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Official Fined for Draining Reservoir to Find Phone

State irrigation department in India orders Rajesh Vishwas to pay for wasted water

(Newser) - An official in India who drained a reservoir to search for his lost phone has to pay for the water as well as a new phone. Food inspector Rajesh Vishwas, who retrieved his $1,200 Samsung device but found it was unusable, has been fined the equivalent of around $640...

One of India's Precious Cheetahs Dies in Mating Attempt

3 of the creatures have now died

(Newser) - India's quest to repopulate its land with cheetahs has hit another snag. As CNN reported last month, the country's reintroduction program brought 20 cheetahs from Africa to India as part of an intercontinental effort to revive the big cat population there. But as the New York Times reports,...

Ex-Politician Being Taken From Jail to Hospital Fatally Shot

Ex-Indian lawmaker, alleged mobster Atiq Ahmed, brother were fatally shot Saturday in Uttar Pradesh

(Newser) - A former lawmaker in India, also a convicted criminal who was allegedly a bigwig in a local criminal organization, was shot dead, along with his brother, on live TV over the weekend as they were being escorted by cops to the hospital for a routine checkup. Per Reuters , gunfire rang...

India Milestone Is a 'Big Moment in Human History'

Nation is about to overtake China as most populous nation, if it hasn't already

(Newser) - India will surpass China's population this month. Or maybe in July. Or, perhaps it's happened already? Demographers are unsure exactly when India will take the title as the most populous nation in the world because they're relying on estimates to make their best guess. But they know...

Nasty Plant Fungus Jumps to Human in a First

Indian man fully recovered after silver leaf infection, which is not fully understood

(Newser) - Chondrostereum purpureum is a killer in the world of plants. Better known as silver leaf, the fungus infects woody brush, turning leaves silver as it separates their layers, and is a particular pain for rose growers. It also became a major pain for an Indian man, who's become the...

35 Bodies Found in Well After Temple Collapse

Authorities in India say weight of crowd caused cover to collapse

(Newser) - Thirty-five bodies have been found inside a well at a Hindu temple in central India after dozens of people fell into the muddy water when the well’s cover collapsed, officials said Friday. Video of Thursday’s collapse at the temple complex in Indore in Madhya Pradesh state showed chaos...

India Cuts Internet to Entire State
India Cuts Internet
to Entire State

India Cuts Internet to Entire State

Punjab loses service amid manhunt for Sikh preacher

(Newser) - India has cut off internet and SMS service to the entire state of Punjab, affecting almot 30 million people, as authorities search for a radical Sikh preacher. The shutdown imposed Saturday was supposed to expire Monday but it was extended for at least 24 hours, paralyzing businesses, colleges, and digital...

It's a Holy Place —and It's Sinking
It's a Holy Place
—and It's Sinking

It's a Holy Place —and It's Sinking

Environmentalist: What looks like development in Joshimath, India, 'is actually devastation'

(Newser) - For months, the roughly 20,000 residents of the holy town of Joshimath, burrowed in the Himalayas and revered by Hindu and Sikh pilgrims, have watched the earth slowly swallow their community. Multistoried hotels slumped to one side; cracked roads gaped open. More than 860 homes were uninhabitable, splayed by...

Tech Company Tells Workers Daily: 'Please Go Home'

Company in India is pushing back against culture of overwork

(Newser) - A tech start-up in India is battling the culture of overwork by giving employees a daily reminder to go home when their working hours are over. Shortly before workers' shifts end at SoftGrid Computers, a message on their computers comes up saying, "Your shift time is over. The office...

Camilla Won't Wear Controversial Crown at Coronation

The Kohinoor will stay out of the spotlight

(Newser) - A potential diplomatic row has been avoided. The BBC reports Camilla, queen consort, will not wear the crown containing the Kohinoor (or Koh-i-Noor) diamond—which India has argued it should have ownership of—when she is crowned alongside King Charles III in May. That diamond is part of the crown...

