India erects wall to hide shanties for Trump visit

A 1,640-foot brick wall has been hastily erected in India’s Gujarat state ahead of a visit by US President Donald Trump, with critics saying it was built to block the view of a slum area inhabited by more than 2,000 people. (Feb. 18)

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India’s ‘Rapunzel’ remains a cut above with world’s longest teen hair | AFP

Nilanshi Patel, a 17-year-old from India’s Gujarat state, remains a cut above the rest according to the Guinness World Records, having bettered her record of 170.5 centimetres (5.59 feet) set in December 2018 with a new length of 190 centimetres.

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Indian Kashmir formally ceases to be a state | AFP

Security is reinforced in Srinagar as India’s Muslim-majority region of Kashmir is formally divided, almost three months after losing its autonomy in a move that triggered violence and stoked tensions with arch-rival Pakistan. In Gujarat, Narendra Modi hails a “bright future” for the blood-soaked Himalayan region.

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India’s Leading PM Candidate Rallies in Varanasi

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Varanasi, a center of Hinduism in India, has emerged as a main battleground during the Indian elections, which began on April 7. With over 814 million eligible voters in a country of 1.25 billion, these are the largest elections the world has seen to date. The results, expected May 16, will bring the election of 543 members of the lower house of Parliament — who in turn will determine the country’s next prime minister to govern for five years.

According to exit poll results, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will win the majority in parliament — which means that controversial candidate Narendra Modi will be the next prime minister. Modi is a rising force with a pro-business platform for economic growth — which many Indians support. However, he was the chief minister of Gujarat in 2002, when communal clashes killed at least 1,000 Muslims. He was tried for his role in the conflict, but was found not guilty.

May 12 was the last day of voting for the elections, and on Friday India’s fate will be decided. VICE News headed to Varanasi to speak with voters and workers about their nation’s future.

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