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Ex-UN climate chief to face sexual assault trial

Sep 14, 2018 - 9:48 PM

Rajendra Pachauri is charged under various counts including sexual assault, harassment and criminal intimidation, according to the complainant's lawyer

RAJENDRA PACHAURI. In this file photo taken on December 11, 2014 Indian former UN climate panel chief Rajendra Pachauri speaks during a high level meeting at the UN COP20 and CMP10 climate change conferences in Lima. File photo by Eitan Abramovich/AFP

Protests after 7-year-old raped in Delhi

Aug 10, 2018 - 7:00 PM

Local media reports say the suspect, who had been hired by the school just a month ago, pulled the girl into a secluded water-pump room just as she was leaving to go home

Indian building collapse kills 3, with 12 missing

Jul 18, 2018 - 11:10 AM

(UPDATED) Three bodies are pulled so far from under tons of concrete and metal from the building, which was still under construction when it gave way late Tuesday in Greater Noida just east of the capital

COLLAPSE. Members of India's National Disaster Response Force, along with local police, search for victims after an under construction building collapsed in the village of Shah Beri village in Greater Noida, a satellite town east of the Indian capital, in Uttar Pradesh on July 18, 2018. Photo by Prakash Singh/AFP

Student pushed to death during safety drill in India

Jul 13, 2018 - 5:31 PM

Horrified onlookers watch as the 19-year-old strikes a concrete landing after being shoved off a ledge by the instructor. The whole incident is captured on video and provokes outrage after the footage goes viral on social media.

Samsung opens world's biggest smartphone factory in India

Jul 09, 2018 - 11:05 PM

The decision by Samsung comes at a critical time for the South Korean electronics giant, which is facing a tough battle from Chinese competitors for the control of India's massive smartphone market

THE LARGEST MOBILE FACTORY. South Korea's President Moon Jae-in speacks during the inauguration of the world's largest mobile factory at the Samsung India electronics private limited in Noida on July 9, 2018. Photo by Money Sharma/AFP

Indian prime minister trots and treads in fitness video

Jun 16, 2018 - 2:00 PM

Narendra Modi talks about the 'refreshing and rejuvenating' benefits of his exercise workout in a video posted online

This screenshot taken from a video posted on India Prime Minister twitter handle, shows Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi performing Yoga following a fitness challenge in New Delhi on June 13, 2018. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on June 13 posted a video of himself doing knee bends, walking backwards and stretching on a rock in response to a trending social media fitness challenge. / AFP PHOTO / -

India halts Kashmir military operations for Ramadan

May 17, 2018 - 9:32 PM

The nearly 30-day halt is the first of its kind in Indian-controlled Kashmir for nearly two decades, and follows an escalation of violence in recent months in the Muslim-majority Himalayan region

RAMADAN PEACE. A Kashmiri Muslim prays inside Kashmir's main mosque Jamia Masjid during the first day of Ramadan in Srinagar on June 17, 2018. Photo by  Tauseef Mustafa/AFP

Did DFA do enough in rape scandal?

May 08, 2018 - 4:41 PM

After the son of a Philippine diplomat is raped, the family finds insufficient support from the Department of Foreign Affairs despite persistent pleas for help

Deadly India superstorms kill nearly 150

May 03, 2018 - 5:07 PM

(UPDATED) Thousands of people in Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan had their homes destroyed by the freak storm, which was packing winds of up to 130 kilometers per hour

This photo taken on May 2, 2018 shows an Indian traffic policeman covering his face as he stands on duty during a dust storm in New Delhi. Dust storms tore across northern India killing at least 77 people and injuring 143 as trees and walls were flattened by powerful winds, officials said May 3.   / AFP PHOTO / CHANDAN KHANNA

Indian government considering death penalty for child rapists

Apr 20, 2018 - 11:14 PM

Demonstrations across the country, after the release of horrific details of the murder of the Muslim girl by a group of Hindu men, has increased pressure on the government to take action on sexual crimes

PROTEST. Indian supporters of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Chaudhary Lal Singh, who resigned from the state cabinet over the Kathua rape and murder case of an eight-year-old girl, hold placards during a rally in support of a new probe led by the federal Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), in Jammu on April 19, 2018. Photo by Sajjad Hussain AFP

7 fun facts: Meet Miss Multinational PH 2017 Sophia Senoron

Feb 16, 2018 - 11:23 AM

Meet the Philippine representative to the Miss Multinational pageant in India

India limits visitors to save Taj Mahal

Jan 03, 2018 - 4:58 PM

Authorities say that in the future only 40,000 local tourists will be allowed to enter the historic complex per day

