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Indian officials exchange blame for train plowing into festival crowd

Indian officials exchange blame for train plowing into festival crowdPunjab state’s Chief Minister Amarinder Singh told reporters on Saturday that 59 people had died with 57 injured in the accident and that an official inquiry would be carried out over the next four weeks. A large crowd had formed near the tracks on the city’s fringe for the burning of effigies as part of a major Hindu festival on Friday when the train sped through the gathering in darkness, officials and witnesses said. Grieving relatives and residents, some of whom were still scouring the bloodied fields for belongings of their loved ones, said there was no warning from the train as it rolled down the tracks just as firecrackers exploded in the sky in the annual Dusshera festival.



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Indian minister sues woman alleging sexual harassment for defamation

Indian minister sues woman alleging sexual harassment for defamationIndian government minister MJ Akbar filed a defamation suit against one of at least 10 women accusing him of sexual harassment on Monday, calling her allegations false and malicious. The lawsuit, a copy of which was reviewed by Reuters, names journalist Priya Ramani as the sole accused and says that she "intentionally put forward malicious, fabricated and salacious" allegations to harm his reputation. Ramani was not immediately reachable for comment. The lawsuit comes amid widespread calls on social media for Akbar's resignation from his post as the minister of state for external affairs. Akbar, 67, a veteran editor who founded several publications, has been accused of a range of inappropriate behaviour by female journalists who previously worked as his subordinates. An Indian policeman takes away a Congress party worker during a protest against India's junior external affairs minister MJAkbar in New Delhi Credit: Manish Swarup/ AP Many journalists have called for Akbar to be sacked and have threatened to boycott events he is attending until he resigns. More than 200 protesters from the youth wing of the opposition Congress party waved placards and chanted slogans outside Akbar's Delhi home on Monday. Some jumped barricades and clashed with police and dozens were detained, a Reuters witness said. Akbar is one of the highest-profile figures so far to face accusations in India's burgeoning #MeToo movement. Several powerful men from the worlds of media, entertainment and the arts have been snared in sexual harassment and assault allegations, which have led to a string of ousters. In a one-page statement on Sunday, Akbar described allegations against him as "wild and baseless" and questioned if they were politically motivated. "Why has this storm risen a few months before a general election? Is there an agenda? You be the judge," he said in the statement. Shutapa Paul, one of the women who has accused Akbar of sexual misconduct, told Reuters on Sunday that she was dismayed by Akbar's response. "Akbar's brazen shaming of all of us is evidence of his sense of entitlement and power. I feel let down by the powers that be," Paul said. "Truth and justice will prevail."



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50 dead as Indian bus plunges into valley

50 dead as Indian bus plunges into valleyFifty people died when a bus carrying Hindu pilgrims plunged into a valley in southern India on Tuesday, one of the deadliest accidents on the country’s notorious roads in recent years. Road crashes in India claim the lives of more than 150,000 people each year. Most accidents are blamed on poor roads, badly maintained vehicles and reckless driving.



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Indian police investigate mystery after 11 members of family found dead and blindfolded in home

Indian police investigate mystery after 11 members of family found dead and blindfolded in homePolice in India's capital said they found 11 bodies in a home in mysterious circumstances on Sunday, 10 of them blindfolded and hanging from the roof. The victims belonged to a family and most had lived in one home in Burari village in the northern part of New Delhi, said police officer Vineet Kumar. Police are investigating whether the victims – four men, three women and four girls – died by suicide or were killed, Kumar said, adding that no suicide note was found. There were no bullet marks on the bodies of the victims, and there was no sign of forced entry into the house, Kumar said. Ten bodies, blindfolded by cotton and pieces of cloth, were found hanging from an iron grill used as a ventilator in the home's courtyard, while the body of a 70-year-old woman was lying on the floor of the house, said a police official who spoke on condition of anonymity, in line with department policy. Indian policemen secure the area near a building where 11 family members were found dead  Credit: AFP  The family was living in the house for more than two decades, the Hindustan Times newspaper reported. It said the house belongs to a businessman who ran a plywood shop and dairy. The newspaper said that at around 8am Sunday, a neighbor with whom the businessman used to go for morning walks went to see him and found the door of the house open and the 10 people, including the businessman, hanging. He raised an alarm and people called the police. "It is a tragic incident. Police are investigating. … Let's wait for their investigation to be over," said New Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who visited the scene. In a video posted on Twitter by Kejriwal's ruling party, the neighbors are heard telling Kejriwal that the family was busy with wedding preparations. A neighbor of the family said they couldn't have committed suicide, New Delhi Television reported. The neighbor said he spoke to one of the victims Saturday night and found no sign of any stress, the report said. Indian TV channels broadcast interviews with neighbors who said the family did not have any discord among themselves. Police official Rajesh Khurana told reporters that all angles were being investigated. "We can't rule out anything," he said. 



