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Feb 18, 2014

For railway children, a dangerous life by the tracks

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – The young boys huddled over a fire between two tracks just beyond the platforms of New Delhi railway station, oblivious to the trains rolling past. They were trying to boil some water to make tea.

One, a grime-encrusted urchin wearing a filthy baseball cap at a jaunty angle, said this was their home. He had run away after his mother died and he could take no more beatings from his alcoholic father.

Feb 18, 2014

For India’s railway children, a dangerous life by the tracks

NEW DELHI, Feb 18 (Reuters) – The young boys huddled over a
fire between two tracks just beyond the platforms of New Delhi
railway station, oblivious to the trains rolling past. They were
trying to boil some water to make tea.

One, a grime-encrusted urchin wearing a filthy baseball cap
at a jaunty angle, said this was their home. He had run away
after his mother died and he could take no more beatings from
his alcoholic father.

Feb 14, 2014

Graves of empire tell of India’s troubled past

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – By the side of a crowded Delhi highway with buses thundering by and hawkers touting their wares lies a small, walled cemetery.

It holds the graves of hundreds of British citizens and other foreigners who, for better or worse, played roles in India’s colonial past. Soldiers, missionaries, traders and officials rest here, the cracked tombstones giving only hints of their lives.

Feb 5, 2014

Stormy start to Indian parliament’s last session before election

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India’s parliament opened its last session before a general election on Wednesday only to adjourn after a few hours of rowdy debate over the creation of a new state, with the pressing issue of corruption pushed into the background.

The session, which will go through to February 21, is seen as a final chance for the ruling Congress Party to convince voters it is taking action on graft and to showcase the resolve of leader Rahul Gandhi.

Feb 5, 2014

Parliament’s last session set to be pre-election scrap

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – The parliament reconvened on Wednesday for its last session before a general election, a final chance for the ruling Congress party to convince voters it is taking action on corruption and to showcase the resolve of leader Rahul Gandhi.

After 10 years in power, the popularity of the ruling United Progressive Alliance (UPA), led by Congress, has sagged in large part over a series of graft scandals as well as its inability to halt a sliding economy.

Feb 5, 2014

Indian parliament’s last session set to be pre-election scrap

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India’s parliament reconvened on Wednesday for its last session before a general election, a final chance for the ruling Congress party to convince voters it is taking action on corruption and to showcase the resolve of leader Rahul Gandhi.

After 10 years in power, the popularity of the ruling United Progressive Alliance (UPA), led by Congress, has sagged in large part over a series of graft scandals as well as its inability to halt a sliding economy.

Jan 29, 2014

NCP woman politician suggests “Nirbhaya” invited rape

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – A female politician and activist has said rape victims may have invited attacks by their clothes and behaviour, fuelling a national debate over a series of incidents of sexual violence against women.

Asha Mirje, a Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader in Maharashtra, questioned at a meeting on Tuesday why a 23-year-old physiotherapy student who was gang-raped on a bus in Delhi in 2012 was out late at night.

Jan 29, 2014

Female politician suggests Indian women invited rape

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – An Indian female politician and activist has said rape victims may have invited attacks by their clothes and behavior, fuelling a national debate over a series of incidents of sexual violence against women.

Asha Mirje, a Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader in western Maharashtra state, questioned at a meeting on Tuesday why a 23-year-old physiotherapy student who was gang-raped on a bus in Delhi in 2012 was out late at night.

Dec 4, 2013

Young, Plant and friends pay tribute to “Jimi Hendrix of acoustic guitar”

Dec 4 (Reuters) – A host of musicians headed by Led Zeppelin
frontman Robert Plant on Tuesday night celebrated the life and
work of Bert Jansch, the late Scottish guitarist
who influenced generations of players from Neil Young to Johnny
Marr with his stew of blues, folk and jazz.

On a London stage decorated to look like Les Cousins, the
Soho folk club where Jansch held court in the 1960s, they played
his songs and others that had inspired him,
and reminisced about “a magical man, an occasionally shambolic
man,” in the words of Martin Simpson.

Nov 28, 2013

Bob Dylan whips up tempest in return to 1966 London venue

LONDON, Nov 28 (Reuters) – Bob Dylan played London’s Albert
Hall this week for the first time since his fabled and
tumultuous concerts there in 1966, his vitality and mystique
intact five decades on since he revolutionised popular music.

This time round there were no boos and catcalls prompted by
his use of electric instruments, just ovations as he led his
crack band through a set that drew heavily from his latest album
“Tempest” but also reached back into earlier stages of his
career.

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      "Angus MacSwan has reported for Reuters for 25 years from Asia, Latin America, the United States, the Middle East, South Africa and the Balkans. He has covered events from the overthrow of President Marcos in the Philippines in 1986 to the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003. He stood next to Archbishop Desmond Tutu when he voted in South Africa's first free election and witnessed the arrival of the first prisoners to the U.S. camp in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba."
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