Narendra Modi

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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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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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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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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‘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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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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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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Less Money, Mo’ Problems

Originally hailed as a victory over tax cheats and swindlers, India’s radical plan to recall much of its currency could end in disaster By Jason Overdorf  On November 8, when Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a surprise recall of more than 80 percent of the country’s cash in circulation, his supporters hailed the measure as

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