India court pressures Modi on ‘criminal’ cabinet ministers

New Delhi  - India’s top court said Monday lawmakers with criminal backgrounds should not serve in government, with 13 ministers facing charges for attempted murder, rioting and other offences. The ruling is likely to put pressure on [...]

Indian woman kills leopard with sickle

Dehradun (India)  - A 56-year-old Indian woman is recovering in hospital after killing a leopard that attacked her as she tended her fields armedonly with a sickle. The woman told Indian broadcaster CNN-IBN that she battled with the leopard [...]

India asks Pepsi to cut down sugar in sodas

New Delhi – India has asked US soft drinks giant PepsiCo to reduce the sugar content of its sodas as the country battles growing levels of obesity and diabetes. PepsiCo chairman Indra Nooyi met food processing industry minister Harsimrat [...]

India anti-trust watchdog fines carmakers $420 million

New Delhi – India’s anti-trust watchdog has fined 14 automakers a total of $420 million for restricting competition in the spare parts market and driving up prices, a official said Tuesday, a few days after Chinese regulators took [...]

Mumbai Jewish centre stormed in 2008 attacks reopens

Mumbai  - A Jewish centre in Mumbai reopened on Tuesday, nearly six years after heavily armed militants stormed the building and killed six people inside during the 2008 attacks on the city. One of several high-profile targets assaulted by [...]

India doctors remove foetus left inside mother for 36 years

New Delhi – Doctors in India have removed the skeleton of a foetus that had been inside a woman for 36 years in what is believed to be the world’s longest ectopic pregnancy, a doctor has said. The 60-year-old woman became pregnant [...]

Low-caste Indians still forced to clean human waste: rights group

Mumbai  - Low-caste Indians are still routinely forced into manually removing human excrement from toilets despite a highly-publicised law introduced last year to end the “discriminatory practice”, a rights group said Monday. Across [...]

Temple stampede in central India kills at least 10

Bhopal (India) – A stampede at a Hindu temple in central India killed at least 10 people and injured scores early Monday, the latest in a string of deadly accidents at mass religious events, officials said. Hundreds of pilgrims gathered [...]

‘Modi effect’ gets Delhi working, but reforms prove elusive

New Delhi – Prime Minister Narendra Modi has shaken up India’s ruling elite in his first 100 days since taking power, but has so far struggled to deliver the bold reforms needed to kick-start the economy. Modi swept to power in [...]

Two soldiers, 4 rebels killed in Indian Kashmir clashes: army

Srinagar (India)  - India’s army clashed with suspected militants in Indian Kashmir near the disputed border with Pakistan, leaving two soldiers and four rebels dead, a military official said Sunday. Soldiers encountered the militants, [...]

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