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India’s Top Court Suspends Ban on Trade in Cattle for Slaughter

By Suchitra Mohanty Mayank Bhardwaj NEW DELHI, July 11 – India’s Supreme Court suspended on Tuesday a government ban on the trade of cattle for slaughter, a boost for the multi-billion dollar beef and leather industries mostly run by members of the Muslim minority. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist government in May decreed that

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Modi’s Party Backs “Low-Caste” Leader for President of India

NEW DELHI, June 19 – India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has proposed that a politician from a low caste become the next president, its top strategist said on Monday, in a move to consolidate the party’s support among poorer voters. The BJP’s parliamentary board backed the nomination of Ram Nath Kovind, governor of the

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Indian PM’s Party Leaders Charged Over 1992 Mosque Demolition

By Rupam Jain NEW DELHI, May 30 – An Indian judge charged a minister in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government and senior leaders from his ruling party with criminal conspiracy on Tuesday in connection with the 1992 destruction of a mosque by a Hindu mob. The demolition of the mosque in northern Uttar Pradesh state

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India Says It Attacked Pakistan Army Posts in Divided Kashmir

NEW DELHI, May 23 – India said on Tuesday it had attacked and damaged Pakistani army posts in Kashmir as it sought to prevent militants infiltrating from the Pakistani side of the disputed region, but Pakistan denied the assertion. The Indian army said its troops had attacked positions in the Nowshera area, but it did

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Narendra Modi’s Black Money Move

Could India’s demonetization cause more harm than good? By Jyoti Malhotra India is either in the throes of a man-made cash crisis or on the verge of a new economic dawn. Depending on whom you speak to in the days following Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s decision on November 8 to demonetize the Rs 500 and Rs

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Anger Rising in India as Banks Slow to Dispense Cash to Millions

By Sanjeev Miglani and Nidhi Verma NEW DELHI, Nov 12 – Anger intensified in India on Saturday as banks struggled to dispense cash following the government’s decision to withdraw large denomination notes in an attempt to uncover billions of dollars in undeclared wealth. Tempers frayed as hundreds of thousands of people queued for hours outside

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India to Fund Major Gas Pipeline to Boost Eastern States

By Nidhi Verma NEW DELHI, Sept 21 – India’s government will partly fund a $2 billion gas pipeline project linking five eastern states to help kick-start economic growth in a region that has trailed the rest of the country, the oil minister said on Wednesday. The 2,500-km pipeline is to be built by state-run GAIL

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Indian Kashmir Protests Flare, Three Killed as Army Opens Fire

By Fayaz Bukhari SRINAGAR, India, July 19 – Indian soldiers fired on a stone-throwing crowd defying a curfew in the Kashmir region, killing three people, police said on Tuesday, as unrest sparked by the death of a separatist militant flared. Authorities have imposed a curfew in Muslim-majority Kashmir for 11 days, blocked mobile phones and

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India: Modi’s Report Card

Two years into his reign, the triumphalism of India’s man Friday is paying off By Jyoti Malhotra India’s Modi government is nothing if not bullish about its progress. “From the policy paralysis that we inherited when we came to power in mid-2014 to becoming the fastest growing economy in the world is no mean achievement,” India’s

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India’s Ruling BJP Wins Power in Northeast, Expands Influence

By Tommy Wilkes NEW DELHI, May 19 – Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ruling party declared victory on Thursday in the northeastern state of Assam, an election boost that will help his right-wing nationalist government rebuild some momentum after poll losses last year. Grabbing power in Assam, one of five states electing new assemblies, would

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