India

India’s Modi Defends Clampdown on Cash Economy

NEW DELHI, Dec 3 – Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday defended his crackdown on the cash economy that has left businesses, farmers and families suffering, saying it was necessary to keep inflation in check and ensure basic amenities for all. Modi’s decision last month to scrap 500 rupee and 1,000 rupee banknotes as

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India, Afghanistan Plan Air Cargo Link Over Pakistan

By Sanjeev Miglani AMRITSAR, India, Dec 3 – India and Afghanistan are likely to announce an air cargo service on Saturday to help increase trade that both say is stymied because of their tense political relations with Pakistan that lies between them. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi were meeting in

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India’s Supreme Court Orders Cinemas to Play National Anthem

By Tommy Wilkes and Suchitra Mohanty NEW DELHI, Nov 30  – Indian cinemas must play the national anthem before screening a film and the audience must stand and listen, the country’s Supreme Court said on Wednesday in a ruling echoing growing nationalist sentiment under Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The court ordered that an image of

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Drones are Mapping Indian Cities – Where They’re Allowed

By Rina Chandran MUMBAI, Nov 29 – Officials in one of India’s fastest growing cities are using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to update land records in a pilot project that could be rolled out across the country if rules governing the use of drones were simpler, authorities said. Haryana state’s Project Udaan, or flight, is

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Pakistan’s Outgoing Army Chief Sends Warning to India over Kashmir

By Asad Hashim ISLAMABAD, Nov 29 – Pakistan’s outgoing army chief issued a stern warning to India over violence in the disputed region of Kashmir on Tuesday as he handed over command, saying patience should not be mistaken for weakness. Tension between the nuclear-armed neighbours has ratcheted up in recent months, leading to almost daily

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Militants Storm Army Camp in Indian Kashmir, Security Personnel Killed

By Fayaz Bukhari SRINAGAR, India, Nov 29  – Militants attacked an army base near the Indian city of Jammu on Tuesday, killing two security personnel before taking positions inside the complex, officials said. Up to four gunmen attacked the large base in Nagrota just before dawn, a senior army official said. One militant was killed

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India’s Solar Farm is Now the Largest in the World

Nov 28 – India has overtaken California and now has the largest solar farm in one location in the world. It was built in a record eight months, despite monsoons and floods. The vast 2,500 acre site in Tamil Nadu is the size of nearly 60 Taj Mahals, while the area of the solar panels alone

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Fearing Tighter U.S. Visa Regime, Indian IT Firms Rush to Hire, Acquire

By Sankalp Phartiyal and Euan Rocha BENGALURU, Nov 28  – Anticipating a more protectionist U.S. technology visa programme under a Donald Trump administration, India’s $150 billion IT services sector will speed up acquisitions in the United States and recruit more heavily from college campuses there. Indian companies including Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) , Infosys and

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Indian Court Orders Release of Prominent Kashmiri Human Rights Activist

By Fayaz Bukhari SRINAGAR, Nov 25 – A court in India’s restive state of Kashmir on Friday ordered police to release a prominent Kashmiri human rights activist arrested two months ago on charges of involvement in activities against the public order, saying authorities had no evidence. Khurram Parvez, 39, coordinator of the Jammu Kashmir Coalition

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