India

India’s Top Court Rules Privacy a Fundamental Right in Blow to Government

By Suchitra Mohanty and Rahul Bhatia NEW DELHI/MUMBAI, Aug 24 – India’s top court unanimously ruled on Thursday that individual privacy is a fundamental right, a verdict that will impact everything from the way companies handle personal data to the roll-out of the world’s largest biometric ID card programme. A nine-member bench of India’s Supreme

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A Quarter of India’s Energy Demand Can Be Met with Renewable Energy

Increasing India’s renewables would save 12 times more than it costs Abu Dhabi, U.A.E., 22 August 2017 — India can raise its renewable energy use to meet a quarter of the country’s total final energy demand by 2030, according to the findings of a report presented today by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). Renewable energy

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Muslim Divorce Law “Unconstitutional”, Rules India’s Top Court

By Suchitra Mohanty and Rupam Jain NEW DELHI, Aug 22 – India’s Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled a controversial Muslim instant divorce law unconstitutional, a landmark victory for Muslim women who had long argued that it violated their right to equality. The law allows Muslim men to divorce their wives simply by uttering the word

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Mosques Speak Out in Indian City to Stop Sale of Brides to Arab Men

By Roli Srivastava MUMBAI, Aug 21 – Mosques in the Indian technology hub of Hyderabad are joining a growing campaign to stop schoolgirls being sold as brides to elderly Arab men, authorities said on Monday, amid an outcry about a new spate of cases. India launched an investigation last week into the marriage of a

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India Says to Deport all Rohingya Regardless of U.N. Registration

By Krishna N. Das and Sanjeev Miglani NEW DELHI, Aug 14 – All of an estimated 40,000 Rohingya Muslims living in India are illegal immigrants, even those registered with the U.N. refugee agency, and the government aims to deport them, a senior government official told Reuters. Junior interior minister Kiren Rijiju told parliament last week

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India’s Top Court to Decide on Right to Privacy, But Much More at Stake

By Rahul Bhatia MUMBAI, July 19 – India’s Supreme Court will hear arguments on Wednesday to determine whether individual privacy is a fundamental right protected by the constitution, in a ruling legal scholars say will have far-reaching consequences. The court has set up a rare nine-member bench to rule on the matter triggered by a

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Female Bouncer Pulls No Punches in Indian Capital

By Adnan Abidi NEW DELHI, July 14 – Joking with clients and colleagues, Mehrunnisha Shokat Ali might be mistaken for any other patron of the Social watering hole in the Indian capital’s swanky Hauz Khas neighbourhood. But the intent gaze of her kohl-rimmed eyes, as she stands with arms folded on the edge of the

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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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