MONUMENT OF LOVE. Crowds gather to visit the Taj Mahal in Agra on January 3, 2018.   Photo by Dominique Faget/AFP  DOMINIQUE FAGET / AFP

India's Congress party names Rahul Gandhi president

Dec 11, 2017 - 9:08 PM

The announcement caps years of speculation that the scion of the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty would take over from his 71-year-old mother Sonia who has led the party for nearly two decades

THE FAMILY. This combination of file pictures created shows (from left) the first prime minister of India Jawaharlal Nehru in India in 1946; Nehru's daughter Indira Gandhi, the third prime minister of India, in November 1971; her son Rajiv Gandhi, the sixth prime minister of India, in New Delhi on May 20, 1991; his wife Sonia Gandhi, long-time president of India's Congress Party, in New Delhi on December 4, 2013; and Rajiv and Sonia Gandhi's son Rahul Gandhi, Indian Congress Party leader, in Ghaziabad on February 8, 2017. AFP

Sharapova named in India luxury housing fraud probe

Nov 21, 2017 - 5:33 PM

'Any celebrity who endorses any product technically becomes an agent for that company. No one would have invested in the project if Sharapova's name was not there,' says the lawyer of the buyers of the failed housing project

India's Rahul Gandhi set to take over as Congress party chief

Nov 20, 2017 - 5:55 PM

There are speculations that the 47-year-old scion of the Gandhi dynasty would soon take over from his mother as the head of the Congress Party

HIS TURN. Vice President of the Indian National Congress party Rahul Gandhi (center), waves while being garlanded during a political rally November 11, 2017. Photo by Sam Panthaky/AFP

Parents angry as Delhi schools reopen despite smog

Nov 13, 2017 - 9:39 PM

Doctors declare a public health emergency last week when choking smog descended in New Delhi and elsewhere in northern India, prompting authorities to close schools, ban construction and bar trucks from entering the city

HEAVY SMOG. An Indian farmer harvests mustard leaves amid heavy smog in a field on the outskirts of Amritsar on November 11, 2017. Photo by Narinder Nanu/AFP

Thousands of schools close as smog envelopes India, Pakistan

Nov 09, 2017 - 3:19 PM

Low winds and the annual post-harvest burning of crop stubble in Punjab and neighboring areas have caused the levels of dangerous pollutants in the air to spike to many times the levels considered safe

POOR VISIBILITY. Indian commuters ride over tracks at a railway crossing amid heavy smog in Amritsar on November 9, 2017. Narinder Nanu/AFP

Schools shut as toxic smog hits Delhi

Nov 08, 2017 - 4:48 PM

The US embassy website showed the concentration of PM 2.5 topped 700 early on Wednesday morning, 28 times the WHO guidelines

ENVELOPING DELHI. Indian schoolchildren cover their faces as they walk to school amid heavy smog in New Delhi on November 8, 2017. Sajjad Hussain/AFP

Schools close amid health emergency as smog blankets India's capital

Nov 07, 2017 - 11:31 PM

The Indian Medical Association declares a public health emergency and urges city administrators 'to make every possible effort to curb this menace'

HEALTH RISK. Indian schoolchildren ride their bikes to school in dense fog and air pollution in Jalandhar on November 7, 2017. Photo by Shammi Mehra/AFP

U.S. sanctions target Iran's 'malign behaviors' – Tillerson

Oct 25, 2017 - 6:09 PM

Tillerson says that the US would not block 'legitimate' business activities with Iran by India or any other ally

SANCTIONS. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson looks on during a press conference New Delhi on October 25, 2017.  Photo by Money Sharma/AFP

Indian girl, 10, seeks abortion after rape

May 16, 2017 - 3:43 PM

The child who was often left at home while her mother went out to work on construction sites says she was raped by her stepfather who has since been arrested

U.S. woman alleges gang rape in Indian capital

Dec 04, 2016 - 5:55 PM

The woman says her local tour guide gave her a spiked bottle of water and raped her with 4 other acquaintances inside her hotel room

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Delhi state smog draws 'gas chamber' comparison

Nov 06, 2016 - 8:32 AM

1 800 schools are shut following one of the city s worst ever pollution spells

AIR POLLUTION. An Indian biker wearing face protection against air pollution rides on the road in heavy smog in New Delhi on October 28, 2016. Photo by Dominique Faget / AFP

Suspected radioactive leak at New Delhi airport

Oct 09, 2016 - 5:40 PM

Cartons containing nuclear medicine material are isolated to investigate the suspected leak

