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These female health-care workers won a huge WHO honor. They'd like a raise, too

Thursday, June 02, 2022

India's all-female task force of community health-care workers won the World Health Organization's Global Health Leaders Awards. But instead of recognition, some want a better salary and benefits.


This goat and lentil stew is a beloved Ramadan tradition in Hyderabad, India

Friday, April 29, 2022

The Ramadan fast is usually followed by a feast. In Hyderabad, India, that feast is dominated by haleem, a meat and lentil stew pounded into paste and flavored with rose petals, cinnamon and cardamom.


In southern India, haleem is a cherished Ramadan tradition — and not just for Muslims

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

In southern India's Hyderabad, Ramadan means haleem: a spicy meat & lentil stew with Arab roots. In the past few decades, the dish has become a cherished Ramadan tradition, and not just for Muslims.


'Writing With Fire' is up for an Oscar. But its subjects say they're misrepresented

Saturday, March 26, 2022

The documentary tells the story of a news outlet run by women from marginalized communities. The directors are thrilled by the nomination. But the reporters say their full story wasn't told.


Popular Bollywood singer, Lata Mangeshkar, dies at 92

Monday, February 07, 2022

Lata Mangeshkar recorded more than 25,000 songs for Indian movie musicals. She died in Mumbai, where she had been hospitalized with pneumonia and COVID-19.


Here's how India is celebrating Diwali

Thursday, November 04, 2021

Hindus in India and across the world are celebrating Diwali, the five-day festival of lights. Here's what celebrations look like across India.


A 15-year-old girl invented a solar ironing cart that's winning global respect

Wednesday, November 03, 2021

Vinisha Umashankar came up with the idea of solar power instead of charcoal to heat street irons. "Iron-Max" was a finalist for Prince William's Earthshot Prize, and this week, she spoke at COP26.


India may raise the age of marriage for girls. Not everyone thinks that's a good idea

Saturday, October 02, 2021

There's a campaign for the government to set the legal age of marriage at 21 instead of 18. A lot of young women are in favor. But there's also concern that it could backfire.


5 Things To Know About Biden's Quad Summit With Leaders Of India, Australia And Japan

Thursday, September 23, 2021

President Biden will meet on Friday with the leaders of Japan, Australia and India. Their agenda includes the pandemic and climate change. But analysts say the Quad group is mainly about China.


India's Vaccination Drive Has Gathered Speed, But Millions Remain Vulnerable

Friday, September 17, 2021

India has sped up its COVID vaccination after a deadly spring outbreak. Half of those eligible have received at least one shot. But millions are still vulnerable as fears of a new wave loom.


Whatever Happened To ... The Teen Hailed For Cycling 700 Miles With Her Injured Dad?

Tuesday, September 07, 2021

The 17-year-old wanted to bring her father home to his village after he was injured in the city where he worked. She was praised as a national hero and given honors and prizes. How is she doing now?


A Controversial Solution To Menstrual Exile: Building Better Menstrual Huts

Sunday, August 29, 2021

There's long been opposition to the practice of forcing a woman on her period to menstrual exile in a hut, which can be unsafe and unsanitary. One charity has a new interim response: upgrade the huts.


India's Pandemic Death Toll Estimated At About 4 Million: 10 Times The Official Count

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

That's the number of "excess deaths" from January 2020 to June 2021, reflecting the true toll of COVID-19, say researchers in a new study. What the big disparity?


India's COVID-19 Death Toll May Be 10 Times The Official Figure, Study Suggests

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

A new epidemiological study suggests the death toll in India from COVID-19 could be as much as 10 times the official figure — making the count closer to 5 million people.


India's Single-Screen Cinemas Were Struggling Before COVID-19. Now They're Dying Out

Saturday, July 17, 2021

Before multiplex cinemas, India had tens of thousands of single-screen movie houses. But the way Indians watch movies has changed, and the pandemic forced many old cinemas to shut their doors forever.


Thousands Given Fake Vaccines Through Scam In India

Friday, July 09, 2021

Following a deadly COVID-19 outbreak, Indians were desperate to get vaccines that were in short supply. Scammers took advantage and sold thousands of shots which were nothing but salt water.


Bangladesh Locks Down As Daily COVID Cases Quintuple

Thursday, July 01, 2021

Bangladeshi soldiers are enforcing a seven-day lockdown. As the West opens up, poorer countries with low vaccination rates are being hit by wave after wave of COVID-19.


Skateboarding Gives Freedom To Rural Indian Teen In Netflix Film — And In Real Life

Friday, June 11, 2021

A new Netflix movie called Skater Girl chronicles the journey of an Indian teenage girl who discovers a life-changing passion for skateboarding. It's also the story of Asha Gond.


Kids In India Are Asking Heartbreaking COVID-19 Questions. Here's How To Answer Them

Friday, May 28, 2021

As the country faces the world's worst coronavirus crisis, children want to know: Will I catch it? Will grandfather die? What's it like to be an orphan?


In Rural India, Less COVID-19 Testing, More Fear — And A Few Ventilators For Millions

Saturday, May 22, 2021

Hospitals are full. Testing is scant. Illiteracy is high. Most deaths are never registered. COVID-19's wrath in rural India is difficult to measure but public health experts are worried.