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How will Delhi’s ‘odd-even’ car rationing work?

The BBC’s Geeta Pandey in Delhi explains how the “odd-even” car rationing experiment will work in the Indian capital.

Plane turns back after rat spotted

A plane travelling from Mumbai to London was forced to turn back mid-flight after a rat was spotted on board, local media report.

‘Deep flaws’ in Facebook’s India plan

A group of leading Indian academics criticise Facebook’s controversial Free Basics internet plan, saying it has “deep flaws”.

Two arrested over Pune rape

Two men are held in connection with the rape of a woman in the campus of tech giant Infosys in the western city of Pune.

‘Racy’ China Tagore translation pulled

A Chinese publisher removes a translation of Indian poet Rabindarath Tagore’s works from sale after criticism that its content is too racy.

India court upholds Kerala alcohol ban

India’s Supreme Court upholds the Kerala state government’s decision to ban the sale and consumption of alcohol in bars.

Remembering Omar Sharif, Batgirl and Yogi Bear’s namesake

Omar Sharif, Batgirl, APJ Kalam and Charles Correa

Congress periodical criticises Nehru

A periodical published by India’s main opposition Congress party criticises the country’s first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, for his foreign policy moves.

A music festival on the India-China border

How musicians braved cold weather and bad roads to perform at a musical festival in Arunachal Pradesh.

Winter has come: Mumbaikars shocked with 11.4 degree Celsius

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Today, Mumbai recorded minimum temperature of 11.4 degrees Celsius, which was six degrees below the normal for the month of December.

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The country’s financial capital has been witnessing lower than normal average temperatures for the last three days, an unusual phenomenon since a decade, a Regional Meteorology Centre official said on Thursday. Today, Mumbai recorded minimum temperature of 11.4 degrees Celsius, which was six degrees below the normal for the month of December. The minimum usually is 17 degrees Celsius at this time of the year. “This was the second lowest minimum temperature recorded during the last ten years,” the official said, adding that the lowest temperature in the month of December in Mumbai was recorded in 1949 when it touched 10.6 degrees Celsius. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Attributing the present chill to the cold northerly winds, the official said, these winds are reaching upto the north coastal Maharashtra from across Rajasthan and Gujarat and thus leading to drop in the minimum temperatures in all these areas. The maximum temperatures too have witnessed a slight dip in the city, the official said, adding that this cold spell would continue till the wind patterns do not change.

Thane: Kalyan balloon vendor killed in cylinder blast, 7 students injured

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At least seven children sustained injuries in the incident. Police and fire brigade personnel rushed to the spot and the injured have been admitted to a nearby hospital, they said.

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A balloon seller on Saturday died and seven students were injured after a cylinder used for filling gas in balloons exploded at a school in Kalyan town here, police said. The management of Arya Gurukul School, where the incident occurred, had hired the balloon seller for the annual sports day, they said. “The man was filling the balloons with gas when suddenly the cylinder exploded this afternoon. The impact was so powerful that the victim was blown away in the blast and died on the spot,” police spokesperson Gajanan Kabdule said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>At least seven children sustained injuries in the incident. Police and fire brigade personnel rushed to the spot and the injured have been admitted to a nearby hospital, they said. The deceased was yet to be identified, police said. Further details are awaited.

When APJ Abdul Kalam ‘came to life’ in chocolate form

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It has been installed by Puducherry’s chocolate boutique “Zuka” at its premises here and has been attracting a large number of people.

Model of Kalam made in chocolate

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Displaying the skill of sculpting delicate images, a chocolate boutique here has made a five feet 11 inches model of former President Dr A P J Abdul Kalam in edible chocolate.The chocolate model of the missile man, weighing about 400 kg, is not for sale. It has been installed by Puducherry’s chocolate boutique “Zuka” at its premises here and has been attracting a large number of people.Srinath Balachandran, owner of the chocolate shop, said, “It took about 180 hours for him and chef Rajendran Thankarasu to make the chocolate image in a phased manner taking into account the various fine aspects and using edible chocolate materials. It would be on display till the first week of January.””It is our tribute to the former President. It was a virtual challenge for making the image in standing posture. However, the joy of doing the work was immense and thrilling”, he said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Srinath said Zuka created the life size statue of Kalam to celebrate the annual festival of the shop after conducting a survey to enlist the suggestion from various sections through Facebook. He said that most of the respondents voted that the shop make a chocolate statue of Abdul Kalam and this expectation had been translated into reality now.He said that on earlier occasions, chocolate images of Mahatma Gandhi, the statue of Liberty, Mickey Mouse, a vintage train and musical instruments were made. “Through such works we want to showcase Puducherry to outside the Union Territory and also to the world at large”, he said.Asserting that these images were not meant for sale, Srinath said managements of a number of schools have started fixing up times to bring their children to the shop to enable the kids to see the chocolate image of Kalam.Asked whether there was any plan to set up any museum to preserve the unique products, Srinath said that “it is indeed a dream and all logistical features would have to be considered”.

