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Modi Begins Third Term, This Time Needing a Coalition
Weakened Modi Takes Oath

Weakened Modi Takes Oath

In his third term, prime minister will rely on a coalition for the first time

(Newser) - Narendra Modi was sworn in Sunday for a third term as India's prime minister, needing a coalition to rule this time after a strong showing by opposition parties in the general election . The ceremony at the presidential palace in New Delhi launches a new era for the country and...

Modi Wins Rare Third Term, but Gets a Rude Awakening

His BJP party performed well under expectations

(Newser) - In one sense, it's a day of triumph for Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi: He has become only the second Indian leader to win three consecutive terms, reports the New York Times . On the other hand, his Bharatiya Janata Party won by a majority that fell way short of...

Indian Voting Ends With Polls Showing Modi in Control

Analysts caution the projections are not always reliable

(Newser) - India's six-week national election came to an end Saturday with most exit polls projecting Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to extend his decade in power with a third consecutive term. During the grueling, multiphase election, candidates crisscrossed the country, poll workers hiked to remote villages, and voters lined...

Delhi Temps Shatter Record, Lead to Water Shortage
In India's Capital,
a 'Sweaty Mess'

In India's Capital, a 'Sweaty Mess'

One reading Wednesday in Delhi showed temps of around 126 degrees Fahrenheit, a record for the city

(Newser) - It was even hotter on Wednesday in New Delhi than experts had predicted it would be, and those temps led to a new record: 50.5 degrees Celsius, or nearly 123 degrees Fahrenheit, the Indian capital's hottest day ever, reports the Guardian . The mercury-busting stat was recorded in the...

India Quarry Collapse Kills at Least 13

16 others still missing

(Newser) - A stone quarry collapsed Tuesday in India's northeast due to heavy rains triggered by a tropical storm, killing 13 quarry workers, officials said. Another 16 remain missing, the AP reports. Senior police officer Rahul Alwal said rescuers recovered the bodies of those killed from the quarry in Melthum, some...

India Silences Its Critics— on US Soil
We May Be
a Dangerous
Slide in India

We May Be Overlooking a Dangerous Slide in India

Vox reports on how government silences critics in America through intimidation

(Newser) - When reporter Zack Beauchamp was speaking to an expert on India who lived in the US, the person mentioned they were afraid of being too critical for fear the government would go after relatives back in India. It sounded like a tactic you might hear in regard to China or...

Amusement Park Fire Kills at Least 20 in India

Police blame owner for negligence

(Newser) - A massive fire broke out Saturday in an amusement park in Gujarat state in western India, leaving at least 20 people dead, police said. The fire erupted at the park in the city of Rajkot in Gujarat state. Police Commissioner Raju Bhargava said the fire is now under control and...

Cops Say DUI Teen Killed 2. Initial Punishment? An Essay

Outrage in India eventually led to 17-year-old's bail being revoked; he may now be charged as adult

(Newser) - There's outrage in India over a teen who cops say killed two people after driving while drunk. The Independent reports that the unnamed 17-year-old from Pune, in the state of Maharashtra, was driving a Porsche before dawn on Sunday when he slammed into a motorbike carrying two 20-something software...

Biden Refers to Japan, an Ally, as 'Xenophobic'
Japan, India Take Issue
With Biden Comments

Japan, India Take Issue With Biden Comments

Aide says president was trying to endorse US history of accepting immigrants

(Newser) - Japan and India on Saturday rebutted President Biden's assessment of them as "xenophobic" countries unwelcoming to immigrants. A Japanese official who declined to be named said Biden misunderstands the US ally's policies, the AP reports, while adding that the government understands the president was trying to stress...

Nestle Allegedly Pumps Sugar Into Baby Products in Poor Nations

The food giant is being accused of a 'harmful double standard' that could lead to obesity

(Newser) - The Nestle brand may be associated with comfort food and drink, but its infant eats are getting an uncomfortable amount of scrutiny over sugar content. Per a new report from the nonprofit Public Eye and the International Baby Food Action Network, the Swiss food conglomerate adds more sugar to its...

