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Men carry the body of a woman killed in a stampede on a railway platform at the main railway station in Allahabad, India, Feb. 10, 2013. (Kevin Frayer/AP)
Men carry the body of a woman killed in a stampede on a railway platform at the main railway station in Allahabad, India, Feb. 10, 2013. (Kevin Frayer/AP)

Morning Briefing: India holy day marred by tragedy Add to ...

A summary of what you need to know today, compiled by The Globe’s news desk on Feb. 11, 2013.

Stampede kills 37 during religious festival in India

One of India’s holiest days was marred by tragedy when 37 people were killed and 30 injured in a stampede at a train station in Allahbad. The stampede was triggered when a last-minute scheduling changed was announced at the station where thousands of religious pilgrims had gathered. An estimated 30 million pilgrims take a ritual, purifying dip at the Sangam, where the Ganges, Yamuna and Saraswati rivers meet, part of the Kumbh Mela, or Pitcher Festival. Here is India correspondent Stephanie Nolen’s report on the festival

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