Car rationing to curb Delhi pollution

The local government in the Indian capital announces major restrictions on private cars to curb “alarming levels” of pollution.

New Delhi: 15-year-old daughter of IFS officer found hanging; suicide suspected

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The police, however, did not find any suicide note in the house.
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A 15-year-old daughter of an IFS officer, allegedly hanged herself at her home in New Delhi’s Pandara Road on Wednesday. The incident took place around 12.15 PM following which a police team from Tilak Marg police station rushed to the spot.The police, however, did not find any suicide note in the house, said a police official. The girl was a student of class 11 and her mother is an IFS officer. She hanged herself with a long cloth from the ceiling fan in her room. The cause behind her taking the extreme step could not be ascertained yet, said the official.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”An inquest has been initiated as per provisions of the CrPC,” said DCP (New Delhi) Jatin Narwal.A police official added that the police are questioning the girl’s relatives and friends for crucial leads and her personal phone is also likely to be sent to the forensic department.

India puts the brakes on Facebook

India’s telecoms regulator has put Facebook’s “free mobile data” scheme on hold following claims it breaches net neutrality principles.

India artist arrested over wife murder

Indian artist Chintan Upadhyay is arrested in connection with the murder of his estranged wife Hema and her lawyer Harish Bhambani.

Death sentences for India rape-murder

A court in India sentence seven men to death for the brutal rape and murder of a Nepalese woman in February.

Nepali woman rape and murder case: 7 accused sentenced to death

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A juvenile accused in the case is in juvenile court.
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7 accused in the Nepali woman’s rape and murder case that happened in Rohtak in February 2015, have been sentenced to death on Monday. Rohtak Court announced death by hanging to 7 accused in the case. A juvenile, also accused in the matter, is in juvenile court. A 28-year-old Nepali woman staying with her sister in Rohtak went missing on February 1. She was undergoing treatment for depression at Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences. Her mutilated body was found on February 4; the post-mortem report said pieces of condom and a stick was also found in her private parts. Her head had been bashed in, her vagina, rectum and anus were all ruptured. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The victim’s body was found raped and mutilated on the Rohtak-Hisar highway. When the body was found, its two hands and left side of the body was missing.

‘No law’ to stop Delhi rapist release

India’s Supreme Court dismisses an appeal against the release of the youngest convict in the notorious 2012 Delhi gang rape case.

India ministers in corruption row

India’s Finance Minister Arun Jaitley sues Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for defamation over corruption allegations.

Puducherry government announces Rs 114.45 crore flood relief for affected families

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Puducherry government is disbursing Rs 114.45 crore towards payment of flood relief to more than 2.86 lakh families affected by the floods. Each affected family would get Rs 4,000.

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Puducherry government is disbursing Rs 114.45 crore towards payment of flood relief to more than 2.86 lakh families affected by the floods. Each affected family would get Rs 4,000.The payment was being made to all families covered under Public Distribution System through their bank accounts under ‘direct benefit transfer’ system, an official release said.Also read: Chennai floods: PM Modi announces Rs 1,000 crore relief, TN CM Jayalalithaa demands addl Rs 5000 crore<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>It said those who were yet to have a bank account could open them under ‘zero balance’ scheme with the banks after submitting address proof.For details of getting the relief, cardholders could approach taluk offices or the directorate of Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs or the Collector’s office the release said.

Steve McCurry’s India is feast for eyes

Photographer Steve McCurry’s dazzling portrait of India

India’s Gandhis due to appear in court

Indian Congress party leaders Sonia and Rahul Gandhi are due to appear in court on Saturday in connection with a corruption case.

Delhi teenage rapist set to be freed

A legal challenge to stop the release of the teenage convict of the 2012 Delhi gang rape is unsuccessful.

