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169 Restaurants Look, Taste Like McDonald's. They Aren't

McDonald's Indian partner refuses to close franchises

(Newser) - McDonald's has an unusual problem in India: It recently severed ties with a partner that helped bring the Golden Arches to the nation, but now that company refuses to stop selling McDonald's food under the McDonald's name. In all, about 170 restaurants have "gone rogue,"... More »

Zookeeper Mauled to Death by Tiger Cubs

It's not the first attack on a worker at the zoo in India

(Newser) - A pair of white tiger cubs in India fatally mauled a zookeeper who had been on the job for only a week, the Times of India reports. The keeper, who goes by just Anji, 41, was pinned by the cubs on Saturday after entering their enclosure. He was herding the... More »

Indian Judge in Rape Case: 'No' Doesn't Always Mean No

Judge overturns rape conviction

(Newser) - An Indian film director who was convicted of raping an American postgraduate student has had his conviction overturned after an Indian judge found that "a feeble no may mean a yes." Justice Ashutosh Kumar made his ruling Monday, noting that a weak no is especially indicative of a... More »

Indian Lawmaker: Jail Couples Over PDAs

Member of parliament says 'vulgar' displays should be outlawed

(Newser) - There's not being a fan of PDAs, and then there's this guy: A lawmaker in India wants overly affectionate couples jailed. Sakshi Maharaj, a member of parliament, complained to reporters about seeing too many gropey couples out in public, reports the Times of India . "They hug each... More »

Earliest Known Use of Zero Found by Farmer in Pakistan

The Bakhshali manuscript dates to the 3rd or 4th century

(Newser) - When it comes to mathematics, zero is not nothing. And thanks to new research and some carbon dating, we now know "zero" as we know it was invented a whole lot earlier than we thought. "Today we take it for granted that the concept of zero is used... More »

Unforeseen Twist in Case of 10-Year-Old Rape Victim

DNA shows newborn is not child of uncle who allegedly raped girl

(Newser) - An unforeseen twist in a highly publicized case that had seemed to be at its end: The DNA results show that a 10-year-old girl in India—who was pregnant via rape, not permitted to abort , and in August gave birth —was not impregnated by her uncle, as has been... More »

Cops: Couple Flew 8K Miles to Beat Son's Wife in Florida

Police say Silky Gaind was found covered in bruises

(Newser) - Police in Florida say a couple from Punjab, India, flew what the BBC reports was 8,000 miles to Florida in order to help their son "counsel and discipline" his wife. The woman, Silky Gaind, was allegedly held captive—along with her 1-year-old daughter—and beaten by the trio.... More »

An Industrial Neighborhood's Newest Residents: Blue Dogs

Local officials think their cyan-hued fur is from untreated waste in Kasadi River

(Newser) - A strange phenomenon in an Indian industrial district has put a factory on thin ice and a bunch of canines in the bathtub. A report in the Hindustan Times posted in mid-August noted that dogs with bright-blue fur had been spotted roaming in Navi Mumbai's Taloja area. After initial... More »

Wife Can Dump Hubby Who Won't Install Toilet: Judge

Forcing Indian woman to defecate outside after dark is a form of torture, court finds

(Newser) - An Indian woman can divorce her husband because he refused to install a toilet in their home, the BBC reports, with a judge in the northwestern state of Rajasthan finding on Friday that forced outdoor defecation is a form of torture and that the woman, who is in her 20s,... More »

Indian Rape Victim, 10, Gives Birth Without Knowing It

Girl's parents told her the bulge in her stomach was a stone

(Newser) - A 10-year-old rape victim in India has given birth, though the BBC reports she is unaware of that fact. The girl's case grabbed headlines after it reached as high as the Indian Supreme Court, which in July denied her family's request for an abortion. While the court battles... More »

Did 60 Children Die Because of an Unpaid Bill?

That's the allegation against a hospital in India's Uttar Pradesh state

(Newser) - In a five-day span at a single hospital in India, 60 children have died, 34 of them infants. The rash of deaths, which the Independent reports began last Monday, has led to the suspension of the head of the hospital in Uttar Pradesh state, and it's also spurred a... More »

Indian Women Post Night Pics After 'Regressive' Remarks

The #AintNoCinderella hashtag means they'll stay out as late as they like

(Newser) - If you want to help Indian women stay safe, one overture that won't be embraced is giving them a curfew. That's what one politician has discovered after his remarks following what one woman says was her near-kidnapping. Per the BBC , DJ Varnika Kundu was driving home Friday night... More »

'State Bank of Tomato' Political Stunt Takes Off in India

It was meant to protest rising costs ... then people began lining up

(Newser) - In a move to protest skyrocketing tomato prices in India, the Indian National Congress political party launched the “State Bank of Tomato,” a parody bank taking fruit deposits and distributing loans. But the political stunt by the youth wing of the opposition party has gained traction in Uttar... More »

Indian Boxer Offers Belt in Return for Peace With China

Indian and Chinese boxers squared off in the midst of a territorial dispute

(Newser) - A boxing ring may be a place of violence, but on Saturday night Indian champion Vijender Singh used one to make a plea for peace. Singh, a former Olympian and current WBO Asia Pacific super middleweight champion, defeated Zulpikar Maimaitiali of China to become the new WBO Oriental super middleweight... More »

2 Nations With Nukes in Armed Standoff Over Mountain Road

China and India fought over the same area in 1962

(Newser) - China and India are in the midst of a potentially volatile border dispute centering on just 34 square miles and an unpaved road. Last month, Indian troops confronted Chinese workers trying to extend a road in a contested area known as the Doklam Plateau at the point where China, India,... More »

Indian Court: 10-Year-Old Rape Victim Can't Get Abortion

The girl is 26 weeks pregnant

(Newser) - A 10-year-old rape survivor in India has been denied an abortion, despite the fact that giving birth is risky at such a young age, the Times of India reports. Medical termination of pregnancy is allowed up to 20 weeks gestation, though exceptions are allowed if the mother's health is... More »

India's New President Is an 'Untouchable'

Ram Nath Kovind is a member of lower-caste Dalit community

(Newser) - Members of the low-caste Dalit community in India were once known as "untouchables." How times have changed: Two just competed against each other for the largely ceremonial office of president, and 71-year-old Ram Nath Kovind came out on top, reports CNN . In India, the real power is with... More »

Mother Teresa's Famous Sari Is Now Trademarked

Her mission in India has the rights to the blue-bordered design

(Newser) - The nuns who belong to Mother Teresa's order were willing to forgive and forget groups taking advantage of their late matriarch's image. Their lawyer? Not so much. And that's why the Missionaries of Charity in India now owns the trademark to the saint's famous blue-bordered sari,... More »

Court: Frozen Guru's Followers Can Wait for Him to Wake

They insist Ashutosh Maharaj is meditating, but son wants to bury him

(Newser) - Good news for followers of an Indian guru who fought to keep his body on ice: A court on Wednesday ruled that the remains of Ashutosh Maharaj can remain in a freezer, Agence-France Press reports. Punjabi followers of Maharaj dispute the idea that he died of a heart attack in... More »

'Complicated Tone' Behind Trump, Modi Meeting

'Elephant in the room' between US, India: immigration and H-1B visa program

(Newser) - President Trump meets Indian PM Narendra Modi for the first time on Monday, and the world is watching the two politicians with striking similarities. MSNBC notes the "elephant in the room" is immigration, specifically regarding the H-1B visa program that allows Indian IT experts to make their way to... More »

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