School bus collision with train leaves 13 children dead in northern India

Thursday, 26 April 2018

Thirteen children were killed on Thursday when a school van collided with a train at an unmanned railway crossing in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, a police official said. Eight children were injured and taken hospital, said the official, adding there were 22 children in the vehicle. The accident took place early in the morning when the children were on their way to school. The van collided with the Siwan-Gorakhpur Passenger Train, but the cause of the ...

VIDEO: India’s hijabi biker who is breaking stereotype

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Roshni Misbah is popularly known as the hijabi biker. The 22-year-old student has acquired a celebrity status in India’s capital New Delhi.Commuters look at her in disbelief as they do not associate hijab with biking. But Roshni, who comes from a conservative Muslim family, does not see any contradictions.She is of the belief that riding a bike does not make her a lesser Muslim.Friends and familySome of Roshni’s friends and members of her extended family have questioned her lifestyle ...

Indian court finds spiritual guru guilty of raping devotee

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

An Indian court on Wednesday found a high-profile spiritual guru Asaram Bapu guilty of raping a teenage female devotee in 2013 and he faces a maximum of life in prison. The verdict against 77-year-old Bapu was read out inside a prison in the city of Jodhpur in Rajasthan state because of fears that his followers may resort to violence. The case is the latest in a series of high-profile rape cases in India that have fueled public protests and raised questions about how police handle the cases and ...

Indian doctor mistakes patients, performs wrong surgery

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

A surgeon has been stood down from his post at a New Delhi hospital for performing an unnecessary operation on a patient’s leg after confusing him with another man, an official said Tuesday.The surgeon last week drilled a hole in the right leg of 50-year-old Vijendra Tyagi to insert a pin before realizing he had operated on the wrong patient.Tyagi had been admitted to the state-run Sushruta Trauma Centre in the Indian capital with head injuries after a car accident.But he was mistaken for ...

Police kill at least 34 Maoist militants in central India

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Police in central India killed at least 34 Maoist militants, with more bodies pulled out of a river on Tuesday, two days after security forces ambushed a band of fighters in a forest deep in the interior of Maharashtra state, authorities said.On Monday evening, a day after police commandos launched that attack, police in Gadchiroli district killed six more Naxalite guerrillas, including four women, in a firefight. Sunday’s operation took place in the same district, on the border between ...

Direct flights between Dubai and India’s diamond hub set to boost trade

Monday, 23 April 2018

Finally, direct flights between the world’s two biggest diamond trade centers will take off next week to add some sparkle on the faces of dealers in precious stones on both sides. Air India Express, the international budget arm of India’s flagship carrier airline, is all set to launch a thrice-a-week service to connect Surat, the global hub of diamond cutting and polishing industry in western Indian state of Gujarat, with Dubai, the second largest market in the world for rough ...

Row over Indian turning down taxi ride as ‘driver was Muslim’

Monday, 23 April 2018

An Indian man, associated with a Hindu right-wing organization, has stirred a row after he turned down a taxi which was being driven by a Muslim. According to a Times of India report, Abhishek Mishra, who is a social media adviser of Vishwa Hindu Parishad (World Hindu Organization) wrote on his Twitter that he would not travel with a Muslim driver of location-based taxi app Ola. “Cancelled @Olacabs Booking because Driver was Muslim. I don’t want to give my money to Jihadi ...

WATCH: Air India window panel dismantles in mid-air

Sunday, 22 April 2018

An Air India (AI) Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft flying from Amritsar to Delhi ran into severe turbulence on Thursday which caused a window panel to completely fall off. The incident, which one of the plane passengers recorded on his mobile phone, caused three injuries and several overhead oxygen masks to be dropped. According to the Times of India, the window was next to seat number ‘12U’ where an elderly woman was sitting. In the video, the woman is seen grabbing her head while ...

Will Commonwealth gold medal restore dignity of a ‘criminal’ village in India?

Sunday, 22 April 2018

There is a lot riding on the gold medal Indian weightlifter Rahul Venkat Ragala won in the face of stiff competition at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. The champion weightlifter belongs to Stuartpuram in Andhra Pradesh which was officially designated as a village of criminals during British colonial rule. The badly ostracized village in Guntur district hasn’t managed to get rid of the tag of notoriety until today. But the gold medal has suddenly raised ...

India approves death penalty for rape of girls under 12

Saturday, 21 April 2018

India’s cabinet on Saturday approved the death penalty for rapists of girls below the age of 12, after Prime Minister Narendra Modi held an emergency meeting in response to nationwide outrage in the wake of a series of cases.The executive order, or ordinance, amends the criminal law to also include more drastic punishment for convicted rapists of girls below the age of 16, government officials said. The order, a copy of which was seen by Reuters, will come into effect once it is signed by ...

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