Indrani Basu
Indrani is the news editor for HuffPost India.

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Varanasi Neighbours Arrested After Fight Breaks Out Over Mangoes

(0) Comments | Posted 30 May 2016 | (12:07)

It all started over half a dozen mangoes. Two neighbours who co-owned a mango tree in Uttar Pradesh's Varanasi, which coincidentally is also Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Lok Sabha constituency that won him the 2014 general elections with a record margin, had a disagreement over the division of the fruit.

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Poor Show For Bihar In 2016 Class 10 Results, Pass Percentage At Less Than Half

(0) Comments | Posted 30 May 2016 | (09:39)

A year after mass cheating in Bihar's schools captured international attention, stricter protocols for conducting exams in the state seem to have had a direct impact on students' results. According to reports, less than half students who gave the class 10 exams in the state have...

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This 23-Year-Old Risked Her Life To Save Ailing Father In Air Ambulance Crash

(0) Comments | Posted 26 May 2016 | (14:21)

Twenty-three-year-old Juhi Roy had only seconds to realise their plane was about to crash-land. She was on her way from Patna to Delhi to get her father treated for a brain haemorrhage. When the pilot threw open the door, asking everyone to get out as fast as they could in...

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Sushma Swaraj Does Damage Control As Official African Boycott Snowballs

(0) Comments | Posted 25 May 2016 | (15:52)

NEW DELHI -- The Indian government went into damage-control mode today after African diplomats said they would discourage students from African nations to visit India because of “stereotypes and racial prejudice against Africans in India”.

"I have asked my colleague Gen V.K.Singh to meet the heads of missions...

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This Hindu Temple In Rajasthan Gives You A 'Sin-Free' Certificate

(0) Comments | Posted 25 May 2016 | (10:37)

In Rajasthan's Pratapgarh district, priests of an ancient Shiva temple offer a certificate that brands you 'sin-free'. The centuries-old practice at the Gautameshwar Mahadev Paapmochan Teertha, in Arnod town, 18 kilometres away from Pratapgarh, requires 'sinners' to take a holy dip in the temple's kund (small tank or reservoir), and...

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Camel Bites Owner's Head Off After Being Made To Stand In Heat All Day In Rajasthan

(0) Comments | Posted 23 May 2016 | (09:10)

A camel, who was tied outside its owner's house in the heat all day, killed him when the man finally remembered to untie the animal. The incident was reported in Barmer in Rajasthan on Saturday. It reportedly took 25 villagers six hours to calm the animal down.


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25 Passengers Miraculously Escape After Bus Teeters On Collapsed Bridge In Gujarat

(0) Comments | Posted 22 May 2016 | (13:37)

Twenty-five passengers aboard a bus had a miraculous escape in Junagadh, Gujarat after a bridge collapsed just as the bus was passing over it, reported ANI. Even as half of the rear end of the bus teetered at the edge of the collapsed bridge — the driver had managed to...

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BCCI Elects Anurag Thakur As New President

(0) Comments | Posted 22 May 2016 | (10:38)

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) elected its former secretary, Anurag Thakur, as the new President of the cricketing body on Sunday morning. The BCCI Board took the decision today during a special general meeting in Mumbai. This makes Thakur the youngest-ever BCCI President.


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Arun Lal Played Father To A Dhobi's Son. He Has Now Gifted The Cricketer A Mercedes

(0) Comments | Posted 20 May 2016 | (16:15)

It was almost four decades ago when cricketer Arun Lal moved from Delhi to Kolkata. Around the same time the right-handed batsman was playing for the Indian national team, the young son of the local laundryman would arrive at his house every day, and Lal's wife Debjani would tutor him...

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Braving A Lifetime Of Electoral Reverses, O Rajagopal Becomes First BJP MLA In Kerala

(0) Comments | Posted 20 May 2016 | (05:27)

"If at first you don't succeed, try, try, try again" — this old proverb seems fitting for the Bharatiya Janata Party's O Rajagopal, who on Thursday became the first BJP candidate to win a seat in the Kerala assembly. It came after braving decades of electoral defeats.

The 86-year-old...

