Gulf Times - Ganges
India grants sacred rivers status of 'legal persons'

India grants sacred rivers status of 'legal persons'

Two of India's holiest but most polluted rivers have been recognised as a "legal person" in a landmark court ruling that could see the sacred waterways restored to health.

At least 19 dead as boat capsizes in India

At least 19 dead as boat capsizes in India

At least 19 people died Saturday after a boat carrying some 40 revellers returning from a kite festival capsized in the Ganges river in eastern India, police said.