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Hindu hardliners order strike to block Indian temple to women

Hindu hardliners declare a 12-hour shutdown of local businesses in Kerala, stepping up their campaign to bar women from one of India’s holiest temples and telling drivers their vehicles would be attacked if they took anyone near.

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Bhutan votes for a new government

Bhutan, the Himalayan kingdom jammed between India and China, votes in a national election guaranteed to usher in a new ruling party which must boost the economy without compromising the country’s fierce independent streak.

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Cyclone batters eastern India

A cyclone packing winds of up to 150 kilometres (95 miles) per hour and heavy rains hit eastern India early Thursday, with over 300,000 people evacuated from low-lying areas and two men reported killed.

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Women sculptors break gender barriers in India

Sculptors in India are busy working on statues of the goddess Durga for the Hindu festival of Durga Puja. While idol sculpting is considered to be a ‘man’s job’, some women are defying the tradition in the industry.

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Al Gore warns of climate change calamity

Former U.S. vice president and climate change campaigner Al Gore calls for urgent action to tackle climate change at an investment summit in India, a day after the UN said in a landmark report that the fallout from global warming had come sooner and harder than earlier predicted.