India
Violent protests by India's lowest-caste Dalit against law changes leave at least 7 dead
The origin and meaning of India's national anthem
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Palestinian PM safe in Gaza after explosion near convoy
CBSE Class 12 chemistry paper 2018: Students give mixed reactions to questions
8 CRPF jawans killed in blast by Maoists in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma
India's top court rejects calls for probe into judge's death
2018-04-19 08:47:42 NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's Supreme Court dismissed on Thursday petitions calling for an investigation into the death of a lower court judge in 2014 when he was presiding over a case against a top political aide of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Amit Shah, president of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, had been accused of ordering extra judicial killings in 2005 while serving as home minister in the western state of Gujarat   Read More ...
Twins walk of in 16 innings vs.Indians in Puerto Rico game
2018-04-19 07:00:38 SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Eddie Rosario scored the winning run in his homeland in the bottom of the 16th inning, coming around on Ryan LaMarre's single to lift the Minnesota Twins over the Cleveland Indians 2-1 on Wednesday night to split their two-game series in Puerto Rico. Rosario led off the 16th with a single and went to third when Logan Morrison's grounder — which could have been a double-play ball — got past second baseman Jason Kipnis   Read More ...
Charlie Chaplin fans in India celebrate his 129th birthday
2018-04-19 05:05:30 Share This Story! Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about. Facebook Email Charlie Chaplin fans in India celebrate his 129th birthday Charlie Chaplin fans in India celebrate his 129th birthday Video provided by AFP. Sent! Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed.   Read More ...
Outrage in India Over Authorities’ Handling of Rape and Murder Case
2018-04-16 00:00:10 Updated April 15, 2018 1:58 p.m. ET NEW DELHI—Protests over the handling of the rape and murder of an 8-year-old girl spread across India on Sunday as the government came under pressure to ensure justice in a case that has shocked the country. The girl was kidnapped in January and held in a Hindu temple in the northern state of Jammu and Kashmir while she was drugged, gang-raped and murdered, according to a police charge sheet posted on a local media website   Read More ...
Violent winds topple stone pillars at Taj Mahal complex
2018-04-12 18:01:10 AGRA, India: A violent storm has destroyed two ancient pillars at the entryways to the Taj Mahal, an official said Thursday, underscoring the fragility of the centuries-old marble monument to love. The 4m high sandstone minarets topped by ornate spires were left in chunks after being felled by strong winds late Wednesday. "Two decorative pillars collapsed last night amid high-velocity winds   Read More ...
Violent winds topple stone pillars at Taj Mahal complex
2018-04-12 17:00:05 AGRA, INDIA (AFP) - A violent storm has destroyed two ancient pillars at the entryways to the Taj Mahal, an official said on Thursday (April 12), underscoring the fragility of the centuries-old marble monument to love. The four-metre high sandstone minarets topped by ornate spires were left in chunks after being felled by strong winds late on Wednesday. "Two decorative pillars collapsed last night amid high-velocity winds   Read More ...
Hope trundles into remote hamlets on India's hospital train
2018-04-12 16:48:56 JALORE, India (Reuters) - Bhawri Devi, an illiterate Indian labourer, thought she was dying when she started to lose her hearing last month. She went to a government hospital near her remote village in the western state of Rajasthan to be treated, but it did not have a specialist doctor. The nearest private hospital was in the neighbouring state of Gujarat, and Devi was told her treatment, middle ear surgery, would cost about 50,000 rupees ($766) there   Read More ...
IHH Healthcare said to be planning rival bid for India’s Fortis
2018-04-12 16:01:31 BENGALURU: Malaysia’s IHH Healthcare Bhd plans to bid for India’s Fortis Healthcare Ltd at a price marginally better than Manipal Hospitals Enterprises Pvt Ltd’s offer, Bloomberg reported today, citing people aware of the matter.   Read More ...
An 8-year-old’s rape and murder inflames tensions between Hindus and Muslims in India
2018-04-12 15:00:59 She was an 8-year-old girl who, while grazing her horses in a meadow in northern India in January, followed a man into the forest. Days later, Asifa Bano’s small, lifeless body was recovered there. Police say that Asifa was given sedatives and, for three days, raped several times by different men. Asifa's strangled body was eventually found on Jan. 17. Police say she would have been killed sooner had one man not insisted on waiting so that he could rape her a final time   Read More ...
India's CBI investigates rape allegation against ruling party legislator
2018-04-12 13:10:23 NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's federal Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Thursday took over an investigation into allegations that a state legislator from Prime Minister Narendra Modi's party raped a teenager nine months ago, police said. Opposition parties have already seized on the attack in India's most populous state, Uttar Pradesh in the north, which is ruled by a rising star of Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)   Read More ...