Suspicious drone near Delhi airport: Cops announce reward for information on accused

On October 27, a UAV, which the police called a suspicious drone, was spotted multiple times near the airport, following which a case was registered under relevant sections of the suppression of unlawful acts against safety of civil aviation Act and the IPC, said a senior police official.
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Delhi Police on Thursday announced a cash reward of Rs 1 lakh for any information on the accused who operated a suspicious unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) near the IGI Airport in October.On October 27, a UAV, which the police called a suspicious drone, was spotted multiple times near the airport, following which a case was registered under relevant sections of the suppression of unlawful acts against safety of civil aviation Act and the IPC, said a senior police official.Following the incident, the Union Home Ministry had asked several agencies, including Delhi Police, to submit a detailed report on the case. However, no clue about the drone operator could be found till date, despite security agencies taking several measures and conducting meetings.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi Police particularly had conducted several meetings with heads of villages near the IGI Airport, but nothing came out of those meetings so far, leading to the announcement of the reward, said a police source.”Today, the police commissioner announced a cash reward of Rs 1 lakh in connection with the case. It will come into force with immediate effect for the person(s)… who render any help to trace and arrest the accused person,” the senior official added.

India ‘al-Qaeda’ chief arrested

Police in the Indian capital, Delhi, say they have arrested two key members of the “Indian branch” of the al-Qaeda.

West Bengal: BJP leader Sidharthnath Singh injured in clash with police in Barasat

Senior BJP leader Kailash Vijayvargiya arrested.
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Senior BJP leader Kailash Vijayvargiya was arrested on Thursday in a law-violation programme in Nadia district of West Bengal. As a part of the party’s ‘jail bharo andolan’, the supporters of BJP were registering their protest against the alleged deteriorating law and order situation, misrule and Saradha scam through the law violation programmes organised across the state. Besides Vijayvargiya, the state BJP president, Dilip Ghosh was also arrested. They are likely to be released on bail, later in the day. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a similar law-violation programme organised by the party in Barasat in North 24 parganas district of West Bengal, senior BJP leaders Sidharth Nath Singh and Suresh Pujari were injured besides 20 police officers. While breaking the barricades, BJP supporters clashed with the police. While party supporters pelted stones at the police, the police in return, resorted to a lathicharge to disperse agitators.

Uttar Pradesh: Headless bodies of woman, daughter found near railway tracks

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The beheaded bodies were recovered on Wednesday and police had to rely on the victims’ mobile phone to identify the duo as Malti and Anita (18), residents of the Duhara area.

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The headless bodies of a 48-year- old woman and her daughter were found near railway tracks in Basti, police said on Thursday.The beheaded bodies were recovered on Wednesday and police had to rely on the victims’ mobile phone to identify the duo as Malti and Anita (18), residents of the Duhara area. The bodies were found lying behind a sugar mill in the Purani Basti area here, police said.Inquiries are on into the matter, they said, adding that the bodies have been sent for a post-mortem.

Viewpoint: Does India need bullet trains?

Does it make sense for India to have bullet trains?

Delhi gang rape victim named by mother

The victim of a gang rape on a Delhi bus in 2012 is named by her mother, three years after the attack.

CBI arrests Income Tax inspector for taking bribe

A mobile shop owner had complained to the CBI that Income Tax Inspector Mukesh Kumar Meena was demanding Rs 1 lakh from him for settlement of a tax matter, CBI sources said.
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An Income Tax inspector was on Wednesday caught red-handed by CBI while accepting a bribe of Rs 25,000 from a mobile shop owner in Jodhpur. The CBI sleuths arrested him from the shop and recovered the money from him.A mobile shop owner had complained to the CBI that Income Tax Inspector Mukesh Kumar Meena was demanding Rs 1 lakh from him for settlement of a tax matter, CBI sources said.”The deal was finally settled on Rs 50,000, which was agreed to be taken by Meena in two instalments of Rs 25,000 each”, said CBI spokesperson R K Gaur.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Meena had visited the shop to collect first instalments of this evening when the CBI sleuths caught him. Gaur said that Meena will produced in the court tomorrow.

Court orders curbs on Delhi pollution

India’s Supreme Court announces a slew of measures to curb record pollution levels in the capital, Delhi.

Oil painting breaks Indian art record

An oil painting by an Indian artist sells for 239m rupees ($3.6m; £2.4m) at a Christie’s auction in Mumbai, setting a new world record for Indian art.

Chennai floods: ‘We had to pay a bribe to cremate our mother’

Sibi Arasu recounts the story of a family who lost their mother in the Chennai floods and their struggle to retrieve her body and conduct her last rites.

