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India’s trade deficit hits 5-month low of $13.98 bln in Sept

NEW DELHI (Web Desk) India’s trade deficit narrowed to $13.98 billion in September from $17.4 billion in August, the trade ministry said on Monday, the lowest figure in five months.Solid growth in manufacturing exports,which rose 12.54 percent in the first six months in dollar terms year-on-year, cancelled out a rising …

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Kashmiri students threaten to quit varsity over sedition charge

NEW DELHI (Web Desk) Kashmiris studying in Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) have threatened to leave for their homes on Oct 17, if the sedition charges against three of them are not dropped, The Hin­dustan Times reported on Sunday.In a letter to AMU vice chancellor, AMU student union former vice president …

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Sidhu should join Pakistan Cabinet: BJP spokesperson

NEW DELHI (Web Desk) Former cricketer and Indian minister Navjot Singh Sidhu is continuing to face barbs back home for his stance advocating peace with Pakistan, and now the two senior ruling Bharatiya Janata Party representatives have launched a fresh salvo against the ex-cricketer.BJP national spokespersons Sambit Patra and GVL …

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Indian court orders temporary seizure of Zakir Naik’s property

MUMBAI (Web Desk) A special National Investigation Agency (NIA) court in India has ordered the attachment of four properties in Mumbai belonging to preacher Zakir Naik.According to the Mumbai Mirror, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has attached four flats and a commercial establishment in Mumbai belonging to the 52-year-old.The central …

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Hindu hardliners force meat sellers to shut shop in India’s Gurugram

NEW DELHI (Web Desk) Indian Hindu hardliners are forcing meat sellers to shut shops in Gurugram, which is home to global outsourcing firms, saying they must respect the feelings of majority Hindus celebrating a nine-day festival.The drive against the mostly Muslim shopkeepers in Gurugram during the Navaratri festival is the …

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Minister indicted in India’s #MeToo storm

NEW DELHI (Web Desk) India’s belated #MeToo movement mounted on Tuesday after several female journalists accused a minister in Narendra Modi’s government of sexual harassment and a producer alleged she was raped by a veteran Bollywood actor.Women journalists took to Twitter to allege how M.J. Akbar, a well-known former editor …

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India arrests at least 421 for attacks on migrants after minor’s rape

AHMEDABAD (Web Desk) Indian police said Monday at least 421 people had been arrested in the western state of Gujarat for attacks on migrant workers following the rape of a one-year-old girl.Local officials say hundreds of labourers, mostly from northern Uttar Pradesh and eastern Bihar states, have left the affluent …

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Putin talks arms, nuclear deals in India

NEW DELHI (Web Desk) President Vladimir Putin was expected Friday to sign a deal in India worth more than $5 billion for the S-400 air defence system, despite US warnings of sanctions against countries buying Russian military hardware.Putin, who arrived in New Delhi late Thursday, was also set to discuss …

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Indian university quietly removes Jinnah-Gandhi picture after uproar

NEW DELHI (Web Desk) A few months after picture of Pakistan’s Father of the Nation Muhammad Ali Jinnah was put on display at the India’s Aligarh Muslim University sparking controversy, the university administration once again triggered outrage after they displayed snaps of Mahatma Gandhi with Quaid-e-Azam in the varsity.The pictures, …

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