October 9th, 2013
03:50 AM ET

Residential building collapses in India

At least one person was killed after a residential building collapsed in New Delhi on Wednesday, authorities said.

The four-story building, located in the northern part of the city, was more than 50 years old, New Delhi's fire chief A.K. Sharma said.

Two people have been hospitalized with injuries so far, he added.

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August 12th, 2013
05:49 AM ET

India unveils home-built aircraft carrier

India launched a 37,500-ton indigenous aircraft carrier Monday in its bid to join a select group of nations capable of building such warships.

The carrier INS Vikrant, meaning courageous, was unveiled at a shipyard in Kochi in southern India, defense ministry spokesman Sitanshu Kar told CNN.

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April 2nd, 2013
03:30 AM ET

Indian court lifts travel ban on Italy envoy

The Indian Supreme Court on Tuesday lifted its foreign travel ban on the Italian ambassador following Rome's recent decision to send two marines back to New Delhi where they face trial over the killing of two fishermen last year, a lawyer said.

The court barred Italian Ambassador Daniele Mancini from leaving India last month because of Rome's refusal at the time to return the two marines, who had been allowed to go home temporarily to vote in national elections.

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March 1st, 2013
08:55 AM ET

Alleged rape of girl in India prompt protests

An alleged rape of a 7-year-old has sparked angry protests in New Delhi, India, with TV footage showing demonstrators pelting a bus with stones and smashing its windows.

Police are investigating the act, which allegedly occurred in the municipal school where the girl studied. Sexual assault on females is a hot-button issue in India - the country still is reeling from the horrific allegations against five men and a juvenile who are accused of gang raping and murdering a 23-year-old woman in New Delhi in December.

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February 27th, 2013
02:08 AM ET

Fire kills 18 in India

A fire that swept through a six-story building in the east Indian city of Kolkata killed at least 18 people early Wednesday morning, authorities said.

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February 21st, 2013
04:50 AM ET

Mother of 3 dead Indian girls wants hanging

The mother of three girls found dead at the bottom of a well in western India after allegedly being raped has called for those responsible for their deaths to be caught and publicly hanged.

The bodies of the three girls - aged 6, 9 and 11 - were found in the well in Bhandara district in Maharashtra state on Saturday after they had been reported missing two days earlier, said A.R. Tiwari, a local police inspector.

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January 8th, 2013
01:00 PM ET

Lawyer in India rape case urges not-guilty pleas

[Updated at 1:54 p.m. ET] A lawyer who says he's representing three of the five men charged with raping and fatally beating a woman on a New Delhi bus - a case that that prompted angry protests over the country's treatment of women - said Tuesday that he has advised his clients to plead not guilty.

"So far they have agreed to my advice, but a clearer picture will emerge by tomorrow evening," the attorney, Manohar Lal Sharma, told CNN. "I fear they might come under pressure to change their mind."

Sharma said one of those he is representing is Ram Singh, the main suspect accused in the case. The other two are Mukesh Singh and Akshay Thakur, he said.

(Editor's note: The initial post incorrectly said that Sharma urged his clients to plead guilty.)

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November 19th, 2012
01:24 PM ET

Stampede kills at least 10 in eastern India

At least 10 people were killed in a stampede during a Hindu ritual in eastern India Monday, police said.

The crush occurred on a bridge along the banks of the river Ganges in Patna, capital of Bihar state, according to authorities.

The site was packed by hundreds of thousands of devotees celebrating the annual festival of Chhath, Patna's police chief Jayant Kant told CNN.

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July 31st, 2012
12:42 PM ET

India hit by second, even larger power outage

 India suffered its second huge, crippling power failure in two days Tuesday, depriving as much as half of the vast and populous country, or up to 600 million people, of electricity and disrupting transport networks.

The first power grid collapse, on Monday, was the country's worst blackout in a decade. It affected seven states in northern India that are home to more than 350 million people.

But Tuesday's failure was even larger, hitting eastern and northeastern areas as well.

Both blackouts cut power in the Indian capital, New Delhi.

The power companies that operate the affected electricity grids reported Tuesday's collapse on their websites.

With about 1.2 billion people, India has the second-highest population of any country, behind China.

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India hospital fire deaths rise to 88; 6 arrested
A hospital staff member is rescued as fire engulfs hospital in the eastern Indian city of Kolkata.
December 9th, 2011
01:07 PM ET

India hospital fire deaths rise to 88; 6 arrested

[Updated at 1:07 p.m. ET] Investigators have arrested six hospital managers after a fire that killed at least 88 people in a hospital Friday in eastern India.

