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India Stampede: 115 Killed During Festival India Stampede: 115 Killed During Festival

India faces a day of mourning after 115 people–mostly women and children, according to one report–were killed on a bridge while leaving the Navaratra festival. Officials say an investigation is warranted, but the cause of the stampede appears to be …

Tropical Cyclone Phailin Prompts Mass Evacuation Tropical Cyclone Phailin Prompts Mass Evacuation

Tropical Cyclone Phailin is gathering in the Bay of Bengal and will soon make landfall on India’s east coast. Preparations are underway to insure that the destruction from Phailin doesn’t compare to the disastrous Cyclone 05B, also known as the …

Olivia Culpo Didn’t Want to Do Taj Mahal Shoot Olivia Culpo Didn’t Want to Do Taj Mahal Shoot
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Authorities in India said Thursday that they have now filed a formal complaint over Miss Universe Olivia Culpo’s fashion shoot at the Taj Mahal, after the U.S. beauty queen posed with red high heels in front of the “monument to …

Cyclone Phailin Menances India as Hundreds of Thousands Flee Cyclone Phailin Menances India as Hundreds of Thousands Flee

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) is forecasting that Cyclone Phailin with sustained wind speeds of up to 185 km per hour (115 mph) gushing to 200 km per hour would hit peninsular India on Saturday evening from 6.00 pm onwards. …

Taj Mahal Photoshoot Goes Awry Taj Mahal Photoshoot Goes Awry
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It’s been a tumultuous week for Miss Universe 2012 pageant winner, Olivia Culpo. What began as a one-hour commercial photoshoot, has ended with indifference, and formal complaints. However, that’s not the biggest problem. Culpo also faces possible jail time. During …

Olivia Culpo, Miss Universe, In Trouble For Taj Mahal Shoe Incident Olivia Culpo, Miss Universe, In Trouble For Taj Mahal Shoe Incident
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Olivia Culpo, the current Miss Universe, is in a heap of trouble this week after she was photographed standing in front of the Taj Mahal showing off a pair of high-heeled shoes. The Archaeological Survery of India has filed a …

Indian Mutual Fund Sales Rise Quickly Indian Mutual Fund Sales Rise Quickly

Mutual funds in India are skyrocketing this month – since the first of September, the country has seen over 88.10 billion rupees worth of net sales from government debt bonds. That number rises to 168.82 billion rupees since July. Last …

India Gang Rape Convicts Sentenced to Death India Gang Rape Convicts Sentenced to Death

Friday’s decision is death for the four men—Pawan Gupta, Vinay Sharma, Mukesh Singh, Akshay Thakur—convicted of gang raping and murdering a young woman in December 2012 in New Delhi, India. NPR reporters say the announcement by the presiding judge, “took …

Zubin Mehta Concert Promotes “Message of Peace” Zubin Mehta Concert Promotes “Message of Peace”

Indian-born conductor Zubin Mehta lived a dream Saturday, conducting a concert in Indian-administered Kashmir. Maestro Mehta directed the Bavarian State Orchestra in a German Embassy-sponsored concert attended by almost 2,000 guests. This is the first cultural event of such magnitude …

India Gang Rape Verdict Met With Outrage India Gang Rape Verdict Met With Outrage
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The first verdict in a gang rape trial in New Delhi sentenced a teenager to three years’ detention, and the reaction has been widespread outrage. Protestors outside the court, and the victim’s family, demanded the assailant be hanged. The case …

Indian Rupee Up In Faltering Economy Indian Rupee Up In Faltering Economy
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Thursday witnessed a strengthening in the Indian rupee, up to 66.85 per dollar from a record low of 68.85 per dollar on Wednesday. The rupee lost almost a fifth of its value in 2013. So what’s a rupee to do? …

UFO Sightings Reported Along India-China Border UFO Sightings Reported Along India-China Border
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Are we or are we not alone in the universe? Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs) were reported in India (specifically Lagan Khel in Ladakh) near the Line of Actual Control with China on August 4, 2013. While no actual footage of …

Submarine Explosion In Mumbai Leaves 18 Sailors Missing Submarine Explosion In Mumbai Leaves 18 Sailors Missing
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Rescue divers are continuing efforts to find survivors of an explosion aboard an Indian submarine in Mumbai, despite the increasing odds that none of the eighteen crew members will be found alive. Near midnight Tuesday night the ship – the …

Google Gets Street View Imagery Of Charminar Google Gets Street View Imagery Of Charminar
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Google has added Street View imagery of the Charminar in Hyderabad. The Google Maps team tweeted this morning that Street View made a “very brief stop off” to get the imagery, which you can find here. The Charminar was built …

Principal of Poisoned Students Arrested Principal of Poisoned Students Arrested

Kumarasami Kamaraj was a politician in India in the 1950′s and 60′s. He was the chief minister (Equivalent of a Governor in the US) for three terms from 1954 to 1963. His top priority was education. Kamaraj pioneered a system …

Dalai Lama Birthday: Spiritual Leader Says Youth Are Key To ‘Happier Century’ Dalai Lama Birthday: Spiritual Leader Says Youth Are Key To ‘Happier Century’

The Dalai Lama celebrated his 78th birthday on Saturday. He didn’t use the event to reflect on his own past, but rather to speak about the future. During his hour long speech, the Dalai Lama called upon the youth of …

Brazil, India Smartphone Markets Grow as China Eclipses U.S. Brazil, India Smartphone Markets Grow as China Eclipses U.S.

China is expected to overtake the U.S. at the top global smartphone market sometime in 2013, and some metrics show that it has already happened. Now, analysts are predicting that other emerging countries could rise to become top smartphone markets …

Facebook Won’t Pull Shockingly Graphic Indian Prostitution Page [UPDATED] Facebook Won’t Pull Shockingly Graphic Indian Prostitution Page [UPDATED]
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UPDATE: It looks like Facebook has removed the page, as I thought they would. But it was still active for a long time, and Facebook did delay in yanking it even after various content reports. Still shows how messed-up Facebook’s …

American Woman Gang-Raped in India, Suspects Not Arrested American Woman Gang-Raped in India, Suspects Not Arrested

An American tourist was allegedly gang-raped this week in northern India, sparking more questions about the safety of women in the country. According to a Reuters report, the woman was visiting friends on Monday while staying in a guest house …

Vinegar Cancer Test Has The Potential To Save Thousands Vinegar Cancer Test Has The Potential To Save Thousands
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A simple vinegar cancer test has helped save thousands of lives in India. Doctors presented this life-saving vinegar-based cancer test at a conference today. They say that it’s cheap enough to help prevent thousands of cancer cases in developing nations. …

Disney Pulls Out Of “High Risk” Countries Disney Pulls Out Of “High Risk” Countries
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Disney has given the order to cease production of their licensed items in what they call “high risk” countries; namely, Bangladesh, Ecuador, Venezuela, Belarus and Pakistan. Bangladesh is the first to go, with the latter four losing factories by next …