An Indian security guard stands near a barricade at New Delhi's international airport in New Delhi on October 9, 2016.  Emergency workers sealed off a portion of New Delhi's international airport October 9 after officials suspected a consignment containing radioactive material had leaked, a police officer said. Fifteen cartons containing nuclear medicine material were isolated to investigate the suspected leak after the shipment arrived at the cargo area in an Air France plane, Sanjay Bhatia, the police chief of Delhi airport security, told AFP. / AFP PHOTO / SAJJAD HUSSAIN

India's smog-choked capital imposes driving restrictions

Apr 15, 2016 - 11:00 PM

New Delhi brings back an odd even scheme for another 15 days in a bid to improve air quality

This file photo taken on October 15, 2015 shows commuters in their vehicles clogging a road in New Delhi. New Delhi on April 15, 2016 imposed driving restrictions that will take around a million cars off its roads for the second time this year, seeking to improve air quality in the world's most polluted capital.  / AFP PHOTO / ROBERTO SCHMIDT

Lockdown in parts of northern India after caste clashes

Feb 20, 2016 - 4:54 PM

Indian authorities respond after resentment in the dominant Jat caste over allocations for government jobs and education turned violent

LOCKDOWN. Indian authorities put in place curfews and patrols after violent protests erupt in the northern Haryana state, near New Delhi. EPA file photo

Delhi police under fire as video of demo violence goes viral

Feb 01, 2016 - 8:51 PM

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal accuses the city s police of terrorizing protesters after video footage of them belting university students with sticks at a peaceful demonstration went viral

PROTEST. Indian students shout slogans after they were detained by Indian police during a protest on January 28 in New Delhi, India, after a student was found dead at a university hostel, in India's capital on January 17. Photo by Sajjad Hussain / AFP

Indian millionaire jailed for life for killing security guard

Jan 21, 2016 - 7:35 PM

Muhammad Nisham is convicted of murder and must also pay a fine of 8 million rupees

India's smog-shrouded capital pulls cars off roads

Jan 01, 2016 - 7:49 AM

Don t do it because the government is forcing you Do it because you feel it is important for your life your health says Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal

COVERED IN SMOG. An aerial view of the Connaught Place area of New Delhi, India, as it is surrounded by smog on December 8, 2015. Photo by Harish Tyagi/EPA

Parent fury, protests as Delhi gang-rapist walks free

Dec 20, 2015 - 10:48 PM

UPDATED The release of the youngest convict over the infamous fatal gang rape in New Delhi sparks furious condemnation from the victim s parents

Delhi gang-rapist freed from youth detention – police

Dec 20, 2015 - 9:37 PM

Delhi police spokesman say that the youngest convict was handed to a non governmental organization

NO MORE RAPES. Indian protestors hold candles during a rally in New Delhi on December 29, 2012, after the death of a gang rape student from the Indian capital. AFP PHOTO/RAVEENDRAN

Delhi chief minister accuses 'psycho' Modi after raid

Dec 15, 2015 - 2:54 PM

The chief minister who leads the anti corruption Aam Aadmi party claims his office was among the rooms raided

RAIDED. Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) president Arvind Kejriwal (L) during his swearing-in ceremony as Delhi chief minister in New Delhi on February 14, 2015. File Photo by Prakash Singh/AFP

Environmental groups hail Delhi's controversial car ban

Dec 06, 2015 - 12:13 AM

The Delhi government wants to drastically reduce the number of private cars on the roads in a bid to clean up the city s polluted air

Indian court jails Uber driver for life for rape

Nov 03, 2015 - 9:18 PM

An Indian court sentences an Uber driver to life in prison for raping a young woman passenger in New Delhi a case that inflamed fears over sexual violence in the capital

CONVICTED. In this file photograph taken on December 8, 2014, Indian police escort Uber taxi driver and accused rapist Shiv Kumar Yadav (C) following his court appearance in New Delhi. Photo by Chandan Khanna / AFP

India's choked capital starts 'pollution toll' for trucks

Nov 01, 2015 - 10:25 AM

Last month India s Supreme Court approved a trial plan to charge light commercial vehicles an extra 700 rupees and large trucks 1 300 rupees to enter Delhi

DELHI POLLUTION. In this file photo, the Indian winter's first light fog casts a blanket over the Red Fort in New Delhi on November 7, 2009. Raveendra/Agence France-Presse

China firm wins bid for New Delhi-Mumbai rail study

Sep 24, 2015 - 3:26 PM

China Railway says bagging the bid fully reflects the approval of China s high speed rail technology by the international society and the global fast rail market

