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 [...]

Kim Kardashian scraps India ‘Big Brother’ cameo

New Delhi  - US reality TV queen Kim Kardashian announced she had cancelled plans Friday to travel to India where she was to have made a guest appearance in the local version of Big Brother. “To all my wonderful fans in India, I’m [...]

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 [...]

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