Goa: Paradise Lost?

On 18th February, a young British schoolgirl, named Scarlett Keeling, was found dead on a beach in Goa, a western Indian state extremely popular with foreigners, especially those on shoestring budgets looking for some sun and sand. Suddenly, Goa – the perfect holiday haven, that attracts millions of foreign tourists each year, a majority of them British – is not being talked about for its sandy beaches, great food, or for its quaint churches.

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A Neverending Wait

If you’ve been newly married and your soldier husband either goes missing in action or is taken prisoner during a war, then how long would you wait for him to return? For many Indian women, the answer is: a lifetime. And beyond. Paramjit Kaur, a woman living in the Western Indian state of Punjab, waited thirty-five years.

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India’s Top Cop

India’s first woman police officer is on a mission, and it’s a daunting one: To make India a safer place. After taking voluntary retirement from the police force last year, Kiran Bedi- known for her no-nonsense, hard-taskmaster style of functioning – is not giving up on the job of trying to make India safe

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Grown in India, Eaten in Paris

If you walk into a clothing store in the US and see the label on a shirt, chances are you’ll find a “made in India” tag, and it won’t surprise you.If you walk into the cold foods section in Trader Joe’s or Costco and pick up a block of mozzarella cheese, you probably think it came from Italy – or Wisconsin. There’s a good chance, however, that it too was made in India.

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The World’s Cheapest Car

Indian roads are not for the faint hearted. To drive through any of the nation’s cities in peak traffic, you must have nerves of steel, a loud horn and no shyness about using it. If you are one of the millions riding those roads on a two-wheel scooter of motorcycle, you’ll need more than just nerves. You’ll need good luck too.

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A U.S. Export: School Shootings

On December 11th, two grade eight students in India made history, for the wrong reasons. They shot dead, in cold blood, a fellow classmate in an elite school, located in Gurgaon – an Information technology hub on the outskirts of New Delhi, home to multinationals, call centers and million dollar penthouses. It was the first ever school shoot-out in India.

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