Indian police hunting for fugitive gunmen in Kashmir
2018-04-12 12:48:38 SRINAGAR, INDIA (AFP) - Police on Thursday (April 12) were hunting for three gunmen in Indian Kashmir thought killed in a shootout with the army, but who turned up later in a marketplace celebrating their escape. Officials had declared the shooters dead after Indian forces surrounded a home in Kulgam area in southern Kashmir on Wednesday and exchanged fire with its occupants   Read More ...
Runaway train: Seven Indian workers suspended after 13km downhill ride
2018-04-09 12:45:17 BHUBANESWAR, India (REUTERS) - India's state-run railway has suspended seven workers after brakes failed on a 22-coach train carrying hundreds of passengers, letting it run freely in reverse for about 13km, officials said on Monday (April 9). The train, en route from Ahmedabad in the western Indian state of Gujarat to Puri in Odisha state in the east, rolled downhill for about 45 minutes on Saturday before gradually slowing to a halt, the latest in a series of accidents involving the world's fourth-largest rail network   Read More ...
Indian police rescue child workers in major crackdown on imitation jewellery
2018-04-09 12:45:13 MUMBAI (REUTERS) - Police in the western Indian state of Gujarat have rescued over 70 children and arrested about 25 people in the first crackdown on one of the country's main artificial jewellery making centres with the operation ongoing. A police spokesman said the operation started in the city of Rajkot after two children escaped from an employer about 10 days ago and reported abuse and harsh working conditions   Read More ...
Indian president on three-nation Africa tour
2018-04-09 10:48:00 Luanda, Indian President Ram Nath Kovind is expected to arrive in Swaziland on Monday as part of this three-nation Africa tour. President Kovind arrived in Equatorial Guinea on Saturday to begin the six-day tour that will also see him visit Zambia, the India Blooms News Service (IBNS) confirmed. The visit is his third to the continent and aims at further deepening relations with the host countries   Read More ...
Should the Cleveland Indians' name be changed to the Cleveland Spiders? Hey, Hoynsie
2018-04-09 05:06:04 Hey, Hoynsie: Of all the Indians' prospects over the last 30 years or so, who was the one prospect, not counting Adam Miller, that didn't pan out that you thought would end up being an impact player? My choice is Corey Smith. -- Ben Steele, Charlotte, N.C. Hey, Ben: Good choice with Smith, the Indians No.1 pick in 2000. Top to bottom, he looked like a No   Read More ...
India end Singapore's women paddlers’ winning run
2018-04-09 05:04:10 Singapore's perfect record in the Commonwealth Games women's table tennis team event ended yesterday after a shock 3-1 defeat by India in the final. Before the loss at Oxenford Studios on the Gold Coast, the Republic had won the women's team gold in every edition since the sport was introduced in Manchester in 2002. Singapore had cruised through the earlier stages of the competition, winning all their matches   Read More ...
Bollywood Star Salman Khan Has Been Convicted of Poaching Protected Antelopes
2018-04-05 21:08:27 Indian actor Salman Khan was found guilty of wildlife poaching and sentenced to five years in prison on Thursday in a decades-long case that has seen the Bollywood superstar dodge multiple prior charges. An Indian court in Jodhpur convicted Khan of killing two blackbucks, a protected species also called Indian antelopes, while shooting a film in India’s western Rajasthan state in 1998, the BBC reports   Read More ...
More will be done to help the Indian community: Tun M
2018-04-05 21:08:06 PETALING JAYA: Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad today acknowledged that he was partly guilty of neglecting the Indian community during his time as prime minister. Speaking in front of over 300 people from the Indian community, the Pakatan Harapan chairman, however, vowed to pay extra attention to the minority group should the coalition gain power in the forthcoming 14th General Election (GE14)   Read More ...
Violence erupts in India as lowest caste protests Supreme Court order
2018-04-02 20:00:03 NEW DELHI — Unrest took hold of several parts of northern and central India on Monday as thousands of dalits, members of Hinduism's lowest caste, protested an order from the country's top court that they say dilutes legal safeguards put in place for their marginalized community.   Read More ...
Caste protests across India leave at least six dead
2018-04-02 19:01:32 NEW DELHI: Low-caste Dalits fought street battles with police on Monday that left at least six dead as protests against a Supreme Court rights ruling swept across large swathes of India. Rahul Prakash, superintendent of police in Alwar in Rajasthan, said two or three people had been hit by bullets during clashes in the city. Police added that about 20 people had been injured   Read More ...