New Delhi: 794 driving licences seized by police for traffic violations

Five driving licences were seized for drunken driving.
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As many as 794 driving licences were seized by the police on Tuesday for violations of traffic rules in the national capital on the first day of implementation of directions of Supreme Court’s committee on road safety.”The maximum number of driving licences were seized for red light jumping and over-speeding. Till 5 pm a total of 794 driving licences were seized,” said Muktesh Chander, Special Commissioner of Police (Traffic). The 794 drivers whose licences were seized will not be able to drive any motor vehicle for at least a period of next three months, he said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”The number of driving licences seized for red light jumping were 368, over-speeding 287, using mobile while driving 66, and carrying passengers in goods vehicles 57.”Five driving licences were seized for drunken driving. The Traffic cops also impounded 43 vehicles for various violations, said the officer.The Operation Seizure by Delhi Traffic Police started at C Hexagon on Kasturba Gandhi Marg crossing at 10 am with Chander supervising the exercise.A three member committee chaired by Justice KS Radhakrishnan had directed all the states and Union Territories in the country to implement its directions on road safety and submit their reports within three months from September 1, 2015.

Mother names baby born in taxi ‘Uber’

An Indian woman names her baby “Uber” after giving birth in a taxi belonging to the cab aggregation service.

Delhi minister calls Modi ‘psychopath’

Arvind Kejriwal blames Prime Minister Narendra Modi for a “raid” on his office, calling him a “coward and a psychopath”.

Delhi gang rape: Second chance for teenage rapist?

As a juvenile, convicted for the Delhi gang rape, is due to be freed, the BBC’s Geeta Pandey pieces together his time in custody and his options for the future.

Underage drivers and those without licences cause 1.62 lakh accidents across country

Accidents caused by drivers without licences during the period was 1.01 lakh, Minister of State for Road Transport and Highways Pon Radhakrishnan told Rajya Sabha in a written reply.
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As many as 1.62 lakh road accidents were caused by underage drivers and those without licences between 2012 and 2014, the government said on Monday.Accidents caused by drivers without licences during the period was 1.01 lakh, Minister of State for Road Transport and Highways Pon Radhakrishnan told Rajya Sabha in a written reply. He said under-age drivers, below 18 years old, caused 0.60 lakh accidents in the three years.”Section 180 of Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 provides for punishment of imprisonment or fine or both for the offence of a owner or persons in-charge of vehicle permitting an unlicensed person or under-aged person to drive it,” the minister said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Section 181 of the Act provides for punishment of imprisonment or fine or both for the offence of driving by an under-aged person, he added. He said though the enforcement of various provisions of the Act including driving by underage and unlicensed drivers come within the purview of the state governments, the ministry has been carrying out awareness campaigns on this issue through print and electronic media.India accounts for 5 lakh road accidents a year, one of the highest globally in which 1.5 lakh people lose their lives.

12,822 appear for B.ED exam but 20,097 pass in Agra

In an astounding case of forgery, over 20,000 students have reportedly cleared the B.ED exams while only 12,822 were enrolled as regular students from B.R Ambedkar University in Agra.

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In an astounding case of forgery, over 20,000 students have reportedly cleared the B.ED exams while only 12,822 were enrolled as regular students from B.R Ambedkar University in Agra.”The case is of the 2013-14 session of the Ambedkar University when Gorakhpur’s Din Dayal Upadhyay College was given the responsibility for B.ED admissions. Around 13349 students came into the university through counseling process and were allotted in 190 colleges affiliated with Ambedkar University,” University PRO, Professor Manoj Srivastava told ANI.”But when the B.ED examinations were announced, the number of students that applied was much higher, roughly around 5000. At that point of time, the Chancellor had denied them from giving the exams,” he added.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>He asserted that 20,097 students had taken the exams which included only 12,822 students which were there in counseling.”It is now to be examined whether the High Court’s order is applicable to all or not. It is the decision of the Chancellor that only result of only those candidates would be announced who got admitted through counseling,” he said.

The end of a much-loved railway

The end of a much-loved railway

Man collapses after boarding flight; declared brought dead

However, soon after he boarded the flight, he became unconscious and collapsed.

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In a bizarre turn of events, a 46-year-old man became unconscious and collapsed in an Agartala-bound flight on Saturday, minutes after he boarded the plane and was declared brought dead by doctors at a hospital. A resident of Agartala, Hasan Ali had come here for availing medical treatment. This afternoon, he boarded an Agartala bound flight via Kolkata to go back to his native town after completion of treatment, airport officials said. However, soon after he boarded the flight, he became unconscious and collapsed. He was rushed to a hospital where doctors declared him brought dead, they said. Police are investigating the incident. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>

Three jailed over India gang rape

Three men are sentenced to 10 years in prison for the 2012 gang rape of a woman who later waived her right to anonymity to encourage other rape survivors to speak out.

