India in the News | 08.28.14

India in the News AUG

Once a month we cull the headlines to bring you stories from the world’s largest democracy — its politics, economy, culture and everyday life.

India swaps ice for rice in new bucket challenge

“The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has morphed into a considerably warmer and drier alternative in India. Enter the ‘Rice Bucket Challenge.’ Indian journalist Manju Latha Kalanidhi, who works for the U.S.-based rice research website Oryza.com, says when she first heard about the ice bucket challenge, she got thinking. ‘Why waste water?’ she asks. ‘I felt like doing something more locally tangible.’ ” read more

Modi to launch plan for every Indian household to have bank account

“Prime Minister Narendra Modi will promise on Thursday to provide a bank account for every Indian household when he launches a major initiative that could save billions of dollars in welfare spending and help mend strained state finances. India has grown to become Asia’s third largest economy, but nearly two-fifths of its 1.27 billion people do not have a bank account.” read more

At India Fest, thousands take in culture without passport

“One indication of Minnesota’s growing Indian-American community is the ever-expanding annual celebration of India’s Independence Day. On Saturday, India Fest drew more than 10,000 people to the State Capitol’s mall, packed with henna artists, booths, food and cultural dances — the biggest event that the India Association of Minnesota has held in at least 10 years.” read more

Baseball stars plucked from poverty in India to become pro players in the US

“The amazing tale of two dirt-poor Indian boys who became pro US baseball pitchers after being discovered on a reality TV show has been turned into a Hollywood movie. Rinku Singh and Dinesh Patel grew up in rural villages and had never even heard of the game but were picked from 37,000 other Indian lads in the TV talent search. They left India for the first time and were signed to the famous Pittsburgh Pirates — just 13 months after taking up baseball.” read more

Poverty, lack of education undermining efforts to end child marriage

“India has witnessed a decline in child marriage in the last two decades, but going by the slow pace it will require another 50 years to abolish the practice from the country, according to UNICEF. ‘Child marriage has been declining at a rate of one per cent per year in the last two decades, but at this rate it will be eliminated in 50 years or so,’ UNICEF Child Protection Specialist in India Dora Giusti told PTI.” read more

Kandhamal Day recalls persecuted Christians in India

“As awareness and concern about the persecution of Christians and other religious minorities in Iraq grows, persecuted Christians in India are raising awareness of their own plight. Monday marks the sixth anniversary of the horrific violence that erupted against Christians in the Kandhamal District in the eastern Indian state of Odisha, formerly known as Orissa. It is reportedly the worst outbreak of anti-Christian violence in post-independence India.” read more

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