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INDIA: 50 people dead as a speeding train runs over a crowd

INDIA: 50 people dead as a speeding train runs over a crowd

A speeding train ran over a crowd watching fireworks during a religious festival in India today, killing at least 50 people. Hundreds of people were watching the burning of an effigy of demon Ravana during the Hindu festival of Dussehra in northern Punjab state when the train struck. The commuter train hit the crowd standing […]

Charities ordered to leave Pakistan

Charities ordered to leave Pakistan

The Pakistani government has ordered international NGOs to end their operations and leave the country within 60 days. One of the charities affected, ActionAid, said the move was part of a “worrying escalation of recent attacks on civil society” in Pakistan. The Pakistani Interior Ministry would not comment on the cases. But in a letter […]

Indonesian Tsunami kills 400

Indonesian Tsunami kills 400

The devastating impact of a huge tsunami in the Indonesian city of Palu has been revealed in chilling aerial photographs – in a natural disaster estimated to have killed at least 400 people. The tsunami, which was triggered after a magnitude-7.5 earthquake, ripped through the Pacific Ring of Fire and crashed into the Palu at […]

India says NO to foreign aid for Kerala disaster

India says NO to foreign aid for Kerala disaster

India today made it clear that it will not accept any assistance from foreign governments for flood-ravaged Kerala in sync with an existing policy. External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said the government was committed to meeting the requirements for relief and rehabilitation in Kerala through domestic efforts. A number of countries have announced assistance […]

SHOCKING: India woman beaten and paraded naked

SHOCKING: India woman beaten and paraded naked

A woman was stripped and paraded naked by a mob in eastern India’s Bihar state on the suspicion of killing a man. The mob burned the woman’s house, dragged her out on to the street and beat her, police said. The incident took place on Monday after the body of Vimlesh Shah, 19, was found […]

India Flooding: Death toll rises to 350

India Flooding: Death toll rises to 350

The Indian flooding death toll has risen to over 350 with more than 800,000 people in total displaced by the natural disaster. Experts are labeling the deluge which has smashed the southern Indian state of Kerala this week as ‘the worst flooding in a century’ as rescuers battle to save those still cut off by […]

India Monsoon: Floods kill 100 in Kerala

India Monsoon: Floods kill 100 in Kerala

Nearly 100 people have lost their lives since August 8 as Kerala reels under one of the worst floods in its history. On Thursday, torrential rain and floods claimed 30 lives, swamping homes, destroying roads, and disrupting air and rail traffic in many places, officials said. Overall, 97 people have died in rain-related incidents since […]

Banks demand more money from Vijay Mallya

Banks demand more money from Vijay Mallya

Vijay Mallya, who is fighting legal battles in India and UK, faces another setback after the London high court ordered him to pay a further £1,75,000 (Rs 1.5 crore) towards the legal fees of a consortium of Indian banks after losing his high court case against them. Mallya, who now owes approximately Rs 10,000 crore […]

Seven people found dead in Western Australia

Seven people found dead in Western Australia

Seven people have been found dead at a rural property in what is reported to be Australia’s worst mass shooting since 1996. The bodies of four children and three adults were discovered in the town of Osmington in Western Australia (WA), 280km (170 miles) south of Perth. Three generations of the same family were among […]

Mahathir Mohamad becomes oldest elected leader in the world

Mahathir Mohamad becomes oldest elected leader in the world

Mahathir Mohamad has been sworn in as Malaysia’s prime minister following his unexpected election win. Mahathir previously governed Malaysia in the 1980s and 90s. Thursday’s win makes him the oldest elected leader in the world. Mahathir Mohamad, Malaysia’s 92-year-old former strongman, was sworn in as the country’s seventh prime minister last night after leading a […]

INDIA: Seven killed over caste discrimination

INDIA: Seven killed over caste discrimination

Seven people have died amid violent protests involving tens of thousands of protesters from the Dalit (formerly untouchable) community across India. They have taken to the streets to protest against a Supreme Court order that they say weakens a law designed to protect lower caste communities. Train services have been affected and some main roads […]