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They Tested Positive for COVID. Monkeys Stole Their Blood

Official ambushed at medical college in India with samples from coronavirus patients

(Newser) - There's way too much going on in the world right now, but the monkeys in India apparently don't care. Reuters reports a "troop" of them attacked an official walking on the campus of a state-run medical college in Uttar Pradesh's Meerut and swiped blood samples of... More »

Delhi Braces for an Invasion: 'Make Noise' and 'Don't Panic'

Locusts are out in huge numbers, earlier than usual

(Newser) - Hungry locusts are causing widespread devastation to crops in India and Pakistan, and they might have their sights set on a more unusual target: the densely packed city of Delhi. A change in the wind might spare the city in the coming days, reports the Guardian , but if not, residents... More »

2.6M Forced to Flee Super-Cyclone —in a Pandemic

Amphan makes landfall around India-Bangladesh border

(Newser) - A process is underway to move 2.6 million people from isolation to shelters in India and Bangladesh with a super-cyclone making landfall. Amphan, the first super-cyclone in the Bay of Bengal since 1999, has already claimed one life as it plowed into the India-Bangladesh border on Wednesday morning. A... More »

Massive Cyclone Is Bearing Down on 2 Nations

Amphan, headed toward India and Bangladesh, is 2nd super cyclone ever to form over Bay of Bengal

(Newser) - A powerful cyclone was moving toward India and Bangladesh on Tuesday as authorities tried to evacuate millions of people while maintaining social distancing. Cyclone Amphan is expected to make landfall on Wednesday afternoon, and forecasters warned of extensive damage from high winds, heavy rainfall, tidal waves, and some flooding in... More »

After a 22-Mile Walk, They Sat Down, Were Killed by Train

Authorities in India say workers fell asleep on the tracks

(Newser) - A train in India on Friday plowed through a group of migrant workers who fell asleep on the tracks after walking back home from a coronavirus lockdown, killing 15, the Railways Ministry said. The driver of the cargo train tried but failed to stop in time, the ministry tweeted. The... More »

Thousands Flee Deadly Chemical Plant Leak

8 dead, 1K sickened near India factory

(Newser) - A chemical gas leaked from an industrial plant in southern India early Thursday, leaving people struggling to breathe and collapsing in the streets as they tried to flee. At least eight people were killed and nearly 1,000 suffered breathing difficulties and other reactions, the AP reports. The synthetic chemical... More »

India's COVID-19 Death Rate Is a Mystery, Experts Say

Fewer than 1K out of 1.3B people have died

(Newser) - With its crowded cities and overburdened health care system, authorities feared the coronavirus pandemic would hit India like a sledgehammer. So far, that hasn't happened, but authorities aren't entirely sure why. With a population of 1.3 billion, the country has now recorded just over 29,000 COVID-19... More »

After Lockdown, Broke Tourists Spend 25 Days in Cave

They were stranded in northern India

(Newser) - A group of backpackers whose travel plans were thrown into disarray by India's nationwide lockdown ended up living in a cave for 25 days after running out of money, police say. The four men and two women were found in a cave near the popular tourist destination of Rishikesh... More »

The Largest Lockdown in the World Just Got Extended

India extends lockdown to May 3

(Newser) - India’s prime minister on Tuesday announced the extension of the country’s lockdown for 1.3 billion people until May 3, but said there may be some easing in restrictions in people’s movement after one week to help poor daily wage earners and those working in agriculture sector,... More »

Amid Lockdown, Residents Gasp at Unexpected Sight

People in India say they can see Himalayas for first time in decades

(Newser) - On a clear day you can see forever—or, suddenly, the Himalayas, if you're a resident of northern India. The world's biggest lockdown due to the coronavirus started in India at the end of March, and everyone staying home in the nation of 1.3 billion people seems... More »

Welcome to the World of Coronavirus Shaming

For Bella Lamilla's loved ones, grief is compounded by people's intolerance

(Newser) - Bella Lamilla was hospitalized in terrible shape, but did she know what others were saying? One hopes not. "It was ugly," says her great-nephew. "It hurt a lot." That's because Lamilla, Ecuador's "patient zero," was ripped apart on social media for contracting... More »

World's Biggest Democracy Goes Into Lockdown

But in China, restrictions are being lifted

(Newser) - The world's largest democracy went under the world's biggest lockdown Wednesday, with India's 1.3 billion people ordered to stay home in a bid to stop the coronavirus pandemic. India's unprecedented move is aimed at keeping the virus from spreading and overwhelming its fragile health care... More »

World's Biggest Lockdown Is Going Into Place

India will try to keep 1.3B people at home

(Newser) - The most ambitious national lockdown yet goes into effect at midnight in India. Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the nation of 1.3 billion on Tuesday and declared that a 21-day shutdown was about to start, reports Bloomberg . India already had effectively shut down major cities because of the coronavirus,... More »

India Hangs 4 Men for Gang Rape That Stunned Country

Victim died 2 weeks after 2012 bus rape

(Newser) - Four men sentenced to death for the gruesome gang rape and murder of a woman on a New Delhi bus in 2012 were hanged Friday, concluding a case that exposed the scope of sexual violence against women in India and prompted horrified Indians to demand swift justice. The men were... More »

New Delhi Burns Amid Worst Riots in Decades

At least 20 killed as Hindus, Muslims clash

(Newser) - At least 20 people in New Delhi, including one police officer, have been killed in three days of clashes between Hindus and Muslims coinciding with President Trump's visit to India. Authorities say nearly 200 people have been injured and the death toll is expected to rise as hospitals continue... More »

Trump, Familiar Foe Go At It in India

President, CNN's Jim Acosta spar in front of the world during news conference

(Newser) - Different continent, familiar result. President Trump's news conference in India on Tuesday featured a one-on-one spat with Jim Acosta of CNN, reports Mediaite . The two have sparred before , and Acosta even once temporarily lost his White House press pass. On Tuesday, Acosta asked Trump if he would pledge that... More »

Trump Greets His Largest Crowd Ever

100K packed stadium during India visit

(Newser) - Basking in adulation from a massive, colorful crowd, President Trump and India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi lavished each other with praise Monday in a reaffirmation of US-India ties as the subcontinent poured on the pageantry. More than 100,000 people packed into the world's largest cricket stadium in... More »

On This Trip, Trump Expects a King's Welcome

The president flies off to India

(Newser) - It was the Trumpiest of offers: A rally at one of the world's largest stadiums. President Trump's packed two-day visit to India promises the kind of welcome that has eluded him on many foreign trips, some of which have featured massive protests and icy handshakes from world leaders,... More »

Nation Makes Stunning Gold Find. Or Does It?

Reports out of India are a little confusing

(Newser) - India has hit a gold motherlode of over 3,000 tons across multiple mines, worth about $167 billion—or it hasn't. Take your pick, based on the media report. The Deccan Herald and Hindustan Times are among outlets reporting that the Geological Survey of India (GSI), a federal mining... More »

Some Displeasure After Wall Is Built Before Trump Visit

Residents of the India slum behind the wall aren't happy about it

(Newser) - A 1,640-foot brick wall has been hastily erected in India's Gujarat state ahead of a visit by President Trump, with critics saying it was built to block the view of a slum area inhabited by more than 2,000 people. Trump is visiting the city of Ahmedabad in... More »

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