India

A Nuclear Affair

BY Muhammad Riaz Pasha No one should be a nuclear supplier or a member of a nuclear supplier group  On June 15, more than 130 nations reconvened at the United Nations for the final session of negotiations on a treaty to ban nuclear weapons. While the U.S. and other nuclear-armed and nuclear-allied nations boycotted this process,

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Israel, India Look Past Defence to Broaden Commercial Ties

By Tova Cohen and Ari Rabinovitch TEL AVIV, July 6- In the months leading up to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s historic visit to Israel, India signed two arms deals, spending $2.6 billion on Israeli missile defense systems. Yet since Modi arrived on Tuesday, military ties — for decades the secretive bedrock of India-Israel relations

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Women Lead Revamping of Slums in India

By Rina Chandran AHMEDABAD, India, July 3 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – When Ramilaben Arvind studied the plan to move out of her one-room home in a congested slum into a modern apartment for no extra cost in India’s Ahmedabad city, she immediately agreed. But first she had to get 67 other families to say ‘yes’.

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India’s Modi Heads to Israel, Lifting the Curtain on Close Ties

By Sanjeev Miglani and Tova Cohen NEW DELHI/TEL AVIV, July 3 – Narendra Modi begins a first visit to Israel by an Indian prime minister on Tuesday, in a public embrace of a country that he has long admired for its military and technical expertise but which his predecessors kept at arm’s length. India has

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The Bodywashers Living with a Taboo

Click here for the Arabic version of this story. By Tabish Khan It was the summer of 1992 and massive protests were going on in Soura, Srinagar —the summer capital of Indian-administered Kashmir. Thousands of protesters had come out on the streets. They had gathered around an unidentified decaying body of a 16-year-old boy lying

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Pakistan Rejects U.S. Sanctions Against Kashmir Militant

ISLAMABAD, June 27 – Pakistan came out in defence of militants fighting Indian security forces in Kashmir on Tuesday, saying it was a legitimate struggle for freedom, after the United States put the head of one of the groups on its list of global terrorists. The U.S. State Department’s designation of Syed Salahuddin, the head

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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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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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