There are more than 150,000 kilns in India, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Nepal that belch out tons of soot, known as black carbon, a major air pollutant and the second largest contributor to climate change after carbon dioxide. But in one corner of the region, a devastating earthquake in 2015 that laid waste to much of Nepal, gave the country a chance to clean up its act. VOA's Julie Taboh has more.
The 2012 rape of a physiotherapy student on a New Delhi bus put the spotlight on brutal violence against women in the Indian capital, but there has been less attention on sexual harassment, the lewd comments or groping that girls and women face in public places. To equip them to counter sexual assault in one of India's most unsafe cities for women, police have been teaching self-defense techniques to tens of thousands. Anjana Pasricha visited one such summer training camp in the Indian capital.
In an attempt to bridge the gap of understanding between different Indian communities, a house in the Indian capital of New Delhi is trying to foster the message of tolerance and peaceful coexistence in a unique manner. The house gives people from different religions and communities the chance to live together as a family for up to six months as a way to promote understanding. VOA's Ritul Joshi reports from New Delhi.