India minister sparks fury over ‘small’ gang-rape comment

New Delhi  - The father of a student who died after being gang-raped on a moving bus in New Delhi spoke of his anger Friday after a senior minister referred to the infamous attack as a “small incident”. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley [...]

Indian state of Kerala announces alcohol ban

Mumbai  - Authorities in Kerala have announced a ban on alcohol to tackle a growing abuse problem in the southern Indian state, a popular tourist destination. The state government warned that alcohol abuse was becoming a danger to society [...]

US casual-wear giant Gap to launch 40 stores in India

New Delhi  - US casual-wear retail giant Gap Inc says it will open 40 stores in India, calling the expansion “an important next step” in its global growth strategy. The San Francisco-based company, known for its relaxed-style denim [...]

Indian police rearrest hunger striker

New Delhi  - Indian police re-arrested Friday a woman who has been on hunger strike for 14 years to protest against human rights abuses, just two days after she was freed on court orders. Television footage showed officers forcibly removing [...]

Thousands flee deadly violence in northeast India

Guwahati (India)  - About 10,000 people have fled their homes in northeast India as violence surged over a border dispute that has left some 15 people dead, officials said Thursday. Residents of remote Assam have sought shelter in makeshift [...]

India blocks release of Indira Gandhi assassination film

New Delhi  - India’s government on Thursday blocked the release of a controversial film on the assassination of former Indian premier Indira Gandhi after calls grew for it to be banned for glorifying her killers. “Kaum De Heere,” [...]

India’s 14-year-long hunger striker walks free from custody

Imphal (India) – An Indian woman who has staged a 14-year hunger strike against rights abuses in the country’s northeast broke down in tears on Wednesday as she was finally released from a hospital jail. Irom Sharmila, known as [...]

India court stays execution of child-killer sisters

Mumbai  - An Indian court on Wednesday put on hold the execution of two sisters on death row for murdering five children, a lawyer for the women said. Renuka Shinde and her step-sister Seema Gavit will be the first women executed in post-independence [...]

Guru who sparked global yoga craze dies aged 95

New Delhi  - BKS Iyengar, the Indian yoga guru credited with helping to fuel a global explosion in the popularity of the ancient spiritual practice, died on Wednesday aged 95, his website said. Iyengar started his yoga school in 1973 in the [...]

Indian soldier’s body found in Kashmir after 18 years

Srinagar (India) – The Indian army has found the body of a soldier 18 years after he went missing on the Siachen glacier in disputed Indian Kashmir, police said Wednesday. “The body was discovered in a frozen state last week,” [...]

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