India PM Modi to fast during maiden US visit

New Delhi  - India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to observe a nine-day religious fast during his upcoming visit to the United States, during which he will make his maiden speech to the UN General Assembly. Modi, a strictly [...]

Indian teenager burnt alive after harassment: police

Lucknow (India)  - An Indian teenager died after allegedly being set on fire during an attack by four men when she went outside to relieve herself in the country’s east, police said Monday. The family of the girl, thought to have been [...]

India postpones Africa summit over Ebola outbreak

New Delhi  - The deadly Ebola outbreak in west Africa has forced India to postpone plans for a December summit in New Delhi attended by representatives of more than 50 African nations, officials said on Saturday. The spread of the virus, which [...]

Indians rally against climate change ahead of UN talks

New Delhi  - Hundreds of demonstrators rallied in New Delhi on Saturday, calling on the Indian government and world leaders to take urgent steps against climate change at a high-stakes UN summit next week. Carrying placards that read “I [...]

India court sends 13 men to jail over gang-rape of tribal woman

Kolkata  - An Indian court on Saturday sentenced 13 people, including a village headman, to 20 years in jail for gang-raping a tribal woman as a punishment for “dishonouring” her community. The 20-year-old woman was gang-raped [...]

Dalai Lama slams killings in name of religion

New Delhi  - The Dalai Lama on Saturday condemned mindless violence in the name of religion, saying the concept of jihad was being misused and misinterpreted by Islamist extremists. The Nobel Peace prize winner was referring to bloodshed unleashed [...]

India sentences 5 men to 20 years for teenage rape-murder

Kolkata – A court in eastern India sentenced five men to 20 years imprisonment Friday for raping and setting ablaze a schoolgirl who later died, a senior official said. The 16-year-old was sexually assaulted twice in October by half a [...]

Kashmir leaders hail British lead, seek own referendum

Srinagar (India) – A top Indian Kashmiri separatist leader Friday urged New Delhi to follow Britain’s lead in allowing Scotland’s independence referendum and let the Himalayan region hold a similar vote. Militants have been [...]

Indian TV sacks newsreader over ‘Eleven Jinping’ blunder

New Delhi  - Pronouncing foreign leaders’ names is a headache for newsreaders the world over but on Friday it proved the downfall of one Indian newscaster, who mistook the visiting Chinese president’s name for the Roman numeral [...]

Modi eyes deepening of US ties after ‘ups and downs’

New Delhi  - India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi predicted a deepening of ties with the United States ahead of a landmark trip to Washington, saying the world’s two largest democracies were natural allies. Modi is to meet President [...]

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