Dabba wallahs carry lunchboxes to offices in Indian cities. But the old tradition is changing with modern times.
August 28, 2012 If you work in an office in India, lunch might travel through a complex network of kitchens, bicycle deliverymen and train stations before ending up on your desk. Dabba wallahs have been delivering meals for a century, but over the years, lunchbox fare has changed dramatically.
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August 21, 2012 Opposition lawmakers demanded that Sonia Gandhi's Congress party step aside. An official audit has accused the current government of handing out rights to coal mines without going through competitive bidding or auctions — possibly causing $33 billion in losses.
Before building the pyramid, the men and boys prayed.
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August 10, 2012 To celebrate the birth of Hindu God Lord Krishna, men and boys build a human pyramid to reach a "curd pot." In Mumbai today, the scene was a chaos of color.
Sikhs and others who wanted to show support gathered Wednesday night for a vigil in Manhattan.
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August 9, 2012 We're seeing their "capacity to look ahead, to heal, to be tolerant, to be understanding and to be calm and composed in the face of terrible grief or tragedy," India's ambassador to the U.S. tells NPR.
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Plenty of wires. But where's the juice? This electric pole in Kolkata is typical of many in heavily populated India.
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August 1, 2012 "Powerless," "clueless," "dismaying." Those are just some of the words being used as Indians rant about the massive outages that have hit the nation this week.
Passengers waited for trains Tuesday at a railway station in New Delhi. Another grid failure cut power, causing chaos.
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July 31, 2012 Tuesday's outage affected nearly 200 million more people than live in North and Central America. It created chaos again in New Delhi and other major cities as trains and traffic stopped.
Passengers in New Delhi were waiting for trains that couldn't run because of Monday's power outage.
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July 30, 2012 The massive outage affected more people than live in the entire U.S. and caused chaos in some cities. Still, the country's power minister boasted that India has one of the world's best power grids. His claim didn't go over well.
Sachin Tendulkar kisses his helmet after scoring his 100th century (100 runs) in a March match against Bangladesh.
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June 4, 2012 "I will focus on my cricket and as [to] when I stop playing cricket, I don't know," said the Indian superstar, after being sworn in. He was appointed to a seat in the upper house. Imagine Peyton Manning playing while serving in the Senate.
An Indian tiger looks out from a camouflaged cover in the Ranthambhore National Park. (March 2000 file photo.)
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May 23, 2012 To protect the endangered animals, forest guards have been given the go-ahead to use lethal force if necessary. One minister has told rangers to "shoot at sight."
Participants carry a rainbow flag during a gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender parade in Mumbai, India.
May 14, 2012 Public health workers are advocating to keep homosexuality legal to fight against HIV/AIDS. India's Supreme Court began a six-week-long recess today without ruling on homosexuality, which has captivated many in the country.
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April 5, 1989: Tugboats tow the Exxon Valdez off Bligh Reef in Alaska's Prince William Sound.
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May 9, 2012 India's Supreme Court says the ship's owners must prove it has been decontaminated before it heads to a yard where it will be dismantled.
On days she comes to school hungry, K. Suchitra (center) knows she can eat at school.
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April 6, 2012 The program, which is run by engineers, currently feeds 1.3 million children, making it one of the largest school lunch programs in the world. The program is so cost-effective it's become a Harvard Business School case study.
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Lahori Fish with Imli Pesto, a Pakistani dish.
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March 14, 2012 The cooking show, which will have its semi-finals next week, pits Indian chefs against Pakistani chefs. It exploits the long rivalry between the two countries — something that has rarely been a joking matter.
In India, Starbucks will have to compete with this locally-owned coffee chain, Cafe Coffee Day.
January 31, 2012 Starbucks has announced it's barreling into India with plans to open 50 stores before the end of the year. That's just one of several new strategies — from a new coffee product to serving alcohol at some of its U.S. stores — to get bigger and more profitable.
An Indian boy receives a polio vaccination from an Indian health worker in Amritsar last year.
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January 13, 2012 The absence of a new polio case in India is a milestone in the decades-long effort to wipe the poliovirus from the face of the planet. Only a few years ago, India reported more polio cases than any other country in the world.
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