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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 »

Tainted Liquor Kills 84 in India

Dozens more are hospitalized

(Newser) - A batch of toxic alcohol is taking a deadly toll on residents of a slum near Mumbai. Authorities say at least 84 people are dead and more than 30 hospitalized since drinking the alcohol Wednesday night. Police have arrested five suspects and suspended eight police officers for negligence, reports the... More »

An Indian City Is Paying People to Use Its Toilets

Officials hope the offer deters public defecation in Ahmedabad

(Newser) - Going to the bathroom isn't just universal. In one Indian city, it's also lucrative. Officials in Ahmedabad are paying residents to use public toilets in an effort to keep open areas free of urine and human waste. Their slogan: "Take a pee and get a rupee."... More »

Nestle Could Lose Huge Market Over Noodle Scare

India seeks damages from multinational for first time

(Newser) - India is seeking damages from Nestle after reports of excess lead in its popular Maggi instant noodles sparked a nationwide recall, Reuters reports. The claim, filed by a government commission that represents consumers, marks the first time India has pursued damages from a multinational corporation. Since early May, several state... More »

As India Swelters, 2.2K Now Dead

Country's epic heat wave has taken devastating toll; rains help little

(Newser) - Despite hopes that weekend thundershowers would help end a raging heat wave in southern India, the rain brought only limited relief as the death toll since mid-April climbed past 2,200. Officials say the intense heat is likely to continue for another day in worst-hit Andhra Pradesh and Telangana states.... More »

See How India Is Trying to Survive the Heat

Deadliest heat wave in two decades has killed 1.8K

(Newser) - A good indication of how hot it is right now in India: The roads are melting . May is typically the country's hottest month, but temperatures have hit especially scorching levels over the past 10 days—nearly 117 degrees in Jharkhand and Odisha states on Wednesday, about 10 degrees hotter... More »

'Melting Roads': Heat Wave Kills 1.1K in India

Reports of 122 degrees

(Newser) - A brutal heat wave has killed more than 1,100 people in India over the past week. How brutal? CNN reports temperatures of 117 degrees Fahrenheit, while the BBC is even higher at 122 degrees. A dispatch from AFP refers to "melting roads" in New Delhi. The vast majority... More »

Raped Nurse Dies After 42 Years in Coma

Aruna Shanbaug became face of euthanasia debate in India

(Newser) - Nurse Aruna Shanbaug was 25 when a cleaner at the Mumbai hospital in which she worked sodomized and choked her with metal dog chains. That was Nov. 27, 1973. Left brain-dead and paralyzed, she was kept alive by doctors at King Edward Memorial Hospital who fed her through a feeding... More »

Confusion in Wake of Indian Farmer's Suicide at Rally

Supposed suicide note mentions poverty, but some say Gajendra Singh was egged on

(Newser) - A land-reform rally in India's capital went horribly awry yesterday when a farmer took his own life in front of attendees, the Independent reports. Gajendra Singh, said by the Hindustan Times to be a 43-year-old father of three, shocked onlookers at the Aam Aadmi Party gathering by climbing a... More »

2 Arrested in Gang Rape of Elderly Nun in India

Police are still seeking others

(Newser) - Police arrested two suspects today in the gang rape of an elderly nun in a missionary school this month in a crime that refocused attention on the scourge of sexual violence in India despite tough anti-rape laws introduced two years ago. The suspects were arrested after a nationwide hunt; one... More »

Bride Walks Out After Groom Gets Math Question Wrong

The question he blew: What's 15 plus 6?

(Newser) - Add this to the list of things to have pre-wedding jitters about: the possibility of an impromptu math quiz. The Times of India has the unusual story of a woman from India's Uttar Pradesh state who was supposed to marry on Wednesday. But Mohar Singh's daughter, Lovely, had... More »

Latest India Gang-Rape Victim: 71-Year-Old Nun

6 men assault elderly woman as she tried to stop them from robbing school

(Newser) - The latest victim in India's seemingly unchecked epidemic of gang rape is a septuagenarian nun who was trying to thwart a group of men from robbing the missionary school where she worked. As NPR reports, six men stormed the Convent of Jesus and Mary school in West Bengal state... More »

Indian Students: Prof Turned Us Down Due to 'Rape Problem'

Annette Beck-Sickinger apologizes for 'misunderstanding'

(Newser) - A German professor has apologized after apparently barring a male Indian student from an internship because of "the rape problem in India." In a now-viral email response to a male student, posted on website Quora , Annette Beck-Sickinger wrote, "I don't accept any Indian male students for... More »

After Mob Kills Suspected Rapist: Arrests, a Blackout

Curfew set down in Dimapur, Internet blocked to 'contain tension'

(Newser) - At least 22 people have been arrested in India following last week's mob lynching of a suspected rapist, the New York Times reports; the BBC puts the number as high as 42. Police in the state of Nagaland have already ID'd as many as 300 people who had... More »

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