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World – Businessman arrested for selling fake degrees online

KARACHI –– Pakistani investigators have detained the head of a global Internet technology firm suspected of an alleged multimillion-dollar fraud selling fake university degrees online. Axact’s CEO Shoaib Sheikh and his deputy Waqas Atiq were taken into custody after a raid at their Karachi offices Tuesday night. Officials said hundreds of thousands of blank degree forms, […]

Deadly India heatwave

At least 500 people are reported to have died in a heatwave sweeping India, with temperatures reaching 48C (118F) in some areas. Most deaths have taken place in the southern states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, where more than 140 people have died since Saturday. Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh recorded 48C while temperatures rose to […]

World – Devastating quake

KATHMANDU — The death toll from Nepal’s earthquake soared past 3,300 today, and how much higher it would rise depended largely on the condition of vulnerable mountain villages that rescue workers were still struggling to reach two days after the disaster. Reports received so far by aid groups suggest that many communities perched on mountainsides […]

World – 600 students expelled

PATNA — About 600 high school students in eastern India have been expelled for cheating on pressure-packed tenth grade examinations this week, education authorities said today. The incident has received widespread attention after Indian television footage showed parents and friends of students scaling the outer walls of school buildings to pass cheat sheets to students […]

World – Groom fails maths test, left at wedding

UTTAR PRADESH –– An Indian bride today walked out of her wedding after her bridegroom failed to solve a simple maths problem, according to police in Uttar Pradesh. The bride asked the groom to add 15 and six. When he replied 17, she called off the marriage. Reports say the groom’s family tried to convince […]

World – Mob beats rape suspect to death

NEW DELHI –– A mob of several thousand people broke into a high-security prison in India, dragged out a rape suspect and killed him, officials said today, adding that police had to impose a curfew to restore order. Public tensions over the prevalence of rape in the country came to a head in 2012, when […]

World – India rape documentary ‘incites violence’

India’s Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has told all news channels not to air a controversial documentary about rape in India –– warning that the excerpts “appear to encourage and incite violence against women”. The BBC Storyville documentary was scheduled to air Sunday, but due to the “intense level of interest” in the programme, the […]

World – Widows celebrate

Widows daubed in colours taking part in the Holi celebrations organized by non-governmental organization Sulabh International at a widows’ ashram at Vrindavan, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, today. Traditionally in Hindu culture, widows are expected to renounce earthly pleasure so they do not celebrate Holi. But women at the shelter for widows, […]

Powerful cyclone kills 24 in India

VISAKHAPATNAM –– The death toll from a powerful cyclone which battered India’s eastern coastline rose to 24 today, as the storm weakened and moved inland, leaving a swathe of destruction and triggering fears heavy rains would bring flash floods. Packing wind speeds of up to 195 kph, Cyclone Hudhud hammered the coasts of Andhra Pradesh and […]

Worst floods in 22 years

SRINAGAR — A bus carrying more than 50 wedding guests was swept away today by a flooded stream in the Indian-held portion of Kashmir and all but three of the passengers were missing, officials said. Police officer Rajesh Kumar said the three swam to safety and told rescuers that about 50 others were trapped in […]

Teen has 232 teeth removed

MUMBAI – Doctors in India have extracted 232 teeth from the mouth of a 17-year-old boy in a seven-hour operation. Ashik Gavai was brought in with a swelling in his right jaw, Dr Sunanda Dhiware, head of Mumabi’s J.J. Hospital’s dental department, told the BBC. The teenager had been suffering for 18 months and travelled […]


NEW DELHI – A police officer and two other people have been arrested after two teenage girls were gang-raped and left hanging from the branches of a mango tree in a northern Indian village, authorities said today. The shocking attack on the girls – two cousins aged 14 and 16 – sparked outrage in the […]

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