Agricultural fires can double Delhi pollution during peak burning season
2018-04-02 19:00:14 It's become a deadly autumn tradition in northern India: after the rains of the late summer monsoon subside, farmers set fires to their fields to clear stubble after the harvest and send choking smoke rolling across the countryside. New Delhi, already thick with pollution, can grind to a halt for days. Last year, the chief minister of the Delhi state likened the city to "a gas chamber   Read More ...
Violent protests by India's lowest-caste Dalit against law changes leave at least 7 dead
2018-04-02 18:00:13 NEW DELHI - At least seven people were killed when India's lowest-caste Dalits took to the streets in widespread violent protests on Monday (April 2) against changes to a law that provides them with special protection. There were reports of clashes with police, blocked trains and roads, and vandalised property in states including Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab , Gujarat, Rajasthan and Bihar   Read More ...
Bodies of 38 Indian workers killed by IS arrive home from Iraq
2018-04-02 17:01:09 AMRITSAR: The bodies of 38 Indian construction workers kidnapped and murdered in Iraq by the Islamic State group returned home on Monday four years after their disappearance.   Read More ...
Seven reported killed as India's Dalits lead protests against court ruling
2018-04-02 16:51:49 NEW DELHI (Reuters) - At least seven people were killed on Monday as protesters led by India's Dalits set fire to police posts and blocked railway tracks after the Supreme Court barred the immediate arrest of people accused of discriminating against them, local media said. Four people were killed in the central state of Madhya Pradesh, where police also imposed a curfew, Indian television channels reported   Read More ...
Baby believed snatched by monkey in India is found dead
2018-04-02 16:00:26 NEW DELHI (AFP) - Indian police say a 16-day-old baby boy believed to have been snatched by a monkey has been found drowned in a well. The infant was sleeping under a mosquito net at his home in the eastern state of Odisha on Friday (Match 30) when he was taken by a rhesus macaque, a species with a reddish-pink face common across India   Read More ...
Seattle Mariners power past Cleveland Indians, 5-4, as bullpen fails late
2018-04-02 15:05:40 SEATTLE -- Tyler Olson made history last year by not allowing a run in what constituted his season -- 20 innings in 30 appearances. If that was a burden, it has now been lifted. Mitch Haniger hit a two-run homer Sunday off Olson in his first appearance of the season as Seattle came from behind to beat the Indians, 5-4, at Safeco Field   Read More ...
Clashes in Indian-administered Kashmir
2018-04-02 15:04:55 At least 20 people are dead and 70 injured in Indian-administered Kashmir after fierce clashes between militants and government forces yesterday (Apr. 01). Four civilians were killed when police opened fire on stone-throwing demonstrators. Officials in Kashmir say this is the restive region's worst loss of life during a single day in recent years. Kashmir has been caught in a land row between India and Pakistan for decades and has endured brutal conflict   Read More ...
10 Dead After Hotel Collapses in India
2018-04-02 13:09:17 (NEW DELHI) — A four-story rickety hotel building collapsed in central India, killing at least 10 people and injuring three, police said Sunday. Rescuers working through the night with sledgehammers and chain saws pulled alive 10 people from the debris of the building, which came crashing down Saturday night in Indore, a city in Madhya Pradesh state, said police officer Sanju Kamle   Read More ...
20 Dead After a Weekend of Violence in India-Controlled Kashmir
2018-04-02 13:08:04 Authorities said during clashes in India-administered Kashmir over the weekend, in the latest eruption of violence in the restive border region. Three Indian soldiers and 13 suspected militants were killed in a series of clashes near the city of Srinagar, Agence France-Presse reports. Police said hostilities broke out while security forces were conducting anti-militant operations. Four civilians were also killed when police reportedly opened fire on thousands of demonstrators, some throwing stones and demanding an end to Indian rule   Read More ...
Indian Women Seize Spending Power: ‘I Just Tell My Husband I Am Buying This Stuff’
2018-04-02 13:02:02 Updated April 1, 2018 10:36 p.m. ET MUMBAI—Indian women are beginning to get more control over personal and household financial decision-making, a cultural shift that is prompting some of the country’s big retailers to revamp their offerings. Women have long endured discrimination in this country of 1.3 billion people, where they are underrepresented in the workplace, from engineering, finance and technology to boardrooms and the parliament   Read More ...
