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New Delhi Targets Older Diesel Vehicles to Clear Up Choking Smog

By Sanjeev Miglani NEW DELHI, Nov 8 – Authorities in New Delhi began revoking licences for thousands of older diesel vehicles on Tuesday and halted construction work on the underground rail network, as air pollution remained several times over the safety limit despite easing from Monday. The measures were the latest attempt to lift a

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Smog Chokes Indian Capital as Pollution Hits Hazardous Levels

By Tommy Wilkes NEW DELHI, Oct 31 – Residents of New Delhi woke up to a blanket of smog on Monday as air quality deteriorated sharply overnight in India’s capital, triggering warnings that even healthy people were at risk of respiratory problems. New Delhi ranks among the world’s most polluted cities, with air quality usually

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Indian Men Accused of Raping Woman For Second Time Due in Court

By Rupam Jain and Tommy Wilkes NEW DELHI, July 20 – Three men accused of raping an Indian woman for a second time were due in court on Wednesday, police said, while the victim’s father said his daughter was determined to pursue the case despite the state’s failure to protect her. Prosecutors accuse the men

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India’s Top Court Refuses to Hear Gay-Sex Ban Challenge

NEW DELHI, June 29 – India’s Supreme Court refused on Wednesday to hear a petition challenging a law criminalising gay sex, a setback for gay rights activists battling in the country’s courts to get the ban overturned. A number of well-known lesbian, gay and bisexual Indians had argued that Section 377 of India’s penal code,

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Indian Army Recapture Delhi Water Source, Caste Protests Continue

NEW DELHI, Feb 22 – The Indian army has taken control of a canal that supplies three-fifths of Delhi’s water, the state’s chief minister said on Monday, raising hope that a water crisis in the metropolis of more than 20 million people can be averted. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted that the army had regained

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How Pakistan’s Military Helped Revive Talks with India

By Mehreen Zahra-Malik ISLAMABAD, Dec 27 – The quiet involvement of Pakistan’s powerful military in its foreign policy this year paved the way for reviving a stalled dialogue with India, officials said, a thaw leading to the first visit to Pakistan by an Indian premier in almost 12 years. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s surprise

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Smog Chokes Chinese, Indian Capitals as Climate Talks Begin

BEIJING/NEW DELHI, Nov 30 – The capitals of the world’s two most populous nations, China and India, were blanketed in hazardous, choking smog on Monday as climate change talks began in Paris, where leaders of both countries are leading participants. China’s capital Beijing maintained an “orange” pollution alert, the second-highest level, on Monday, closing highways,

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