Rescue operations after 12 drown in India during religious ceremony | AFP

Twelve people drowned in a lake in central India when their boats capsized during a religious ceremony. The boats carrying 20-25 people tipped over in the early hours in Bhopal as they were about to immerse an idol of the Hindu elephant god Ganesha.

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Indian worshippers bid adieu to elephant god | AFP

Hundreds of thousands of worshippers throng the streets of Mumbai for the immersion of thousands of elaborately decorated effigies of the Hindu elephant god Ganesha.

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India set to publish citizens list that could make millions stateless | AFP

India’s government will on Saturday publish a “citizens register” in the state of Assam that has left several million people, mostly Muslims, fearful of becoming stateless. A draft register last year left off more than four million people living in the north-eastern state, and India’s Hindu nationalist government has indicated it wants to replicate the process nationwide.

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Pakistan Wants The World To Do Something About India And Kashmir

Muneeb Ur Rehman was at home with his family when a mortar shell hit the house and killed him.

“He was hit in the head once, and one shell piece hit his leg. There was huge bloodshed, so much blood just flowing inside the house,” said Nazakath Ali Khan, Muneeb’s cousin.

Battal lies on the Pakistani side of the so-called Line of Control, a de facto border that splits the disputed region of Kashmir with Pakistan controlling one side and India controlling the other.

Islamabad and Delhi both claim Kashmir in full, but since the 1949 U.N.-brokered ceasefire, they control only parts of it — territories recognized internationally as Indian-administered Kashmir and Pakistan-administered Kashmir.

The two countries are on the verge of war over Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s move earlier this month to revoke Article 370, a constitutional provision that had granted special status to the region of Kashmir that it controls.

Khan told VICE News that since Modi’s move on Aug. 5, there’s been an upsurge in violence.

“It has become routine here — people dying here day by day. You can find there is more bombardment from India, there are more fighters, there’s more targeted killings from the Indian side,” Khan said.

To try to stifle any violent reaction, India has put the region it controls on lockdown. The military patrols the streets, and the internet has been blacked out. It’s the only Muslim-majority state in India, leading many in Pakistan and Pakistan-administered Kashmir to believe Modi’s move is motivated by extreme Hindu nationalism.

The situation has become serious enough that the United Nations Security Council met on Aug. 16 to discuss the crisis, the first time it met formally to discuss Kashmir since 1971.

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Indian PM: Kashmir to ‘return to normal gradually’

An unprecedented security lockdown and near-total communication blockade has continued since Sunday night in Muslim-majority Kashmir, a day before the Hindu nationalist-led government in New Delhi scrapped the disputed Himalayan region’s autonomous status. (August 8)

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Deserted streets in Srinagar after India’s Kashmir move | AFP

India’s Hindu nationalist government hails “historic” legislation to bring Kashmir under its direct control but Pakistan and China challenge the divisive move, sending tensions soaring between the nuclear neighbours. New Delhi stripped Kashmir of its seven-decade-long autonomous status via a presidential decree on Monday, hours after imposing a massive security lockdown in the state to quell any unrest. ++COMPLETES 1JD19A ++

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India: Modi supporters gather at BJP headquarters

A group of supporters gather at the Bharatiya Janata Party headquarters as Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi appears on course for a major victory in the world’s largest election, with early trends suggesting an even bigger win for his Hindu nationalist party than in 2014.