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India Brings Back the Only Large Mammal It Has Lost

The country reintroduces cheetahs some 75 years after they were hunted to extinction

(Newser) - Cheetahs were hunted into extinction 75 years ago in India, making them "the only large mammal that India has lost," said a conservation expert in the country. "It is our moral and ethical responsibility to bring them back." On Saturday that responsibility was fulfilled, with eight...

Now That Queen Is Gone, India Clamors Again for Giant Gem
Controversy
Swirls Around
Gem in Camilla's
New Crown
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Controversy Swirls Around Gem in Camilla's New Crown

Indian citizens are once again staking claim to Kohinoor diamond, mined in India centuries ago

(Newser) - In the Tower of London, housed with other crown jewels of England, lies a platinum crown created for the late Queen Elizabeth II's mother, so she'd have something to wear for her husband King George VI's coronation in 1937. Earlier this year, the queen announced that headpiece...

Billionaire Business Leader Dies
Billionaire Business Leader Dies

Billionaire Business Leader Dies

Cyrus Mistry, 54, had been chairman of Indian conglomerate Tata Sons

(Newser) - Cyrus Mistry, an Indian-born Irish businessman and former chairman of Indian conglomerate Tata Sons, died in an accident on Sunday after his car crashed into a road divider in western India, police said. He was 54. The crash occurred on a river bridge in Maharashtra state’s Palghar district near...

2 Towers Crash Down in India's Biggest-Ever Demolition
India Demolishes
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India Demolishes 2 Illegal High-Rises

New Delhi apartment towers were never lived in

(Newser) - Two high-rise apartment towers in India were leveled to the ground in a controlled demolition on Sunday after the country's top court declared them illegal for violating building norms, officials said. They became India's tallest structures to be razed to the ground. More than 1,500 families vacated...

Court in India Sets Free Men Who Raped Woman

'How can justice for a woman end like this?' asks victim

(Newser) - A Muslim woman who was gang raped while pregnant during India's devastating 2002 religious riots has appealed to the government to rescind its decision to free the 11 men who had been jailed for life for committing the crime. The victim, who is now in her 40s, was brutally...

He Died in 1984 Avalanche. His Body Was Just Found

Body of Indian soldier Chandrashekhar Harbola found in ruined shelter on Siachen Glacier

(Newser) - An Indian soldier who disappeared in an avalanche in the Himalayas almost 40 yers ago will finally be laid to rest. The body of Chandrashekhar Harbola was discovered Saturday on the Siachen Glacier along the India-Pakistan border, a disputed area the two countries have been fighting to control since 1984....

After 22 Years, Man Wins Court Battle Over 25 Cents
After 22 Years, Man Wins
Court Battle Over 25 Cents
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After 22 Years, Man Wins Court Battle Over 25 Cents

He was overcharged for a train ticket in India in 1999

(Newser) - Tungnath Chaturvedi says his case should send the message that "one doesn't need to give up even when the fight looks tough." Critics say it's a prime example of why India's court system is so clogged. After 22 years and more than 100 hearings, Chaturvedi...

70 Years After Extinction, India Is Bringing Cheetahs Back

The first 8 will arrive from Namibia next month

(Newser) - The cheetah is the world's fastest land mammal, but bringing them back to India has been a slow process. The country's native population of cheetahs was declared extinct in 1952 and while efforts to reintroduce them started the same decade, only now are solid plans in place to...

Offered Water From Polluted River, He Drank It 'Without Hesitation'

Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann ends up in hospital, though party denies it was from the water

(Newser) - In this week's "Regrets, I've Had a Few" files, an Indian politician trying to show how clean the waters of a local river were ended up in the hospital, though his party insists the two events aren't related. On Sunday, Bhagwant Mann, the chief minister of...

Cops: American Tourist Ran Out of Cash, Faked Her Own Kidnapping

Police in India say she tried to extort money from her parents

(Newser) - Police in India say a "kidnapping" they were asked to investigate turned out to be an American woman's attempt to extort money from her own parents. Police say 27-year-old Chloe Mclaughlin arrived in New Delhi on May 3 and faked her own kidnapping earlier this month after she...

