‘Mango Man’ Is the Fruit’s Foremost Poet, Philosopher, Fan and Scientist

With 300 types of mangos to his horticultural credit, Kaleem Ullah Khan is quick to tell anyone in India and beyond about the infinite potential of the fruit and its tree, including as medicine.

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Can a Shirt Made in India Beat Savile Row?

100Hands, a luxury shirtmaker, is betting the answer is yes.

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Documenting India’s Distinctive Birdhouses

For seven years, a photographer based in Delhi has collected images of ornamental structures known as chabutras. Here are some of his favorites.

#birds, #gujarat-state-india, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #india, #photography, #travel-and-vacations

Heat Waves Around the World Push People and Nations ‘To the Edge’

Large, simultaneous heat waves are growing more common. China, America, Europe and India have all been stricken recently, and scientists are starting to understand why certain far-flung places get hit at once.

#arctic-regions, #china, #columbia-university, #europe, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #heat-and-heat-waves, #india, #lamont-doherty-earth-observatory, #north-america, #northwestern-university, #research, #united-states, #washington-state-university, #weather

In Russia’s War on Ukraine, China and India Emerge as Financiers

Their purchases of Russian crude are undermining the West’s efforts to isolate the Kremlin and upending the global oil markets.

#china, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #india, #international-trade-and-world-market, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #politics-and-government, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #united-states-international-relations

How Russia Is Making More in Oil Sales Now Than Before the War

With China and India buying the Russian oil shunned by the West in an effort to force an end to the Ukraine invasion, Moscow is earning more now than it did before the war.

#china, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #india, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #saudi-arabia, #ukraine

Ruinous Flooding in India and Bangladesh Kills at Least 116

In regions of the two countries still reeling from flooding in May, monsoon rains brought more misery, with hundreds of thousands of people evacuated and communications cut.

#assam-state-india, #bangladesh, #floods, #india, #landslides-and-mudslides, #meghalaya-india, #rain, #united-nations-childrens-fund

Declaring Curry and Samosas Enemy No. 1 to Whip the Police Into Shape

The police chief in an Indian island territory had a theory: If the boss was watching his officers’ weight, they would too.

#anxiety-and-stress, #india, #obesity, #police, #weight

India’s Military Recruitment Plan Fuels Anger and Protest

Young people seeking job security in a long-term military career saw the announcement as another blow to their dreams amid rising unemployment.

#defense-and-military-forces, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #draft-and-recruitment-military, #india, #labor-and-jobs

The Health Effects of Extreme Heat

Researchers are drilling down into the ways life on a hotter planet will tax our bodies, and looking for protections that, unlike air-conditioning, don’t make the problem worse.

#air-conditioning, #anatomy-and-physiology, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #heat-and-heat-waves, #heatstroke, #india, #kenya, #pennsylvania-state-university, #respiratory-diseases, #sweating, #university-of-sydney, #weather

India’s Economy Is Growing Quickly. Why Can’t It Produce Enough Jobs?

The disconnect is a result of India’s uneven growth, powered and enjoyed by the country’s upper strata.

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India isn’t ready for a deadly combination of heat and humidity

India isn’t ready for a deadly combination of heat and humidity

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R Lakshmanan has been making steel frames in the southern Indian city of Chennai for 20 years. His job involves standing for long hours outdoors at construction sites, pounding screws with careful precision onto steel rods. Each day he makes nearly 600 frames, which end up becoming the skeleton of a home. Often he works 12-hour shifts, beginning at 6 am. He always feels fortunate when he gets to work under a shady tree.

But this year, that protection hasn’t been enough. Ever since temperatures in March hit a sizzling 38° Celsius—4° above normal for Chennai—the conditions have been stifling. The metal frames Lakshmanan works with have been too hot to touch, the steel burning his fingertips and leaving behind painful sores. He has seen construction workers, especially women, collapse around him, and has had to take breaks during the workday to cope with fits of dizziness and nausea. “On some days, there’s so much heat, it feels like you’re living in a fireball,” he says.

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Recording India’s Linguistic Riches as Leaders Push Hindi as Nation’s Tongue

Ganesh Devy has spent decades documenting India’s hundreds of distinct languages. Up next: a 12,000-year history of India he hopes will help counter the government’s Hindu-first campaign.

