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Flood rescue stepped up as more torrential rain batters Kerala

Kochi - Rescuers in helicopters and boats fought through renewed torrential rain Saturday to reach stranded villages in India's Kerala state as the toll from the worst monsoon floods in a century rose above 320 dead.

Woman gives birth after helicopter rescue from India floods

Kochi - A heavily pregnant woman stranded by floods in the Indian state of Kerala gave birth just after being airlifted to safety, an Indian Navy spokesman said, as the military stepped up rescue operations on Saturday.

More than 320 dead in India flood crisis

Kochi - Pressure intensified Saturday to save thousands still trapped by devastating floods that have killed more than 300 in the Indian state of Kerala, triggering landslides and sending torrents sweeping through villages in the region's worst inundation cris...

Flood death toll in India's Kerala jumps to 164

Kochi - The death toll from major floods in India's tourist hotspot Kerala has jumped to 164, state chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan said Friday, issuing a fresh heavy rainfall warning for the battered region.

Nukes and nationalism: Former Indian PM Vajpayee

New Delhi - Former Indian prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who died Thursday aged 93, will be remembered for declaring India a nuclear-armed state while struggling to maintain his image as the moderate face of Hindu nationalism.

India flood toll hits 86 in 'extremely grave' crisis

Kochi - The official death toll from major floods in India's tourist hotspot of Kerala hit 86 on Thursday with media reporting even higher numbers amid warnings of more torrential rainfall.

India's three-time prime minister Vajpayee dead at 93

New Delhi - Three-time Indian prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee died Thursday, sparking tributes from across the political spectrum as current leader Narendra Modi mourned the "irreplaceable loss" of the respected statesman.

India's three-time prime minister Vajpayee dies aged 93

New Delhi - Three-time Indian prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee has died, current leader Narendra Modi said Thursday of the ailing 93-year-old who had been hospitalised.

India warns of 'extremely grave' crisis as flood toll rises

Kochi - Hundreds of troops led a desperate operation to rescue families trapped by mounting floods in India's Kerala state Thursday as the death toll reached 106 with nearly 150,000 left homeless.

Flood toll in India's tourist hotspot Kerala jumps to 67

Kochi - The flood toll in India's southern tourist hotspot of Kerala jumped to 67 after another 25 deaths were reported Wednesday, with more than 50,000 people seeking shelter in relief camps, a state official told AFP.

Hero dog 'saves Indian family' in flood-hit Kerala

New Delhi - A family in the flood-ravaged Indian state of Kerala narrowly escaped death after their pet dog woke them up moments before a landslide destroyed their home, local media reported Monday.Mohanan P.

Beatles' Indian hideaway comes together, 50 years on

Rishikesh - Fifty years after the Beatles came to India, the bungalows where the Fab Four lived, the post office where John Lennon sent Yoko Ono postcards and the giggling guru's house are all ruins.

Flash floods kill 37 in India's tourist hotspot Kerala

New Delhi - Flash floods in Kerala have killed 37 people and displaced around 36,000, Indian officials said Saturday, after heavy monsoons led to landslides and overflowing reservoirs across the southern state.

Protests after seven-year-old raped in Delhi

New Delhi - Scores of angry parents protested outside a government-run school in New Delhi on Friday after a seven-year-old girl was allegedly raped by an electrician on its premises, police said.

Bookcases and biryani collide as Ikea tackles India

Hyderabad - Curious customers lay on beds and nestled into armchairs Thursday as Ikea opened its first Indian outlet, hoping to wow a burgeoning middle class with offerings tweaked to local tastes, including its famous meatballs.

Patriotic tunes but no bed-lam for Ikea's Indian debut

Hyderabad - Ikea's first Indian outlet opened on Thursday, with more than 200 eager shoppers queueing in the underground car park to escape the heat as a military band played a crowd-pleasing medley inside.

India orders children's home checks after sex abuse scandals

New Delhi - India has ordered the inspection of at least 9,000 shelters for abandoned and orphaned children after a wave of sex abuse scandals shocked the country, a minister reportedly said.

Thousands of Indian tea workers strike for 50 cent pay rise

Kolkata - Hundreds of thousands of tea plantation workers in eastern India went on a three-day strike Tuesday demanding a 50 cent increase in their daily wage from the government and estate owners.

India's top court demands action against rape at govt homes

New Delhi - India's top court Tuesday ordered the government to explain what it was doing to prevent rape at state-run children's homes as horrific details emerge of sex abuse rings.

Rains kill 80 in north India, fish in flooded hospitals

New Delhi - Dirty water with fish squirming around flooded a hospital in northeast India after monsoon rain and at least 80 people died within days in one state in weather-related accidents, officials said Monday.
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