India in the News | 6.24.14

India News June final

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

Five Myths About India’s Poverty

“As India’s new government takes the helm, the once-elusive goal of eliminating extreme poverty in India finally appears within the country’s reach. But does exiting extreme poverty really guarantee that the poor can attain a decent life? This question has particular urgency in India, the world’s largest democracy and home to one-third of the world’s extremely poor.” read more

Economist: Christianity Helps India’s ‘Untouchable’ Women Rise Up From Poverty

“A researcher at Georgetown University in Washington has found that impoverished women in India are more likely to improve their economic circumstances after converting to Christianity. ‘Conversion actually helps launch women on a virtuous circle. A woman feels better; she’s part of an active faith community; she works more; she earns more money: The extra money she earns and saves encourages her to earn more and save more and plan and invest in the future,’ said Rebecca Samuel Shah.” read more

16 Facts About India That Will Blow Your Mind

“India is one of the world’s largest economies, and it has the second largest population. This means things in India tend to be fairly large-scaled — consider its network of roads, consumer spending, or its youth population. But it also experiences some problems on a large scale like suicides and road accidents. We pulled together some staggering statistics from the sub-continent.” read more

English Premier League signs a deal with Indian Super League to develop football in India

“Its a good news for all the football fans in India as the English Premier League (EPL) has signed an agreement with the Indian Super League (ISL) to develop football in India. The English Premier League, which is the most successful and the most watched football league in the world, will provide strategic support, advice and will also provide assistance to the Indian Super League.” read more

The 2014 India Monsoon Season: The Most Important Forecast in the World

“It’s about to start raining in India, but not quite yet. That’s big news in a country where about half of the 1.25 billion population is engaged in agriculture. Each year, 70 percent of India’s annual rains come during the summer monsoon months of June to September, when rising warm air over the subcontinent draws moisture northward from the relatively cooler Indian Ocean. This year, thanks in part to El Niño, the outlook is grim.” read more

Where is India’s boom?

“Two days before Narendra Modi was sworn in as India’s new prime minister, proclaiming a bold new vision for a resurgent nation, the last Ambassador rolled off the Hindustan Motors production line outside Calcutta. For decades the clunky sedan, generally painted cream, was the automobile of choice for India’s political elite. But nearly 60 years after its first appearance, it has become a dated relic of a bygone age, outclassed by jauntier models.” read more

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