One reason opposition candidate Narendra Modi is on track to become India’s next prime minister can be found in a 100-bed government-run hospital in the city of Jaunpur. Goats roam the corridors, used syringes and vomit litter the floors, and the walls display red spatter from tobacco that has been chewed and spat out.
India’s Finance Minister Palaniappan Chidambaram won’t seek re-election to the lower house of parliament in elections starting next month as his son will contest for the first time in his constituency.
India plans to increase its contribution to the International Monetary Fund by $4 billion as the multilateral lender helps European countries facing the sovereign debt crisis, the Press Trust of India reported, citing a finance ministry official it didn’t identify. India’s total commitment under the IMF’s new arrangement to borrow will increase to $14 billion, the news agency reported.
Delhi Police arrested two suspects over the gang rape of a Danish tourist in the center of India’s capital, the latest incident exposing the dangers for women in the world’s second-most populous nation.
Devyani Khobragade, the Indian diplomat accused of visa fraud for allegedly underpaying her babysitter, returned home from the U.S. after she was indicted in a case that roiled relations between the two countries.