A powerful cyclone is expected to hit India's east coast by nightfall with winds of up to 220 km/h. Hundreds of thousands have been evacuated and are staying in makeshift shelters.
Indian authorities have prepared for the worst as a "very severe cyclone" threatened to bring life to a standstill in Orissa. At least two people have been killed as the powerful storm made landfall.
Tropical storms are seasonal weather events. But they never fail to shock us with the destruction they wreak. DW ranks some of the worst and fiercest ever.
The former actor is known to don costumes of famous figures, including the Hindu god Rama, to make political points. Adolf Hitler remains a figure of fascination in India, where his atrocities are not well-known.
PM Narendra Modi has come under fire after police arrested five lawyers and left-wing activists for suspected links to Maoists. Rights groups say the government wants to stifle dissent ahead of the general election.
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