Indian police search ashram for explosives after bloody stand-off

Barwala (India)  - Indian police were Thursday scouring the ashram of a controversial guru for explosives after his arrest ended a bloody stand-off with thousands of followers and a long siege during which six people died. Officers finally [...]

Sex scandals and sieges: India’s ‘godmen’

New Delhi  - From sex scandals to bloody sieges, India’s many self-styled “godmen” — mainly Hindu ascetics with legions of devoted followers — have received a bad rap in recent years. Spriritual guru Rampal Maharaj [...]

India’s top court orders chief investigator off graft case

New Delhi – India’s top court ordered the head of the country’s federal policing agency to excuse himself from a corruption case on Thursday following allegations of wrongdoing. Central Bureau of Investigation director Ranjit [...]

Indian police arrest ‘godman’ after violent stand-off

Barwala (India) – Police on Wednesday arrested a guru after a violent stand-off with thousands of followers at his sprawling ashram in northern India, where the bodies of four women and a child have been found. Supporters of self-styled [...]

India Ranbaxy shares dive as sues FDA over drug row

New Delhi  - Shares of India’s Ranbaxy Laboratories slumped over five percent Wednesday after it announced it had sued the US Food and Drug Administration for revoking approvals for its generic versions of two top-selling drugs. The [...]

India police uncover bodies after storming guru’s ashram

Barwala (India)  - Police discovered five bodies on Wednesday after storming the ashram of a wanted guru in northern India and another of the man’s followers died in hospital, an officer said. Director general of police SN Vashisht said [...]

India’s Modi in Fiji to meet Pacific leaders

Suva (Fiji) – Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was greeted by cheering crowds clamouring for selfies when he visited Fiji on Wednesday to hold talks with Pacific island leaders about increasing his country’s engagement in the [...]

Sterilisation deaths spotlight India drug safety record

New Delhi – The deaths of 13 Indian women allegedly given tainted antibiotics after undergoing sterilisation surgery have raised fresh questions about India’s giant drug industry, already under international scrutiny over its troubled [...]

India needs to step up reforms to spur growth: OECD

New Delhi  - India’s economy is coming out of its worst slowdown in a quarter-century, but needs major structural reforms if it is to return to pre-2011 growth levels, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) [...]

New modern metro threatens India’s historic Pink City

Jaipur (India) – As she expertly leads tourists past honking cars and rickshaws to a majestic dusty-pink palace, Sunita Sharma voices fears for the northeastern Indian city’s historic landmarks as a new transport link looms large. Authorities [...]

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