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At least 125 killed as storms batter India

NEW DELHI (Web Desk) A huge dust storm and lightning strikes killed at least 125 people across India which braced Thursday for more wild weather.Dust clouds plunged swathes of north India into darkness as choking winds of more than 130 kilometres (80 miles) per hour swept across the states of …

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India’s top court slams Modi govt over Taj Mahal decay

NEW DELHI (Web Desk) India’s top court on Tuesday sharply criticised the government for failing to protect the Taj Mahal, the centuries-old monument to love which has been changing colour because of pollution.The brilliant marble of the Taj Mahal a UNESCO world heritage site — has acquired a yellow tinge …

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Indian, Pakistani troops to take part in joint drills

NEW DELHI (Web Desk) Even as a worried world heaved a sigh of relief with the historic embrace of estranged Korean leaders, there could be good news with groundbreaking developments in nuclear-armed South Asia when Indian and Pakistani troops for the first time participate in a joint exercise in Russia …

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Govt plan to gift weapons leaves Indian military officials surprised

NEW DILHI (Web Desk) Nearly 70% of equipment used by the Indian army is obselete, vice chief of the force recently informed a parliamentary standing committee, The Indian Express noted in a report on the planned presentation of outdated weapons to friendly countries.The National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government has asked …

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India’s vice president rejects opposition bid to impeach top judge

NEW DELHI (Web Desk) India’s vice president on Monday rejected an unprecedented petition by seven opposition parties to impeach the top judge for “misbehavior”, saying that the allegations were “neither tenable nor admissible”.The decision of Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, who chairs the upper house of parliament, was a relief …

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India approves death penalty for child rapists

NEW DELHI (Web Desk) India’s government on Saturday approved the death penalty for child rapists, after the gang rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl and a series of other horrific sexual assaults caused nationwide outrage. Prime Minister Narendra Modi called a cabinet meeting to pass the measure Saturday on his …

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