Mumbai

India Arrests 70 Call-Centre Workers Accused of Duping US Citizens

By Devidutta Tripathy MUMBAI, Oct 6 – Police in India said they arrested 70 call-centre workers on Wednesday on suspicion of tricking American citizens into sending them money by posing as U.S. tax officials. A total of 772 workers were detained earlier on Wednesday in raids on nine call centres in a Mumbai suburb, a senior

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Mumbai Red-light Area Gentrifies, Putting Sex Workers at Greater Risk

By Rina Chandran MUMBAI, June 27 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Rising rents and redevelopment are forcing sex workers out of Mumbai’s oldest red-light district, leaving them vulnerable to further exploitation, according to a new report. Police crackdowns and gentrification have pushed most sex workers out of the infamous Kamathipura district to the suburbs, from where

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British Royals Bat in Mumbai for Poor Indian Kids

MUMBAI, April 10 – Britain’s Duke and Duchess of Cambridge played a charity cricket match with underprivileged children in Mumbai on Sunday, the first day of a week-long tour of India that will include a trip to the isolated Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan. Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton flew into India’s financial capital

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Mumbai Dance Bars to Reopen Amid Worries Trafficking of Women May Rise

By Rina Chandran MUMBAI, March 16 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – After a 10-year hiatus, dance bars are set to reopen in Mumbai and Maharashtra state with activists warning women and girls could be trafficked and abused in these venues but bar owners arguing this is legimitate, needed work. Western Maharashtra state in 2005 suspended the

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Modi Urged to Make Reality Match ‘Make in India’ Hype

By Promit Mukherjee and Rafael Nam MUMBAI, Feb 14  – Thousands of people and mascots of lions swarmed the weekend opening of a “Make in India” drive to attract foreign direct investment, pitched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi as “the biggest brand that India has ever created”. The week-long event, the boldest since Modi launched

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