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Jun 25, 2013

Flood rescue helicopter crash kills eight – government

GAUCHAR, India (Reuters) – A rescue helicopter delivering wood for the mass cremations of the victims of flooding in Uttarakhand crashed on Tuesday, killing the eight people on board, the government said.

Floods and landslides unleashed by early monsoon rains last week killed at least 680 people in Uttarakhand and left thousands of people missing.

Jun 25, 2013

India flood rescue helicopter crash kills eight – government

GAUCHAR, India (Reuters) – A rescue helicopter delivering wood for the mass cremations of the victims of flooding in northern India crashed on Tuesday, killing the eight people on board, the government said.

Floods and landslides unleashed by early monsoon rains last week killed at least 680 people in Uttarakhand state and left thousands of people missing.

Jun 22, 2013

India monsoon floods kill at least 560; thousands missing

RUDRAPRAYAG, India (Reuters) – Flash floods and landslides unleashed by early monsoon rains have killed at least 560 people in northern India and left tens of thousands missing, officials said on Saturday, with the death toll expected to rise significantly.

Houses and small apartment blocks on the banks of the Ganges, India’s longest river and sacred to Hindus, have toppled into the rushing, swollen waters and been swept away with cars and trucks.

Jun 22, 2013

Monsoon floods kill at least 560 in Uttarakhand; thousands missing

RUDRAPRAYAG (Reuters) – Flash floods and landslides unleashed by early monsoon rains have killed at least 560 people in Uttarakhand and left tens of thousands missing, officials said on Saturday, with the death toll expected to rise significantly.

Houses and small apartment blocks on the banks of the Ganges, India’s longest river and sacred to Hindus, have toppled into the rushing, swollen waters and been swept away with cars and trucks.

May 17, 2013

Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt back in jail

MUMBAI, May 17 (Reuters) – Actor Sanjay Dutt, one of
Bollywood’s biggest stars, has returned to prison to serve the
remainder of a five-year sentence for firearms offences during
the Mumbai bombings 20 years ago, forcing at least one film onto
the back burner.

Dutt, popular for his role as a do-good gangster in the
“Munnabhai” films, was sentenced to six years jail in 2007 for
acquiring illegal weapons from men convicted for the 1993
attacks that killed 257 people.

May 17, 2013

Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt returns to prison

MUMBAI (Reuters) – Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt returned to prison on Thursday to serve the remainder of his five-year jail sentence for firearms offences during the Mumbai bombings 20 years ago.

Dutt, popular for his role as a do-good gangster in the “Munnabhai” films, was sentenced to six years jail in 2007 for acquiring illegal weapons from men convicted for the 1993 attacks that killed 257 people.

May 2, 2013
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Bollywood dreams

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Mumbai, India

By Danish Siddiqui

The Hindi film industry or Bollywood can make a star, a household name out of anyone overnight. It can bring instant money, fame and the fan-following of millions from across continents.

Bollywood is an addiction for many that attracts thousands of aspirants to the breeding grounds, the city of Mumbai, everyday. I was keen to look at this other side of the glamour world. The side that entails the struggle to enter the world of aspiring dreamers and their struggles to become a star.

Feb 5, 2013
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Exorcism at the ghost fair

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Malajapur, India

By Danish Siddiqui

Malajpur is a small but not ordinary village in central India. In fact it is probably the only village in India which has been hosting a ghost fair for the past several years. People from across the country come to this fair to get rid of ‘evil spirits’ that they claim to be possessed by.

As night falls on Paush Purnima (full moon night) the ‘possessed’ are taken to the local shrine to be exorcised. People who bring their relatives here feel the latter’s bodies have been ‘taken over by ghosts of the dead’ and that exorcism is the only release for them. Interestingly, most of those who come here to be exorcised are women. When I asked the priest the reason he said, “They are emotionally weak and hence easy target for spirits.”

Jan 25, 2013
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Not child’s play

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Baran, India

By Danish Siddiqui

When I first took pictures of this child couple in a small village in the desert state of Rajasthan in 2010, I had no idea that I would come back to this village again. But life had something else in store and I have been visiting them every year since, documenting the changes in their relationship and their surroundings.

When I went to their house last week I was greeted by the loud wailing of a baby. It was their four-month-old son Alok, which means enlightenment in Hindi. Last year when I visited them, I learned that Krishna, the child bride, was seven months pregnant. I wasn’t surprised at all but out of curiosity I asked Gopal, her husband, why he was in such a hurry to expand the family. He shrugged his shoulders and said, “Nothing else to do, no work, life is so boring.” I was a bit taken aback.

Sep 28, 2012
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Learning the lessons of the slums

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By Danish Siddiqui

If you are flying into Mumbai, the first thing you’ll see from mid-air are the visually beautiful rows of slums. I have always treated the slums and their inhabitants with respect.

GALLERY: MUMBAI’S SLUM LIFE

Every metropolitan city (at least in India) has slums, as more and more people travel to the cities for better opportunities. Unfortunately, not everyone is fortunate enough to live in a planned neighborhood.

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      "I am a television news correspondent turned photographer, working for Reuters in Mumbai. I was brought up in the Indian capital Delhi but have been posted in Mumbai since summer 2010. With Reuters, I made my foray into professional photography. I've been learning something new about photography everyday on the job. Apart from taking pictures to go with the daily news, I have a keen interest in shooting in depth features and multimedia."
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