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In pictures: India celebrates Diwali

<b>Indians are celebrating Diwali, the biggest Hindu festival, by lighting earthen lamps, bursting firecrackers and distributing sweets.</b><p>On Diwali, many Indians worship Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth. Here, an artist gives the final touches to a Lakshmi statue at a workshop ahead of the festival in the …

The exact reasons why expats love India

Expats living in India commonly have a love-hate relationship with the country. What inspires the hate is common knowledge—the heat and dust, the dysfunctional civic systems and the time zone unique to India known as Indian Stretchable Time. But what do the thousands of expat professionals like …

India

In pictures: Rare India jewels at New York museum

<b>A show presenting some 60 jewelled objects of India from a private collection is opening at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York on Tuesday.</b><p>The exhibition - Treasures from India - is from the collection of Sheikh Hamad bin Abdullah Al-Thani and provides a glimpse into the evolving styles of …

India: Taste your way through a remarkable food culture

If you crave the full-flavored tastes of Indian cuisine, you might be attracted to a new Pacific Delight Tours' itinerary that explores the rich spice mixes and regional flavors of the subcontinent. Culinary Journey through India has a four-night itinerary that includes exploring the city of Delhi …

India ranks 114 out of 142 nations on WEF’s Gender Gap Index

<b>New York:</b> India has performed poorly in removing gender-based disparities, ranking 114 out of 142 countries in World Economic Forum’s (WEF’s) 2014 …

Demographics

Statue of Unity: India to Build World's Tallest Statue - Twice the Size of the Statue of Liberty

1 of 2<p>Authorities in north western India have given the green light to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's project to build the world's tallest …

Make in India is Modi’s new deal for foreign investors—these numbers explain why it was overdue

India now has a facilitation window of sorts for investors who want to do business in the country, ushering in a new paradigm that is meant to make India’s notorious labyrinth of red tape and bureaucratic hurdles an unhappy memory from the past.<p>A day after India’s triumphant Mars mission and hours …

India

Water Borne Diseases India

Water borne diseases due to consumption of contaminated water in India are the common and the main reason is unsafe drinking water supply, poor sanitation and hygiene. Let's take a look at Top 4 Water Borne Diseases in India caused by drinking contaminated water.

Water

India, China agree to end Himalayan border face-off | Reuters

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India and China have agreed to pull back troops ranged against each other on a remote Himalayan plateau, the Indian government said on Friday, ending their biggest face-off on the disputed border in a year.<p>Prime Minister Narendra Modi (R) and China's President Xi Jinping (C) …

India Zooms To Mars Much More Cheaply, But With Trade-Offs

Earlier this week, two spacecraft arrived at the planet Mars. One came from India, the other from the U.S. Both are now in orbit and collecting data. But the Indian probe is conducting its mission at a tiny fraction of the cost of its NASA counterpart.<p>"Some of the publicly available numbers are in …

Major Missions Agency Picks 'Radical' New President

Eight years ago, David Platt became one of the youngest megachurch pastors in America. Today the 36-year-old was announced as the next president of …

Death toll climbs in flood-hit India and Pakistan

The loudspeaker at a nearby mosque warned Ifat Najeeb what was coming.<p>Najeeb, 60, woke to warnings that a flood was imminent in the Gogjibagh region of Srinagar, Kashmir, where she and her husband live. Residents were advised to leave and move to safer areas.<p>"I woke up suddenly and felt something …

How Modi's India Is Reshaping Asia

NEW DELHI -- During his spirited campaign for parliamentary elections held earlier this year, Narendra Modi, the right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party's prime ministerial candidate, hardly spoke about foreign policy issues. Other than a few sharp barbs he aimed at Pakistan, China and Bangladesh -- …

Kolkata-Born Photographer Uses Football To Empower Girls In India

"I believe that girls' empowerment is of vital global importance," Indrani Pal-Chaudhuri, one of the famed photographers/filmmakers behind Markus and Indrani, not to mention the director of relations at the UN World Film forum, explained to HuffPost.<p>"While the press focuses on the dangers faced by …

India: The World's Fifth Largest Exporter By 2030?