India Declares Feb. 14 'Cow Hug Day'

Government says 'dazzle of western civilization' is eroding Hindu traditions

(Newser) - India's Hindu nationalist government is urging the country's 1.4 billion people to turn their backs on Valentine's Day and hug a cow on February 14 instead. In a statement issued earlier this month announcing "Cow Hug Day," India's government-run Animal Welfare Board said...

Billionaire's 413-Page Rebuttal Doesn't Help

Stock rout of Gautam Adani's business empire in India continues amid allegations of fraud

(Newser) - India's richest man continues to become less rich by the day as he confronts allegations of fraud related to his business empire. Gautam Adani's Adani Group issued a 413-page rebuttal to the accusations raised by the US firm Hindenburg Research . The latter accused Adani, one of the richest...

India's Richest Man Accused of Epic Con
Is It 'the Largest Con
in Corporate History'?
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Is It 'the Largest Con in Corporate History'?

US research firm goes after India's richest man, Gautam Adani, and his business empire

(Newser) - Gautam Adani may not be a household name in the US, but the billionaire is the richest man in India and one of the richest in the world. However, Adani and his Adani Group are now embroiled in a nasty public fight with a US research group that accuses him...

Police Shut Down Showings of Documentary on Modi

BBC film examines leader's role in fatal riots in 2002

(Newser) - Police in India forcefully prevented university screenings of a documentary about Prime Minister Narendra Modi, locking campus gates, detaining students, and shutting off electricity and internet access. The BBC film India: The Modi Question, looks at religious riots in the state of Gujarat in 2002, when Modi was chief minister...

6 Killed by Razor-Sharp Kite String During Festival

Victims include 3 children, Indian authorities say

(Newser) - Razor-sharp kite string killed at least six people, including three children, during the annual kite-flying festival in India's Gujarat state, authorities say. At least 176 others were injured, many in falls from rooftops, during the Uttarkand festival, which marks the end of winter, LBC reports. Authorities say the six...

Her Kids Had No Food. Her Request for Help Snowballed

An uplifting story out of India

(Newser) - A woman's moment of desperation turned into her moment of good fortune. The BBC reports on the overflow of financial support an Indian widow has experienced this month. The 46-year-old, identified as Subhadra, lost her husband in August. She has three sons, the youngest of which has cerebral palsy,...

India: Chinese Troops Just 'Tried to Change the Status Quo'

Soldiers clash along contested 'Line of Actual Control' between 2 nations; minor injuries reported

(Newser) - Soldiers from India and China clashed last week along their disputed border, India's defense minister said Tuesday, in the latest violence along the contested frontier since June 2020, when troops from both countries engaged in a deadly brawl. Rajnath Singh, who addressed lawmakers in Parliament, said Friday's encounter...

Crews Search for Survivors of Bridge Collapse
Death Toll in
Bridge Collapse Hits 132

Death Toll in Bridge Collapse Hits 132

Many more were injured in India tragedy

(Newser) - Update: The death toll in India's bridge collapse has risen to at least 132, the AP reports. Authorities said the century-old cable suspension pedestrian bridge collapsed because it could not handle the weight of the large crowd, as the Hindu festival season drew hundreds of people to the recently...

China, India Sound Unhappy With New Russian Move

Major Putin allies call for de-escalation in Ukraine after latest strikes

(Newser) - Vladimir Putin may be a pariah in the West because of his invasion of Ukraine, but two powerful allies have steered clear of publicly condemning the war since it began: China and India. However, both nations used diplomatic-speak on Monday to call for a de-escalation and to signal they're...

Dozens of Trainee Mountaineers Dead or Missing in Avalanche

Avalanche hit group of 34 trainees, 7 instructors in Indian Himalayas

(Newser) - The Indian Air Force has joined search and rescue efforts in the Himalayas, where at least 10 people were killed in an avalanche Tuesday and dozens more are missing. Authorities say the avalanche hit a group of 34 trainee mountaineers and seven instructors on Mount Draupadi ka Danda II in...

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