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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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India bans Islamic, Iranian TV channels in Kashmir

KASHMIR: India’s Information and Broadcasting (I&B) has asked cable operators from the Kashmir Valley to block the airing of all television channels from several Muslim countries including Iran and Turkey. An official from the Union Ministry for Information and Broadcasting (I&B) on Sunday asked cable operators from the Valley to …

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Schools closed in New Delhi as air quality dips for 3rd day

NEW DELHI: Schools in India’s capital were shut on Thursday after a thick gray haze of noxious air enveloped the city for the third consecutive day, and angry residents blamed authorities for allowing an annual children’s run. Buildings and monuments were largely obscured by smog and an official health advisory …

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