US urges India to toughen patent laws to draw investors

New Delhi  - A top US trade envoy urged India on Tuesday to strengthen its drug and other intellectual property laws, saying such a move is needed to draw vital investment to spur a sputtering economy. The call came as international charity [...]

India PM’s estranged wife ‘concerned’ about security cover

Ahmedabad (India)  - The estranged wife of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi sought details about her security cover Monday, voicing concerns about her safety as her family demanded that she be treated as the country’s “first [...]

Indian Kashmir votes with Modi eyeing power

Ganderbal (India) – Indian Kashmir headed to the polls Tuesday under tight security, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist party eyeing power for the first time in the tense and disputed Muslim-majority state. Voters [...]

Actor Hema Malini may work with Shakti

  New Delhi : Actor Hema Malini may be working with actor Shakti Kapoor in her upcoming film, but she’s all praise for his daughter, actor Shraddha Kapoor. According to a Bollywood news release, not only does Hema feel that Shraddha [...]

Indian finance minister pledges “second-generation” reforms

New Delhi – India’s Finance Minister Arun Jaitley promised on Sunday to unveil a whole series of “second-generation” reforms to try to kickstart the stuttering economy. In an interview with the Press Trust of India (PTI) [...]

Workers lynch tea plantation owner in north India

New Delhi  - Angry workers have hacked to death the owner of a tea plantation in eastern India over a payment dispute, police said on Sunday, underscoring festering labour unrest in the region. Rajesh Jhunjhunwala, 45, was dragged out in the [...]

Thousands gather for rare view of saint’s relics in Goa

Panaji (India)  - Thousands of Catholic pilgrims descended on the Indian coastal state of Goa on Saturday to witness the once-a-decade exposition of the relics of a 16th century Spanish missionary. Devotees from around the world formed a queue [...]

India invites bids for $2.4-bn artillery contract

New Delhi  - India on Saturday invited bids for a $2.4-billion artillery deal while deferring a decision on acquiring 106 Swiss Pilatus aircraft for fighter pilot training. The bid for 814 mounted guns is the first big artillery tender in [...]

Indians muck in for cleaner communities

Ghaziabad (India) – Armed with rakes, shovels and carts, a group of residents in a suburb of the northern Indian city of Ghaziabad head purposefully for an unsightly corner of their neighbourhood. With loud music blaring to spur them [...]

India targets economic reforms in new parliament session

New Delhi  - India’s Finance Minister Arun Jaitley promised Friday to make progress during the upcoming parliamentary session on a string of economic reforms, including a national tax to create a single internal market. The right-wing [...]

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