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Fighting corruption at India's universities

Photo Caption: A local resident speaks behind the Indian national flag during a demonstration near the Oberoi Trident hotel in Mumbai, Dec. 12, 2008. (Jayanta Shaw/Reuters) NEW DELHI, India — On July 17 last year, Indians woke up to read that the country’s Central Bureau of Investigation had raided the powerful federal regulator of India’s engineering colleges.

Censor's folly

I've no idea who is on the Pakistan censor board or its regulatory authority board but it's safe to say they're a few fries short of a happy meal.

Scores dead in worst air accident in India in more than a decade

A low-cost airline flight from Dubai crashed during a landing attempt on Saturday morning at Mangalore on the southwest coast of India, killing 158 passengers and crew. There were eight survivors. It is the worst air accident in India in more than a decade and involves the state-run Air India, whose record has been marred by several near-misses. In a country where air travel is growing at giddy rates, there is much introspection on laggard infrastructure and the lack of adequate air safety measures.

China business: The dragon eyes the tiger

BANGALORE, India — The Chinese are out to conquer the world, and nowhere is that more obvious than in the India operations of the giant Chinese telecom equipment manufacturer Huawei Technologies. Against the backdrop of deeply rooted suspicion about a Chinese company making inroads in a politically sensitive area like telecom, Chinese employees of Huawei have hit upon a new strategy to win over their subcontinental customers: doing in India as the Indians do.

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Meet India's tampon king

NEW DELHI, India — Not long ago, women in the small south Indian town of Coimbatore were convinced that 47-year-old A. Muruganantham was some kind of pervert.

Health: Snake bites are a forgotten global threat

NEW YORK — In most Indian villages there is an "ojha," or a magician who doubles as a medicine man. The ojha can cure snake bites with mantras and by rubbing leaves and homemade pastes on the wound. In a village called Sameda, in Uttar Pradesh's Azamgarh district, people put a lot of faith in these age-old remedies. The only problem is, sometimes they don’t work.

Twitter in India: Are you following the god of cricket?

MUMBAI, India — A cricket star took India by storm last week when he joined Twitter and began racking up followers at the rate of almost 4,500 an hour. Within the first 24 hours, Sachin Tendulkar’s following reached almost 80,000, sparking a media frenzy and countless tweets about the so-called god of cricket joining the social networking site.
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