India

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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Advertising Rates Soar Amid India vs. Pakistan Cricket Final

By Sanjeev Miglani and Amlan Chakraborty NEW DELHI, June 18 – Television advertising rates for Sunday’s cricket final between India and Pakistan are 10 times the normal price, industry sources said, as millions of fans are expected to tune in for a clash that last time ranked among the six most-watched sporting events. Pakistan, the

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‘No Place for the Poor’ in India’s Smart Cities, Campaigners Say

By Rina Chandran MUMBAI, June 12 – An ambitious government plan to upgrade India’s cities risks further marginalising poor and minority communities and hastening slum evictions, while failing to address the reasons villagers move to urban areas, campaigners said. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Smart Cities Mission aims to modernise 100 cities by 2020 with high-speed

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Tulips Bloom in Kashmir as Indian Farmers Discover Flower Power

By Athar Parvaiz SRINAGAR, India, June 1 – As soon as his son graduated from college, Ghulam Mohi-u-Din Dar asked him to take care of the family flower business in Kral Sangri, near Srinagar, the largest city in Indian-administered Kashmir. “I knew it would be a waste of time for him to search for a

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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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Ain’t No Mountain High Enough

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU, May 29 – A 38-year-old Indian climber who made the fastest double ascent of Mount Everest and became the first woman to reach the highest point on earth twice in five days, says she will now turn her attention to smaller unclimbed peaks. Anshu Jamsenpa, from India’s mountainous northeastern state of

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WHO Says India Reports Cases of Zika Virus

NEW DELHI, May 27 – India has reported cases of the Zika virus, the World Health Organization said, adding that efforts should be made to strengthen surveillance. The WHO said that on May 15 India’s health ministry reported three confirmed cases from the western state of Gujarat. Cases were detected during testing in February and

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Around the World: Ramadan 2017 in Pictures

USA A Muslim American man does pull-ups before taking part in the Maghrib sunset prayer on the first day of Ramadan at the Islamic Cultural Center in Manhattan, New York, U.S., May 27, 2017.                           Malaysia              

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Nuclear War Without a War

By Muhammad Riaz Pasha There are compelling reasons to end production and use of the nuclear material. There is enough highly enriched uranium on hand to fuel non-weapon uses of the fissile material for a century. To be sure, when nuclear goes wrong, it really, really goes wrong. There is huge increase in the number

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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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