Kashmir shut by strike, security day after deadly fighting
2018-04-02 12:57:11 SRINAGAR, India (AP) -- A security clampdown and a strike sponsored by separatists fighting against Indian rule Monday shut most of Indian-administered Kashmir a day after deadly protests and fierce fighting killed 16 combatants and four civilians. Armed police and paramilitary soldiers in riot gear fanned out across the region Monday and are patrolling streets in anticipation of anti-India protests and clashes   Read More ...
Modi ally says India's ruling party suffers from perception it is anti-Muslim
2018-03-30 11:05:42 NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ruling party is struggling to change a "perception" that it is against minority Muslims and lower-caste people, a political ally said, which could cost it votes in a general election due next year. Modi's Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) trounced the opposition at the last election in 2014, but it has lost a handful of recent by-elections after opposition groups banded together   Read More ...
Power to the people: electricity finally reaches Indian landmark
2018-03-30 08:01:07 MUMBAI: Deepa Bhoir used to sit in darkness outside her island home and stare at Mumbai glowing in the distance. Now she stays up late watching soap operas — one of millions of Indians whose lives have been transformed by a drive to get power to every corner of the country. Bhoir and her husband Sasuram are among hundreds of villagers on the Unesco world heritage-listed island of Elephanta to have had mains electricity installed in their houses for the first time   Read More ...
Rival India leaders accused of data breaches in social media row
2018-03-26 21:05:25 NEW DELHI: India's ruling and main opposition parties on Monday accused each other of using social media dirty tricks to mine and share followers' personal data. Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress party of Rahul Gandhi have seized upon the data breach storm surrounding Facebook and other media to score political points against one another. Gandhi accused Modi of using his official app "to build a personal database   Read More ...
‘Everything is lost’: A poet in conflict-torn Kashmir laments the destruction of his life’s work
2018-03-23 17:01:21 BALHAMA, Indian-administered Kashmir — The poet was scribbling verse one Thursday afternoon when gunshots rang out. He dropped his pen and looked around for signs of danger. Minutes later, three armed men pushed their way into Ghulam Mohammad Bhat’s house, ignoring his wife’s protests. The militants told Bhat and his family to leave. “They told me I can take away any precious thing from the house   Read More ...
BCCI clears Mohammad Shami
2018-03-23 15:05:44 Indian cricket board has renewed the contract of fast bowler Mohammad Shami after clearing him of charges levelled by his estranged wife. Shami's contract was put on hold after Hasin Jahan accused him of corruption, domestic violence and adultery. He has denied all the allegations against him. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said an internal investigation had cleared Shami of the corruption charges made against him   Read More ...
Indian pacer Mohammed Shamis mystery friend breaks silence
2018-03-20 05:05:11 Among all the allegations by Mohammed Shami's wife against him, the most damning one for the cricketer was his involvement with a Pakistani girl. Shami's wife Hasin Jahan alleged that the fast-bowler met a girl named Alishba in Dubai, after India's tour of South Africa, and also took money from her on the behest of a certain Mohammad bhai. Taking cognizance of Jahan's claims, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) launched an investigation to look for a possible match-fixing angle   Read More ...
Harbhajan says Bangladeshi players should be punished for behaviour
2018-03-20 05:05:04 Former Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh has called for a ban on Bangladesh cricketers from international cricket after their involvement in the final-over scuffle between its players and the Sri Lankan cricket team in the 6th T20I of the Nidahas Trophy T20 tri-series on Friday (Mar. 16). Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan had almost led his team to get disqualified from the Nidahas Trophy as tempers flew   Read More ...
The origin and meaning of India's national anthem
2018-03-20 04:48:11 Rendered in the prescribed metre, it takes exactly 52 seconds to sing the Indian anthem, Jana Gana Mana. The lyrics derive from the first stanza of Rabindranath Tagore’s five-stanza poem Bharot Bhagyo Bidhata, or “Dispenser of India’s destiny”. Tagore set the poem to music himself. The anthem opens with an exaltation of the Almighty, who guides the country’s destiny: Jana-gana-mana-adhinayaka jaya he Bharata-bhagya-vidhata   Read More ...
India’s Uber drivers went on strike because they’re making almost nothing
2018-03-20 03:59:04 About 1.5 million Indians drive for Uber, Ola and other ride-hailing companies. On Monday, many of them refused to work. Thousands of workers participated in the countrywide strike, crippling traffic and creating massive headaches for commuters. The drivers say they have no choice: They're simply not making enough money to survive. Many can't even afford to make car payments. “Drivers are in huge debt,” said Sanjay Naik, president of the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena political party's transportation union, which organized the strike   Read More ...