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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 »

Massive Landfill Fire in India Can Be Seen From Space

NASA pic shows how bad toxic Mumbai blaze really is

(Newser) - Residents in Mumbai are posting smog-filled photos on Twitter and dozens of schools have shut down as a fire in the Indian city's largest landfill continues to burn. In fact, the blaze (which Mashable calls a "mystery fire") in the 326-acre Deonar landfill is so big that... More »

Airline Worker Sucked Into Plane Engine

He was standing near plane's nose when pilot turned on engine

(Newser) - You can add being sucked into an airplane engine to the list of ways you'd rather not end up 6 feet under. Airport authorities are investigating the death of a 56-year-old Air India employee who met such a fate at Mumbai's Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport on Wednesday, reports... More »

In Rare Execution, India Hangs Man Tied to Mumbai Bombings

Yakub Memon was executed on 53rd birthday despite public pleas for a stay

(Newser) - The accountant who served as the "middleman" in the 1993 Mumbai bombings that killed more than 250 people and injured more than 700 was hanged this morning—his 53rd birthday—at a prison in India, the New York Times reports. Yakub Memon, who raised funds for the attack, made... More »

In Traffic Jam, Cop Carries Injured Man to Hospital

Mumbai officer hailed as a hero

(Newser) - A Mumbai police officer is getting the hero's treatment for bringing a seriously injured man to the hospital the only way he could: He carried him on his shoulders. As the Mumbai Mirror reports, the man suffered leg and head injuries when he apparently fell from a train. Constable... More »

Disabled Boy Tied to Bus Stop Sparks Outrage

Photos shine spotlight on unpopular issue in India

(Newser) - Lakhan Kale's grandmother would tie him to something on the street before each work day and walk away. That's because 9-year-old Lakhan has cerebral palsy and epilepsy, and no one else in Mumbai, India, would care for him, ABC News reports. Cringing? You're not alone: News photos... More »

4 Convicted in Gang-Rape That Shook Mumbai

3 convicted of 2nd rape at same location

(Newser) - Two months after the August gang-rape of a photojournalist in Mumbai, the New York Times delved into the case, finding that the act had simply grown normal for the five men accused . Something else that will soon grow normal for four of them: prison. A court today found them guilty... More »

For Mumbai Gang Rapists, Act Had Grown 'Routine'

Cops say they raped at least 5 others the same way

(Newser) - The New York Times delves inside the gang rape of a a 23-year-old photojournalist earlier this year, finding the act had simply grown normal for the five men accused. Police say they had committed at least five other rapes in the same spot, all with a similar MO: spotting what... More »

42 Dead in Mumbai Building Collapse

33 pulled out of wreckage alive

(Newser) - The death toll in the collapse of a multi-story residential building in Mumbai, India, yesterday has risen to 42. Another 33 have been pulled from the wreckage alive, though some are seriously injured, reports the BBC . One young girl was found alive after 12 hours under the rubble. Between 83... More »

90 Feared Trapped in Deadly Mumbai Collapse

Death toll stands at 3

(Newser) - A multi-story residential building collapsed in India's financial capital of Mumbai early today, killing at least three people and sending rescuers racing to reach dozens of people feared trapped in the rubble. Relatives of the missing wailed and clung to one another, as heavy machinery lifted the largest slabs... More »

Cops Bust 5 in Gang Rape of Photojournalist

Officials say they've got evidence to prosecute in Mumbai attack

(Newser) - Police today arrested the last of five men wanted in the gang rape of a photojournalist in Mumbai, and said charges would be filed soon in a case that has incensed the public and fueled debate over whether women can be safe in India. The victim, a 22-year-old Indian woman,... More »

Journalist, 23, Gang-Raped During Mumbai Photo Shoot

India protests latest brutal sex assault

(Newser) - As India continues to grapple with the fallout from a string of widely reported sex assaults , including a gang-rape in New Delhi , another horrific attack has occurred, this time in Mumbai. Police say a 23-year-old photojournalist was gang-raped while on the job by five men last night; one arrest has... More »

Apartment Building Collapses in Mumbai

At least one woman has died

(Newser) - Half of a five-story apartment building collapsed in Mumbai today, killing at least one elderly woman and injuring four others, the AFP reports. At least 20 more are believed to be trapped in the rubble. "Rescue operations are on, but they are difficult due to the heavy rain,"... More »

Star's Hanging Stuns Bollywood

Jiah Khan, 25, found in her Mumbai apartment

(Newser) - Bollywood actress Jiah Khan, 25, was found dead at her Mumbai home last night. Her mother discovered her hanging body, according to police, who say they haven't found a suicide note, the BBC reports. A hospital post-mortem is set to investigate the cause of Khan's death, police say.... More »

Building Collapse Kills 41 in Mumbai

More than 50 injured

(Newser) - At least 41 people have been killed after a building collapsed near Mumbai, the AP reports. More than 50 have been injured, and more could be trapped. At least 11 children were dead, officials said, with more than 20 people missing amid rescue efforts. The seven-story building was in the... More »

American Mumbai Plotter Gets 35 Years

David Coleman Headley scouted targets for 2008 hit in India

(Newser) - An American was sentenced today to 35 years in prison for the key role he played in a 2008 terrorist attack on Mumbai that has been called India's 9/11. David Coleman Headley's meticulous scouting missions facilitated the assault by 10 gunmen from a Pakistani-based militant group. The attack... More »

Taliban to India: Return Gunman's Body or Face 'Revenge'

Spokesman: We'll continue Mumbai attacker's 'mission'

(Newser) - The Taliban threatened revenge today unless India returns the body of a Pakistani man executed for his role in the 2008 Mumbai attacks that killed 166 people. A Pakistani Taliban spokesman demanded that Mohammed Ajmal Kasab's body be given back to his family or handed over to the Taliban.... More »

India Hangs Sole Surviving Mumbai Attacker

Pakistani citizen executed for deadly 2008 terrorist assault

(Newser) - The only attacker to be captured alive after the 2008 terrorist assault on Mumbai was executed this morning. Pakistan citizen Ajmal Amir Kasab, one of 10 gunmen whose brazen attack killed 164 people, was hanged in a jail outside the city, the Washington Post reports. His execution, only the third... More »

Millions of Stray Dogs Terrorize India

They bite millions of people each year

(Newser) - The New York Times today looks at India's problem with stray dogs, which the paper describes as a "menace" in its headline. That's putting it mildly. The details are enough to horrify: Tens of millions of strays occupy the country, and they bite millions of people each... More »

Doctors Find 5-Inch Worm Living in Man's Eye

Indian man undergoes 15-minute operation for worm removal

(Newser) - Doctors in India examined a man suffering from eye irritation and found a five-inch worm living inside his eye socket, the Daily Mail reports. PK Krishnamurthy, 75, had taken medication for eye discomfort, but went back to a Mumbai hospital when his eye problems continued. "Mr Krishnamurthy was lucky... More »

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