Indians crowd rivers, shady trees as heat toll passes 1,400

HYDERABAD, India (AP) — Eating onions, lying in the shade and splashing into rivers, Indians were doing whatever they could Thursday to stay cool during a brutal heat wave that has killed more than 1,400 in the past month.

Meteorological officials said the heat would likely last several more days — scorching crops, killing wildlife and endangering anyone laboring outdoors.

Modi vows cleaner India, but no clear path to get there

NEW DELHI (AP) — Four months after becoming prime minister, Narendra Modi stunned Indians by picking up a crude straw broom and, holding it like a dance partner, gently sweeping at a small pile of green leaves on a New Delhi street.

Modi, ever the darling of photo ops and grinning selfies, seemed to be calling for a cultural revolution, defying centuries-old hierarchies that make the idea of an official cleaning a street anathema in Indian society. By leading a new campaign called "Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan" or "Clean India Mission," Modi challenged those divisions while dignifying labor and elevating cleanliness as a nationwide goal.

India, China pressure West to honor climate change promises

The Guardian

A rare joint statement from India and China on climate change calls on wealthier countries to cut their carbon output even more and to honor their $100 billion commitment to help developing nations reduce emissions, The Guardian reports.

Personal diplomacy marks Modi's China trip amid warming ties

BEIJING (AP) — They are the strongest leaders to emerge in years from the world's two most populous nations — and appear to be trying to forge a strong working relationship.

In a rare personal touch, Chinese President Xi Jinping will host the Indian prime minister in his hometown of Xi'an for Thursday's start of Narendra's Modi's three-day visit, highlighting warming ties between the Asian giants despite their continued rivalry and contrasting political systems.

India, Russia discuss nuclear power cooperation

India Today

India President Pranab Mukherjee plans to discuss civilian nuclear power cooperation when he meets his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin during a five-day visit to Moscow that began Friday, India Today reports.

India increases renewable energy output by 13 percent

Clean Technica

India's renewable energy market is on the rebound, with installed capacity rising 13 percent over the last year, Clean Technica reports.

India's rising tiger numbers may be victory only on paper

SUNDARBAN TIGER RESERVE, India (AP) — At first, the numbers seem impressive: India's tiger population has gone up 30 percent in just four years. The government lauded the news as astonishing evidence of victory in conservation.

But independent scientists say such an increase — to 2,226 big cats — in so short a time doesn't make sense.

India's Modi seeks nuclear power in France

Globe and Mail

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi is heading to France to try to secure new nuclear reactors and fuel for his power-hungry country, The Globe and Mal reports.

India says it is suspending Greenpeace over funding issue

NEW DELHI (AP) — India's home ministry on Thursday temporarily suspended the registration of Greenpeace India, saying it was under-reporting foreign contributions and using them without government approval.

The suspension lasts six months and the ministry gave the organization 30 days to challenge the order. Until then, it would not be able to operate its bank accounts in the country.

India's Modi blames changing lifestyles for rising pollution

NEW DELHI (AP) — Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday blamed the changing lifestyles that have come with India's economic development for rising pollution levels that have given the country some of the world's dirtiest air.

With his government rolling out a new Air Quality Index to 10 of the nation's cities, Modi urged Indians to curtail waste and conserve resources even as they become wealthier, in order to prevent an environmental catastrophe.


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