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A Wider Lens on the MeToo Backlash: Who Pays for Societal Change?

The same fundamentals apply to patriarchal systems, whether in Hollywood or India: Threats to men’s status can provoke broader resistance than you might think.

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The Imperial Fictions Behind the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

Britain’s monarchy cannot be separated from its empire.

#caribbean-area, #catherine-duchess-of-cambridge, #colonization, #elizabeth-ii-queen-of-great-britain, #england, #great-britain, #india, #johnson-boris, #kenya, #palace-of-westminster-london-england, #royal-families, #william-duke-of-cambridge

Indian Couple Sue Their Son for Not Giving Them a Grandchild

A couple in India are demanding that their son and daughter-in-law have a child or pay them $650,000 in damages. “This is an Indian parent thing,” their lawyer said.

#elderly, #grandparents, #haridwar-india, #india, #suits-and-litigation-civil

The Mango, India’s King of Fruits, Is a Victim of the Heat Wave

Blistering spring temperatures have devastated crops of the country’s most beloved fruit. “The soul of a farmer shudders at seeing these fruitless trees,” one grower said.

#agriculture-and-farming, #global-warming, #heat-and-heat-waves, #india, #mangoes

The Heat Is Already On

And the scope of catastrophe is getting clearer.

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Some Elephants Are Getting Too Much Plastic in Their Diets

In India, the large mammals see trash in village dumps as a buffet, but researchers found they are inadvertently consuming packaging and utensils.

#containers-and-packaging, #elephants, #india, #plastic-bags, #plastics, #research, #uttarakhand-india, #waste-materials-and-disposal, #your-feed-science

In India’s Heat Wave, Air Conditioning Is the Divider

In a rapidly warming world, the ability to cool and stay indoors is the real divider.

#air-conditioning, #global-warming, #heat-and-heat-waves, #india, #pakistan, #south-asia

Biden’s Words on Taiwan Leave Allies in an Awkward Spot

Ahead of a summit with Australia, India and Japan, an off-the-cuff vow to defend the island militarily against China complicates diplomacy, particularly for Australia.

#albanese-anthony, #australia, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #china, #india, #japan, #taiwan, #united-states-international-relations

Russia and China Held Military Exercise in East Asia as Biden Visited

The coordinated bomber flights were the first such activity the two nations had done together since President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia ordered the invasion of Ukraine.

#australia, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #china, #east-asia, #india, #international-relations, #japan, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations, #xi-jinping

The Era of Borderless Data Is Ending

Nations are accelerating efforts to control data produced within their perimeters, disrupting the flow of what has become a kind of digital currency.

#amazon-com-inc, #apple-inc, #austria, #cloud-computing, #computers-and-the-internet, #data-storage, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #enterprise-computing, #europe, #european-union, #facebook-inc, #france, #germany, #google-inc, #great-britain, #india, #kazakhstan, #kenya, #meta-platforms-inc, #microsoft-corp, #politics-and-government, #privacy, #social-media, #software, #south-africa, #spain, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #telephones-and-telecommunications

Millions Displaced and Dozens Dead in Flooding in India and Bangladesh

Heavy rains have washed away towns, villages and infrastructure, as extreme weather events become more common in South Asia.

#bangladesh, #drownings, #floods, #global-warming, #india, #kumar-nitish, #landslides-and-mudslides, #rain, #weather

‘Misoginia de la era colonial’: en los fallos sobre los derechos de las mujeres se cita a un juez del siglo XVII

Tanto en India como en el borrador del fallo Roe v. Wade en Estados Unidos, todavía ocupa un lugar preponderante un juez inglés que escribió que las mujeres estaban obligadas por contrato a los maridos.

#abortion, #civil-rights-movement-1954-68, #constitutions, #domestic-violence, #great-britain, #india, #marriages, #politics-and-government, #roe-v-wade-supreme-court-decision, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government, #women-and-girls, #womens-rights

The 17th-Century English Judge Behind Abortion and Rape Rulings Today

Both in India and in the Roe v. Wade draft ruling roiling the United States, Lord Matthew Hale — an English judge who wrote that women were contractually obligated to husbands — still looms large.

