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Screams and goodbyes as scores killed in devastating India factory fire

Dec 08, 2019 - 1:29 PM

(UPDATED) An assistant commissioner of police says most victims were sleeping when the fire broke out and died due to asphyxiation

FACTORY FIRE. Police personnel block a street leading to a factory site after a fire broke out, in Anaj Mandi area of New Delhi on December 8, 2019. Photo by Sajjad Hussain/AFP

Taj Mahal gets air purifier as Indian capital chokes

Nov 05, 2019 - 8:48 AM

'There is smoke everywhere and people, including youngsters, kids, elderly are finding it difficult to breathe,' says Delhi's chief minister in a Twitter video. 'Eyes are burning. Pollution is that bad.'

POLLUTION. Foreign tourists wearing face masks visit the Taj Mahal under heavy smog conditions, in Agra on November 4, 2019. Photo by Pawan Sharma/AFP

Millions in Indian capital endure 'eye-burning' smog

Nov 04, 2019 - 1:38 PM

The current smog crisis is the worst in 3 years, and New Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is calling for a range of measures to fight what he describes as 'unbearable pollution'

NEW DELHI SMOG. People make their way on a street in smoggy conditions in New Delhi on November 4, 2019. Photo by Prakash Singh/AFP

New Delhi gives free bus rides for women

Oct 30, 2019 - 8:05 AM

Women in the Indian capital are given pink tickets entitling them to free travel, with a message from the chief minister on the back that said he hoped the move would empower them and their families

PINK TICKET. A woman traveling on a Delhi Transport Corporation bus shows a pink ticket in New Delhi on October 29, 2019, allowing her to a free ride. Photo bt Sajjad Hussain/AFP

Pakistan's Khan calls Modi 'cowardly', vows to raise Kashmir at U.N.

Sep 13, 2019 - 11:30 PM

Prime Minister Imran Khan insists that Pakistan does not want to go to war with India again – but says Islamabad will respond to any hostility

ON KASHMIR. Pakistani Kashmiri shout slogans as they listen to Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan during a rally in Muzaffarabad on September 13, 2019. Photo by Aamir Qureshi/AFP

3 selfie-crazy Indian teens crushed by train

May 01, 2019 - 2:20 PM

A fourth youth manages to jump to safety before the accident in Panipat city in the northern state of Haryana

'Cured' Dalai Lama set to be discharged from hospital on April 12

Apr 11, 2019 - 11:18 AM

(UPDATED) 'Generally, his holiness is fine. He is doing very well. Still on medication but he is doing very well and will be discharged,' says Tenzin Taklha, the Dalai Lama's personal spokesman

CURED. File photo of Dalai Lama at a function in Dharamsala, India on October 10, 2015. File Photo by AFP.

A tale of two Delhis: Deadly air exposes rich poor divide

Mar 23, 2019 - 8:18 PM

Air pollution kills more than one million Indians every year, according to a study, and Delhi is ranked one of the most toxic urban centers to live

(FILES) In this file photo taken on March 6, 2018 Indian labourers eat at a roadside food stall in the old quarters of New Delhi. For the well-heeled in New Delhi, eating out means enjoying a gourmet spread amid sprawling green spaces but the poor must deal with dust and toxic fumes from vehicles zipping past rickety roadside food stalls in the world's most polluted major city.  CHANDAN KHANNA / AFP

Netflix dramatizes notorious India gang-rape murder case

Mar 21, 2019 - 1:24 PM

The 7-part series will be released on the streaming platform on March 22

'DELHI CRIME.' In the upcoming series, Shefali Shah plays an officer investigating the rape and murder of a young woman in Delhi. Screenshot from YouTube.com/NewonNetflix

'Key conspirator' of Kashmir attack shot dead – Indian police

Mar 11, 2019 - 9:41 PM

Authorities describe Mudasir Ahmed Khan as a top commander with Jaish-e-Mohammad, the militant group behind the deadly February 14 bombing in Indian-administered Kashmir

TRIBUTE. Indian school students light candles as they pay tribute to the Central Reserve Police Force personnel killed on February 14, during an attack on a CRPF convoy in the Lethpora area of Kashmir, in Amritsar on February 15, 2019. File photo by Narinder Nanu/AFP

India dominates 2018 list of world's most polluted cities

Mar 07, 2019 - 7:13 AM

Air pollution is estimated to contribute to 7 million premature deaths every year and is considered by the United Nations to be the single biggest environmental health risk