The six worked at a five-story hospital in the city of Kolkata, said Javed Ahmed Khan, the West Bengal Fire and Emergency Services minister.

They were arrested for negligence, Khan said.

A "majority" of the bed-ridden patients were abandoned by most of the staff on duty, he said.

Video of the scene broadcast by CNN affiliate CNN-IBN showed crowds of people wearing face masks and rushing patients out onto the street in stretchers.

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August 19th, 2011
08:10 AM ET

India's Hazare begins anti-corruption fast

Indian activist Anna Hazare began a public hunger strike in the country's capital Friday, accompanied by thousands of cheering supporters.

The 74-year-old campaigner, who is seeking stronger anti-corruption measures in India, was greeted by crowds as he left a jailhouse in New Delhi earlier to make his way to the city's large Ramlila Grounds.

He will stage the two-week protest there after police relaxed their conditions. Supporters say he began fasting while still in jail.

Hazare traveled from the jail in an open-top truck decorated with Indian flags, as thousands of citizens marched along.

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August 16th, 2011
10:19 AM ET

Anti-corruption activist jailed in India

A court in New Delhi has sent a veteran anti-corruption activist to jail for seven days after police detained him and about 1,300 of his supporters.

The court sent 72-year-old Anna Hazare and seven other activists to jail for seven days because they would not sign bail bonds, said Rajan Bhagat, a police spokesman in New Delhi.

Investigators detained Hazare in advance of a hunger strike. They said he lacked official permission for a planned demonstration. His supporters who were detained planned to join him at a protest site where he was to have begun his hunger strike.

Authorities detained the 1,300 would-be demonstrators as a preventative measure, Bhagat said. They were later freed, he said.

Hazare conducted a five day hunger strike in April at New Delhi's Jantar Mantar landmark, ending it only after India's prime minister agreed to introduce long-pending legislation meant to crack down on graft.

Anti-corruption campaigners have rejected legislation prepared by the federal government to create a citizen ombudsman, saying the bill, now in Parliament, was too weak to tackle endemic graft in the system.

Led by Hazare, they have been demanding a stronger institution that they say should be capable of tackling corruption Indians encounter in their daily lives.

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November 15th, 2010
02:06 PM ET

At least 32 killed in building collapse in Indian capital

[Updated at 2:06 p.m.]At least 32 people are dead and 40 are injured aftera residential building collapsed in the Indian capital Monday night, New Delhi fire-service chief R.C. Sharma told CNN.

About two dozen people could still be trapped, he said.

[Posted at 1:04 p.m.]At least 23 people were killed when a residential building collapsed in the Indian capital Monday night, authorities said.

Another 40 people were pulled from the rubble and taken to local hospitals, New Delhi's municipal spokesman Deep Mathur told CNN.

Video from the scene showed residents digging through the debris with help from construction equipment. Some men carried dust-covered victims to waiting vehicles.

The five-story building apparently collapsed because its foundations had weakened from seepage of rain water from this year's heavy monsoons. The fallen structure was situated closely to the Yamuna River that flows through New Delhi.

Mathur said rescue operations were still on, and fire officials estimated that as many as 20 people could still be trapped.

Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit expressed her sympathy for the families of the victims and promised to "inquire into the causes of the tragedy."

"I don't know if we can call it negligence ... it seems people were living comfortably there," Dikshit told CNN sister network CNN-IBN.


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May 14th, 2010
07:43 AM ET

28 electrocuted in India on bus on way to wedding

Twenty-eight wedding guests were electrocuted Friday as an overhead cable came in contact with their bus in central India, police said.


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April 17th, 2010
07:19 AM ET

Bomb at Indian cricket match injures guards

Several police guards were injured in a low-intensity explosion outside a southern Indian stadium barely minutes ahead of a star-studded cricket match Saturday, authorities said.

The explosives placed near one of the gates of the packed Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore went off at about 3:15 p.m. (5:45 a.m. ET), city police commissioner Shankar Bidari told reporters.


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March 15th, 2010
12:31 PM ET

India missile defense system fails test

India aborted a test of its homegrown missile interception system Monday as a target missile used in the experiment malfunctioned and lost track, defense officials said.


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March 8th, 2010
09:50 AM ET

Pro-women's bill protest shuts down Indian parliament

Angry protests disrupted India's parliament several times Monday over a landmark but contentious bill aimed at reserving one-third of seats for women in federal and state legislatures.


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