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Gandhi brand no longer sells in Indian politics

NEW DELHI: (Web Desk) India’s Congress party and its controlling Nehru-Gandhi dynasty that has been synonymous with political power for most of the 70 years since independence, hit a new low with this weekend’s vice-presidential election. The Congress-backed candidate was crushed in Saturday’s parliamentary ballot by the nominee of Prime …

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Chabahar port may be opened next year: Indian minister

NEW DELHI: The Indian government is hopeful that the strategic Chabahar port in Iran will be operational by 2018, Union minister Nitin Gadkari has said. India’s minister for transport, highways and shipping was in Tehran on Saturday in connection with the inauguration of President Hassan Rouhani’s second term in office. …

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Indian troops kill 3 Kashmiri militants in gun battle

SRINAGER (Web Desk) Three Kashmiri militants were killed in a gun battle with Indian troops on Saturday, triggering a new round of anti-India protests and clashes.The fighting began after government forces raided a cluster of homes on a tip that suspected Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militants were hiding in India-held Kashmir’s northwestern …

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Floods leave over 120 dead in India’s Gujarat

NEW DELHI  (Web Desk) Widespread flooding in India’s western industrial state of Gujarat has killed more than 120 people and paralyzed infrastructure, officials said on Friday, with tens of thousands of cotton farmers also suffering heavy damage.Torrential monsoon rain and flooding in recent weeks have killed at least 300 people …

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Dalit leader Kovind sworn in as India’s president

NEW DELHI: (Web Desk) Ram Nath Kovind was sworn in as India’s president on Tuesday, becoming just the second leader from the oppressed Dalit community to be elected head of state. A former lawyer and state governor, Kovind was elected to the largely ceremonial position last week with more than …

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Monsoon rains wreak havoc in India, killing 16

NEW DELHI: (Web Desk) At least 16 people have been killed this week in heavy monsoon rains that have lashed western India, including the desert state of Rajasthan, with more than 24,000 villagers evacuated to higher ground, officials said on Tuesday. