Betwa Sharma
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Betwa is the social media editor for HuffPost India. She also reports on human rights, politics, women and climate change. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Al Jazeera, Foreign Policy, The Wall Street Journal, The New Republic, The Guardian, Time...among others. Besides India, she has reported from Afghanistan, Egypt, Sudan, Morocco, Haiti, Ireland, the United States and the United Nations. After studying law at the National Law Institute University and Cambridge University, she spent two years at the Columbia Journalism School.

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Modi Government Pushes For Greater Restrictions On The Internet In India

(6) Comments | Posted February 26, 2015 | 9:01 PM

This week, the Indian government spelled out its reasons for placing higher restrictions on the Internet as compared to television or print medium, and pushed for the retention of the Section 66A of Information Technology Act, which it has itself termed "draconian".

"There are institutions which are working...

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EU Directs Delegates In Delhi To Install Air Purifiers

(0) Comments | Posted February 25, 2015 | 2:38 PM

Concerned about the high levels of pollution in Delhi, the European Union has directed its delegates to install air purifiers in their homes and offices in India's capital city.

The World Health Organisation study, released last year, found Delhi to be the most polluted city in the...

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Delhi Government Announces Cheaper Power, Free Water

(2) Comments | Posted February 25, 2015 | 6:23 AM

The Aam Aadmi Party government of Delhi has announced reductions in power tariff, and offered free water to its residents. AAP will fulfil these two major promises of its campaign at the cost of around Rs.1,670 crore annually to the exchequer, PTI reported.

In a press conference on Wednesday...

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Will Pachauri's Exit From IPCC Affect Climate Talks?

(0) Comments | Posted February 24, 2015 | 9:47 PM

The embattled Indian scientist R.K. Pachauri stepped down as chairman of the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change on Tuesday after helming the influential global body for 13 years.

His departure, on being investigated at home for sexual harassment charges levelled by a 29-year old woman subordinate, has...

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Video: Frustration Of An Angry Pakistani Cricket Fan

(0) Comments | Posted February 24, 2015 | 3:33 PM

World Cup fever is at a pitch around the world. Hard-fought cricket matches over the past two weeks have yielded winners and losers, cheers and tears. While fans in India have celebrated two victories against Pakistan and South Africa, their counterparts across the border had their hopes dashed in two...

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Arvind Kejriwal Joins With Anna Hazare Against Modi's Land Ordinance

(4) Comments | Posted February 23, 2015 | 9:49 AM

In a second reunion, Arvind Kejriwal, leader of the Aam Aadmi Party, will join forces with Gandhian activist Anna Hazare, who kicked off a two-day protest against the Modi government's Land Ordinance on Monday in Delhi.

Delhi's Chief Minister Kejriwal will join Hazare on Tuesday at Jantar Mantar, where...

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French Black Man Files Complaint Against 'Racist' British Football Fans

(0) Comments | Posted February 19, 2015 | 6:07 AM

The black French man, who was prevented from boarding a local train by fans of the Chelsea football club on Tuesday, filed an official complaint with the French police on Thursday, AFP reported.

"These people, these English supporters, must be found, punished and locked up," he told...

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Meet The Man Who Gifted Modi His Monogrammed Suit

(17) Comments | Posted February 18, 2015 | 1:36 AM

The bidding war over Prime Minister Narendra Modi's pinstriped suit, which carries his full name Narendra Damodardas Modi, crossed one crore on Wednesday. He wore the monogrammed black suit when the U.S. President Barack Obama visited India in January.

Suresh Agrawal, a textile businessman bid Rs.1 crore for the...

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Tamil Hashtag #தமிழ்வாழ்க Tops Twitter Trends In India

(6) Comments | Posted February 17, 2015 | 1:06 PM

On Tuesday, #தமிழ்வாழ்க became the first Tamil hashtag to trend on Twitter. It held the first position past midnight into Wednesday.

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Most Married Men Date Other Men's Wives: Jitan Ram Manjhi

(6) Comments | Posted February 17, 2015 | 6:46 AM

While struggling to hang on to his political seat, Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi is still finding time to dole out absurd remarks to the media.

In an interview with India Today, Manjhi said that most men prefer to go on outings with women...

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#जयहिन्द Is The First Hindi Word To Trend On Twitter

(1) Comments | Posted February 17, 2015 | 5:30 AM

For the first time in the history of Twitter India - the Hindi word #जयहिन्द, written in the devanagiri script, made it to the top trends on the social media platform during India-Pakistan match on Sunday.

#जयहिन्द, which continued to trend on Monday , was dethroned by #हरहरमहादेव on...

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My Government Will Ensure Complete Freedom Of Faith: Modi

(3) Comments | Posted February 17, 2015 | 2:50 AM

Under fire for the attacks and acts of vandalism against the Christian community since his government was formed in May, last year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that his government will not stand for religious intolerance.

"My government will ensure that there is complete freedom of faith," said Modi...

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Indian Grandfather Will Sue Alabama Police For Brutality

(12) Comments | Posted February 12, 2015 | 1:22 PM

The family of Sureshbhai Patel, a 57-year-old Gujarati, who was left paralysed because of alleged police brutality in Alabama, is hitting back with a lawsuit against the City of Madison, Alabama, and the officer who injured him.

"The lawsuit will include claims for violations of Mr. Patel's constitutional rights. Presently,...

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Swine Flu Is Raging Across India

(0) Comments | Posted February 12, 2015 | 11:03 AM

In the first 10 days of February, Swine Flu has claimed the lives of 216 people in India. While the deadly disease has killed 407 people since January, more than 5,000 cases have been reported in 2015.

Scientists at the Jabalpur-based Indian Medical Council of Research (ICMR)...

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Mumbai Court Orders FIRs Against AIB Team And Bollywood Celebrities

(5) Comments | Posted February 12, 2015 | 6:21 AM

A local Mumbai court on Thursday ordered the police to issue FIRs against the organisers of the All India Bakchod Roast, and also the Bollywood celebrities, who participated in the online comedy show, including Karan Johar, Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh, Alia Bhatt and Arjun Kapoor.

The court acted on a...

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Rohtak Rape-Murder Case Most Brutal Of My Career: Doctor

(1) Comments | Posted February 11, 2015 | 6:47 AM

The examining doctor of the physically challenged woman from Nepal, who was brutally raped and murdered in Haryana, this month, said that he had never seen such a horrific case in his 30-year-long career.

"I have never seen such a horrific case in 30 years. The injuries suggest she...

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Watch Delhi's Next Chief Minister In An Interview With Fake Arnab Goswami

(5) Comments | Posted February 10, 2015 | 2:45 AM

Even as Arvind Kejriwal is poised to take on the very somber role Delhi's chief minister, the Aam Aadmi Party chief proved that he can take a joke by appearing in an online fake interview with a fake Times Now anchor Arnab Goswami, produced by the The Viral...

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The Funniest Tweets On AAP's Landslide Victory

(8) Comments | Posted February 10, 2015 | 12:10 AM

With the Aam Aadmi Party poised for its second stunning victory in the Delhi elections, Twitter was flooded with messages congratulations, well wishes, and witticisms over the elections results.

Even as the Bharatiya Janata Party was trailing far behind AAP, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who had heavily bashed Kejriwal...

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Horrific Rape Of A Mentally-Challenged Woman In Haryana Shocks India, 8 Arrested

(7) Comments | Posted February 8, 2015 | 12:48 PM

Shock and outrage have erupted over the horrific rape and murder of a mentally-challenged Nepali woman in the town of Rohtak in Haryana. On Monday, the police arrested eight people, including a Nepali, in connection with the case.

Over the weekend, civil society groups were joined by...

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Delhi Braces For 2015 Election Results

(4) Comments | Posted February 8, 2015 | 4:04 AM

With the Aam Aadmi Party leading in the exit polls, and the Bharatiya Janata Party downplaying projections, the residents Delhi are holding their breath to find out who will be their next chief minister.

Delhi broke its 2013 record ( 65.6%) with a 67% voter turnout for polling...

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