India

5:57am

Tue June 4, 2013
The Two-Way

Reports: American Woman Gang-Raped In India

Originally published on Tue June 4, 2013 8:09 am

"Indian police say that a 30-year-old American woman has been gang-raped in the northern state of Himachal Pradesh," the BBC writes. "Police said that the woman had been attacked after she accepted a lift by a group of men in a truck in Manali, a resort town in the state."

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1:18pm

Wed May 29, 2013
Planet Money

Does Microcredit Deliver On Its Promises?

Originally published on Wed May 29, 2013 2:55 pm

An official from a microfinance company talks with a borrower in Vadod, India.
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The idea behind microcredit is that if you give poor people in developing countries access to credit, the ability to borrow, they will use that money to start or expand businesses which will eventually help them pull themselves out of poverty. But ever since these programs boomed in the early 2000's, questions have been raised about how effective they are.

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6:30am

Sat May 25, 2013
Parallels

In India, More Women Are Playing Matchmaker For Themselves

Originally published on Thu October 24, 2013 12:52 pm

A bride and groom exchange rings during a traditional Indian wedding ceremony. Although most marriages in India are still arranged, a growing number of women are taking matters of the heart into their own hands, using social networking clubs and matrimonial websites.
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In India, some of the most entertaining reading on a Sunday afternoon is found in the classified ads. Page after page, the matrimonial section trumpets the finer qualities of India's sons and daughters.

Parents looking to marry off their children often place ads such as this one: "Wanted: Well-settled, educated groom for fair, beautiful Bengali girl, 22, 5'3"."

The matrimonial ads are a hallowed tradition in the quest to find a life partner — part of the institution of matchmaking that is as old as the country itself.

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2:12pm

Tue May 21, 2013
The Two-Way

Gandhi Artifacts Could Fetch Steep Prices At Auction

Originally published on Tue May 21, 2013 2:13 pm

A picture of Gandhi taken on July 24, 1931 in New Delhi.
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Artifacts that once belonged to Mohandas K. Gandhi, the Indian independence leader who took a vow of poverty, could fetch hundreds of thousands of dollars at auction.

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5:28am

Tue May 21, 2013
World

Now's Your Chance To Own A Little Bit Of Gandhi

Originally published on Tue May 21, 2013 9:13 am

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning, I'm Steve Inskeep.

Today is your chance to own a little bit of Gandhi. The quirky, unpredictable and ultimately triumphant leader spent decades leading India to independence. Along the way, Mohandis Gandhi became known as Mahatma, or venerated one, and he had an appendectomy. Afterward, doctors took samples of his blood. Two microscope slides bearing that blood are being auctioned today in London with bids expected over $15,000.

It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

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