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Bad air day: Indian city chokes on world’s worst pollution


KANPUR: Soot turned the white handkerchief around Abhash Kumar Sharma’s face to black as the police officer tried to direct gridlocked traffic in the Indian city with the world’s dirtiest air. It was all he had to ward off the pollution blamed for filling Kanpur’s hospital beds with growing numbers of chronic lung and cancer cases. “It is the same ... Read More »

Guards protect last water in drought-parched Indian city


TIKAMGARH: Authorities in this drought-parched city in central India have deployed round-the-clock armed guards at a river-fed community reservoir to prevent farmers from siphoning the remaining water for irrigation. With rainfall in Tikamgarh district this year 52 percent below average — the second dry year for the area — water is now available to city residents only sporadically, with fears ... Read More »

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