Consumers feel the pinch as Indian economy slows | AFP

The hunt for work becomes more desperate every day on Delhi’s street corner labour markets as India’s economic slowdown bites deeper, piling pressure on Prime Minister Narendra Modi just half a year into his second term.

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Protesters in India demand for rapists to be hanged | AFP

Protests continue in Delhi as demonstrators take to the streets, demanding harsher punishment for rapists, including death by hanging. The spark for the protests was the gang-rape and murder by four men of the 27-year-old vet next to a busy road in the outskirts of Hyderabad in southern India last week.

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The blind stumble on Delhi’s mean streets | AFP

Tapping his white cane, Vinod Kumar Sharma spends four hours a day running the gauntlet of crowded trains and New Delhi’s congested, potholed and often pavement-less roads. He is one of an estimated eight million blind people in India who make up 20 percent of the global total, according to the World Health Organization.

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The Moon | AFP Animé

Videographic on the Moon. India’s Vikram lunar lander, which crashed on its final approach to the Moon’s surface in September, has been found thanks in part to the sleuthing efforts of an amateur space enthusiast.VIDEOGRAPHICS

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Today in History for December 3rd

First human heart transplant performed; Industrial accident kills thousands in Bhopal, India; Hundreds of students arrested at the University of California at Berkeley; “A Streetcar Named Desire” opens on Broadway; Snger Ozzy Osbourne is born. (Dec. 3)

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From armchairs to iPhones, India’s millennials rent it all | AFP

In an age of e-commerce-fuelled consumerism, more and more young Indians are defying social conventions of ownership and instead opting to rent items such as furniture and smartphones.

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India: baby elephant rescued from water tank receives care at local zoo | AFP

A wild male baby elephant that was rescued from a water tank in India’s northeastern state of Assam after being separated from its mother and herd, receives care from ‘Madhabi’, a female elephant, at a local zoo.

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India and Pakistan Opened up a “Peace Corridor.” That’s Pissing Some People Off

As Sikhs around the world celebrate a holiday that’s like their Christmas; the 550th birthday of Guru Nanak, their religion’s founder, they’re also celebrating something surprising — a rare moment of cooperation between India and Pakistan.

Earlier this year, the two nuclear rivals came to the brink of war, launching air raids into each other’s territories, and later suspended ties after India revoked the autonomy of Kashmir, a territory both countries claim. But over the weekend, they briefly set aside their differences to open a corridor where Indian Sikhs can for the first time travel without a visa to Kartarpur Sahib, a temple in Pakistan marking the lands where Guru Nanak lived out his last days as a farmer.

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Sikhs celebrate founder Guru Nanak’s birth anniversary | AFP

It is one of the biggest birthday celebrations in the world: millions of Sikhs mark the 550th birth anniversary of the founder of their religion, the Guru Nanak. The annual celebration has been given extra significance this year with the opening of the Kartarpur Corridor, a secure, visa-free passage between arch-rivals India and Pakistan that gives Indian Sikhs access to the place where the guru died in 1539, now one of the religion’s holiest sites.

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Historic corridor opens between India and Pakistan | AFP

Hundreds of Indian Sikhs make a historic pilgrimage to Pakistan, crossing through a newly-built road to reach one of their religion’s holiest sites, after a landmark deal between the two countries separated by the 1947 partition of the subcontinent.

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In ‘gas chamber’ Delhi, kids get tips how to adapt | AFP

Children in Delhi learn ways to cope with Delhi’s toxic air, from monitoring air quality to restricting activities outside. India’s capital is choking with alarming levels of pollution, forcing schools to shut earlier this week.

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Mothers-to-be fear for their unborn in smog-choked Delhi | AFP

Anxious mothers-to-be in India are listening to tips and tricks on coping with the pollution that is so bad that Delhi’s chief minister recently likened the city to a “gas chamber”. The toxic air is being blamed for soaring miscarriage rates and infant deaths.

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Sikhs await opening of corridor to sacred shrine in Pakistan | AFP

A corridor that will allow Sikhs to cross from India into Pakistan to visit one of the religion’s holiest sites is set to open Saturday, with thousands expected to make a pilgrimage interrupted by decades of conflict.

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Indian b-girl flips norms in world breakdancing title bid | AFP

Long before b-girl Johanna Rodrigues began improvising routines combining Indian classical dance with headstands and backflips in a quest to “redefine femininity”, she found inspiration at home in her widowed mother. A rare female face on India’s breakdancing scene, Rodrigues is representing the South Asian nation at this week’s Red Bull BC One world championship in Mumbai, where she will battle 15 women and 16 men for the top prize.

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India’s war on plastic hits hurdles amid industry fears | AFP

India’s ambitious plan to ban single-use plastic nationwide appears to be becoming less achievable amid growing fears curbing the use of the versatile and cheap material could significantly hurt the slowing economy.

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Indian farmers say they have no choice but to burn stubble despite alarming pollution levels | AFP

As they light fire to their fields, farmers in Punjab say they have no alternative to stubble burning to prepare their farm for the next crop. India’s top court has ordered a complete halt to stubble burning around Delhi, a major contributor to lethal smog that on Tuesday kept the metropolis of 20 million people choking in air rated “very poor”.

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Tourists flock to Taj Mahal despite India pollution crisis | AFP

Thousands of tourists stream in to visit the Taj Mahal – the iconic 17th century marble mausoleum – as hazardous smog blankets New Delhi and north India.

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Air pollution | AFP Animé

Videographic on air pollution. Millions of people in India’s capital New Delhi started the week choking through “eye-burning” smog, with schools closed, cars taken off the road and construction halted.

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