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India takes first delivery in controversial Rafale jet deal

PARIS: India received Tuesday the first of 36 Rafale fighter jets ordered from France in 2016 in a multi-billion-dollar deal that Paris hopes will unlock more sales despite being tainted by suspicion of corruption. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh joined his French counterpart Florence Parly for a ceremony at the Dassault …

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Kashmir dispute: India PM Modi defends lifting special status

NEW DELHI: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has appeared on state media to defend his highly controversial decision to remove the special status accorded to Kashmir. Mr Modi said a “new era” was beginning for the Indian-administered part of the region, where “hindrances” to its development had been lifted. The …

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India urges Pakistan to review downgrading of diplomatic ties

NEW DELHI: India on Thursday urged Pakistan to review diplomatic ties after Islamabad said they would downgrade diplomatic relations with the neighbouring country, days after New Delhi stripped occupied Kashmir of its special autonomy. “The recent developments pertaining to Article 370 are entirely the internal affair of India,” the Ministry …

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Former India FM Sushma Swaraj passes away at 67 after heart attack

NEW DELHI: Former Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj passed away late Tuesday night at the age of 67 after suffering a heart attack, Indian media outlets reported. Swaraj, 67, was admitted to a local hospital in a critical condition after the cardiac arrest but passed away later. Swaraj was a …

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India floods: Over 1,000 train passengers rescued near Mumbai

MUMBAI: Indian authorities have rescued 1,050 people from a train after it became trapped by flooding near Mumbai. Helicopters, boats and diving teams were deployed by the Indian authorities after the Mahalaxmi Express was stranded on Friday night close to the town of Vangani. Passengers told news agency IANS they …

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Six dead, 18 missing after dam breach in India

MUMBAI: Heavy monsoon rains caused the breach of a small dam in western India, washing away dozens of homes and killing at least six people, with 18 missing, a government official said on Wednesday. Seasonal rains have crippled India’s financial center of Mumbai this week, disrupting rail and air traffic …

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Heavy rains batter India’s Mumbai, disrupting air, rail traffic

MUMBAI: Heavy rains battered India’s financial capital Mumbai on Monday causing disruption to the commuter train network, snarling traffic on water-logged streets and delaying flights from the country’s second-busiest airport. The city, home to India’s two biggest stock exchanges and the headquarters of several major companies, has been hit by …

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Indian troops martyr four Kashmiris in IoK’s Shopian district

SRINAGAR: Indian troops in their latest act of state terrorism, martyred four Kashmiri youth in Shopian district of occupied Kashmir on Sunday, Kashmir Media Service reported. The youth were martyred during a cordon and search operation at Daramdora in Keegam area of the district. The occupying troops have suspended internet …

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India denies US report on attacks on minority Muslims

NEW DELHI: India on Sunday rejected a US State Department’s annual report on religious freedom that raised questions about the government’s inability to curb violent attacks on the country’s minority Muslims. Preparing for a visit by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday, India’s foreign ministry issued a stiff …

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