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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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Dying “Mother Ganga”: India’s Holy River Succumbs to Pollution

By Danish Siddiqui DEVPRAYAG/VARANASI/SAGAR ISLAND, India, July 10 – India’s holy Ganges begins as a crystal clear river high in the icy Himalayas but pollution and excessive usage transforms it into toxic sludge on its journey through burgeoning cities, industrial hubs and past millions of devotees. Worshipped by a billion Hindus and a water source

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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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Stampede Kills 24 Pilgrims in Ancient Indian City of Varanasi

By Rupam Jain and Sharat Pradhan NEW DELHI, Oct 16 – At least 24 people died and dozens more were hurt in a stampede in the ancient northern Indian city of Varanasi on Saturday, officials said. Panic spread as thousands of Hindu pilgrims tried to cross a bridge to a sacred site in one of

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India’s Modi Lashes Out At Pakistan, Pakistan Hits Back

By Douglas Busvine and Nidhi Verma NEW DELHI, Aug 15 (Reuters) – Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi took aim at supporters of “terrorism” in his Independence Day speech on Monday, ratcheting up criticism of Pakistan while avoiding direct mention of month-long protests in Indian-ruled Kashmir. Modi also pitched a vision of national unity and progress

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Pakistani Man Charged With Blasphemy Over Shoes With Hindu Symbol

By Asad Hashim ISLAMABAD, June 20 – Pakistani police arrested a man under the majority-Muslim country’s strict blasphemy laws on Monday for selling shoes with a sacred Hindu symbol, police and Hindu leaders said. The shopkeeper, Jahanzaib Khaskhili, was arrested in the southern town of Tando Adam and the shoes, which carried the “Om” symbol,

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Bangladesh Hindu Tailor Hacked to Death in Attack Claimed by Daesh

By Ruma Paul DHAKA, May 1 – Three assailants sped up to a Bangladeshi tailor’s shop by motorcycle on Saturday, dragged out the Hindu owner and hacked him to death, police said, in an attack claimed by Daesh. Police official Abdul Jalil, quoting witnesses, said the attackers fled the scene after killing 50-year-old Nikhil Chandra Joardar

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