DEAL. China Railway, a spinoff from the former railway ministry, says the New Delhi-Mumbai line will be around 1,200 kilometers (750 miles) long but provided few other details

India court jails 3 for rape of Japanese tourist

Sep 05, 2015 - 12:12 AM

India introduced tough laws against sex offenders in the wake of the nation wide protests including setting up of hundreds of special courts to prosecute sexual violence cases

PROTESTS. Activists from various women's rights organisation hold placards as they stage a silent demonstration against sexual assault and rapes on women. Photo by Manjunath Kiran/AFP

India police break up adoption racket of stolen babies

Jun 10, 2015 - 9:55 PM

Police in the Indian capital say they have broken up an illegal adoption racket in which newborn babies were stolen from hospitals and sold to couples

THE STOLEN. An Indian child joins others as they shout slogans while taking part in an anti-trafficking march in Kolkata, 25 February 2007. Photo by  Deshakalyan Chowdhury / AFP

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Jun 01, 2015 - 12:00 PM

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Radioactive leak detected at Delhi airport – official

May 29, 2015 - 4:14 PM

The incident occurs near the cargo area of Turkish Airlines where 4 cartons containing nuclear medicine material are found to be damaged

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May 26, 2015 - 12:00 PM

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1,000 detained in India over exam cheating – police

Mar 23, 2015 - 1:27 AM

Images broadcast on local television shows people smuggling in study aids to candidates inside examination centers

New Delhi bans all web taxis after Uber rape claim

Dec 09, 2014 - 9:20 PM

Hours after banning Uber New Delhi bans all other taxi service providers relying on web based technology

UBER TALK. Indian Uber Cabs General Manager for Delhi Gagan Bhatia arrives to meet with the Chairperson of the Delhi Woman Commission Barkha Shukla Singh in New Delhi on December 9, 2014. Photo by Chandan Khanna/AFP

Indian capital bans Uber after alleged rape

Dec 09, 2014 - 4:59 AM

The popular but controversial service is under heavy criticism in India since a young company executive says she had been raped by an Uber driver who had previously been accused of assault

UBER. An Uber car driver. File Photo/Rappler

Uber taxi driver allegedly rapes woman in India

Dec 07, 2014 - 3:17 PM

An Uber taxi driver supposedly raped a 25 year old passenger who fell asleep in the cab on her way home

RAPE ALLEGATIONS. After facing protests in the US over spying allegations, Uber is now dealing with accusations its driver raped a female passenger in India. File photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP

Hundreds march in India capital's gay pride parade after shock ruling

Nov 30, 2014 - 9:07 PM

Wearing rainbow wigs and waving colorful flags and posters with messages such as All love is equal members of the community and their supporters march to celebrate their sexual freedom and to ask others to understand

Indian members and supporters of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) community hold placards as they walk underneath a rainbow flag during a Gay Pride Parade in New Delhi on November 30,2014. Hundreds of LGBT activists marched through the streets of the Indian capital on November 30, the first in New Delhi since the Supreme Court reinstated a colonial-era ban on gay sex. AFP PHOTO/SAJJAD HUSSAIN

Six in 10 Indian men admit violence against partner: study

Nov 10, 2014 - 9:27 PM

Experts stress the need to better educate young men in India about the importance of sexual equality and respect

Grenade found on India PM Modi's back-up jet – reports

Oct 04, 2014 - 8:35 PM

The scare comes after the US Federal Aviation Administration FAA stripped India of its top safety rating citing a lack of safety oversight

BOMB SCARE. Crew members found a defused grenade in Air India Boeing 747, an emergency standby plane for Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his recent 5-day US visit. File photo by Michael Reynolds/EPA

Once-shunned Indian PM starts US tour

Sep 27, 2014 - 10:35 AM

Modi gets to business quickly meeting New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and discussing disease treatment with the director of the National Cancer Institute Nobel laureate Harold Varmus

In this August 16, 2014 file photo, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi waves as he leaves after the commissioning of the Indian Navy's newly-commissioned warship INS Kolkata in Mumbai. Punit Paranjpe/File/AFP

White tiger kills boy at New Delhi zoo – curator

Sep 23, 2014 - 5:10 PM

UPDATED A white tiger attacks and kills a school boy who appeared to have jumped over a barricade into an enclosure at the New Delhi zoo

In this file photo, white tigers play in their enclosure at the Zoological park in New Delhi, 03 March 2007. Manan Vatsyayana/AFP