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Daytime Cooking Banned During Deadly Indian Heatwave

Fires, mostly from cooking, have killed dozens

(Newser) - Faced with deadly fires during a blistering weeks-long heatwave, one Indian state has made the "unprecedented" move of banning daytime cooking, the Guardian reports. "After a review of fire incidents, we've seen that most of them were caused by cooking fires," a senior disaster management official... More »

Women Enter 1K-Year-Old Building for First Time

Mosque's wooden carvings, architecture have long enchanted its male worshippers

(Newser) - For the first time in its 1,000-year history, one of India's oldest mosques opened its doors to women. Thousands of Muslim women flocked to the religious site in Kerala on Sunday, reports the Times of India , making their way into the Thazhathangady Juma Masjid to view its historic... More »

Dad Cut Off Hands of His Baby's Alleged Rapist: Cops

Indian man on the run after reportedly severing teen's hands, leaving him in ditch

(Newser) - A young Indian father out for vigilante justice lured the teen accused of raping his baby daughter away from a Punjab state courthouse Tuesday, tied him to a tree, and cut both of the suspect's hands off, cops say, per AFP . The 25-year-old father, IDed as Parminder Singh, is... More »

India Wants Its 'Unlucky' Diamond Back

Sike!

(Newser) - It's not often that a solicitor general's comments make international waves, but Indian Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar has managed to achieve such a feat. He told his country's Supreme Court on Monday that the Koh-i-Noor diamond, in Britain's possession since 1849, "was neither stolen nor... More »

India Says Britain Can Keep Its Cursed Jewel

Some believe the Koh-i-Noor was forcibly taken

(Newser) - For decades, Indians have demanded that Britain return a 105.6-carat diamond that they say was taken from them when they were under colonial rule. The matter may soon be settled, and not in their favor. In a Monday appearance before India's Supreme Court, which was hearing a case... More »

William and Kate Recreate Princess Di's Taj Mahal Photo

A 'day when a new royal narrative was written'

(Newser) - Ever since Princess Diana posed for a photo there in 1992, visitors to India's Taj Mahal have been told about the "Diana bench," the BBC reports. On Saturday, two such visitors who posed for a photo on the marble bench had a more personal connection to it... More »

Rhino Killed in India Park Hours After Royal Family's Visit

Rhino was de-horned by poachers

(Newser) - The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited India's Kaziranga national park Wednesday, where Prince William was reportedly appalled after seeing footage of the mutilated remains of a rhino recently killed by poachers. Just 10 hours after his and wife Kate Middleton's visit ended, and while they were staying... More »

'Let's Watch a Few More Minutes': Fireworks Disaster Kills 110

Indian temple's board members now on the run

(Newser) - Rescue officials are sifting through a Hindu temple in southern India where at least 110 people died when a fireworks display—an unauthorized pyrotechnic show that went horribly wrong—swept through the temple packed with thousands for a religious festival. The death toll from the pre-dawn fire on Sunday at... More »

Woman Expecting One Baby Gives Birth to 5

She was surprised by the quintuplets

(Newser) - A 25-year-old Indian woman who went into labor Saturday despite being less than seven months pregnant feared she was about to relive the tragedy of delivering a stillborn baby that she went through two years ago, Stuff.co.nz reports. Instead, Manita Singh was surprised to deliver a set of... More »

Beau Charged in Bollywood Star's Suicide

Rahul Raj Singh faces abetment, assault charges

(Newser) - The boyfriend of a Bollywood actress found hanged in her Mumbai home on Friday may have had a hand in her death. Police say actor-producer Rahul Raj Singh has been charged with assault, criminal intimidation, and abetment to the suicide of Pratyusha Banerjee, the lead actress in the Indian TV... More »

14 Dead in India Overpass Collapse

150 feared trapped under concrete, metal in Kolkata

(Newser) - At least 14 people are dead and another 150 feared trapped after a half-finished overpass collapsed onto traffic Thursday in Kolkata, India. Witnesses tell the Indian Express they heard an explosion and a crash, then "a cloud of smoke emerged." Paramedics and bystanders were attempting to rescue people... More »

Stunning Shipwreck Found Off the Coast of Oman

It's thought to be the Esmeralda, which sailed with Vasco da Gama

(Newser) - Just a few years after Christopher Columbus famously reached the Americas instead of India, Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama established the actual India Route when he sailed around the southernmost tip of Africa and into the Indian Ocean in 1498. Now archaeologists say they think they've found the Esmeralda,... More »

Woman Who Eloped 8 Years Ago Burned Alive in 'Honor Killing'

30-year-old in India punished, apparently by her own family members

(Newser) - Seven people have been arrested and police are investigating dozens more after a woman in India was burned alive, apparently in retaliation for ditching an arranged marriage and eloping eight years ago, the Times of India reports. Rama Kunwar, 30, who has a 3-year-old daughter with the man she ran... More »

Lone Survivor as Man Kills 14 in Family, Hangs Self

The youngest victim was his 3-month-old daughter

(Newser) - A man in western India fatally stabbed 14 members of his family, including seven children, early Sunday before hanging himself, police said. Hasnain Warekar, 35, went on his overnight killing spree following a Saturday evening family gathering at his home, said Gajanan Laxman Kabdule, a police rep in the city... More »

Board Member's 'Colonialism' Tweet Makes Big Mess for Facebook

Zuckerberg denounces Marc Andreessen's remark about India

(Newser) - Facebook just lost an important legal fight in India, and now one of its board members has complicated its next steps. The mess started when Silicon Valley venture capitalist Marc Andreessen took to Twitter to criticize India's decision to block Facebook from offering free but limited Internet access to... More »

NASA: Meteorite Didn't Kill Man

Evidence points to 'land-based explosion'

(Newser) - Whatever it was that killed a bus driver in India on Saturday probably didn't travel through untold millions of miles of space to get there, according to NASA scientists. The 11-gram rock recovered from a college campus in Tamil Nadu is still being analyzed, but NASA scientists say that... More »

Soldier Buried in Avalanche Found Alive 5 Days Later

His survival is being called a 'miracle'

(Newser) - Last Wednesday, an avalanche hit an Indian army base in Kashmir, burying 10 soldiers under 30 feet of ice and snow, the Wall Street Journal reports. Five days later, one soldier was miraculously found alive. The base—nearly 20,000 feet above sea level—was struck after a 320,000-square-foot... More »

Facebook Strikes Out in India

Regulator prohibits the company's 'Free Basics' service

(Newser) - Facebook failed Monday in its attempt to provide millions in India with a free but limited mobile Internet service called "Free Basics," the Washington Post reports. After nearly a year of debate between Mark Zuckerberg, Internet activists, and software developers, India's telecom regulator ruled that no data... More »

Man Believed to Be First Ever Killed by Meteorite

But some scientists remain skeptical

(Newser) - There's the slim chance of being hit by lightning, and then there's the almost nonexistent chance of being hit by a meteorite. A man in India, however, was apparently killed by the latter, which would likely make him the first person recorded killed by an object that fell... More »

Leopard Wanders Into School, Mauls 6

Tranquilizers didn't prevent 'attacking spree'

(Newser) - There were no students or teachers around when a leopard wandered into a school in Bangalore, India, early on Sunday morning, but the incident was still a bloody one. According to the Hindu , security workers at Vibgyor High School suspected around 4am that there was a leopard inside the school... More »

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