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Delhi’s Horse-Drawn Taxi Drivers Don’t Have Long Faces — NEW DELHI-A few years ago, Ravi Kumar made a big bet on the future: He sold his horse-drawn taxi and started driving an electric rickshaw instead. "The times were changing," he says. Today, he's going old school and switching back.

WhatsApp Chats, Cellphone Snaps: India’s Changing Approach On Sexual Harassment — Until recently, sexual harassment was a taboo topic in India, whether it happened at home, on the street or in the workplace. However, in the past year or so a string of high-profile claims against powerful men has altered the public conversation.

Greenpeace India Apologizes Over Handling of Sexual-Harassment Claim — Greenpeace India on Friday issued a public apology to a former employee, saying it mishandled her complaint about sexual harassment "and for that we owe her an apology." The statement is posted on the website.

Pachauri Steps Down As Head of U.N. Climate Panel After Sexual Harassment Allegation — The head of the United Nations' expert panel on climate change, Rajendra K. Pachauri, stepped down on Tuesday, as Indian police investigate allegations of sexual harassment against him. Delhi police said he has been accused of harassing a 29-year-old woman while working at The Energy Resources Institute, a New Delhi think-tank headed by Mr. Pachauri.

Head of U.N. Climate-Change Panel Resigns — NEW DELHI-Rajendra Pachauri, a leading global voice on climate change, has resigned as head of the United Nations' climate-change panel, a group that shared in the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize while under his leadership. In a statement, the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change gave no reason for the resignation.

India’s Coin Divers Know When Change is in the Air — NEW DELHI-Om Prakash remembers when more money used to fall out of the sky. Today it's mostly small change-"one-rupee, two-rupee, five-rupee coins" he says, or basically a few cents-sometimes accompanied by coconuts. Once, though, a woman's gold ring came tumbling down.

Obama: I’m Banned From Riding Motorcycles On My Head, Like the Dare Devils — In a wide-ranging speech to close his three-day visit to New Delhi, U.S. President Barack Obama spoke of religious tolerance, women's rights, and the widening friendship between the America and India. And, he gave a shout-out to the Dare Devils - a paramilitary motorcycle stunt riding team that performed for the president during India's Republic Day parade on Monday.

This Delhi Candy Shop Doubles As a Burn Clinic — Jesse Pesta and Preetika Rana reported in The Wall Street Journal on a remarkable candy shop in the northern reaches of India's capital city where dozens of patients every day seek out a free burn treatment provided by a candy maker in a small, dirty burn clinic he operates.

In New Delhi, a Candy Shop Becomes a Burn Ward — NEW DELHI-Bare electrical wires seared Ashok Kumar's chest while he worked on a rooftop. It "seemed like a bolt of lightning struck me," the lanky day laborer said. Friends raced him to a hospital, Mr. Kumar said, but there were no beds available. ...

India’s Ambitions With Atomic Plants: Two Opposing Views — In coming weeks the nuclear plant at Kudankulam - built on a part of the Indian coastline struck 10 years ago this week by a devastating tsunami - will start officially selling electricity into the Indian power grid.
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Apr 25, 2015

RT @siobhanheanue: I took these photos an hour apart. Was wandering when quake demolished temples before my eyes. Heartbreaking.

Apr 25, 2015

And the story about tongas (horse-drawn taxis) reaches Tonga (island kingdom):…

Apr 24, 2015

"Woolly minded people write woolly." Ad bigshot David Ogilvy's memo on how to write.…

Apr 24, 2015

"Nabobs to whatever." "In that um um I mean you know." "Onesies." Wow the automatic transcript on my video = bonkers:…

Apr 23, 2015

"A secret to short writing is long reporting." -- Barry Newman, the A-hed king.…

Apr 23, 2015

A wooden-wheel horse cart is parked near Mohammad Yusuf’s horse-drawn-taxi workshop in Delhi.…

Apr 23, 2015

Three women shopping for party supplies ride a horse-drawn taxi. Explained here:…

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