India has a high rate of illiteracy, especially among older women in rural areas. The state of Maharashtra is aiming to change that. But these grannies get more out of their classes than the ability to read and write.
Heavy rainfall caused the wall to collapse in a slum settlement killing at least 15 people. India's financial center of 20 million people had been brought to a virtual standstill after two days of monsoon rains.
The five-year-old female tiger was accused of being responsible for the deaths of 13 people in the Indian forests of Maharashtra. A military-style operation tracked her down and shot her.
Several hundred thousands of farmers have committed suicide in the last two decades, driven by poverty and debt following failed harvests. For the families left behind, especially women, the consequences can be harsh.
India's ruling BJP party has mostly succeeded in turning the ongoing parliamentary election into what seems like a presidential one — with PM Modi as its most prominent candidate, backed by a devoted following.
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