India in the News | 2.20.14

Mumbai-MonorailIndia in the News highlights interesting articles found around the web on Indian politics, culture, and current events.

India’s First Monorail Opens in Mumbai

India’s first monorail opened to the public on Sunday, February 2, “five years after construction began and two years later than its scheduled launch.” read more

From India, Proof That a Trip to Mars Doesn’t Have to Break the Bank

“The budget of India’s Mars mission…was just three-quarters of the $100 million that Hollywood spent on last year’s space-based hit, ‘Gravity.’ ” read more

India’s lower house passes proposal to create new state of Telangana

“India’s lower house passed a contentious proposal to split Andhra Pradesh and create the new state of Telangana on Tuesday amid chaotic scenes and uproar in parliament from opponents of the bill.” read more

The Pitfalls of Publishing Books in India

“India has a long history of banning or withdrawing books to protect religious, corporate or political interests. In 1988, it became the first country in the world to ban ‘The Satanic Verses,’ by Salman Rushdie,” read more

Young India’s ‘railway children': a dangerous life by the tracks

“India’s ‘railway children’…have fled poverty, violence and abuse or are simply seeking adventure, attracted by the bright lights of the big cities such as Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata.” read more

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