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Indian teenager gang-raped and burned alive in latest case to shock country 

Indian teenager gang-raped and burned alive in latest case to shock country A 17-year-old Indian girl was fighting for her life on Monday after being raped, doused in kerosene and set alight, the second such case to shake the country this week as it reels from a series of brutal sexual assaults. The teenager was attacked on Friday – the same day a 16-year-old was raped and burned to death, also in the eastern state of Jharkhand. The two incidents have shone a spotlight on the treatment of rape in India, where authorities are facing renewed pressure to act on sexual crimes after the recent gang rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl. The cases are some of the most high-profile since the 2012 rape and murder of a student on a New Delhi bus that triggered mass protests. "The girl has suffered 70 percent first-degree burns. There is a chance that she will survive," Shailendra Barnwal, police superintendent of Pakur district, told AFP. This photo taken on May 6, 2018 shows an alleged rapist (C) being held by Indian police, in the case of a 17-year-old girl who was raped and set on fire The victim has been moved to a private hospital with specialist facilities for "proper treatment and recovery", he said. Police have arrested a 19-year-old man who lives in the same neighbourhood as the victim. "He poured kerosene on the girl and set her on fire," Barnwal said. Fifteen people have been detained in the case of the 16-year-old, who was torched to death in the state's Chatra district. The main suspect in that case is said to have been angered by a village council punishment of 100 sit-ups and a $ 750 fine for raping the girl. He attacked her parents before setting their house on fire with the teenager inside. Some 40,000 rape cases were reported in India in 2016, but campaigners though say the real number is higher, with victims wary of making complaints because of social stigma.



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US man who killed Indian immigrant sentenced to life

US man who killed Indian immigrant sentenced to lifeA man in the US state of Kansas who shot dead an Indian immigrant while shouting “get out of my country,” was sentenced Friday to life in prison. Adam Purinton had previously pleaded guilty to the racial slur-filled, drunken attack in February last year at a suburban bar and restaurant in the Midwestern state. Srinivas Kuchibhotla, 32, was killed in the assault in the Kansas City suburb of Olathe.



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Indian police arrest 14 in rape, killing of girl

Indian police arrest 14 in rape, killing of girlPATNA, India (AP) — Indian police on Saturday arrested 14 people suspected of kidnapping, raping and burning to death a teenage girl, the latest in rising crimes against women in India despite toughening of laws.



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Indian officials lament inaction of cities with world's worst air

Indian officials lament inaction of cities with world's worst airBy Neha Dasgupta and Krishna N. Das NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Only a handful of India’s 100 most polluted cities have drawn up plans to combat air pollution despite being asked to do so three years ago, senior government officials said on Wednesday after a damning report by the World Health Organisation. India is home to the world’s 14 most polluted cities, the WHO said, based on the amount of particulate matter under 2.5 micrograms found in every cubic meter of air. Environment ministry officials said the WHO’s findings were embarrassing but not surprising.



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Indian villagers take revenge after three children killed by dogs

Indian villagers take revenge after three children killed by dogsAngry Indian villagers killed 13 stray dogs after three children were mauled to death by the animals on the same day, officials said Wednesday. Villagers in Khairabad in Uttar Pradesh state took the law into their own hands after being gripped by panic over daily attacks that according to media reports have now left 14 children dead since January. The three children, all aged under 12, were killed by packs of dogs in separate incidents on Tuesday as they collected mangoes in fields outside the village.



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