New Delhi pollution: India’s capital chokes on smog as crop burning continues

Flights were delayed and diverted from New Delhi’s international airport Sunday when pilots could not see through the thick smog, which was more than three times the “hazardous” level on the global air quality index (AQI). On Monday, the AQI level remained above 800 in certain parts of the city, the worst levels seen in

India police bust drug trafficking ring operated by Kenyan woman

By MARY WAMBUIMore by this Author A 36-year-old Kenyan woman, who has been living in India illegally, has been arrested on allegations of running an international drugs trafficking ring and evading trial. Mariam Mweke, who is believed to have been operating an underground ring since 2016 following the expiry of her visa, was arrested by

Unilever reveals global tea suppliers in drive for slave-free sourcing

LONDON, Sept 12 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Consumer goods giant Unilever released a list of its global tea suppliers on Thursday, bolstering a drive to stamp out worker exploitation and modern-day slavery on plantations. The move by the Anglo-Dutch food group – which buys 10% of the world’s tea supply and owns at least a

Tanzania to buy new Airbus, Bombardier planes for national carrier

DAR ES SALAAM, July 18 (Reuters) – Tanzania’s government will buy two new Airbus jets and one plane from Bombardier Inc as part of a fleet expansion plan for the national flag carrier, the president said on Thursday. President John Magufuli has personally taken charge of the revival of Tanzania’s loss-making state carrier Air Tanzania

More than 100 dead and 6 million affected by flooding across South Asia

More than 100 people have died in India and Nepal since monsoon flooding began over the weekend. The rains have stopped in Nepal on Tuesday, but the disaster is far from over — with heavy downpours expected to continue in India, Bangladesh and Pakistan in the coming days. Nepal appears the worst hit so far,

Chennai water shortage: First water train provides desperately needed relief

Dozens of locals gathered at the train station to watch state officials inaugurate the “special service,” which will help to alleviate Chennai’s struggle in maintaining a steady water supply. People cheered as the 50-wagon locomotive, decorated with flower garlands, made its way into the railway yard where 2.5 million liters of water will start being

India’s ‘dosa king’ begins life in jail over murder of young woman’s husband

P. Rajagopal, who founded the popular Indian restaurant chain Saravana Bhavan in 1981, was convicted of orchestrating the abduction and murder of his love interest’s husband. The case dates back to 2001, when according to court documents, Rajagopal had unsuccessfully tried to persuade the married 21-year-old daughter of an employee to become his third wife.

India water crisis: Protests and clashes in Chennai as shortage worsens

At least 550 people were arrested Wednesday in the city of Coimbatore for protesting with empty water containers in front of the municipal government’s headquarters, accusing officials of negligence and mismanagement. Meanwhile, four reservoirs that supply Chennai, the state capital and India’s sixth largest city, have run nearly dry. Lake Puzhal, the city’s largest, is

Chennai, India’s sixth biggest city, is almost entirely out of water

Chembarambakkam and the three other reservoirs that have traditionally supplied Chennai are nearly all dry, leaving the city suffering from an acute water shortage, said Jayaram Venkatesan, an activist in the city. Due to an inability to collect sufficient rain water combined with low groundwater levels, the Tamil Nadu state government has been struggling to