Big fat Indian wedding goes on a diet as slowdown bites | AFP

India’s weddings are famously lavish — lasting days and with hundreds if not thousands of guests — but this season many families are cutting costs even if it risks their social standing. It’s symptomatic of a sharp slowdown in the world’s fifth-largest economy, with Indians spending less on everything from daily essentials to once-in-a-lifetime occasions.

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How to make it in Bollywood, or die trying | AFP

It took a minute for Malhaar Rathod, then an aspiring teenage actress, to realise what the 65-year-old Indian film producer was asking her to do — and to make the decision to walk away. Her experience with what is euphemistically known as Bollywood’s “casting couch” culture underlines the challenges facing anyone seeking to break into India’s massive, insiders-only film industry.

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Attack at elite India university injures dozens | AFP

Dozens were hurt at a prestigious Indian university on Sunday in what police said were clashes between rival student groups but which an opposition politician blamed on a student organisation linked to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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Fire and building collapse at Delhi warehouse | AFP

A New Delhi factory collapses on firefighters tackling the third major blaze in the Indian capital in less than a month, injuring twelve people. IMAGES

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Indian protesters paint angry messages against new law | AFP

Angry protesters in the northeastern city of Guwahati come together to paint messages opposing India’s citizenship law that has sparked deadly protests across the country.

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Back to pre-internet stone age in offline Indian Kashmir | AFP

In remote Indian Kashmir people have been offline since August, lining up for hours to pay bills or using government “internet kiosks”. As protests rage in other areas of India, it’s something people outside the Himalayan region are also getting a taste of. Indian authorities, who according to activists lead the world when it comes to cutting the internet, snapped Kashmir’s access when New Delhi scrapped the region’s seven-decade-old autonomy.

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The Plight of Fishermen Caught Up in India And Pakistan’s Devastating Border Fight

KETI BANDAR, Pakistan – For over 70 years, the border between Pakistan and India has remained one of the most disputed flashpoints in the world.

That includes an unmarked maritime border in the Indian Ocean where hundreds of Indian and Pakistani fishermen are arrested each year by the two nuclear-armed nations, devastating coastal communities whose livelihoods depend entirely on fishing.

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Women from Assam state join protests in India as death toll rises to 20 | AFP

Hundreds of women in Assam take part in protests against the Indian government’s Citizenship Amendment Act, with 20 people killed so far in the unrest.

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Demonstrations in Guwahati against controversial citizenship law | AFP

Hundreds gather in Guwahati, in the Indian state of Assam to protest against the controversial Indian citizenship law deemed as anti-muslim. The law — making it easier for persecuted minorities from three neighbouring countries to gain citizenship, but not if they are Muslim — has stoked fears Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants to remould the world’s biggest democracy India as a Hindu nation, which he denies. IMAGES

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Assam’s ‘sons of the soil’ cherish new protest symbol | AFP

At the epicentre of deadly protests in Assam, a red and white cloth has come to symbolise the struggle of the Indian state’s indigenous “sons of the soil” against a new citizenship law that they see as a dangerous threat to their unique culture.

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India passes contentious citizenship bill amid violent protests | AFP

India’s parliament pass a contentious bill that seeks to grant citizenship to non-Muslim immigrants from some countries, as hundreds of troops are deployed in the northeast to control violent protests. The bill will let the Indian government grant citizenship to millions of illegal immigrants who entered India from three neighbouring countries before 2015 — but not if they are Muslim.

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Vehement protests over Indian nationality bill | AFP

Protests have been raging in the north-east of India as MPs debate legislation that stands to give citizenship to religious minorities from neighbouring countries, but not Muslims.

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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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Air pollution | AFP Animé

Videographic on air pollution. The Indian capital’s notorious air pollution hit “emergency” levels again Wednesday, coinciding with a visit by Britain’s Prince Charles.VIDEOGRAPHICS

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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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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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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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New Delhi under “severe pollution” smog | AFP

India gate and other Delhi monuments are hidden by the smog as air in the Indian capital, a noxious cocktail of industrial and vehicle emissions and agricultural smoke from the surrounding regions, is rated as severe. Especially hazardous levels of particulates smaller than 2.5 microns, so tiny they can enter the bloodstream, were 19 times the World Health Organisation’s safe maximum, data from the US embassy website showed.

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Body of two-year-old Indian boy retrieved from well | AFP

A two-year old boy trapped 26-metre (85-feet) down a well in southern India for more than three days dies. Sujith Wilson was the latest in a series of incidents involving children falling into disused wells in rural India.

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