Kashmir conflict: Pakistan shot down two Indian jets, government claims – CNN

New Delhi, India (CNN)The government of Pakistan says its air force shot down two Indian aircraft inside Pakistani airspace on Wednesday after the Indian Air Force crossed the line of control — the de facto border between the two countries in disputed Kashmir.

If confirmed, it would mark a major escalation of hostilities between the two nuclear-armed powers.
Maj. Gen. Asif Ghafoor, spokesperson for the Pakistan armed forces, said in a tweet Wednesday that one Indian aircraft fell inside Pakistan-administered Kashmir, while another fell within the Indian-administered region of Kashmir. One pilot had been arrested, he said.
A post from the official Twitter account of the Pakistan government confirmed that its air force had shot down the two planes, following strikes conducted by Pakistan.

Source: Kashmir conflict: Pakistan shot down two Indian jets, government claims – CNN

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Andaman police struggle to retrieve John Allen Chau’s body from island tribespeople – CNN

(CNN)Authorities have started the arduous task of trying to retrieve a US missionary feared killed on a remote Indian island, careful not to trigger conflict with the islanders.

John Allen Chau was last seen last week when he traveled to the forbidden North Sentinel Island in the Bay of Bengal to try to convert the island’s residents to Christianity. The Sentinelese, as they are known, have a decades-long history of repelling outsiders, a fact that is near certain to make the journey to find Chau a treacherous one.

Source: Andaman police struggle to retrieve John Allen Chau’s body from island tribespeople – CNN

Amritsar: India train mows down crowd killing scores – BBC News

More than 60 people have been killed and 100 hurt after a train ran into a crowd near Amritsar in India’s northern Punjab state, police told the BBC.

The victims were standing on the railway tracks watching celebrations for Dusshera, a Hindu festival marking the triumph of good over evil.

They did not hear the train approach as they watched a firecracker-filled effigy of the demon king Ravana burn.

Children are said to be amongst the dead.

Spectators were watching the effigy burn, and a fireworks display, when many started moving towards the railway tracks a short distance away.

Source: Amritsar: India train mows down crowd killing scores – BBC News

Air India plane hits wall on take-off – BBC News

A passenger plane travelling from the south Indian city of Trichy to Dubai sustained damage after hitting the airport wall during take off.

Air India IX 611, which was carrying 130 passengers and six crew members, was diverted to Mumbai, where it landed safely.

Air India said the two pilots, who have more than 6,500 hours of flying experience between them, have been grounded, pending investigation.

Source: Air India plane hits wall on take-off – BBC News

Women Are Not ‘Chattel,’ Says India’s Supreme Court In Striking Down Adultery Law : NPR

The hands of a mehendi (henna)-decorated bride is pictured in Mumbai in 2014. India’s Supreme Court on Thursday struck down a law that makes adultery a crime. Indranil Mukherjee/AFP/Getty Images

The five justices said the law is unconstitutional because it “treats a husband as the master.” The ruling comes barely two weeks after the high court decriminalized gay sex.

Source: Women Are Not ‘Chattel,’ Says India’s Supreme Court In Striking Down Adultery Law : NPR

India’s Ganesh Festival: Mumbai Parties, Prays For Elephant-Headed God : NPR

On India’s west coast, revelers hoist up statues of an elephant-headed god, and parade them toward the Arabian Sea. They sing and chant, and hand out food to bystanders.

For 10 days, they perform pooja — Hindu prayers — at the statues’ feet and then submerge them in bodies of water.

This is a tradition in Mumbai, India’s biggest city, near the end of each year’s monsoon rains: a festival honoring Ganesh, or Lord Ganesha, the Hindu god of wisdom and good luck. He has a human body and an elephant head.

Source: India’s Ganesh Festival: Mumbai Parties, Prays For Elephant-Headed God : NPR

Kerala floods: In India, rescue efforts continue as 800,000 people displaced, more than 350 killed – CBS News

CHENGANNUR, India — About 800,000 people have been displaced and more than 350 have died in the worst flooding in a century in southern India’s Kerala state, authorities said Sunday. Rescuers are continuing to search for residents who are stranded in the worst-affected areas.

The downpours that started Aug. 8 have triggered floods and landslides and caused homes and bridges to collapse across Kerala, a picturesque state known for its quiet tropical backwaters and beautiful beaches.

Source: Kerala floods: In India, rescue efforts continue as 800,000 people displaced, more than 350 killed – CBS News

10 Dead From Nipah Virus In Southern India : The Two-Way : NPR

The disease, first seen in 1998 in Malaysia, has a particularly high mortality rate. Bats are suspected to have transmitted the virus in the most recent outbreak in India’s southern state of Kerala.

Kerala Health Minister K.K. Shylaja told reporters Tuesday that two other people are in critical condition from Nipah, which has a mortality rate ranging from 40 to 70 percent. There is no vaccine for the disease, which was first seen in Southeast Asia in 1998.

NDTV reports that the most recent outbreak is believed to have started in a family in Kozhikode on India’s southwest coast.

Source: 10 Dead From Nipah Virus In Southern India : The Two-Way : NPR

Dust storm kills over 100 in UP and Rajasthan, injures 183; MET predicts another bout in 48 hours – Firstpost

A Met official told PTI in Jaipur that his department had been issuing dust storm warnings for the past couple of days.

The worst period lasted about 45 minutes, according to reports from Dholpur in Rajasthan. But the extent of the damage was known only this morning.

The Met department predicted another dust storm in parts of Rajasthan and UP in the next 48 hours.

A Met official told PTI in Jaipur that his department had been issuing dust storm warnings for the past couple of days.

Source: Dust storm kills over 100 in UP and Rajasthan, injures 183; MET predicts another bout in 48 hours – Firstpost

India says all villages have electricity – BBC News

All villages in India now have access to electricity, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced.

This was achieved on Saturday when a remote village in the north-eastern state of Manipur became the last to be connected to the grid.

A village is considered electrified if 10% of its homes and all public buildings are connected to the grid.

World Bank figures show around 200 million people in India still lack access to electricity.

Mr Modi said all of nearly 600,000 villages in India have now been given electricity connection.

Correspondents say it’s a great achievement for Asia’s third largest economy.

However, some people said on Twitter that their villages had yet to get access to electricity despite government claims

Source: India says all villages have electricity – BBC News