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Japan PM planning to cancel trip to India over security fears: reports

NEW DELHI: Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is planning to scrap a visit to northeast India as the security situation there deteriorates following the passage of a controversial citizenship bill, media reported on Friday. Abe had announced plans to visit India from Sunday to Tuesday for talks with Prime Minister …

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Modi gets clean chit in Gujarat massacre

NEW DELHI: A commission of inquiry on Wednesday absolved Prime Minister Narendra Modi of any responsibility in the 2002 pogrom of Muslims. The Nanavati-Mehta Commission also absolved the state administration, ministers and police officers from any complicity, direct or indirect, and also ruled out any conspiracy to organise the large-scale …

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Army deployed as contentious Indian citizenship bill debated

GUWAHATI: Indian authorities in the far-flung northeast called in troops Wednesday to help contain demonstrators opposed to contentious citizenship legislation expected to be approved by the upper house, officials said. Troops were deployed to the state of Tripura and were on standby in Assam, a senior army official said, as …

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PM Imran condemns passage of India’s ‘anti-Muslim’ citizenship bill

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has strongly condemned controversial legislation passed by the Indian Parliament which will grant citizenship to religious minorities from neighbouring countries, but not Muslims. “We strongly condemn Indian Lok Sabha citizenship legislation which violates all norms of international human rights law and bilateral agreements with Pakistan,” …

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India cabinet approves amendments to contentious Citizenship Amendment Bill

NEW DELHI: India’s cabinet signed off Wednesday on legislation that stands to give citizenship to certain religious minorities but not Muslims, in what critics say is a fresh attempt to sideline the 200-million-strong community. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), re-elected in a landslide in May, has long …

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Modi’s loss in election raises questions about bullet train

NEW DELHI: “We have always opposed the bullet train,” said Manisha Kayande, a spokesperson for the Shiv Sena, a former BJP ally whose leader is now set to head Maharashtra. “Our state is giving a major chunk of money for the project, when most of the track is in another …

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Indian occupied Kashmir military lockdown enters 116th consecutive day

JAMMU AND KASHMIR: In occupied Kashmir, the Valley of Kashmir and many parts of Jammu region continue to remain isolated from the world as unprecedented military lockdown entered 116th running day, today. According to Kashmir Media Service, though uneasy calm and uncertainty prevail in the Valley yet life remains badly …

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