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Jun 4, 2015

Drought-hit Maharashtra village looks to ‘water wives’ to quench thirst

DENGANMAL, India (Reuters) – In the parched village of Denganmal, in Maharashtra, there are no taps. The only drinking water comes from two wells at the foot of a nearby rocky hill, a spot so crowded that the sweltering walk and wait can take hours.

For Sakharam Bhagat, as for many others in the hamlet some 140 km (85 miles) from Mumbai, the answer was a ‘water wife’.

Jun 4, 2015

Drought-hit Indian village looks to ‘water wives’ to quench thirst

DENGANMAL, India, June 4 (Reuters) – In the parched village
of Denganmal, in western India, there are no taps. The only
drinking water comes from two wells at the foot of a nearby
rocky hill, a spot so crowded that the sweltering walk and wait
can take hours.

For Sakharam Bhagat, as for many others in the hamlet some
140 km (85 miles) from Mumbai, the answer was a ‘water wife’.

Jul 23, 2014
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Waiting to die

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Varanasi, India
By Danish Siddiqui

The River Ganges is sacred in Hinduism, and the city of Varanasi, which lies on its banks, is one of the oldest and holiest sites for Hindu pilgrims from all over the world.

Devotees believe that you can wash away your sins by taking a dip in the Ganges at Varanasi. What’s more, dying and having your ashes scattered here is a sacred thing for Hindus who believe that it brings “moksha,” or freedom for the soul from the constant cycle of death and rebirth. To attain this salvation, many travel to Varanasi to die.

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.

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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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