Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and British counterpart David
Cameron vowed Thursday to use U.K. knowhow and investment to help
modernize the world's largest democracy, as Modi was greeted with
official honors and noisy protests in London.
Hailing billions in new business deals between the two countries, Cameron promised to "set this relationship free" from its colonial past. Modi said the visit marked "a huge moment for our two great nations."
The fireworks have fizzled. The festival lights are coming down. What's
left of the Hindu holiday of Diwali in the Indian capital — already
considered the world's most polluted — is a toxic haze that has
residents gagging for oxygen and hiding indoors.
Air pollution levels across New Delhi on Thursday, a day after the ancient festival of lights, were described as severe-to-critical, up to eight times higher than what India deems acceptable and 20 times what's recommended by the World Health Organization.