It May Have Been the Biggest Snake Ever
It May Have Been
the Biggest Snake Ever
new study

It May Have Been the Biggest Snake Ever

Experts estimate that Vasuki inidicus in ancient India was up to 50 feet long

(Newser) - Scientists in India may have unearthed the biggest snake ever to have slithered across the planet. From a mine, they unearthed skeletal remains of an ancient beast estimated to have been up to 50 feet long—meaning longer than a typical school bus, reports Smithsonian . Paleontologists, who published their findings...

Why It Will Take India 44 Days to Vote

Election officials will try to reach all 970M eligible voters—which is no easy feat

(Newser) - Nearly 970 million people, or over 10% of the global population, are eligible to vote in India's general elections that start Friday and last until June 1. The mammoth exercise is the biggest anywhere in the world and will take 44 days before results are announced on June 4,...

India to Russia: We Want Our Duped Citizens Back

Authorities say men were lured to Russia with promise of jobs, ended up in Army

(Newser) - India authorities on Friday said they are in talks with Russia's government about the return of Indian citizens who were duped into working for the Russian army, a day after a federal investigation agency said it broke up a human trafficking network that lured people to Russia under the...

Travel Bloggers Tell 200K Followers of Brutal India Attack

Woman described being raped while her partner was beaten

(Newser) - The woman in the Instagram video appeared shaken. Her face was swollen and bruised. Sitting beside her partner, she began recounting her ordeal. "Something happened to us that we wouldn't wish on anyone," she said in Spanish, with captions in English. "Seven men raped me, and...

Drivers Were Checking Out Cricket Before Train Crash

India blames distraction for crash that killed 14 in October

(Newser) - When a train slammed into another train last fall in India, killing 14 people, its two drivers were monitoring a live cricket match playing on a phone, a government official said. They were among hundreds of millions of people watching India defeat England in a one-day World Cup, per AFP...

Rare Rihanna Concert Is for Asia's Richest Man

She performs first show since 2016 at pre-wedding party for son of Mukesh Ambani

(Newser) - Rihanna performed her first full concert since 2016 at, per USA Today , an "unexpected venue": a pre-wedding party for the son of Asia's richest man. The 36-year-old performed on Friday, the first night of three days of festivities in Jamnagar, India, for Anant Ambani, son of Mukesh Ambani,...

Cargo Train in India Travels 43 Miles Without a Driver

Authorities managed to stop the runaway train without injuries

(Newser) - A loaded freight train in India traveled 43 miles without any humans aboard—and this wasn't an autopilot test. Instead, the train with about 50 carriages rolled off on its own after the driver and an assistant disembarked for a crew change at a station in the northern state...

Thieves Return Director's Medals, With an Apology

'Sir, please forgive us,' they write to M. Manikandan in India

(Newser) - Burglars who broke into the country home of a prominent director in India had a change of heart, though not a complete change of heart—they returned two prestigious medals he earned for directing but kept his money, reports the Times of India . Police say the thieves busted into the...

After 8 Months, Cops Release This Suspicious Bird

Pigeon caught in May near port in Mumbai, India, had been suspected of spying for China

(Newser) - Indian police cleared a suspected Chinese spy pigeon after eight months' detention and released it into the wild Tuesday, reports the news agency Press Trust of India. The pigeon's ordeal began in May when it was captured near a port in Mumbai with two rings tied to its legs,...

Tech CEO Killed in Freak Accident at Company Party

Vistex CEO and founder Sanjay Shah dies in fall from cage during aerial show

(Newser) - A party for employees of software company Vistex ended in tragedy Thursday night when the company's CEO was killed, and its president seriously injured, in a freak accident. Around 700 people were in attendance at the party in India to celebrate Vistex Asia's 25th anniversary when CEO Sanjay...

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