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Indian Couple Hacked To Death By Grocer They Owed 22 cents, police say

Indian Couple Hacked To Death By Grocer They Owed 22 cents, police say

A man was beheaded and his wife hacked to death after a disagreement with a grocer, according to authorities in India. The killings took place in the Mainpuri district of the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh Thursday, following an argument earlier that day. The couple, who belonged to the lowest rung of India’s caste […]

Vauxhall And BMW Among Car Firms Linked To Child Labour Over Glittery Mica Paint

Vauxhall And BMW Among Car Firms Linked To Child Labour Over Glittery Mica Paint

Some of the world’s biggest car makers including Vauxhall, BMW, Volkswagen and Audi are launching investigations into their paint supply chains after the Guardian linked their suppliers to illegal mines in India where child labour and debt bondage are widespread. Children as young as 10 work at mines for mica, a mineral that creates the […]

Israeli Woman Allegedly Gang-Raped In Indian Tourist Town Of Manali

Israeli Woman Allegedly Gang-Raped In Indian Tourist Town Of Manali

A 25-year-old Israeli woman has allegedly been raped by two men in the popular northern Indian Himalayan resort town of Manali, senior local police officers said on Monday. The woman told police she was attacked early on Sunday after flagging down what she thought was a taxi and asking for a lift to a nearby […]

The First Indian Air Force Women Who Went Into A War Zone

The First Indian Air Force Women Who Went Into A War Zone

 New Delhi:  It’s a story that has been forgotten in the fanfare of India’s first women fighter pilots being commissioned into the Indian Air Force earlier this year. India’s first women combat aviators went into a war zone 17 years ago, during the Kargil War. And while Flight Lieutenant Gunjan Saxena and Flight Lieutenant Srividya […]

Tax On Junk Food In Kerala Leaves Indians With A Bitter Taste

Tax On Junk Food In Kerala Leaves Indians With A Bitter Taste

Meera Pandey* remembers the day she tasted her first hamburger. It was about 10 years ago, in her hometown of Kochi, in the south Indian state of Kerala, at a new fast food restaurant. It tasted like nothing she’d ever eaten before. “I loved it,” she says. “It was so different.” Pandey loved burgers so […]

Coal India Accused Of Bulldozing Human Rights Amid Production Boom

Coal India Accused Of Bulldozing Human Rights Amid Production Boom

The bulldozer came to Barkuta village at 10am one February morning. Nirupabai was working in the fields when her neighbours called, telling her to rush home. By the time she reached her house it had been reduced to rubble. “I cried, I screamed, trying to save it,” she says, recalling the eviction now two years […]

From Basket Weavers To Salt Farmers: The Women Leading A Renewable Revolution

From Basket Weavers To Salt Farmers: The Women Leading A Renewable Revolution

“People call us Mama Solar,” says Solar Sister entrepreneur Hilaria Paschal. In her native Tanzania, Paschal and her fellow basket weavers buy solar lights and clean cookstoves from Solar Sister, a social enterprise empowering women to bring clean energy to rural African communities, and sell them to friends and neighbours living without access to electricity. […]

Why Is The Rape Crisis In Rural India Passing Under The Radar?

Why Is The Rape Crisis In Rural India Passing Under The Radar?

Another horrific rape and murder in India, this time in the southern state of Kerala, in Perumbavoor, Ernakulam. At least 30 injuries were found on the victim’s body; her intestines were eviscerated and she had bite marks on her back. This – the Jisha case – bears a chilling similarity to the Nirbhaya case, the […]

India Tomato Shortage Causes Curry Crisis And Puts Sellers Under Pressure

India Tomato Shortage Causes Curry Crisis And Puts Sellers Under Pressure

At Pimpalgaon Basant, a village in western India, there is not a single cloud in the sky. The last time it rained was days ago, and that was only for an hour. Without rain, the Pimpalgaon tomato market, said to be the biggest in Asia, is almost empty. “We have around 75% fewer tomatoes than […]

India Goes From Village To Village To Compile World’s Biggest ID Database

India Goes From Village To Village To Compile World’s Biggest ID Database

The digital revolution arrives in remote Indian villages such as Akbarpur by communication methods old and new: a WhatsApp message buzzes through to the village chief; he notifies his fellows via megaphone. The world’s biggest biometric ID programme is coming to town. The next day, two men arrive at the village in Palwal district, Haryana […]