Category Archives: India / Pakistan

How a Prepared India Saved Lives During Phailin

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Author: Nita Bhalla

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As meteorologists warned last week of a monster storm ploughing towards India's east coast, the country's disaster preparedness teams snapped into action, pre-positioning emergency response teams and supplies, and evacuating nearly a million people - ultimately saving countless lives. The impressive show of disaster preparedness is thanks in large part...

Footprints in Rock Evidence of Ancient People From Sky?

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Author: Venus Upadhayaya

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A quaint village in central India has fueled some Facebook discussion on ancient foot prints and an engraved image of a mysterious flying object. In Piska Nagri village, on the outskirts of Ranchi City in Jharkahnd State, geologist Nitish Priyadarshi has been studying large footprints that, according to local lore,...

Smile, Work and Die

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Author: Alexander Reed Kelly

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The 300-plus people killed in the collapse of a garment factory in Bangladesh this week were not lost to an accident, but are among the many unnecessary victims of predatory, globalized capitalism, argues Vijay Prashad, a professor of South Asian history and the director of international studies at Trinity College...

Millions of Indians Facing Worst Drought in Decades

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Author: SpaceDaily / Video

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Millions of people in western India are suffering their worst drought in more than four decades, with critics blaming official ineptitude and corruption for exacerbating the natural water shortage. Central areas of Maharashtra state, of which Mumbai is the capital, are facing a water shortage worse than the severe drought...

Fragments of Continents Hidden Under Lava in Indian Ocean

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The islands Reunion and Mauritius, both well-known tourist destinations, are hiding a micro-continent, which has now been discovered. The continent fragment known as Mauritia detached about 60 million years ago while Madagascar and India drifted apart, and had been hidden under huge masses of lava. Such micro-continents in the oceans...

David Cameron to Press India over Eurofighter Jet Sales

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Author: Nicholas Watt

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David Cameron is to press the case of the British-backed Eurofighter Typhoons during a visit to India next week, amid hopes that New Delhi's plans to buy a rival French jet in a $14bn (£9bn) deal may collapse. Amid signs that the prime minister's trip could be overshadowed by a row over a...

UFOs Sighted Above World’s Largest Oil Refinery In India

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Author: Amitav Ranjan

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One evening a little over a fortnight ago, a mysterious illuminated object appeared without warning in the dark sky above the world's largest oil refinery in Jamnagar, Gujarat. It circled over the complex before disappearing just as suddenly as it had appeared. Three days later, the object returned, this time...

After Delhi Rape, Women Turn to Martial Arts

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Author: Preetika Rana

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Arko Chatterjee, a 14-year-old national karate champion, has, for over six years, urged his elder sister to sign up for martial arts classes. But his 17-year-old sister routinely turned down his requests, dismissing martial arts as a sport “too manly” for her liking, he said. Last month, however, Sneha Chatterjee...

Have India’s Poor Become Human Guinea Pigs?

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Author: Sue Lloyd-Roberts

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Drug companies are facing mounting pressure to investigate reports that new medicines are being tested on some of the poorest people in India without their knowledge. "We were surprised," Nitu Sodey recalls about taking her mother-in-law Chandrakala Bai to Maharaja Yeshwantrao Hospital in Indore in May 2009. "We are low-caste...

India’s Plague, Trash, Drowns Its Garden City During Strike

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Author: Gardiner Harris

Outside Bangalore’s last official landfill, the garbage trucks regularly lined up here for hours, their burdens putrefying in the afternoon sun. A stinking mountain of trash, the landfill has been poisoning local waters and sickening nearby villagers. Another dump site was in even worse shape before it was closed recently...

The Suicide That Exposed a Tycoon’s Empire in Crisis

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Author: Andrew Buncombe

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For the family and friends of Sushmita Chakraborty it was a private tragedy played out in their yellow-painted apartment on the southern edge of Delhi. For the rest of India it was insight into how enduring financial troubles at a once-soaring company can have the most devastating consequences for its...

Major Power Outage Hits Northern Indian Cities / Metro Services

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The electricity grid across northern India failed Monday, leaving hundreds of millions of people without electricity in one of the worst power failures of the past decade, officials said. Hundreds of trains, including New Delhi's massive Metro, were forced to a halt and hospitals shifted to generator power when the country's northern gridcrashed about 2:30 a.m. because it...