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Sitting ducks: fear stalks India's biggest slum as virus cases inch up

Mumbai - Amidst the clogged drains and overflowing garbage dumps of Mumbai's Dharavi -- one of Asia's largest slums -- coronavirus fears are growing, and residents say they are powerless to stop the spread of the disease.

India's COVID-19 lockdown leaves no one to harvest the crops

A severe shortage of labor, triggered by India's 21-day lockdown to curb the spread of the new coronavirus, will disrupt harvesting of winter crops in the world's second-largest producer of staple food grains, such as wheat.

Good cop, bad cop as Indian police deal with lockdown rebels

New Delhi - One minute they're dancing in the street in comical coronavirus helmets, the next they're seen beating people for flouting a nationwide lockdown -- Indian police have played good cop, bad cop in a bid to halt the spread of coronavirus.

India manhunt after Islamic gathering becomes virus hotspot

New Delhi - A large religious gathering in New Delhi has sparked a manhunt across India for suspected coronavirus cases after being linked to dozens of infections and several deaths.

India reels from migrant worker coronavirus exodus

New Delhi - Indian authorities struggled Monday to help millions left jobless by a crippling coronavirus lockdown, potentially undermining efforts to stop the virus ravaging the world's second most-populous nation.

'Super-spreader' guru puts Indian villages on high alert

New Delhi - At least 15,000 people who may have caught the coronavirus from a 'super-spreader' guru are under strict quarantine in northern India after the Sikh religious leader died of COVID-19.

Stranded by virus lockdown, India migrant workers walk home

New Delhi - With India locked down over the coronavirus and no way to earn money, Dilipji Thakor faces a grim choice: either walk home or die hungry.

Emergency flights for tens of thousands stranded by virus in S.Asia

Kathmandu - Foreign governments on Friday stepped up operations to evacuate tens of thousands of tourists stranded by the coronavirus pandemic in remote locations across South Asia, from Everest base camp to beach hotels in Sri Lanka.

India's coronavirus heroes come under attack

New Delhi - They have been hailed as India's coronavirus "heroes", but doctors, nurses, delivery drivers and other frontline workers have been attacked and in some cases evicted from their homes by panicked residents.

Indians race for supplies as coronavirus lockdown bites

New Delhi - Anxious Indians raced for essentials on Wednesday as an unprecedented 21-day lockdown across the nation of 1.3 billion people all but emptied normally traffic-choked roads.

India to go under total virus lockdown, says PM Modi

New Delhi - India's 1.3 billion people will go under "total lockdown" for 21 days to combat the spread of the coronavirus, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Tuesday, sparking panic buying.

India to halt domestic passenger flights in ramp-up of virus action

Mumbai - India will ground all domestic passenger flights from Wednesday to combat the spread of the coronavirus, the government said, as more states ordered lockdowns in the world's second most populous nation.

Maoist rebels gun down 17 Indian police

Raipur - Hundreds of Maoist rebels gunned down 17 Indian security forces in one of the deadliest ambushes in recent years by the militants, a police spokesman said.

The gang-rape and murder that shocked India

New Delhi - Four men were hanged Friday, more than seven years after a gang-rape and murder that stunned India. Here are the facts surrounding the crime.

India hangs four over 2012 Delhi bus gang-rape

New Delhi - India executed four men on Friday for the gang-rape and murder of a woman on a Delhi bus in 2012 that sparked huge nationwide protests and international revulsion.

Delhi bus gang-rapists to hang on Friday: lawyer

New Delhi - Four men convicted of the 2012 gang-rape and murder of a New Delhi student will be executed on Friday, the victim's lawyer said after a court dismissed a final last-minute petition to delay the hangings.

Hindu group touts cow urine elixir for coronavirus

New Delhi - Dozens of Hindu activists held a cow urine party in the Indian capital Saturday to protect themselves from the new coronavirus, as countries around the world struggle to control the deadly pandemic.

India reports first coronavirus death amid new restrictions

New Delhi - India on Thursday reported its first coronavirus death as authorities ordered schools, theatres and cinemas closed in New Delhi for the rest of the month in a bid to keep the pandemic at bay.

Hand-made tale: Indian amputee's new lower limbs adapt to her body

New Delhi - When amputee Shreya Siddanagowder was offered new hands, the Indian student didn't hesitate -- even though they were big, dark and hairy, and once belonged to a man.

Science and shamanism: Medicine meets Myanmar's far-flung Naga tribes

- With Malaria and tuberculosis screening out front and sacrifices to jungle gods out back, health worker Htan Pi and her shaman mother are an unlikely double-act in their isolated Myanmar village.

India makes u-turn on TV ban over Delhi riot coverage

New Delhi - The Indian government backtracked Saturday after slapping a 48-hour ban on two TV channels for what officials called biased coverage of New Delhi riots.

No going back after deadly Delhi riots

New Delhi - Hazra Begum has been living in fear since witnessing men chanting Hindu religious slogans hack, bludgeon and burn Muslims to death in Delhi's worst sectarian riots in decades.

India-EU summit postponed due to coronavirus

New Delhi - An India-EU summit scheduled for March 13 in Brussels has been postponed because of the coronavirus, New Delhi said Thursday.

Italian tourists in India quarantined with coronavirus

New Delhi - A group of Italian tourists were under quarantine in India Wednesday, with 16 testing positive for the new coronavirus, prompting authorities to tighten controls.

Hanging of Delhi bus rapists postponed indefinitely

New Delhi - The execution of four men convicted of the brutal gang-rape and murder of a student on a New Delhi bus in 2012 was indefinitely postponed by a court Monday.

In Delhi, two tales of one deadly riot

New Delhi - Mehtab Ali and Rahul Thakur, a Muslim and a Hindu both 23, lived in adjacent streets. Both died this week in Delhi's worst religious riots in decades.

US urges India to allow peaceful assembly after riots

Washington - The United States on Thursday urged India to respect the right to peaceful assembly and called on all sides to refrain from violence after sectarian riots in Delhi killed at least 33 people.

Deadly riots expose India's Hindu-Muslim divide

New Delhi - Gul Mohammad had a flourishing footwear business until masked men armed with crude petrol bombs burnt down his shops during Delhi's sectarian riots, shattering the harmony between Hindus and Muslims in the neighbourhood.

Sporadic violence in Delhi as death toll hits 32

New Delhi - Sporadic violence hit parts of Delhi overnight as gangs roamed streets littered with the debris of days of sectarian riots that have killed 32 people, police said Thursday.

Modi calls for calm as Delhi riots toll rises to 27

New Delhi - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi called for calm Wednesday after Delhi's worst sectarian violence in decades left at least 27 people dead and prompted demands for a military curfew.
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