India ‘clears Japan rail plan’

India’s government has approved a $14.7bn deal for Japan to build the country’s first high-speed train line, according to reports.

Court overturns Salman Khan sentence

The high court in the Indian city of Mumbai overturns Bollywood star Salman Khan’s conviction for a 2002 hit-and-run case.

Rani Mukerji gives birth to baby girl

Bollywood actress Rani Mukerji, who married film-maker Aditya Chopra last year, gives birth to a baby girl.

Beatles’ Indian retreat opened to public

An abandoned ashram in the Indian town of Rishikesh where The Beatles learned to meditate opens to the public.

Indian minister in Pakistan for talks

Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj is in Islamabad for a security conference on Afghanistan and talks with Pakistani officials.

‘Beef lynching’ family want fair probe

The family of an Indian man who was killed over rumours that he had eaten beef deny asking for a halt to investigations into the attack.

Chennai floods: Aid stickers fuel anger

Relief workers allege they are being forced to paste stickers of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayaram Jayalalitha on flood aid coming into Chennai.

Flights resume in flood-hit Chennai

The airport in the southern Indian city of Chennai resumes flights a week after floods forced it to shut down operations.

Jammu & Kashmir: Militants attack CRPF convoy in Anantnag, six jawans injured

The injured have been shifted to a hospital in Anantnag, the officer said, adding the area has been cordoned off and a manhunt has been launched to nab the attackers.

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At least six CRPF jawans were injured when unidentified militants today opened fired on their convoy on Srinagar-Jammu national highway in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district.Militants fired at a CRPF bus, which was part of a convoy on way to Jammu from Srinagar, near Green Tunnel at Samthan in Bijbehara, 50 kms from here, a police officer said.He said six CRPF jawans were injured in the attack.The injured have been shifted to a hospital in Anantnag, the officer said, adding the area has been cordoned off and a manhunt has been launched to nab the attackers.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>

High-level India-Pakistan talks held

India and Pakistan describe their high-level talks in Bangkok as ‘candid, cordial and constructive’.

Muzaffarnagar: 40 children taken ill after consuming poisonous seeds

40 children were taken ill, as they consumed poisonous seeds in the forest.

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Over 40 children were taken ill after consuming poisonous seeds at Sahawli village under New Mandi police station in the district.Police said the children aged between 4 to 12 years had gone to play in a nearby jungle yesterday where they consumed the seeds.They soon complained of headache, vomiting and fever and were rushed to the district hospital, police said.Four of them were referred to Meerut hospital, police sources said.Rest others are out of danger now, they said.

Delhi Police unearth Lashkar-e-Taiba plot to carry out terror attacks in city

Lashkar operatives Dujana and Ujana have infiltrated Jammu and Kashmir from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).

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Delhi Police has unearthed a hideous Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) plot to carry out terror attacks in Delhi on prominent personalities and in crowded places, according to NDTV.Police have filed a complaint on December 1, saying there is a possibility of a ‘fidayeen strike’ in Delhi and other parts of the country. The police submitted the report to an anti-terror court.Lashkar operatives Dujana and Ujana have infiltrated Jammu and Kashmir from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).Lashkar commanders are said to be in touch with operatives who have been code named as Numan, Zaidi and Khursheed, in order to hoodwink the security and intelligence agencies.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The police have begun raids in several parts of north India, says the report.

Why an MP wants India to talk about child sex abuse

An MP is trying to put the spotlight on the taboo topic of incest and child sexual abuse in India, home to the largest number of sexually abused children globally, writes the BBC’s Geeta Pandey in Delhi.

‘Lucky to be alive’ in Chennai

The BBC’s Sanjoy Majumder witnesses the chaos and the loss in India’s fourth-largest city Chennai after huge flooding.

Rains ease in flood-hit Chennai

The southern Indian city of Chennai (Madras) is experiencing a respite from rains, but forecasts of more showers remain in place.

Race to rescue Chennai flood victims

A massive rescue operation is under way to reach stranded people in the flood-hit southern Indian city of Chennai (Madras).

Kala Ghoda’s slow demise: Why Mumbai’s cultural soul is fraying

Why Mumbai’s iconic cultural hub is fraying

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