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Who Is Sarbananda Sonowal? The Incredible Rise Of Assam's Next Chief Minister

(0) Comments | Posted 19 May 2016 | (12:18)

Sarbananda Sonowal was only 30 when he became the president of the All Assam Students Union (AASU), the state's largest regional students' organisation. Today, 23 years later, Sonowal is poised to become the next chief minister of Assam, after leading the Bharatiya Janata Party's crushing defeat of the incumbent Congress...

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UN Study Finds Muslims Have A Harder Time Renting Homes In Delhi Than Others

(0) Comments | Posted 18 May 2016 | (14:07)

A research centre of the United Nations University has found "striking differences" in how Indian landlords treat different groups of people looking to rent a house in Delhi. These variations depend on caste and religion, with several landlords frequently discriminating against Muslim tenants, the researchers of the World...

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Runaway Bride Flees In Burqa While Husband Waited Outside Airport Bathroom Holding Her Purse

(0) Comments | Posted 18 May 2016 | (12:24)

NEW DELHI -- Last weekend, they were honeymooning in the Himalayan foothills. Now, the newly married husband is left holding his wife's purse, while she has fled, presumably with her lover.

On Monday, the Lucknow-based couple landed in Delhi after their honeymoon. While the wife went to the airport bathroom,...

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Women's Entry To Places Of Worship Is A Religious Issue, Not Sure If State Should Intrude, Says Maneka Gandhi

(0) Comments | Posted 18 May 2016 | (11:23)

NEW DELHI -- Women and child development minister Maneka Gandhi does not think that the government can decide whether women can enter religious places of worship or not. She called it a religious issue and suggested that the "society" should decide on it.

"Some things should be left outside the...

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TERI Sexual Harassment Case: RK Pachauri's Defence Will Drop The Claim That His Devices Were Hacked

(0) Comments | Posted 14 May 2016 | (20:53)

More than a year after a case of sexual harassment was filed against former TERI head RK Pachauri, his defence is moving away from the earlier claim that his devices were hacked.

His lawyer now says that the climate scientist's computer and email was probably not hacked, but misused...

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ABVP Leader Suman Dutta Says Jadavpur Women Can't Be Molested Because They Have No Shame

(0) Comments | Posted 10 May 2016 | (10:56)

A leader of the right-wing student organisation Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), Suman Dutta, has alleged that women students in Jadavpur University (JU) "can't" be molested because they have no "shame".

“These girls claim to be molested. Someone should tell them that only girls who have shame can be molested,”...

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Tribal Rights Activist Gladson Dungdung Says He Was Stopped From Travelling Overseas

(0) Comments | Posted 9 May 2016 | (13:26)

Jharkhand-based human rights activist Gladson Dungdung has alleged that he was offloaded from an international flight on Monday morning for what he suspects to be a backlash to his recent book on mining in Saranda Forests and the resulting human right violations.

Dungdung was on his way to London from...

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Dubious Websites Run By Journalists Got ₹14 Crore Ad Money From MP Government: Report

(0) Comments | Posted 9 May 2016 | (09:43)

In the last four years, the Madhya Pradesh government has spent ₹14 crore on advertisements in 234 "news" websites, many of which carry outdated information and are run by journalists or their relatives, an Indian Express investigation has found.

These websites have received advertisement amounts ranging from ₹10,000...

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AgustaWestland Chopper Scam: Alleged Middleman Claims Modi Govt Pressurised Him To Implicate Gandhi Family

(0) Comments | Posted 6 May 2016 | (01:38)

The alleged middleman in the VVIP chopper scam, Christian Michel, has claimed that the Modi government had put pressure on him to implicate "any member of the Gandhi family" in exchange of all charges being dropped against him.

"At this time it was made very clear to me through a...

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Peter Wants To Divorce Indrani Mukerjea, Says Lawyer

(0) Comments | Posted 5 May 2016 | (14:24)

Peter Mukerjea's lawyer has claimed that the former media baron is keen to divorce his wife, Indrani, accused of murdering her daughter Sheena Bora.

"Since the beginning of this year conveyed to me the marriage had ended and he was keen to get a divorce, but initiation of the process...

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