India reports record 352,991 new COVID-19 cases

Reuters 04/26/2021

BENGALURU — India on Monday set a global record for a rise in daily coronavirus cases for a fifth straight day, while deaths from COVID-19 also jumped by an all-time high over the last 24 hours. With…

Indian hospitals turn away patients in COVID-19 ‘tsunami’

Reuters 04/25/2021

NEW DELHI — Overwhelmed hospitals in India begged for oxygen supplies on Saturday as the country’s coronavirus infections soared again overnight in a “tsunami” of disease, setting a new world record for cases for the third consecutive…

71kg of waste found in stray Indian cow’s stomach

03/04/2021

Indian vets have extracted 71 kilograms (156.5 pounds) of plastic, nails and other garbage from a pregnant cow, but both the animal and her baby died. The case has highlighted the country’s twin problems of pollution and…

Regulatory merry-go-round

Manuel L. Quezon III - @inquirerdotnet 02/03/2021

In India, they have a lovely term for the combination of insanity and unfairness that characterizes the tyranny of the bureaucracy, which thrives on demanding permits for everything—they call it the “License Raj.” The term Raj was…

Asia Today: India adds 96K virus cases, orders some retests

09/11/2020

NEW DELHI — India edged closer to recording nearly 100,000 coronavirus cases in 24 hours as it ordered retesting of many people whose first results were from the less reliable rapid antigen tests being widely used. According…

At least 100 feared trapped in building collapse south of Mumbai

Reuters 08/25/2020

MUMBAI — At least 100 people are feared trapped in the debris of a five-storey building that collapsed on Monday in an industrial town in western India, a lawmaker said. Not all the roughly 200 residents of…

At least 43 killed in monsoon-triggered India landslide

AFP 08/10/2020

NEW DELHI — At least 43 bodies have been recovered after a massive landslide triggered by monsoon rains swept away dozens of tea estate workers in southwestern India, police said Sunday. The landslide in Idukki district, around…

Nine die in India after drinking sanitizer amid liquor lockdown

Agence France Presse 07/31/2020

Nine people have died in India from drinking alcohol-based hand sanitizer after liquor shops in their town were closed due to virus restrictions, police said Friday. The group lost consciousness after consuming a “high quantity” of hand…

Coronavirus: ‘Pharmacy of the world’ India in overdrive

The Straits Times / Asia News Network 06/07/2020

NEW DELHI — India’s ability to deliver cost-effective and quality generic drugs, such as those that helped millions living with HIV, earned it the reputation of being the “pharmacy of the world”. This attribute has come into…

Swarms of desert locusts threaten India’s summer crops

05/27/2020

NEW DELHI — An invasion by swarms of desert locusts has devastated crops in India’s heartland, threatening an already vulnerable region that is struggling with the economic cost of coronavirus lockdown. The situation has been particularly grim…

Ultimate ‘travel’ experience to stunning heritage sites while at home

Rhobie Alburo Ruaya 04/18/2020

Can’t wait to travel and see the world? As we stay indoors and wait for another grand adventure, we think about our plans that have been canceled or rescheduled. Our #TravelGoals will have to be set aside…

Asian domination in international pageant’s list of top favorites

Cris Evert Lato-Ruffolo 10/24/2019

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Beauty queens from Asian countries dominated the Top 10 Most Popular Vote list in the ongoing pre-pageant activities of Miss Grand International 2019 in Caracas, Venezuela. Seven of the 10 countries in the…

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