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August, 29, 2016

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India despairs over Rio flops
India despaired Monday at a weekend of failures by its main medal hopefuls in Rio as commentators warned that the Olympics' ultimate under-achievers could return home from Brazil completely empty-handed.
 
Weak corporate interest in India's toilet mission
The classrooms at the SDMC Primary School in Badarpur in Delhi have no furniture. Students sit on the floor on threadbare carpets.
 
At least seven paramilitary troops were wounded, three critically, after suspected rebels sprayed them with gunfire in the main city of troubled Indian Kashmir on Monday, officials said.
 
Bollywood's Shah Rukh Khan gets US apology for airport stop
Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan tweeted Friday that he gets detained at U.S. airports "every damn time" after he was stopped at the Los Angeles International Airport.
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Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan took to Twitter Friday to express his annoyance at being detained by U.S. airport immigration authorities for the third time, saying the experience "really, really sucks."
 
Indian robbers cut hole in train roof, steal US$750K
A gang of robbers cut a hole in the roof of a train travelling through southern India and stole more than US$750,000 in cash, police said on Wednesday.
 
Around a giant screen showing the Olympics in a central New Delhi park, young Indians chat, take selfies or snooze in the late afternoon heat, glancing only occasionally at the heroic sporting feats on display.
 
India's 'Iron Lady' ends hunger strike to enter politics
An Indian rights activist who has waged what is thought to be the world's longest hunger strike ended her 16-year fast on Tuesday after vowing to continue her struggle by standing for election in her home state.
 
Prayer at Sangam
Hindu priests use traditional oil lamps to perform evening ritualistic prayers at Sangam, the confluence of the rivers Ganges, Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati, in Allahabad, India, Friday, Aug. 5.
 
Heading home
A Hindu holy man or Sadhu walks back to his ashram after taking a dip at Sangam, the confluence of the Ganges river, Yamuna river and mythical Saraswati river in Allahabad, India, Thursday, Aug. 4.
 
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