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Monk Meditates in Tiger Reserve, Gets Killed by Leopard

Not a great choice of locale

(Newser) - A Buddhist monk’s monthlong forest meditation was interrupted in a most horrid way Wednesday in India. Rahul Walke, 35, was meditating under a tree in Maharashtra’s Ramdegi forest, home to a Buddhist temple and a protected tiger reserve, when a leopard attacked, reports the Times of India . A... More »

Daughter of India's Richest Man Plans Star-Packed Wedding

Beyoncé, Hillary Clinton, and Arianna Huffington among Isha Ambani's guests

(Newser) - The daughter of India's richest man is about to say "I do" and she's invited some of America's most recognizable names in business, politics, and entertainment to help her celebrate. Per USA Today , Isha Ambani's guest list includes Beyoncé , Hillary Clinton and Arianna Huffington. The... More »

For 7 Years, She Plotted Her Escape From 'Caged Luxury'

Then UAE princess Latifa Bint Mohammed al-Maktoum was abducted as she tried to flee

(Newser) - "I'm making this video, because it could be the last video I make. Pretty soon, I'm going to be leaving somehow, and I'm not so sure of the outcome, but I'm 99% positive it will work." Those words are from a YouTube video recorded... More »

Cops: Man Had 50 Human Skulls, Bones in His Bag

Indian authorities say the bones were headed to Bhutan

(Newser) - Indian authorities arrested an alleged "corpse smuggler" at a railway station after 34 skeletal remains and 16 human skulls were discovered in his bag, the Telegraph reports. Police tell the Times of India that Sanjay Prasad, 29, was likely taking the remains to Bhutan—a Buddhist kingdom on the... More »

12 Dead After Drinking Tainted Liquor

And 25 are sick, official says

(Newser) - At least 12 people have died from drinking tainted liquor in a village in eastern India, a government official said Thursday, the AP reports. District Magistrate Sumit Gupta said another 25 people were being treated in a hospital in the Nadia district of West Bengal state. Gupta said the deaths... More »

Recovery of Body on Remote Island Deemed Too Risky

Plan is on hold for now, BBC reports

(Newser) - India is giving up attempts to recover John Allen Chau's body from the remote island where the US missionary was killed by tribespeople , at least temporarily. Government officials, including those within law enforcement and tribal welfare, agreed Monday to put the plan on hold to avoid disturbing the protected... More »

Bollywood Star Pays Debts of 1.4K Farmers

They lack 'basic necessities,' says Amitabh Bachchan

(Newser) - Amitabh Bachchan, one of the highest paid actors in Bollywood, briefly mentioned his desire to help farmers after one appeared as a contestant on the Indian version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, which he hosts. And boy, did he follow through. The actor, who's appeared in some... More »

Area of Island Where Remote Tribe Killed Man Is Mapped

But officials aren't ready to retrieve John Allen Chau's body

(Newser) - Police said they have mapped the area of a remote Indian island where tribespeople were seen burying the body of an American adventurer and Christian missionary after allegedly killing him with arrows this month, reports the AP . But before they can even attempt to recover the body of 26-year-old John... More »

What He Thought Would Keep Him Alive: a Football, Fish, and God

More on the final hours of John Allen Chau, killed by hostile Sentinelese

(Newser) - The young American, paddling his kayak toward a remote Indian island whose people have resisted the outside world for thousands of years, believed God was helping him dodge the authorities. "God sheltered me and camouflaged me against the coast guard and the navy," John Allen Chau wrote before... More »

He Yelled: 'Jesus Loves You.' The Remote Tribe Killed Him

More on US missionary John Allen Chau, killed by hostile Sentinelese tribe

(Newser) - Forgiveness is the call of the day from the family of John Allen Chau, the US missionary killed last week by a hostile tribe on India's North Sentinel Island. The BBC reports that the Chau family posted an Instagram photo Wednesday of their "beloved son, brother, uncle, and... More »

US Missionary Meets Grisly End at Hands of Vicious Tribe

Fishermen arrested after 'adventure tourist' reportedly killed by Sentinelese with arrows

(Newser) - The Sentinelese aren't exactly known to be welcoming to visitors, and they've once more lived up to that reputation. The AP and BBC report that the isolated indigenous tribe located on India's North Sentinel Island has apparently killed an American "adventure tourist," with local media... More »

Monkey Snatches Infant From Breastfeeding Mom, Kills Him

Awful news out of India

(Newser) - Locals say Agra, home to the Taj Mahal, has seen an uptick in monkey attacks, and a recent mauling is a most tragic one. The BBC reports a 12-day-old infant has died after a monkey yanked him from his mother's arms while she was breastfeeding him in her home... More »

Tiger That Terrorized India Has Been Killed

T1, or Avni, was killed by famous hunter's son; animal rights advocates are livid

(Newser) - The man-eating tiger that's been on the loose in India is no more. The Guardian reports that T1 (aka Avni), suspected of killing more than a dozen victims in a two-year span, was shot dead Friday in the state of Maharashtra. The supposed sharpshooter who took T1 down: Asghar... More »

World's Tallest Statue Unveiled

India monument is twice as tall as Statue of Liberty

(Newser) - India's prime minister on Wednesday unveiled a towering bronze statue of Sardar Vallabbhai Patel, a key independence leader and the country's first home minister after British colonialists left in 1947. At 597 feet, the statue, built at a cost of $430 million, is the tallest in the world,... More »

Monkeys Kill 72-Year-Old With Shower of Stolen Bricks

The animals collected the weapons and threw them down from a tree

(Newser) - An elderly man is dead after a group of rogue monkeys stoned him to death by raining stolen bricks down from a tree. Per the Times of India , 72-year-old Dharampal Singh was collecting wood in Tikri, Uttar Pradesh, when his assailants began to throw their weapons, which they'd apparently... More »

Train Mows Down Crowd, Killing at Least 60

People were watching fireworks at a festival in northern India

(Newser) - A speeding train ran over a crowd watching fireworks during a religious festival in northern India on Friday evening, killing at least 60 people and injuring dozens more, police said. The train failed to stop after the accident on the outskirts of Amritsar, a city in Punjab state, according to... More »

Plagued by a Man-Eating Tiger, India Has an Odd Idea

Calvin Klein's Obsession cologne may do the trick

(Newser) - Vets with tranquilizer darts, drones, and even a powerful breed of hunting dogs haven't been able to track down and take out a dangerous tiger in India suspected of killing 13. So now, forest rangers near Pandharkawada are turning to a bottle of something they hope will make the... More »

India Legalizes Adultery

Ruling strikes down 158-year-old law

(Newser) - "It is time to say husband is not the master," Dipak Misra, the chief justice of India's top court, says in a ruling striking down the country's adultery law. "Legal sovereignty of one sex over another is wrong." The ruling jettisoning the 158-year-old colonial-era... More »

He Wanted to Charge His Phone. In the Plane's Cockpit

The man on the IndiGo flight was 'offloaded'

(Newser) - It's a story that forces Business Standard to state the obvious: "Passengers are prohibited from entering the cockpit of a commercial flight." But what's obvious to most apparently wasn't to one man "offloaded" from a plane in India on Monday after police and airline... More »

Cops: His Boss Thanked Him With T-Shirt, So He Stole $96K

A tale of an allegedly disgruntled employee in India

(Newser) - It's a pretty extreme case of a disgruntled employee: The Times of India reports 37-year-old Dhan Singh Bisht was arrested last week after allegedly stealing $96,000 from his employer after being miffed about how a previous heroic gesture was rewarded. That employer, Reema Polychem Private Limited in Azadpur,... More »

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