Mar 22, 2015

India police red-faced after raid on brothels finds colleagues

Police in eastern Indian were left red-faced when a raid in a red-light district discovered four of their own along with a convicted murderer whom they were supposed to be guarding, a report said Sunday. The four constables had been tasked with transporting the ...

Mar 22, 2015

'India's first gun for women' proves a hit — among men

A lightweight revolver launched in the wake of a deadly 2012 gang rape in Delhi and billed as India’s first gun designed for women has proved a hit — but only among men. Sales figures for the “nirbheek,” which means “fearless” in Hindi, show ...

Mar 21, 2015

Paper airplanes, parents help Indian pupils outsmart state exams

Around 600 high school students in eastern India have been expelled for cheating on pressure-packed 10th grade examinations this week, education authorities said Friday. The incident has gotten widespread attention after Indian television footage showed parents and friends of students scaling the outer walls ...

Prayers said across India for elderly nun gang-raped at convent

Mar 15, 2015

Prayers said across India for elderly nun gang-raped at convent

Prayers were said at churches across India on Sunday for an elderly nun who was gang-raped at a convent in an attack that has intensified anger over sexual violence and fueled fears among beleaguered Christians. The attack on the 71-year-old comes just days after ...

Burhanpur: India's crumbling treasure chest

Mar 14, 2015

Burhanpur: India's crumbling treasure chest

by Vijay Joshi

It is no secret that the Taj Mahal is a monument of love, built by a Mogul emperor as the final resting place for his beloved queen who died giving birth to their 14th child in 1631. What’s less known is that the white-marbled ...

Mar 13, 2015

India's growing crisis of democracy

by Chandrahas Choudhury

An ambitious political experiment engineered by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Hindu nationalist party in the border state of Jammu and Kashmir — the only Muslim-majority state in India — threatens to implode within just a few days of its start.

Mar 13, 2015

Fake U.S. tax agents target more than 366,000 in huge scam

Fake U.S. tax agents have targeted more than 366,000 Americans with harassing phone calls demanding payments and threatening jail as part of a huge nationwide tax scam that has cost taxpayers $15.5 million and partly involved call centers in India. More than 3,000 people ...

Solar-powered plane lands in India on second leg of world trip

Mar 11, 2015

Solar-powered plane lands in India on second leg of world trip

A Swiss-made solar powered aircraft landed in western India on Tuesday night, completing the second leg — and its first sea crossing — of its historic round-the-world trip. The Solar Impulse 2 touched down at Ahmadabad airport in Gujarat state about 16 hours after ...

Modi's Indian Ocean tour aimed at muscling out China

Mar 10, 2015

Modi's Indian Ocean tour aimed at muscling out China

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was set to begin a tour of three Indian Ocean countries Tuesday as he seeks to prevent China from establishing a military foothold in a region his nation has dominated for decades. Modi was scheduled to visit Seychelles and ...

Mar 6, 2015

Angry mob lynches rape accused to death in India

A rape suspect was pulled out of a jail and lynched by a mob in northeastern India on Thursday, local reports said, with anger raging over the high rate of sexual violence in the country. The man, who stood accused of raping a woman ...