#abortion, #civil-rights-movement-1954-68, #constitutions, #domestic-violence, #great-britain, #india, #marriages, #politics-and-government, #roe-v-wade-supreme-court-decision, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government, #women-and-girls, #womens-rights

An Indian State Banned Alcohol. The Drinking Moved to Nearby Nepal.

The ban in Bihar State, championed by local women, was aimed at tackling alcoholism and domestic violence. But a drinking scene has sprung up across the border in Nepal.

#alcoholic-beverages, #bars-and-nightclubs, #bihar-india, #fines-penalties, #india, #nepal, #politics-and-government, #smuggling

Elephants in Mourning Spotted on YouTube by Scientists

It is difficult to catch Asian elephants responding to deaths of herd members in the wild, but online videos helped researchers observe the behavior.

#animal-behavior, #animal-cognition, #crowdsourcing-internet, #elephants, #far-east-south-and-southeast-asia-and-pacific-areas, #india, #research, #royal-society-open-science-journal, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming, #your-feed-science, #youtube-com

Climate Change Has Made Deadly Heat Waves Normal

In India, weeks of 100-degree heat have become just another, every day climate anomaly.

#global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #heat-and-heat-waves, #india, #internal-sub-only-nl, #pakistan, #weather

The Foot Soldiers in India’s Battle to Improve Public Health

Over a million female health workers treat India’s most at-risk women and children, for little pay and sometimes at the cost of their own lives.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #india, #labor-and-jobs, #medicine-and-health, #politics-and-government, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #rajasthan-india, #rural-areas, #women-and-girls, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

India Bans Most Wheat Exports, Adding to Fears of Global Food Insecurity

The ban could compound a worldwide shortfall worsened by the war in Ukraine and exacerbate an already dire forecast for global hunger.

#agriculture-and-farming, #food-insecurity, #india, #international-trade-and-world-market, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #wheat

Eric Garcetti’s Path to Ambassadorship Constricts After Senate Report

Mayor Eric Garcetti’s political future is unclear after a Senate report determined that he “more likely than not” knew about sexual harassment accusations against a top aide.

#garcetti-eric-m, #india, #los-angeles-calif, #mayors, #senate, #sexual-harassment

India’s Dangerous New Pattern of Communal Tensions

As a national campaign by right-wing groups inflames local tensions, Muslim communities are facing the harshest punishments, according to activists, analysts and retired officials.

#demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #discrimination, #hinduism, #india, #khargone-india, #madhya-pradesh-india, #muslims-and-islam, #politics-and-government

India Finds Russian Oil an Irresistible Deal, No Matter the Diplomatic Pressure

A parade of emissaries have urged a harder line on Russia. But India’s political neutrality over the war in Ukraine has expanded into economic opportunism.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #european-union, #india, #modi-narendra, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #putin-vladimir-v, #reliance-industries, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #united-states

Marcus Leatherdale, Portraitist of Downtown Manhattan, Dies at 69

He was the Cecil Beaton of New York City’s demimonde during the AIDS years, making elegant portraits of Andy Warhol, Keith Haring and Madonna.

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Blackness and Standard English Can Coexist. Professors, Take Note.

Failing to recognize this underserves Black English speakers.

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India’s Extraordinary Heat Wave Exposes the Limits of Protecting People

Temperatures are soaring across South Asia, testing dangerous thresholds. How much is climate change to blame? It’s becoming an ‘obsolete question,’ one scientist says.

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India’s Extreme Heat Is Expected to Worsen

The Indian subcontinent has recorded above-average temperatures for weeks. Heat-related weather watches or alerts are now in effect for hundreds of millions of people.

#global-warming, #heat-and-heat-waves, #heatstroke, #india, #new-delhi-india, #pakistan, #rajasthan-india, #weather, #world-meteorological-organization

Kangaroos in India? Experts See Evidence of a Smuggling Trade

The animals are the latest exotic fauna to be smuggled into the country, possibly to be used as pets. Draft legislation would close loopholes in the roaring wildlife trade.

#animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #india, #kangaroos, #smuggling, #west-bengal-india, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching

We don’t know who made the giant stone jars found in northern India

We don’t know who made the giant stone jars found in northern India

Enlarge (credit: Nicholas Skopal)

Hundreds of huge stone jars lie partially buried on hillsides and ridges in northeastern India. A recent survey found 65 jars at four previously undocumented sites, and the survey’s leaders say there are probably many more sites still hidden in the area’s mountainous forests. The jars are part of a whole landscape of megaliths carved by an ancient Indian culture which—so far—archaeologists know little about.

Enormous burial urns

Sometime in India’s ancient past, people carved giant jars, some up to two meters wide and three meters tall, from solid sandstone blocks. They transported the jars to hillsides and ridges and lined them up carefully, with a good view of the lowlands. Today, hundreds of those jars are in various states of disrepair, spread across a 300 square kilometer swath of Assam, a state in northeast India.

Archaeologists say the jars are probably massive burial urns, but almost nothing is known about the people who made them. It’s not even clear exactly how old the jars are, because the types of dating that could provide that information haven’t been done yet. “We still don’t know who made the giant jars or where they lived,” said Australian National University archaeologist Nicholas Skopal, a co-author of the recent paper, in a statement. “It seems as though there aren’t any living ethnic groups in India associated with the jars.”

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Kashmir Journalists Face Forbidding Pattern: Arrest, Bail, Rearrest

The practice, employed against at least three journalists in the restive region, is being used to limit free speech and chill news reporting, activists say.

#freedom-of-the-press, #hizbul-mujahedeen, #india, #kashmir, #kashmir-and-jammu-india, #kashmir-walla-the, #modi-narendra, #news-and-news-media, #shah-fahad-journalist, #srinagar-jammu-and-kashmir

India Is Stalling the W.H.O.’s Efforts to Make Global Covid Death Toll Public

The agency has calculated that 15 million people have died as a result of the pandemic, far more than earlier estimates, but has yet to release those numbers.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #india, #medicine-and-health, #modi-narendra, #research, #statistics, #united-nations, #world-health-organization

Biden Urges Modi Not to Increase India’s Reliance on Russian Oil and Gas

The United States hopes to convince India to come off the fence over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, but New Delhi and Moscow have deep historic ties.

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Biden Meets With India’s Prime Minister Over Ukraine

India, heavily dependent on Russian weapons, has long tried not to take sides between Moscow and Washington. It has refrained from denouncing Russia’s invasion or imposing sanctions.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #india, #modi-narendra, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine, #united-states-international-relations

Facing Disastrous Floods, They Turned to Mangrove Trees for Protection

In the Sundarbans, an ecological treasure straddling India and Bangladesh that is now on the front lines of climate change, local women are leading an effort to mitigate the dangers of rising waters.

#bangladesh, #bay-of-bengal, #floods, #global-warming, #india, #trees-and-shrubs, #wetlands, #women-and-girls

These Birds Form a Trio, but Probably Not a Throuple

Some pairs of cranes in India, known for their monogamous devotion, seem to bring in a third bird to act like a kind of avian au pair.

#animal-behavior, #birds, #ecology-journal, #india, #reproduction-biological, #research, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

In an Orange Grove in India, a Celebration of Harvest and Love

Before competing at the World Cup of shooting in Lima, Peru, the former Olympian Shagun Chowdhary gathered friends for a night of dancing at her family farm.

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In India, Parents of Children with Rare Disease Plea for Help Online

India makes many of the world’s drugs, but treatments for rare diseases like spinal muscular atrophy are imported and prohibitively costly. In desperation, parents are raising funds on social media.

#babies-and-infants, #biogen-inc, #children-and-childhood, #crowdfunding-internet, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #india, #novartis-ag, #parenting, #roche-holding-ag, #spinal-muscular-atrophy

Six Nuns Came to India to Start a Hospital. They Ended Up Changing a Country.

It is hard to overstate the boldness of what the sisters at Nazareth Hospital accomplished.

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Yale Museum Surrenders Items as Part of Art Looting Investigation

The 13 artifacts, valued at more than $1 million and all from South Asia, were given to investigators who say some of them are linked to an accused antiquities smuggler.

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