'Centaurus' Omicron Variant Is Raising Concerns

India experiencing 'exponential increase' with BA.2.75

(Newser) - Another super contagious omicron variant has been detected in the US. Dubbed "Centaurus," the BA.2.75 variant was first detected in India in early May and is now spreading rapidly there. "It's still really early on for us to draw too many conclusions" but "...

Big Shifts Are Close for World's Population

UN projects we'll hit 8B in months, with India on track to overtake China as No. 1 next year

(Newser) - A new UN report on Monday—aka World Population Day—sees some major milestones on the horizon, including a pending shift for the title of most populous nation. Some of the nuggets highlighted, including in coverage at Quartz and the Hindu :
  • Overall: The world's population is expected to reach
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Country of 1.4B Bans 19 Single-Use Plastic Items

India ban includes straws, cups

(Newser) - India banned some single-use or disposable plastic products Friday as part of a federal plan to phase out the ubiquitous material in the nation of nearly 1.4 billion people. For the first stage, it has identified 19 plastic items that aren't very useful but have a high potential...

Floods, Lightning Strikes Kill at Least 18 in India, Bangladesh

And with expected rain over weekend, more flooding looms

(Newser) - At least 18 people have died as massive floods ravaged northeastern India and Bangladesh, leaving millions of homes underwater and severing transport links, authorities said Saturday. In India's Assam state, at least nine people were killed in the floods, and 2 million saw their homes submerged, according to the...

Boy Unable to 'Speak or Listen' Rescued After 5 Days in Well

'The whole of Chhattisgarh is celebrating' Rahul Sahu's retrieval: official

(Newser) - Rescuers in India have managed to save a 10-year-old boy who was trapped for almost five days in an 80-foot well. Rahul Sahu fell 60 feet into the well in the village of Janjgir in Chhattisgarh state, per the BBC , which reports such uncovered wells are common in the country'...

Sloth Bear Kills Couple
Sloth Bear Kills Couple

Sloth Bear Kills Couple

Witnesses said bear was seen eating remains of couple in India

(Newser) - Sloth bears aren't aggressive unless they feel threatened and they live mainly on insects and fruit, which makes the death of a couple in central India all the more puzzling, authorities say. Officials in Madhya Pradesh say the man and woman were killed and eaten by a sloth bear...

Deaths of 3 Sisters Seen as Example of Dowry Violence

Trio allegedly chose death over continued abuse for payments in India

(Newser) - Three sisters—Kalu, Kamlesh, and Mamta Meena—married brothers in the same family and lived under the same roof near Jaipur, India. Last month, the sisters left a message for family members on WhatsApp: "We don't wish to die, but death is better than their abuse. Our in-laws...

Vindication for Climber Banned for Faking Everest Summit

One week after his ban expired, Narender Singh Yadav made it to the top

(Newser) - Update: An Indian man accused of faking a summit of Everest in 2016 was handed a six-year ban on climbing in Nepal—and just days after its expiration on May 20, he made it to the top of Everest, reports the AFP . Narender Singh Yadav made sure the feat was...

Punjabi Rapper Shot Dead After Security Curtailed
India Rapper Was Shot 24 Times 

India Rapper Was Shot 24 Times

Sidhu Moose Wala was killed in India's Punjab state after his security was curtailed

(Newser) - Popular Indian rapper Sidhu Moose Wala was fatally shot 24 times in Punjab on Sunday, one day after the state lifted security for hundreds of celebrities. Thousands of fans of the rapper, who was born Shubhdeep Singh Sidhu, have now descended on his home village of Moosa, not far from...

Alleged Thieves Return Items After 'Scary Dreams’

Idols were taken from a temple in India, but not for long

(Newser) - The 16 statues a group of thieves made off with last week in India ended up being less of a haul and more of a curse, according to the alleged criminals. The AFP reports the idols had been carried off from a centuries-old Hindu temple in Uttar Pradesh that honored...

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