill son

(Newser) - A murder case in India is getting plenty of attention not just because it involves a heinous crime, but because media outlets claim it shows us normal folks that the high-life, well, isn't so sparkly. It surrounds India's first female TV mogul, Indrani Mukerjea, whose 25-year-old daughter, Sheena... More »

Restaurant Gas Blast Kills 89

Detonators were illegally stored next to restaurant in India

(Newser) - At least 89 people were killed at a restaurant in central India today when a cooking gas cylinder exploded and triggered a second blast of mine detonators stored illegally nearby, police say. The restaurant, located next to the main bus station in the town of Petlawad in Madhya Pradesh state,... More »

You Almost Definitely Couldn't Pass This Indian Exam

Yet hundreds of thousands take super-hard test for jobs they know nothing about

(Newser) - Nearly half a million citizens converged upon 71 cities in India Sunday to try their hand at what's described by coaching expert PS Ravindran as "the mother of all written exams," the Global Post reports. It's the nation's civil services test, and it's not... More »

Man Allegedly Hid $31M Inside Pillows, Toilet, Ceiling

Pronab Adhikary is accused of taking bribes from real estate developers

(Newser) - Police in India last Friday found $31 million in cash hidden all over the six-room home of a municipal engineer, the BBC reports. Cash was stuffed in sofas, pillows, and mattresses; stored under floor tiles and in a false ceiling; and even filled the toilet in an unused bathroom. According... More »

Libido-Less White Tiger Frustrates Zoo, Lady Tiger

Zookeepers hope a sexy new female tiger will do the trick

(Newser) - Male tigers are a lot like human men when it comes to sex. They're shy and awkward about their bodies if they haven't spent a lot of time around female tigers. They take libido enhancers when they get older. And, if a partner their own age isn't... More »

India Does U-Turn on Porn Ban

Hundreds of websites unblocked

(Newser) - The Indian Express describes banning online pornography in a country of 1.25 billion people as a "herculean task," and it is one the Indian government has decided to abandon. A pornography ban introduced this week caused outrage, with some likening the government to the Taliban, and access... More »

Bizarre Border Dispute Ends After 70 Years

50K stateless people can now call India or Bangladesh home

(Newser) - For nearly seven decades, some 50,000 residents of India and Bangladesh have existed in a kind of limbo, tied up in one of the strangest border disputes in living memory. But with the stroke of midnight on Friday, their lives may have become a lot easier. As part of... More »

In Rare Execution, India Hangs Man Tied to Mumbai Bombings

Yakub Memon was executed on 53rd birthday despite public pleas for a stay

(Newser) - The accountant who served as the "middleman" in the 1993 Mumbai bombings that killed more than 250 people and injured more than 700 was hanged this morning—his 53rd birthday—at a prison in India, the New York Times reports. Yakub Memon, who raised funds for the attack, made... More »

Nun Who Succeeded Mother Teresa Dies

Sister Nirmala Joshi died of unspecified ailment at 81

(Newser) - The Indian nun who replaced Mother Teresa as head of the Missionaries of Charity died early today, the organization says. Sister Nirmala Joshi was 81. Her health had been declining in recent days, the charity says, without specifying the cause of her death. She was selected to lead the Roman... More »

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