April 1, 2013 |
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.
December 17, 2013 |
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.
April 19, 2012 |
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.
December 19, 2011 |
Pawan Kumar is looking for a job. Not just any job; he wants to be India's newest hangman. Kumar, 50, an apparel salesman from a family of executioners, says it's in his DNA, demonstrating with well-callused hands how to slide a hood over a condemned person's head, grease the noose and wrench the lever so the floor parts like a wave. He acknowledges that he's never performed a hanging, India's preferred execution method, but says he's witnessed several and practiced using sandbags.
August 28, 2011 |
An anti-corruption activist who sparked a major political crisis in India agreed Saturday to end a 12-day hunger strike after officials acceded to his demands for tackling graft. Septuagenarian Anna Hazare thanked tens of thousands of supporters at the protest site, even as he cautioned that the struggle was far from over. "I feel this is the country's victory," he told the cheering crowd, adding that "we have won only half the battle. " He was flanked by key aides in front of an oversized image of his idol, Mohandas Gandhi.
April 6, 2010 |
Maoists in eastern India killed at least 70 paramilitary soldiers Tuesday, authorities said, underscoring the continued strength of an insurgency that India has tried for decades to wipe out. The dawn attack in Chhattisgarh state was among the deadliest in memory. S. R. Kalluri, a deputy police inspector in densely forested Dantewada district where the attack occurred, told local media that the soldiers were on an extended overnight patrol and stopped Monday night to rest. At some point, insurgents learned of their location and "at the break of dawn the Maoists attacked," Kalluri said.
September 22, 1985 |
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.
June 21, 1987 |
The World Bank will ask officials from the United States and 12 other nations this week to pledge $10 billion worth of aid to India over the next two years, officials said Friday.
September 17, 1996 |
Four Indian youths competing for jobs as police constables died in eastern India after running in a five-mile cross-country race in the midday heat, officials said Monday.
November 29, 2003 |
Television stations and cable operators in India have been ordered to stop airing movies, music videos and trailers deemed unsuitable for viewers under age 18, the broadcast minister was quoted as saying Friday. India's government may block out the channels that do not comply, Ravi Shankar Prasad told the Indian Express newspaper. "If you want to watch adult stuff, get it on video or DVD," said India's chief censor, Anupam Kher.