India could be the world’s fastest growing exporter between 2014 and 2030, moving from the 14th largest exporter of goods by value to the world’s 5th largest, says a HSBC global trade report published today.<p>India’s economy may be facing weak near-term prospects – the economy has expanded by less …

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Water Terrorism: Flood-Hit Pakistan's Islamists Threaten to Wage 'New Jihad' against India - IBTimes India

The "water bomb" is worse than atom bomb, created to make Pakistan suffer, said Jamaat-ud-Dawa member Abdur Rauf.<p>Hafiz Saeed has once again blamed …

India to produce surplus sugar for fifth straight year - industry body | Reuters

MUMBAI (Reuters) - India, the world’s second biggest sugar producer after Brazil, is likely to churn out a surplus for the fifth straight year despite erratic rainfall in key growing areas, a leading industry body said on Wednesday.<p>A Kashmiri worker walks down from the sacks of sugar inside a …

Male Rickshaw Drivers Playing Key Role In Maternal Health Campaign In India

This post originally appeared on Women's eNews.<p>By Swapna Majumdar, Women's eNews<p>ODISHA, India (WOMENSENEWS)--As the autorickshaws begin lining up inside the compound at 7 a.m., Vijaylakmi Sahu knows she has just 30 minutes to finish her work.<p>Over the next half hour, Sahu works with clockwork …

India, Pakistan intensify cross-border firing, ties sour | Reuters

SRINAGAR India (Reuters) - Indian and Pakistani troops intensified firing across the border over the weekend killing at least four, an Indian official said on Sunday, straining ties between the arch rivals who recently called off top-level diplomatic talks.<p>Border Security Force (BSF) soldiers …

Video: Caste Forced to Clean Human Waste in India, in 2014

(New Delhi) – The Indian government should end “manual scavenging” – the cleaning of human waste by communities considered low-caste – by ensuring that local officials enforce the laws prohibiting this discriminatory practice, Human Rights Watch said in a new report released today. The government …

The story behind India’s rice bucket challenge

India has come up with a localised version of the chilling ice bucket challenge—the charity stunt that has gone viral on social media. The ALS ice bucket challenge involved participants posting videos of them having freezing water poured over them. The aim is to raise money and awareness for …

Social Media

Stampede at temple in central India kills 10, dozens injured | Reuters

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - A stampede at a Hindu temple in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh killed at least 10 people on Monday and injured dozens, police and media said.<p>Several thousand pilgrims had gathered at the Kamtanath temple for prayers ahead of a new moon night when an electrical …

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Iconic Eats: India

Don't miss these ten classic dishes and drinks—from satisfying street snacks to soulful rice dishes—when travelling throughout the subcontinent<p>Samosas<p>…

India school teacher 'absent for 23 years'

<b>An Indian state school says one of its teachers has been absent for 23 years of her 24-year career.</b><p>Sangeeta Kashyap was recruited as a biology teacher in the central state of Madhya Pradesh in 1990.<p>School authorities say they do not know when she was last paid a salary, but she is still listed as …

At Least 60 Dead, Scores Missing in India Landslide

Villagers watch a rescue operation standing by mud and slush at the site of a landslide in Malin village, in the western<p>... VIEW MORE<p>Rafiq …

Natural Disasters

Rescuers pull out 90 bodies after landslides in India

Rescuers have recovered 90 bodies so far after landslides trapped dozens of people last week in a western Indian village.<p>At least eight people were pulled out alive after the landslides hit Wednesday following heavy monsoon rains.<p>"There are almost no chances of finding survivors now unless some …

In India's Sultry Summer, Bucket Bathing Beats Indoor Showers

Two items that are essential to most Indian households are a bucket and a pitcher. They are to Indians what showers are to Americans, an integral part of the daily ritual of bathing. In a country where you can't count on running water, the vast majority of people bathe using a bucket of water and a …