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Indian IVF doctors slam move to ban commercial surrogacy

Ahmedabad - Leading Indian fertility doctors and surrogate mothers Thursday criticised a move to ban commercial surrogacy, saying it will severely limit options for childless couples and women who carry others' babies as a way out of poverty.

Man swallows 40 knives, receives surgery to remove them

Amritsar - A policeman in India developed a taste for swallowing blades. As a result, he was admitted to the hospital a few days ago. It turned out he had 40 knives in his stomach and they had to be removed.

India's alarming loss of agricultural lands has global impact

A new analysis of satellite images shows that nearly 30 percent of India's agricultural land is turning into desert, and the rate of soil degradation is increasing at an alarming rate.

Indian policemen suspended over deadly moonshine

New Delhi - Indian authorities have suspended 15 police officers for negligence after 16 people died from drinking suspected toxic liquor in a state which recently introduced prohibition, an official said Friday.

Indian 'oldest man ever' says yoga, celibacy key to age

Kolkata - Looking remarkably unlined for his claimed 120 years, an Indian monk who says he is the oldest man to have ever lived puts his longevity down to no sex or spices, and daily yoga.

Electric cars could replace 90 percent of current U.S. vehicles

A new study out of the U.S. has determined electric vehicles, with their current charging limitations, could replace and do an equal job to 90 percent of the gasoline-powered vehicles on the road in that country today.

Baby born mid-air on flight to Philippines

New Delhi - A woman gave birth to a premature but healthy baby girl mid-flight while travelling from the United Arab Emirates to the Philippines, forcing the plane to carry out an emergency landing in India.

Three killed after kites slit throats in India

New Delhi - Two children and a man have died in the Indian capital after their throats were slit by glass-covered strings used for flying kites during Independence Day celebrations, police said Wednesday.

New clues about the decline of snow leopards

Snow leopards are an endangered species. Ecologists have successfully linked the decline to a reduction in the food supply. New research, however, has found the food source that scientists thought was being affected is wrong.

India built 20 million toilets in two years, PM says

New Delhi - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Monday his government had built more than 20 million toilets and brought electricity to thousands of villages as he delivered an Independence Day report card.

India court lifts ban on large diesel cars in Delhi

New Delhi - India's top court Friday lifted a ban on the registration of new high-end diesel vehicles in New Delhi after carmakers said they had been left stranded with thousands of unsold SUVs.

Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan detained at US airport

New Delhi - Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan took to Twitter Friday to express his annoyance at being detained by US airport immigration authorities for the third time, saying the experience "really, really sucks".

Indian robbers cut hole in train roof in $750,000 heist

Chennai - A gang of robbers cut a hole in the roof of a train travelling through southern India and stole more than $750,000 in cash, police said on Wednesday.

Indian cricketer Jadeja fined $300 for lion selfies

Ahmedabad - Indian cricketer Ravindra Jadeja has been fined $300 for taking selfies with endangered Asiatic lions in the country's west despite a ban on such photos, a senior forest official said on Wednesday.

Family of six feared trapped in deadly Mumbai building collapse

Mumbai - Rescuers were searching Sunday for a family of six feared trapped in a building that collapsed and killed two people on the outskirts of the Indian city of Mumbai, police said.

Apple's Indian smartphone troubles are getting even worse

A new report has revealed the extent of Apple's failure to win over Indian smartphone buyers. Google's Android now holds 97 percent of the market as Apple struggles to win customers over with the iPhone. Most devices sold in India are cheap handsets.

Gunmen kill 12 in northeast India market attack

Guwahati - Gunmen on Friday opened fire on a busy market in a restive area of northeast India, killing 12 people and wounding several others, police said.

Search for 20 feared dead after India bridge collapse

Mumbai - Rescuers were searching Wednesday for 20 people missing and feared dead after two buses plunged into a fast-flowing river in western India when a bridge collapsed in torrential monsoon rain, officials said.

Thousands protest attack on low-caste Indians

Ahmedabad - Thousands of low-caste Dalits formerly known as "untouchables" protested in western India on Sunday against an attack on their members by cow protection vigilantes.

Monsoon-triggered floods kill more than 50 in India

Guwahati - Floods triggered by days of torrential monsoon rains have claimed more than 50 lives in eastern India this week, the country's home minister and reports said Saturday, with millions of people affected by surging waters.
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