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First writers then artists, followed by filmmakers, historians and scientists. The chorus of Indian intellectuals protesting religious bigotry and communal violence grows louder by the week with a single message for Prime Minister Narendra Modi: protect India's tradition of secularism and diversity.

Delhi on Sunday introduced a toll for all trucks and commercial vehicles in an attempt to improve air quality in the world's most polluted capital ahead of Diwali celebrations.

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Thursday that India and Africa must join forces to call for reform of the United Nations to reflect the growing power of emerging nations on the global stage.
India's Modi, Zimbabwe's Mugabe press for UN reform


India's government said Wednesday it would ban foreigners from using surrogate mothers in the country, a move likely to hit the booming commercial surrogacy industry.
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Endangered orangutans are falling victim to a devastating haze crisis that has left them sick, malnourished and severely traumatized as fires rage through Indonesia's forests, reducing their habitat to a charred wasteland.

A deaf and mute Indian woman who accidentally strayed into Pakistan as a child 12 years ago arrived in New Delhi on Monday hoping to be reunited with her family, beaming as she was greeted at the airport by scores of well-wishers.
Woman back in India 12 years after mistaken trip into Pakistan


The Indian capital held its first "car-free day" Thursday to try to improve New Delhi's notoriously filthy air, but motorists were seen ignoring signs to keep off the roads.
India's capital holds its first 'car-free day' to combat heavily polluted air


The Indian capital held its first "car-free day" Thursday to try to improve New Delhi's notoriously filthy air, but motorists were seen ignoring signs to keep off the roads.
India's capital holds first 'car-free day' to combat filthy air


A baby and a toddler were killed in a house fire allegedly set by their family's upper caste neighbors, and hundreds of angry residents placed the children's bodies on a key highway near the Indian capital to demand the attackers be arrested.

An itinerant Jain monk ordered to appear in court in the Indian city of Ahmedabad has said he needs eight months to get there because his strict faith prevents him from using any form of transport.

The Dalai Lama on Tuesday urged strong global action to limit global warming and to protect fragile environments, including the Himalayan glaciers and Tibetan plateau.
Dalai Lama calls action on climate 'human responsibility'


An Indian Uber driver was convicted Tuesday of raping a young female passenger in the capital last year, in a high profile case that sparked fresh safety fears in a city plagued by sexual violence.

At dusk, the foggers come out to spray their sticky-sweet clouds of diesel smoke and insecticide across the Indian capital. Mothers scold their children for wearing short sleeves. Posters glued to signposts warn about the perils of neighborhood puddles.
Dengue fever outbreak in New Delhi tests authorities


India police said Sunday they have arrested two teenagers over the rape of a toddler, the latest sexual assault on a child in the capital to ignite public anger.
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