India chooses Israel over US for $525 mln missile deal

New Delhi  - India has chosen to buy anti-tank guided missiles from Israel, rejecting a rival US offer, as the right-wing government clears projects worth $13.1 billion to modernise its ageing military, official sources said on Sunday. Prime [...]

India ‘love jihad’ claims fuel Hindu-Muslim tensions

New Delhi  - When a Hindu woman tearfully claimed to national media recently she had been kidnapped, raped and forcibly converted to Islam, India’s religious hardliners seized the chance to hike their “love jihad” fears. Hardline [...]

Pires suspended and fined for scuffle in India league

New Delhi – Former France and Arsenal midfielder Robert Pires was on Saturday suspended for two matches after a bust-up with a rival coach during half-time in an Indian Super League football match, organisers said. The incident took place [...]

India’s Modi breaks the ice with media at first meet

New Delhi – India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi reached out to journalists on Saturday for the first time since taking office, aiming to mend his rocky relations with the press. The right-wing leader, whose Bharatiya Janata Party [...]

India clears defence projects worth $13.1 billion

New Delhi – India’s Hindu nationalist government on Saturday cleared long-delayed projects worth $13.1 billion to modernise the nation’s ageing Soviet-era military hardware and boost its domestic defence industry, a report [...]

India’s Modi meets troops in Diwali day Kashmir visit

Srinagar (India)  - India’s Hindu nationalist Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid a rare visit to the Siachen glacier in the disputed Kashmir region Thursday to rally the morale of troops after recent deadly border clashes with Pakistan. As [...]

India’s forgotten widows defy taboos to celebrate Diwali

Vrindavan (India)  - As the early autumn sun begins to set on the Yamuna river, hundreds of Indian women swathed in white and carrying traditional earthenware lamps file through winding streets to the edge of the holy waters. The women, chanting [...]

India’s Modi burnishes economic credentials with reform blitz

New Delhi – India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi has unleashed a slew of reforms in the past week, scrapping fuel subsidies, simplifying labour rules and pledging to open coal mining to private players in a bid to kickstart the [...]

Kolkata’s gold panners reap rewards at India festival time

Kolkata  - As 40-year-old Mohammed Iqbal sifts through sludge in the back alleys of Kolkata’s jewellery market for gold dust, his weathered face brightens slightly at the recent uptick in work. For generations, the city’s group [...]

Indian cracker industry fears rival Chinese fire power

Mumbai – Workers in India’s lucrative firecracker industry say illegal Chinese imports are flooding the market and threatening their jobs as the country prepares for the Hindu festival of lights this week. Diwali, which is on Thursday, [...]

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