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India's most populous state is running out of meat. After the Hindu right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party came to power in Uttar Pradesh this month on the back of a resounding electoral victory and named a Hindu priest-cum-politician as the state's chief minister, the government began cracking down on illegal slaughterhouses and meat shops.
 
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Indian women laborers work at a brick kiln on the outskirts of Gauhati, India, Saturday, Feb. 18. Laborers who work at the brick kiln earn 250 rupees (US$3.5) a day.
 
Start-up fever grips young tech-savvy Indians
In the basement of a Bangalore building, hundreds of young Indians sit in neat rows of desks typing furiously, all dreaming of becoming the new Steve Jobs or Mark Zuckerberg.
 
Gandhi shoes spark outrage among Indians
Flip-flops bearing the face of India's independence icon Mahatma Gandhi for sale on Amazon triggered fresh outrage Sunday, days after the e-commerce giant was forced to stop selling Indian flag doormats.
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A day's work
Indian daily wage laborers wait to be employed for the day in Gauhati on Monday, Jan. 2.
 
India's Modi defends decision to demonetize high-value bills
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi defended his government's decision to demonetize the country's highest-value currency bills last month in an unusual New Year's Eve message to the nation Saturday.
 
India cash overhaul benefits elusive as deadline passes
Fifty days ago, India yanked most of its currency from circulation without warning, jolting the economy and leaving most citizens scrambling for cash. As the deadline for exchanging the devalued 500- and 1,000-rupee notes for new ones hits Friday, many Indians are still stuck waiting in long bank lines.
 
India's central bank on Wednesday rolled back an order restricting deposits of banned rupee bills into bank accounts, after the move sparked a huge public backlash.
 
India said old notes would no longer be accepted at gas stations after Friday, fueling anger over the scrapping of high denomination bills that has caused an unprecedented cash crunch.
 
India cash ban slims down big fat weddings
Jatin Pal's wedding was just days away and his family were finalising plans for an extravagant multi-day celebration -- then Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi banned high denomination notes overnight, casting a dark shadow over the festivities.
 
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