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New Law in India May Signal a Fundamental Change

Critics say citizenship legislation undermines nation's policy of secularism

(Newser) - A new citizenship bill is causing mass protests in India, and a big concern of critics is that India is on the path to abandoning its status as a secular nation because of the pro-Hindu policies put forward by the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Coverage:
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Crowd Cheers Police After 4 Rape Suspects Killed

Police in India say they were trying to escape

(Newser) - Indian police on Friday fatally shot and killed four men suspected of raping and killing a woman in southern India, leading some to celebrate their deaths as justice in a case that has sparked protests across the country. The men, who were in police custody and had not been formally... More »

'Lawlessness' as Woman Is Set on Fire in Another Rape Case

23-year-old in India was attacked by men she accused of sexually assaulting her, police say

(Newser) - An Indian woman who accused two men of rape was set on fire—allegedly by those same men—on her way to a court hearing in Uttar Pradesh on Thursday. The 23-year-old, who suffered burns on up to 90% of her body, is now "fighting for her life,"... More »

NASA Finds Moon Lander Crash Site

'Despite the loss, getting that close to the surface was an amazing achievement'

(Newser) - NASA said Tuesday that it has found the debris from India's moon lander, which crashed on the lunar surface in September. The US space agency released a photo showing the site of the lander's impact and the debris field, crediting an Indian engineer for helping locate the site.... More »

Doctors Thought the Kidney Would Be Big—but Not This Big

Surgeons in India pull 16-pound organ out of 56-year-old man with genetic disorder

(Newser) - A human kidney usually weighs no more than a third of a pound. Doctors in India, however, pulled one out of a man that came in at more than 16 pounds—what the BBC notes is the equivalent of a bowling ball or two newborns, and a possible record-breaker. "... More »

5M Masks Handed Out in India—and Not for Halloween

Public health emergency declared over Delhi smog

(Newser) - "Delhi has turned into a gas chamber." So said the Indian capital's chief minister Friday as air pollution reached severe levels. Officials declared a public health emergency and distributed 5 million masks to students and parents at schools across the city in the midst of a public... More »

While Burying His Newborn, He Found Another Buried Alive

Police searching for parents of Indian girl, now in hospital

(Newser) - A man in India was digging a grave for his newborn daughter last week when the impossible happened: He discovered another newborn, who had been buried alive and was still breathing, reports the Guardian . Hitesh Sirohi and his wife were at a remote cemetery in Uttar Pradesh burying their child... More »

Police Say Woman Killed 6 Relatives Over 14 Years

Woman in India was motivated by greed, police say

(Newser) - India has been transfixed by a case involving an alleged serial killer with an incongruous name. Police say Jolly Thomas, 47, has admitted poisoning six relatives with cyanide over a 14-year period, the Guardian reports. She was present at the deaths of all six victims, who had consumed food or... More »

They Were Trying to Take a Selfie, but 4 Ended Up Dead

Teen slips underwater, dragging relatives with him

(Newser) - A horrifying story out of India, where family members trying to take a selfie at a dam ended up slipping into the water, resulting in four deaths. The dead include a 20-year-old newlywed bride and three of her relatives (different outlets report different ages). Her new husband, 25, survived and... More »

India Finds Its Lander on Moon

Vikram still isn't sending a signal

(Newser) - India's orbiter has found the missing Vikram lander on the moon's surface, but controllers have been unable to reestablish contact. The unmanned lander showed up on Chandrayaan-2's cameras Sunday, the Times of India reports; Vikram had gone silent as it attempted to land. The orbiter recorded a... More »

India's Leader Says Attempt at Moon Landing 'Was Worth It'

Controllers lost contact with lunar lander

(Newser) - "We came very close," Prime Minister Narendra Modi told India in an address Saturday after its attempt to safely put a spacecraft on the moon appears to have failed just before landing. "As important as the final result is the journey and the effort," Space.com... More »

Man Has Stroke Hours After 70-Something Wife Has Twins

'It is all in the hands of God,' new dad had said just after girls were born

(Newser) - For years, Mangayamma Yaramati and her husband deeply longed to have children, but they were never able to conceive—and in their village in India's Andhra Pradesh state, that was a dark mark against them. "They would call me a childless lady," the septuagenarian tells the BBC... More »

Indian Moon Mission That Much Closer to Touchdown

The landing module has separated from the orbiter

(Newser) - The landing module of India's unmanned moon mission separated from the orbiter on Monday ahead of its planned touchdown on the moon's south polar region this weekend, the space agency said. All the systems of orbiter and the lander are "healthy," the Indian Space Research Organization... More »

Mass Inside Teen Had Hair, Teeth, and Bone

Indian doctors diagnosed her with 'fetus in fetu'

(Newser) - About that lump in your abdomen—it was likely your unborn twin. So a teenager in India was told after surgeons removed "hairy cheesy material" from her abdomen two years ago, LiveScience reports. More precisely, the mass measuring 14 by 6 by 4 inches contained apparent ribs and vertebrae... More »

Cops: Son Asked for Jaguar, Pushed BMW He Got Into River

A police rep in India says it was reportedly the wrong birthday gift

(Newser) - And you thought your kids were ungrateful. CBS News spotted a mind-boggling story out of India, where a 22-year-old allegedly pushed his new BMW into a river because what he had really wanted for his birthday was a Jaguar. Or, at least, that's what a local police rep tells... More »

Uproar in Kashmir After India Takes 'Illegal Steps'

PM Narendra Modi revokes special status, cuts internet and phone services in restive region

(Newser) - India's government revoked disputed Kashmir's special status with a presidential order Monday as thousands of newly deployed troops arrived and internet and phone services were cut in the restive Himalayan region where most people oppose Indian rule. Home Minister Amit Shah announced the revocation amid an uproar in... More »

In Boy's Mouth: 526 Teeth, Like 'Pearls in an Oyster'

The 7-year-old in India now has a regular amount

(Newser) - A 7-year-old boy in India currently has 21 teeth. He used to have a whole lot more—another 526. The odd case began when the boy sought treatment for pain and swelling in his lower right jaw. An X-ray showed a teeth-filled sac, which one surgeon likened to a "... More »

India Is Banning 'Instant Divorce' for Muslims

Men had been allowed to end marriages by saying 'Divorce' three times

(Newser) - Indian lawmakers have approved a bill to end the Muslim practice of instant divorce, two years after the country's Supreme Court ruled that it violated the constitutional rights of Muslim women. Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said the bill's approval by the upper house of Parliament reflects the... More »

Founder of India's 'Starbucks' Found Dead in River

VG Siddhartha disappeared near bridge

(Newser) - Fishermen found the body of an Indian coffee shop chain owner in a river on Wednesday, two days after he disappeared , police said. The body of Cafe Coffee Day founder VG Siddhartha has been identified, police Commissioner Sandeep Patel said. He didn't give other details. An autopsy was being... More »

Man Who Founded India's Top Coffee Chain Is Missing

VG Siddhartha was last seen on a bridge Monday night

(Newser) - Café Coffee Day is to India what Starbucks is to America, making the disappearance of the company's founder major news. The Wall Street Journal reports the last known sighting of VG Siddhartha was Monday night after he reportedly parted ways with his driver near a bridge over the Netravati... More »

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