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August 13, 2019 | Via Al Jazeera

Death Toll from Indian Floods Reaches 147, Thousands Evacuated

The death toll from floods in the Indian states of Karnataka, Kerala and Maharashtra has risen to at least 147, according to authorities, as rescue teams raced to evacuate people and waters submerged parts of a world heritage site. Heavy rain and landslides forced hundreds of thousands of people to take shelter in relief camps, while train services were canceled in several flood-hit areas.

August 9, 2019 | Via NY Times

Modi Defends Revoking Kashmir’s Statehood as Protests Flare

India’s prime minister, Narendra Modi, addressed the nation Thursday night for the first time about his government’s unilateral decision to revoke Kashmir’s autonomy, speaking against a backdrop of rising protests, mass arrests and escalating tensions with Pakistan. Mr. Modi defended the action, arguing that it would make the restive territory more secure. “A new era has begun,” he said.

August 7, 2019 | Via Reuters

China, Pakistan Slam India’s Move to Change Kashmir’s Special Status

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s plan to change the status of Kashmir ran into fierce opposition from China and its ally Pakistan on Tuesday as the disputed territory lay under a telecoms blackout to forestall protests for a second day. China said it opposed India’s decision to revoke Kashmir’s special status and that New Delhi needed to be cautious on border issues.

August 6, 2019 | Via BBC

India Strips Disputed Kashmir of Special Status

India’s government has revoked part of the constitution that gives Indian-administered Kashmir special status, prompting fears of unrest. Article 370 is sensitive because it guarantees significant autonomy for the Muslim-majority state. The measure was accompanied by a telecoms and media blackout which began on Sunday evening. There is a long-running insurgency on the Indian side. India and Pakistan fought several conflicts over Kashmir.

August 5, 2019 | Via BBC

Kashmir Leaders Under House Arrest as Unrest Grows

Top politicians in Indian-administered Kashmir have been put under house arrest, days after thousands of troops were deployed to the disputed region. Last week authorities also ordered tourists and Hindu pilgrims to leave, citing a “terror threat” against an annual pilgrimage to a major shrine. Kashmir has been under governor’s rule since June 2018 when the governing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) pulled out of a state government coalition with the regional People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

July 31, 2019 | Via Reuters

Indian Coffee Tycoon Siddhartha’s Body Found Floating in River

Authorities in Southern India recovered the body of coffee baron V.G. Siddhartha floating in a river on Wednesday, two days after his disappearance sparked speculation that he was under intense financial strain. The recovery of Siddhartha’s body unnerved investors in his flagship listed Coffee Day Enterprises Ltd and sent its shares plunging to an all-time low on Wednesday.

July 22, 2019 | Via BBC

India Launches Second Moon Mission

India has successfully launched its second lunar mission a week after it halted the scheduled blast-off due to a technical snag. Chandrayaan-2 was launched at 14:43 local time (09:13 GMT) on Monday from the Sriharikota space station. India hopes the $145m (£116m) mission will be the first to land on the Moon’s south pole. Prime Minister Narendra Modi praised the mission for being “fully indigenous”.

June 17, 2019 | Via BBC

India Magician Feared Drowned in River After Houdini Trick

An Indian magician, who attempted to recreate Harry Houdini’s famed trick by jumping shackled into a river, is feared dead. He was shackled with six locks and a chain as spectators on two boats watched him. Chanchal Lahiri was meant to escape and swim to safety but did not emerge from the Hooghly river in West Bengal state.

June 14, 2019 | Via CNN

Brain Disease Linked to Lychee Toxins Kills 47 Children in India

Almost 50 children have died in northern India over the past three weeks from a brain disease that has been linked to toxins in lychees. Two hospitals in the city of Muzaffarpur had registered a total of 179 cases since January, they said, but the deaths occurred only in the past few weeks. The state health department has blamed hypoglycemia — low blood sugar — for the children’s deaths but said that lychee fruit, which is widely grown in the region, also plays a role.

May 24, 2019 | Via NY Post

India Troops Kill Kashmir Militant Linked to al-Qaida

Government forces in Indian-controlled Kashmir killed a top militant commander linked to al-Qaida in the disputed region, officials said on Friday. Zakir Musa was killed Thursday evening in a gunfight after police and soldiers launched a counterinsurgency operation in the southern Tral area, said Col. Rajesh Kalia, an Indian army spokesman. His killing triggered violent anti-India protests in many places. Previously, no global jihadi groups have openly operated in Kashmir, a territory divided between India and Pakistan but claimed by both entirely.

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