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India coverage from Reuters.

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BANGKOK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Parched Cape Town, in South Africa, has managed to push back its "Day Zero" - an estimate of when taps in the city could run dry - to 2019 after successful water-saving efforts.

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FILE PHOTO: Police escort spiritual leader Asaram Bapu (C) outside an airport after his arrest in Jodhpur, in the desert state of Rajasthan, India, September 1, 2013. REUTERS/Stringer/File Photo

An Indian court jailed a self-styled religious preacher for life on Wednesday for raping a teenage girl, the latest sexual abuse case against a so-called "godman".

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The number of Maoist militants killed in an ambush by Indian security forces has risen to 37 after more bodies were pulled out of a river on Tuesday, authorities said.

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FILE PHOTO: India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses an election campaign rally ahead of the Karnataka state assembly elections in Bengaluru, India, February 4, 2018. REUTERS/Abhishek N. Chinnappa/File photo

Gains by India's ruling party in a southern state election next month will fall short of a majority, an opinion poll showed, potentially forcing it to seek an alliance to end the rule of the main opposition Congress party in its last big state.

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MUMBAI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - People selling children into India's sex trade are unlikely to be deterred by a new order approving the death penalty for child rape, because laws are rarely applied in trafficking cases, said a leading campaigner.

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India's vice president on Monday rejected an unprecedented petition by seven opposition parties to impeach the top judge for "misbehavior", saying that the allegations were "neither tenable nor admissible".

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FILE PHOTO - Supporters of India's main opposition Congress party participate in a candle light vigil as they protest against the rape of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua near Jammu, and a teenager in Unnao, Uttar Pradesh state, in Ahmedabad, India April 13, 2018. REUTERS/Amit Dave

India's cabinet on Saturday approved the death penalty for rapists of girls below the age of 12, after Prime Minister Narendra Modi held an emergency meeting in response to nationwide outrage in the wake of a series of cases.

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Indian authorities will be empowered to seize properties of super-rich fugitives whose economic offences or crimes involve sums over 1 billion rupees ($15 million), according to a government document seen by Reuters on Saturday.

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FILE PHOTO: Maya Kodnani, a sitting lawmaker from the state's ruling Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Gujarat minister for women and child development between 2007-2009, arrives at a court in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad August 31, 2012. REUTERS/Amit Dave/File Photo

A court overturned the conviction of a former Indian state minister from Prime Minister Narendra Modi's party on Friday for involvement in riots in Gujarat state 16 years ago, citing lack of consistency in witness testimonies, a prosecutor said.

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India's opposition parties launched an unprecedented bid to impeach the country's top judge on Friday, submitting a motion accusing him of failing to protect the independence of the judiciary from executive interference among other charges.

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THIRUTHANI, India (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Indians rescued from slavery are coming together to free others from bonded labor in brick kilns, rice mills and factories throughout the southern state of Tamil Nadu.

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Prashant Bhushan, a senior lawyer representing the petitioner, speaks with the media after India's Supreme Court dismissed petitions calling for an investigation into the death of Judge B. Loya, a lower court judge, outside the Supreme Court in New Delhi, India April 19, 2018. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

India's Supreme Court dismissed on Thursday petitions calling for an investigation into the death of a lower court judge in 2014 when he was presiding over a case against a top political aide of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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FILE PHOTO: A man works on a construction site of a residential building in Mumbai, India, October 31, 2016. REUTERS/Shailesh Andrade

India will claim the top spot among the world's fastest-growing major economies this year, but rising trade tensions between the United States and China may restrain that growth, a Reuters poll of economists showed.

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FILE PHOTO: A Jet Airways plane is parked as another moves to runway at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International airport in Mumbai, India, February 14, 2018. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui/File Photo

An Indian push to connect more cities via airports as an expanding middle class increasingly takes to the skies is set to help propel the country's demand for jet fuel to record highs this year.

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FILE PHOTO: A man walks past India's Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) headquarters building in New Delhi, India, March 6, 2018. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

Indian police have launched an investigation into a Delhi-based pharmaceutical company for allegedly defrauding state-run Punjab & Sind Bank and four other banks of 6.21 billion rupees ($94.57 million), police said.

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CHENNAI, India (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The rise in the number of reported cases of rape and sexual abuse against children in India is a "national emergency", Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi said on Tuesday, with up to 100,000 such cases pending in the courts.

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Schoolgirls holding placards sit in a road during a protest against the rape of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua, near Jammu, a teenager in Unnao, Uttar Pradesh, and an eleven-year-old girl in Surat, Gujarat, in Srinagar April 17, 2018. REUTERS/Danish Ismail

As India's rape epidemic gets worse by the year, critics have pointed fingers at Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government for not doing enough to protect the country's women.

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BANGKOK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The brutal rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in India, that has triggered massive protests, highlights nomadic tribes' vulnerability and lack of land rights, activists said.

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U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry gestures during a news conference in New Delhi, India, April 17, 2018. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

Westinghouse Electric, which filed for bankruptcy last year, is now "lean and mean and ready to get to work" on its projects to build nuclear reactors in India, U.S. energy secretary Rick Perry said on Tuesday.

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People participate in a protest against the rape of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua near Jammu, and a teenager in Unnao, Uttar Pradesh state, in Amritsar, India, April 17, 2018. REUTERS/Munish Sharma

Eight men accused of involvement in the rape and murder of an eight-year-old Muslim girl in India's Jammu and Kashmir state appeared in court on Monday for the first hearing in a case that sparked nationwide outrage and criticism of the ruling party.

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