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Indian Court Takes Unusual Step to Protect Ganges

Judges grant it same rights as a human

(Newser) - A court in northern India has granted the same legal rights as a human to the Ganges and Yamuna rivers, considered sacred by nearly a billion Indians, per the AP . Uttarakhand state's High Court ruled Monday that the two rivers be accorded the status of living human entities, meaning... More »

Why Consumers in India Will Love This Washing Machine

Panasonic washer has a 'curry' button, 'daily sari' setting

(Newser) - Consumers in India may have to pay a little more for a just-debuted Panasonic washing machine, but those desperate to get a certain type of stain out may find the appliance worth the extra outlay. In what Gizmodo UK calls the "corporate holy grail" of customer-tailored service, the electronics... More »

World's 'Heaviest Woman' Drops 200 Pounds

Doctors expect her to lose another 200 after successful surgery

(Newser) - Eman Ahmed Abd El Aty could soon lose her title as the world's heaviest woman . The 36-year-old Egyptian, who weighed an estimated 1,100 pounds when she arrived at India's Saifee Hospital a month ago in order to undergo life-saving weight loss surgery, surprised doctors by losing 210... More »

India's Water Is Being Stolen One Grain of Sand at a Time

Inside India's 'sand mafia'

(Newser) - India's urban areas are growing at an astounding rate. That development requires an immense amount of concrete, which in turn requires an equally immense amount of sand to manufacture. Enter India's "sand mafia." The New York Times takes a deep look at the wide net of... More »

Mom of Slain Indian Man Hopes Other Son Leaves US

'I want him and his family to return to Hyderabad for good'

(Newser) - The mother of an Indian engineer shot to death in a Kansas bar is not just grieving for her son but worried about his younger brother. He, too, is working in the US, and his mother, Parvatha Vardhini, wants him to come home for his own safety. “I will... More »

Mom Leaves for 6 Minutes, Twins Drown in Washer

The 3-year-olds, who fell into the machine head-first, became stuck

(Newser) - It's a parent's worst nightmare—leave your kids alone for a few minutes and suffer their loss for the rest of your life. Such is the tragic tale out of India, where a mother of twin 3-year-old boys says she stepped out of their Delhi home for six... More »

India Launches Record Number of Nano-Satellites Into Orbit

104 in single launch, to be exact—shattering previous record of 37 set in 2014 by Russia

(Newser) - India's space agency said it successfully launched more than 100 foreign nano-satellites into orbit Wednesday aboard a single rocket. The Indian Space Research Organization said the nano-satellites—those weighing less than 22 pounds—were sent into orbit from southern India, noting the launching of the 104 satellites was a... More »

China Has Deadliest Air Pollution? Maybe Not

India's air pollution is just as bad: study

(Newser) - China has long been the world's worst when it comes to air pollution, but a new study suggests that India's trouble is now on par with China's and poised to exceed it. The study from the Health Effects Institute and Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation finds... More »

Watching Movies in India Just Got Less Physically Taxing

Supreme Court clarifies confusing rule about standing up during anthem

(Newser) - Last year, India's Supreme Court said that movie theaters in the country must play the national anthem before each film, and that audience members must stand while it's being played. On Tuesday, the same court clarified that this does not mean audience members must stand if the national... More »

Cargo Plane, Crane Move 'Heaviest Woman' to India

Egypt's Eman Ahmed Abd El Aty about to undergo extreme weight-loss regimen

(Newser) - It took two months of preparation and could take more than four years of treatment, but doctors are determined to help the person believed to be the world's heaviest woman survive. The Times of India reports that Eman Ahmed Abd El Aty was flown Saturday from her home in... More »

Man Who Got Lost 54 Years Ago Finally Finds Way Home

Wang Qi accidentally crossed the Chinese-Indian border in 1963

(Newser) - In 1963, a 23-year-old surveyor for the Chinese Peoples Liberation Army accidentally crossed the border into India. He remained stuck there for 54 years, making it back to his homeland only last week, reports the BBC . The strange tale of Wang Qi starts with a nighttime stroll away from camp.... More »

Kitten Experiment in 4th-Grade Textbook Outrages Parents

India science primer tells kids to suffocate cats to illustrate how living beings need air

(Newser) - A textbook has sparked outrage in India for instructing fourth-graders to suffocate a kitten to show how living beings need air. The experiment described in the environmental science textbook for 9-year-olds tells the students to place two kittens in separate boxes, one of them without air holes, and wait to... More »

Doctors Find Cockroach Living on Woman's Skull

They removed it—still alive—after nearly 12 hours

(Newser) - Beware, this story is about to get real squicky. The Indian Express reports doctors in India pulled a live cockroach out of a woman's nose this week after it was discovered hanging out on her skull. The 42-year-old woman started suffering pain and a "tingling, crawling sensation" Tuesday... More »

An Ancient Divorce Practice May Be Outlawed in India

Muslim men in India must only say 'talaq' 3 times

(Newser) - After 13 years of marriage to an allegedly abusive husband, a Muslim mother in India is formally protesting how easy it was for him to leave her—he divorced her by writing a letter containing the word "talaq," or divorce, three times, to her parents. "I was... More »

Deadly Brain Illness Blamed on Fruit

Toxin in lychee led to brain inflammation in kids: study

(Newser) - The Muzaffarpur area produces 70% of India's lychee fruit. It's also the site of a mysterious and deadly illness plaguing children in May and June for each of the last 22 years. Researchers now say the two facts go hand in hand. In a Lancet study, they say... More »

From Guy's Mouth, Doc Pulls Longest Tapeworm He's Ever Seen

Picture a clown's endless scarf gag ... but with a tapeworm

(Newser) - If you have anti-nausea medication handy, you might want to grab it. Doctors are telling of a remarkable medical case in which they had to a remove a 6-foot-long tapeworm from a man's gut by pulling it through his mouth. Live Science explains that the 48-year-old patient from India... More »

16 Dead, More Missing in Mine Collapse

Indian officials are running out of hope they'll find the missing miners alive

(Newser) - Sixteen bodies have been recovered after a mine collapsed Thursday in India, and police are losing hope for the remaining seven miners still missing, the AP reports. According to the BBC , the collapse occurred while there were at least 60 people working in the mine. Heavy smog made it impossible... More »

US Tourist Says She Was Gang-Raped in India

4 men have been arrested

(Newser) - Four men have been arrested in India after a US tourist says she was gang-raped but only remembered the assault three months later. The 25-year-old teacher from Pennsylvania claims she was given drugged water in her room at the five-star Park Hotel in New Delhi and then raped by five... More »

1,100-Pound Woman to Leave Home for 1st Time in 25 Years

She's traveling from Egypt to India for risky weight-loss surgery

(Newser) - Eman Ahmed Abd El Aty's family says the 36-year-old Egyptian woman hasn't left her home in 25 years, the BBC reports. Her extreme weight forced her to crawl instead of walk by age 11, and an ensuing stroke left her bedridden. Her family says she weighs more than... More »

3 Weeks After India's Rupee Ban, a 'Day of Rage'

Monday sees scattered protests

(Newser) - A surprise move earlier this month took India's two largest bank notes out of circulation, and on Monday scattered "day of rage" protests cropped up in various cities in response to the measure, the BBC reports. Although the ban on the 500- and 1,000-rupee notes was meant... More »

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