India

12:12pm

Fri August 10, 2012
The Two-Way

Must-See Pictures For Janmashtami

Originally published on Fri August 10, 2012 1:15 pm

Almost to the top: Men and boys built this human pyramid in Mumbai as part of today's Janmashtami celebration. Their goal — a clay pot — is suspended over the street.
Punit Paranjpe AFP/Getty Images

As devotees in India celebrate Janmashtami, which marks the birth of Hindu God Lord Krishna, we're seeing some incredible pictures.

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4:58pm

Thu August 9, 2012
The Two-Way

Summer Film, Starring Real-Life Porn Star, Is Testing India's Limits

A man pastes the posters of Bollywood film "Jism 2" outside a cinema hall in Bangalore, India.
Aijaz Rahi AP

The prolific and pervasive film industry of India, often called Bollywood, is pushing the country's decency envelope with its latest summer release, which features a real-life porn star. The film, awkwardly titled Jism 2, is a sequel to a 2002 blockbuster and stars Indian-Canadian adult film star Sunny Leone in the leading role. (The title means 'body' in Hindi.)

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3:00am

Tue August 7, 2012
Sports

India's Olympic Effort Faulted

Originally published on Wed August 8, 2012 12:39 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Now, as we cover the Olympics, some of you have asked for spoiler alerts, but for this next report that is probably not necessary. NPR's Mike Pesca is taking us inside the world of India's men's field hockey team. We're not too worried about spoilers. Not just because most Americans don't care much about field hockey, but because the Indian squad has done a pretty good job itself of spoiling things. As Mike reports, the team's record tracks with the overall state of the Indian Olympic effort.

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1:27am

Tue August 7, 2012
World

Growing Pains: Nations Balance Growth, Power Needs

Originally published on Wed August 8, 2012 12:39 pm

Muslim girls study by candlelight inside a religious school in Noida, near New Delhi, on July 31. The collapse of three regional power grids last week caused a massive power outage that blacked out more than half of India.
Parivatran Sharma Reuters /Landov

It may take some time to pinpoint the exact cause of India's massive blackouts last week, but the underlying issue for India and many other parts of the developing world is that supply is struggling to keep up with the growing demand for power — an imbalance that can affect the reliability of electric grids.

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1:26am

Tue August 7, 2012
World

Pakistan Blackouts Power Frustration At Government

Originally published on Wed August 8, 2012 12:39 pm

Tangled power lines in a busy shopping district in Rawalpindi.
Lauren Frayer for NPR

In India last week, surprise grid failures plunged more than half the country into darkness. But power outages in neighboring Pakistan have been intentional — the result of summertime energy rationing.

Despite billions of dollars in U.S. aid, Pakistan has been unable to keep the lights on. Now the situation is getting worse, with riots erupting over factories forced offline.

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