Indian schoolchildren cover their faces as they walk to school amid heavy smog in New Delhi on November 8, 2017. Delhi shut all primary schools on November 8 as pollution levels hit nearly 30 times the World Health Organization safe level, prompting doctors in the Indian capital to warn of a public health emergency. Dense grey smog shrouded the roads of the world's most polluted capital, where many pedestrians and bikers wore masks or covered their mouths with handkerchiefs and scarves.  / AFP PHOTO / SAJJAD HUSSAIN

Pakistan 'ready to talk' on Kashmir, warns India against attack – PM

Feb 19, 2019 - 6:50 PM

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan uses a nationally televised address to demand Delhi share proof of Islamabad's involvement in last week's suicide blast

IMRAN KHAN. In this file photo, Pakistan's Imran Khan speaks to the media on July 25, 2018. File photo by Aamir Oureshi/AFP

Delhi hotel fire kills 17

Feb 12, 2019 - 1:29 PM

The fire breaks out at the Hotel Arpit Palace in a congested part of central Delhi, with images showing it engulfing the entire top floor

BURNED OUT. A general view shows the Hotel Arpit Palace after a fire broke out on its premises in New Delhi on February 12, 2019. Photo by Prakash Singh/AFP

All the President's men: On parade with India's elite bodyguards

Jan 24, 2019 - 1:28 PM

The President's Bodyguard is a 200-strong cavalry unit which for centuries been assigned to India's uppermost VIPs, from British viceroys to modern-day heads of state

ELITE. In this photograph taken on January 9, 2019, Indian soldiers of the President's Bodyguard march on their mounts towards the India Gate monument during rehearsals for the upcoming Republic Day Parade at Rajpath in New Delhi. Photo by Chandan Khanna/AFP

India pollution watchdog fines Delhi over toxic smog

Dec 04, 2018 - 3:59 PM

The National Green Tribunal penalizes the capital administration for its lack of oversight after it has emerged some polluting industries are still burning harmful waste in the open

SMOG. An Indian shepherd walks along his herd of sheep amidst heavy smog conditions in New Delhi on November 12, 2018. Photo by Money Sharma/AFP

Delhi's toxic air spikes after Diwali firework frenzy

Nov 10, 2018 - 3:00 PM

Frenzied nights of fireworks to celebrate the Hindu festival of Diwali turns the air in New Delhi to toxic 'airpocalypse' levels

Commuters travel amid heavy smog in New Delhi on November 8, 2018. Air pollution in New Delhi hit hazardous levels on November 8 after a night of free-for-all Diwali fireworks, despite Supreme Court efforts to curb partying that fuels the Indian capital's toxic smog problem. Money SHARMA / AFP

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

Smog-hit Delhi calls off odd-even car rationing plan

Nov 11, 2017 - 9:32 PM

India's federal environmental court rules against requested exemptions, prompting local authorities to call off its plan to restrict private vehicle use

SMOG. An Indian family crosses a road amid heavy smog in front of the Red Fort in New Delhi on November 10, 2017. Photo by Prakash Singh/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

Travel guide: 9 top places to see in India

Sep 06, 2017 - 7:28 PM

Here's what you can see in India aside from the Taj Mahal and the famous pink city

RELIVE THE PAST. Amber Fort's massive courtyards and buildings make you realize how affluent and influential the Maharajas were during their heyday.

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

Indian metro probes porn screened at busy station

Apr 16, 2017 - 2:52 PM

Authorities are trying to identify 3 suspects believed to be behind the incident last Sunday April 9

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

Delhi's ex-women's minister arrested on rape charge

Sep 04, 2016 - 2:31 PM

Dismissed women s and children s minister Sandeep Kumar was arrested following a rape complaint filed by one of the women he was with in a leaked video

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

Asia most exposed to disasters, Africa most vulnerable – study

Mar 24, 2016 - 7:41 AM

Among mega cities Manila – facing a triple threat from cyclones superstorms and earthquakes – tops the list of urban areas with the highest number of people exposed

ASIA MOST EXPOSED. Heavy traffic is seen along Epifanio Delos Santos Avenue with a backdrop of Manila's financial district skyline in Makati City, the Philippines, April 15, 2014. File photo by Francis R. Malasig /EPA

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