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Dec 16, 2014

India bans Islamic State, hunts for sympathizers

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India on Tuesday declared a ban on Islamic State, days after having detained an engineer for running a popular Twitter account extolling the militant group’s military campaign.

India has the world’s third-largest population of Muslims, but they have largely shunned Islamist causes. Police say only four Indians are known to have joined Islamic State, and one has since returned and is in custody.

Dec 15, 2014

Indian pro-Islamic State Twitter account back up as police seek clues

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – A popular pro-Islamic State Twitter account traced to an Indian engineer was back up on Monday as police combed through tens of thousands of followers to identify sympathizers of the militant group.

Mehdi Masoor Biswas, who police said was behind the @ShamiWitness Twitter handle, has cooperated with investigators since he was picked up from his one-room apartment in Bengaluru city on Saturday, the government said.

Dec 15, 2014

India to boost women taxi drivers, spurred by Uber rape claim

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – The alleged rape of a woman passenger by an Uber taxi driver once again spotlights the risks of India’s transport system, which fails to keep women safe. One solution: Taxis driven by women for women.

Last year, the southern state of Kerala launched ‘She Taxis’, a fleet of 40 pink taxis run by women, and fitted with wireless tracking gear and panic buttons linked to call centers.

Dec 10, 2014

Uber driver arrested for Delhi rape was career criminal – police

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – The Uber taxi driver held on suspicion of raping a passenger in India is a career criminal who was out on bail for sexually assaulting a woman, the Delhi police said, raising fresh concerns about the safety of using the U.S. cab company. Madhur Verma, a deputy commissioner with the Delhi police, said Shiv Kumar Yadav, 32, has charges dating back more than a decade. Yadav’s offences include robbery, molestation and possessing an unlicensed firearm.Verma said on his Twitter page on Tuesday that Yadav was a “big time rogue” in his home town of Mainpuri, in Uttar Pradesh. On Monday, Yadav was remanded in custody for three days by a Delhi court.

The central government has requested that all state governments ban Uber and all other unregistered, web-based taxi companies from operating amid passenger safety concerns.

Dec 10, 2014

Uber driver arrested for India rape was career criminal: police

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – The Uber taxi driver held on suspicion of raping a passenger in India is a career criminal who was out on bail for sexually assaulting a woman, Indian police said, raising fresh concerns about the safety of using the U.S. cab company.Madhur Verma, a deputy commissioner with the Delhi police, said Shiv Kumar Yadav, 32, has charges dating back more than a decade. Yadav’s offences include robbery, molestation and possessing an unlicensed firearm.

Verma said on his twitter page on Tuesday that Yadav was a “big time rogue” in his home town of Mainpuri, in the poor and lawless state of Uttar Pradesh in northern India. On Monday, Yadav was remanded in custody for three days by a Delhi court.

Dec 9, 2014

India clamps down on unregistered taxis after Uber rape claim

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India ordered state governments to halt the operations of all unregistered, web-based taxi companies on Tuesday after a female passenger reported she was raped in New Delhi by a driver contracted to U.S. cab company Uber.

The case has caused uproar in India after it emerged that the suspect had previously been charged for rape but had obtained a character reference signed by a police officer that was forged.

Nov 15, 2014

Rat poison chemical found in pills linked to Chhattisgarh sterilisation deaths

BILASPUR India (Reuters) – Tablets linked to the deaths of more than a dozen women who visited a sterilisation camp in eastern India are likely to have contained a chemical compound commonly used in rat poison, a senior official in Chhattisgarh state said on Saturday.

Preliminary tests of the antibiotic ciprocin tablets were found to contain zinc phosphide, Siddhartha Pardeshi, the chief administrator for the Bilaspur district told Reuters.

Nov 15, 2014

Rat poison chemical found in pills linked to India sterilization deaths

BILASPUR India (Reuters) – Tablets linked to the deaths of more than a dozen women who visited a sterilization camp in eastern India are likely to have contained a chemical compound commonly used in rat poison, a senior official in Chhattisgarh state said on Saturday.

Preliminary tests of the antibiotic ciprocin tablets were found to contain zinc phosphide, Siddhartha Pardeshi, the chief administrator for the Bilaspur district told Reuters.

Nov 14, 2014

Sterilization deaths expose India’s struggle with faulty drugs

BILASPUR India (Reuters) – The recent deaths of 15 people linked to a small pharmaceutical factory in the eastern city of Raipur have highlighted how easily adulterated drugs can enter India’s huge healthcare system.

Experts say the government is underestimating the scale of the problem, hampering efforts to rein in abuses in one of the world’s biggest markets for counterfeit and substandard drugs.

Nov 14, 2014

Police search India drug factory linked to sterilisation deaths

RAIPUR/BILASPUR, India, Nov 14 (Reuters) – When Indian
police came knocking at Sumit and Rajesh Mahawar’s
pharmaceutical plant two days ago, they say the father and son
locked the doors from the inside. A few hours later, after the
police left, witnesses reported smoke started rising from
medicines burning behind the building.

Mahawar Pharmaceuticals, run from an upscale residential
street in the eastern city of Raipur, is now at the centre of a
probe into more than a dozen deaths in eastern India after 83
women were sterilised at a government-run family planning camp.

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      "Aditya is part of the India politics, economy and general news team at the Reuters bureau in New Delhi. He writes on a range of topics but focusses on India's healthcare space. After joining Reuters in July 2008, he spent nearly six years managing content and writing for the Reuters.com India edition. Follow him on Twitter @adityakalra"
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