India

3:00am

Tue August 7, 2012
Sports

India's Olympic Effort Faulted

Originally published on Wed August 8, 2012 12:39 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Now, as we cover the Olympics, some of you have asked for spoiler alerts, but for this next report that is probably not necessary. NPR's Mike Pesca is taking us inside the world of India's men's field hockey team. We're not too worried about spoilers. Not just because most Americans don't care much about field hockey, but because the Indian squad has done a pretty good job itself of spoiling things. As Mike reports, the team's record tracks with the overall state of the Indian Olympic effort.

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1:27am

Tue August 7, 2012
World

Growing Pains: Nations Balance Growth, Power Needs

Originally published on Wed August 8, 2012 12:39 pm

Muslim girls study by candlelight inside a religious school in Noida, near New Delhi, on July 31. The collapse of three regional power grids last week caused a massive power outage that blacked out more than half of India.
Parivatran Sharma Reuters /Landov

It may take some time to pinpoint the exact cause of India's massive blackouts last week, but the underlying issue for India and many other parts of the developing world is that supply is struggling to keep up with the growing demand for power — an imbalance that can affect the reliability of electric grids.

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1:26am

Tue August 7, 2012
World

Pakistan Blackouts Power Frustration At Government

Originally published on Wed August 8, 2012 12:39 pm

Tangled power lines in a busy shopping district in Rawalpindi.
Lauren Frayer for NPR

In India last week, surprise grid failures plunged more than half the country into darkness. But power outages in neighboring Pakistan have been intentional — the result of summertime energy rationing.

Despite billions of dollars in U.S. aid, Pakistan has been unable to keep the lights on. Now the situation is getting worse, with riots erupting over factories forced offline.

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12:54pm

Mon August 6, 2012
The Two-Way

In India, Protests Erupt Over Temple Shooting

Activists of the Shiromani Akali Dal shout anti-US slogans during a protest near the U.S. embassy in New Delhi on Monday.
Sajjad Hussain AFP/Getty Images

In India today, Sikhs reacted with "grief and outrage" at the Sunday mass shooting at a Wisconsin gurdwara, The Los Angeles Times reports.

The Times adds:

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5:28am

Sun August 5, 2012
NPR Story

Murderous 'Thugs' From India To London

Originally published on Sun August 5, 2012 5:34 am

Guest host Linda Wertheimer talks with Tabish Khair about The Thing About Thugs, his new novel about the myths of murderous Indian cult of "thugees."

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