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Alleged Thieves Return Items After 'Scary Dreams’

Idols were taken from a temple in India, but not for long

(Newser) - The 16 statues a group of thieves made off with last week in India ended up being less of a haul and more of a curse, according to the alleged criminals. The AFP reports the idols had been carried off from a centuries-old Hindu temple in Uttar Pradesh that honored...

Man Sued for $650K by Own Parents for Not Having Kids

Sanjeev, Sadhana Prasad want son and his wife to pay up if there's no grandchild within a year

(Newser) - If you're newly married and and have been relentlessly pestered by your parents for grandchildren ever since the "I do's," consider yourselves lucky. In India, one young couple is now the subject of a "highly unusual" lawsuit after the man's parents became miffed they...

Pakistan Suffers Through a 'Spring-Less Year'
Pakistan Suffers Through
a 'Spring-Less Year'
the rundown

Pakistan Suffers Through a 'Spring-Less Year'

India is grappling with extreme heat months ahead of usual as well

(Newser) - "Last week was insanely hot in Turbat. It did not feel like April," a Pakistani man tells the Guardian . If you think "insanely hot" must mean around 100, guess again. The temps in the region were closer to 120 degrees, and it's not even May—the...

The Heat in India Is Becoming Unbearable

Relief from record-breaking heat wave could still be weeks away

(Newser) - A record-breaking heat wave in India and Pakistan is affecting more than a billion people— and the worst is still to come. Reuters reports that the extreme heat making life almost unbearable across a wide swath of the subcontinent this week follows the hottest March since the India Meteorological Department...

Indian Teen's Midnight Routine Goes Viral, Inspires Millions

Pradeep Mehra is humble, inspiring, and very popular with Indian military recruiters

(Newser) - Pradeep Mehra was simply following his routine: a brisk 5-mile midnight run after a 10-hour shift at McDonald's. Filmmaker Vinod Kapri happened to be driving by and "was alarmed at first, worried that the boy was in trouble," according to NPR . It's no wonder, because judging...

India Accidentally Fired a Missile at Pakistan

Says 'technical malfunction' caused missile firing into Punjab province

(Newser) - Tensions between India and Pakistan haven't been too bad over the past few months, but a missile that landed this week in the eastern part of the latter country may have just raised ire again. Per Reuters , India acknowledges the missile originated within its borders, but a statement from...

13 Women, Girls Die While Dancing at Wedding

Slab covering abandoned well collapses in India

(Newser) - Thirteen women and girls died while singing and dancing at a wedding as a concrete slab covering an abandoned village well collapsed under their weight in northern India, an official said Thursday. Ten other villagers were injured as they also fell into the well and were hospitalized in Kushinagar district...

India Has a Bizarre Stock Market Scandal

Former head of largest exchange is accused of being a 'puppet' of a Himalayan yogi

(Newser) - This might be the most unusual financial scandal in a while: The former chief of India's biggest stock exchange is accused of sharing sensitive financial data with a Himalayan yogi and relying on the guru for major decisions, reports the BBC . The Securities and Exchange Board of India leveled...

It Was 35-Below, and They Weren't Used to the Cold

BBC looks into the deaths of family from India who died trying to walk into US from Canada

(Newser) - They were a young family of four from India who froze to death while trying to walk from Canada into the US last month. The BBC digs into the story of the Patel family to try to understand how this came to pass, and one inescapable fact emerges: It was...

Listen to the Voice Recognized by a Billion
Her Voice Was Recognized
by a Billion People

Her Voice Was Recognized by a Billion People

Lata Mangeshkar, legendary Indian singer, dies at 92

(Newser) - Lata Mangeshkar, a legendary Indian singer with a prolific, groundbreaking catalog and a voice recognized by more than a billion people in South Asia, has died at 92. The iconic singer died Sunday morning of multiple organ failure at Breach Candy hospital in Mumbai, per the AP . She was hospitalized...

This Olympian Will Represent His Country Alone

Arif Khan, 31, is sole athlete from India

(Newser) - The US is sending 222 athletes to the 2022 Winter Olympics. India is sending just one. NPR reports 31-year-old skier Arif Khan arrived in Beijing on Tuesday and is scheduled to compete in the slalom and giant slalom events later this week. As long as he manages to stay COVID-free,...

Brothers Separated, Orphaned Find Each Other After 74 Years

Sikka Khan's family was torn apart during India's partition

(Newser) - Sikka Khan's family was torn apart during India's partition in 1947—but after 74 years, he was finally reunited with his brother. When the British departed India in 1947 and drew a new border to divide its former colony, many Muslims fled to Pakistan while many Hindus and...

New Year's Gathering at Shrine Turns Into 'Horrifying Sight'

At least 12 are dead, 15 injured after crowd surge at Hindu shrine in Kashmir

(Newser) - A crowd surge at a popular Hindu shrine in Indian-controlled Kashmir killed at least 12 people and injured 15 others on New Year's Day, officials said. Initial reports suggested an altercation between a group of devotees led to the crush early Saturday at the Mata Vaishno Devi shrine, where...

India Cracks Down on Mother Teresa's Charity

Amid rising anti-Christian sentiment, India bars Missionaries of Charity from foreign funding

(Newser) - On Christmas Day in India came a move that some say is the result of rising anti-Christian sentiment. On Saturday, the Hindu-majority nation refused to renew the license that allowed for funding from abroad for Missionaries of Charity, the group founded by Mother Teresa that runs nun-managed shelters and other...

Victim of Harvard Jobs Scam: 'How Could I Be So Stupid?'

'NYT' digs in to the fraudsters who targeted Nidhi Razdan, others

(Newser) - "How could I be so stupid?" It's the question that repeats in Nidhi Razdan's brain. She's the former NDTV news anchor who in January revealed she had been the victim of a sophisticated scam: one in which she quit her high-profile job to take a position...

Steve Harvey Takes Heat for Miss Universe Question

Host requested that Miss India Harnaaz Sandhu do her best animal impression

(Newser) - If you're vying to become Miss Universe, it's expected you'll have to wear a swimsuit, brag about your accomplishments, and answer some questions. During Sunday's competition in Eilat, Israel, Miss India was instead thrown by a rather unusual request from host Steve Harvey. "I hear...

Man Carries Out Murderous Plot to Fake His Death

Police in India figured it out, arrested him and his wife

(Newser) - An Indian man who was released on parole during the COVID-19 pandemic as part of the country's attempt to avoid overwhelming prisons with coronavirus cases is now accused of trying to fake his own death to avoid going back behind bars. Sudesh Kumar, 36, was accused of killing his...

Head of India's Military Dies in Helicopter Crash

General's wife, 11 others also perish

(Newser) - India's military chief, Gen. Bipin Rawat, and 12 others were killed Wednesday in a helicopter crash in southern Tamil Nadu state, the air force said. It said in a tweet that the helicopter "met with a tragic accident," the AP reports. The dead included Rawat's wife....

Mother Chases Down Leopard To Rescue Son

Predator struck at night in an Indian village

(Newser) - When a little boy was snatched by a leopard in India, his mother wasted no time in getting him back. Armed with nothing but her instincts, officials in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh told CNN the woman chased the animal as it dragged the boy away from their...

He Told His Wife, 'I Will Make a Taj Mahal You Can Live In'

That's exactly what India's Anand Prakash Chouksey has now done

(Newser) - It took 22 years to build India's Taj Mahal, but only three years to build a replica roughly a third of its size, now home to an Indian couple in Burhanpur, Madhya Pradesh. Businessman Anand Prakash Chouksey, 52, says he built the "monument of love" at a cost...

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