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May 27, 2009 | Rama Lakshmi, Lakshmi writes for the Washington Post.
A little more than a year ago, Rajesh Razdan quit his cushy, well-paying job with a global cellphone company here to launch a small start-up that would offer a slew of new services to cellphone users. India's recent economic boom, he said, was the perfect setting in which to become an entrepreneur.
October 13, 2013 | By Mark Magnier
NEW DELHI - India breathed a sigh of relief Sunday as assessment teams fanned out across the eastern part of the country in the wake of the biggest storm in 14 years and found extensive property damage but relatively little loss of life. The state news service, Press Trust of India, reported that 23 people died as a result of Cyclone Phailin, most from falling trees or flying debris. Many had predicted a far higher death toll from the storm in this country of 1.2 billion people, where crisis management, regulation, planning and execution are often inadequate and thousands lose their lives each year to natural disasters, building collapses, train accidents and poor crowd control.
June 23, 2012
While in India, I joined a three-plus hour walk through an Old Delhi bazaar with the opportunity to sample foods prepared on the spot, followed by a dinner at a haveli , a five-story, 17-room private home nestled in a side alley. The host is knowledgeable and a long-time resident. The food is vegetarian but delicious, and I'm a true carnivore. Old Delhi Bazaar Walk & Haveli Visit, 1517 Gali Arya Samaj, Sita Ram Bazaar, Delhi; . Half-day tours, $50. Full-day tours also available.
December 17, 2013 | By Mark Magnier
NEW DELHI -- India reacted Tuesday to the arrest of one of its diplomats in New York last week by snubbing a U.S. Congressional delegation, removing security from outside the U.S. Embassy and threatening to treat U.S. diplomats the same way it says its envoys were treated by America. The issue has become a major story, with India's often-breathless media calling the situation a “full blown diplomatic war,” while National Security Adviser Shivshankar Menon was quoted describing the U.S. action as “barbaric” and “despicable.” The incident was sparked off when Devyani Khobragade, India's deputy consul general, was arrested last week by New York police on charges of visa fraud.
May 1, 2009
May 15, 2011 | By Mark Magnier, Los Angeles Times
Reporting from Ladrymbai, India The young miners descend on rickety ladders made of branches into the makeshift coal mines dotting the Jaintia Hills in northeast India, scrambling sideways into "rat hole" shafts so small that even kneeling becomes impossible. Lying horizontally, they hack away with picks and their bare hands: Human labor here is far cheaper than machines. Many wear flip-flops and shorts, their faces and lungs blackened by coal. None have helmets. Two hours of grinding work fills a cart half the size of a coffin that they drag back, crouching, to the mouth where a clerk credits their work.
March 22, 2010 | By Mark Magnier
She grew up in a dusty West Bengal village, where no one had access to toilets. Most of the female villagers headed to a particular field. But it was a bit of a walk and often required asking another woman to help shield you from lecherous men. Boko, a 35-year-old woman with a yellow sari and a big smile, now sweeps floors at a truck stop with toilets. It's a big improvement, says the woman, who identified herself only by her first name. A United Nations report released March 15 says that despite progress in the last two decades, 2.4 billion people around the world still lack access to basic sanitary facilities -- including an estimated 638 million in India alone.
April 1, 2013 | By Emily Alpert
Female tourists are avoiding India and canceling trips there after violent rapes made headlines around the world, according to a business association based in New Delhi. The number of tourists coming to India has fallen 25% since December, the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India found in its recent survey of 1,200 tour operators around the country -- a trend that frustrates government plans to ramp up the number of tourists by 12% every year. Women are even more likely to steer clear of India: The flow of female travelers has plunged 35% as women from Britain, Canada and the United States scrap tours they had already booked, local businesses told the group.
April 19, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Here's a deal that will get you thinking about your bucket list: Luxury travel outfitter Abercrombie & Kent 's spring sale takes up to 50% off prices on summer trips to India, China , Russia, Spain and other destinations. Sale ends Friday, so act quickly if you want to go. The deal: A&K's Spring Savings start at $1,595 a person (half off the usual price of these independent tours) for an 11-day trip to India or an eight-day trip to Thailand on many dates throughout the summer.
September 22, 1985 | From Reuters
At least 143 people have been killed in heavy rains and floods sweeping through India's northern Uttar Pradesh state during the current monsoon season, the Press Trust of India reported Friday.
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