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Women grieve stillborn babies as COVID-19 hits maternity care in rural India

Sep 14 2020

LUCKNOW, India (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Mantasha Bano was 28-weeks pregnant when her cries of sudden, unbearable pain prompted neighbours to call an ambulance in the rural Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. It never came, and Bano's baby was stillborn.

Indian state uses draconian law to detain those accused of killing cows

Sep 11 2020

LUCKNOW, India More than half the arrests this year under a tough national security law in India's most populous state of Uttar Pradesh have involved suspects in cases of cow slaughter, data showed.

Back to the paddy fields. COVID smashes Indian middle-class dreams

Aug 17 2020

DUTTA NAGAR, India Until late March, Ashish Kumar was helping to make plastic boxes for Ferrero Rocher praline chocolates and the plastic spoons tucked inside Kinder Joy eggs to scoop out the milky sweet cream inside. | Video

Priest who shared stage with Modi tests positive; India sees record number of cases

Aug 13 2020

LUCKNOW, India India reported another record jump in its surging coronavirus cases on Thursday with nearly 67,000 new infections, among them a religious leader who shared a stage with Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a ceremony to launch construction of a grand temple.

'Rely on God' - a prescription for India's poor in pandemic

Aug 06 2020

NEW DELHI/LUCKNOW, India (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - With scant supplies and underpaid staff, one of India's poorest states is scrambling to prevent a "blast" in coronavirus cases that medics say could cripple its precarious health system.

Wait of centuries is over, India PM says, as Hindu temple construction begins

Aug 05 2020

AYODHYA, India Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday launched the construction of a Hindu temple on a site that has been contested by Muslims for decades in a dispute that has sparked some of India's most bloody communal violence. | Video

India's Modi to launch construction of Hindu temple on site of razed mosque

Aug 05 2020

AYODHYA, India, Aug 5 Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will unveil a plaque on Wednesday to kick off the construction of a Hindu temple in the northern city of Ayodhya on a spot where a mosque was demolished nearly three decades ago to spark deadly riots nationwide.

Modi, Muslims to attend temple ceremony on contested India site

Aug 04 2020

LUCKNOW, India Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and two prominent Muslims who lived through deadly riots following the razing of a mosque in 1992 plan to attend the foundation-laying ceremony for a Hindu temple on Wednesday on the same site.

Prominent Muslims to grace Hindu temple ceremony on contested India site

Aug 04 2020

LUCKNOW, India, Aug 4 In a gesture of reconciliation, two prominent Muslims who lived through deadly riots following the razing of a mosque in northern India in 1992 plan to attend the foundation-laying ceremony for a Hindu temple on Wednesday on the same site, they said.

India's Modi set to visit temple site despite minister having COVID-19

Aug 03 2020

LUCKNOW, India/NEW DELHI Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will attend a foundation-laying ceremony for a Hindu temple on Wednesday, organisers said, even though his interior minister has contracted COVID-19.

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