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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 »

'Shady' $4 Smartphones Supposedly About to Ship

CEO says he feels 'vindicated' by Ringing Bell's Freedom 251 release, but others are still wary

(Newser) - Smartphones going for about $4 are said to be shipping this week in India, and the manufacturing company's head says he's pleased that they're finally coming out, even though the company will take a loss on each phone, the Guardian reports. Ringing Bells originally said it would... More »

Over 24 Hours of Storms, Lightning Kills 74

Death toll in northern India is expected to rise

(Newser) - Lightning has killed 74 people, mostly farm laborers working in fields, across eastern and northern India over the past 24 hours, officials said Wednesday. A majority of the deaths occurred in the eastern state of Bihar, where 57 people died after being struck by lightning—with the death toll expected... More »

Guy Watching The Conjuring 2 Dies, Then Disappears

65-year-old man in India suffered chest pains

(Newser) - A man's death at a screening of The Conjuring 2—and the subsequent disappearance of his body—didn't go unnoticed in southern India last week, the Times of India reports. The 65-year-old was watching the film at a movie house in the town of Tiruvannamalai on Thursday night... More »

Indian Frogs Discover Gross New Way to Have Sex

It's called the dorsal straddle, and researchers spent 320 hours filming it

(Newser) - A group of dedicated researchers have discovered a seventh position used by mating frogs and toads, and it's—in scientific terms—super gross. A study published Tuesday in PeerJ describes the new position, the dorsal straddle, as “a loose form of contact in which the male sits on... More »

'Arrested' in India for 3 Deaths: 18 of These Lions

Officials in Gujarat state are checking paw prints and feces for clues leading to the killer

(Newser) - Three people are dead from vicious attacks in India's Gujarat state, and police have detained 18 suspects: lions from an animal sanctuary, the BBC reports. The "arrested" lions have been gathered from the forests of Gir National Park over the past two months and are now being held... More »

The West Goes Wild for This Indian Remedy

Turmeric lattes are all the rage

(Newser) - A burger and fries. Coffee and doughnuts. Milk and ... curry spice? If you haven't tried it yet, you're missing out on what Saba Imtiaz at the Guardian calls "2016's drink of choice." Cafes from San Francisco to Sydney are selling their own version of the... More »

This Might Be the Heaviest Baby Girl Ever Born

She weighed 15 pounds, measured 24.4 inches

(Newser) - A baby born in India on Monday is likely the biggest ever born in the country, and she could be the heaviest girl ever born anywhere. The 19-year-old mother, Nandini, gave birth to a girl weighing 15 pounds and measuring 24.4 inches. Most babies in India weigh between 5... More »

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