Indian revellers throw human ashes to celebrate Mashaan Holi in Varanasi and pay respect to the dead

Revellers celebrated traditional Mashaan Holi in Varanasi, in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.

The attendees performed the Holi by throwing ashes of cremated bodies mixed with lively colours at each other, in a ritual which pays respect to the dead.

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Mountains of garbage and despair in India’s dirtiest city

Gonda, 80 miles (125 kilometres) from the Uttar Pradesh state capital of Lucknow, was best known as a quiet stopover point for people travelling to Nepal or to see the region’s temples but today after coming Indian government cleanliness survey it’s earned itself the unwanted title of India’s dirtiest town.

Mowgli Girl: Feral child ‘raised by monkeys’ rescued from Indian jungle

An eight-year-old girl has been found living with monkeys in a jungle in India’s Uttar Pradesh. It is unknown how the girl, who is unable to speak and walks on all fours, came to be living in the wild.

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Train derails in India: over 100 people dead, scores injured

Over 100 people were killed and scores injured in northern India when 14 cars of an express train derailed near the town of Pukhrayan in Uttar Pradesh. Relief teams have rushed to the scene.

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VICE News Daily: Italy’s Army Grows Medical Marijuana

The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: Indian villagers voice their frustration by taking two local politicians hostage, Somalia’s first fire department is up and running, the UN fights child labor in Egypt with food incentives, and Italy’s military grows medical marijuana.

INDIA
Villagers Take Local Politicians Hostage
The residents of Mughalsarai in Uttar Pradesh were angry over frequent power cuts and water shortages.

SOMALIA
Firefighters Brush Up on Skills
The department operates with 50 staff, three fire trucks, and three ambulances.

EGYPT
UN Food Program Fights Child Labor
Almost 24,000 Egyptian children have received school meals since the effort began in April.

ITALY
Military Produces First Medical Marijuana Crop
The plants are being grown in a secure room at a military-run pharmaceutical plant in Florence.

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VICE News Daily: Beyond The Headlines – June, 13 2014

The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: rape and hangings continue in Northern India, Thai coup leaders want free World Cup coverage, deadly bacteria found in squid, and scientists question the age of the Earth and moon.

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INDIA
Another Hanging Victim Found, Woman Claims Rape by Police
Violent crimes against women are rampant in Uttar Pradesh state.

THAILAND
Military Leaders Demand Free World Cup Coverage
It’s part of their ‘happiness’ campaign to build support after the coup.

CANADA
Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria Found in Food for First Time
The organism was found in frozen squid shipped from South Korea.

THE SOLAR SYSTEM
Researchers Say Earth and Moon Older Than We Thought
French scientists studied gas preserved inside ancient quartz crystals to come to the new conclusion.

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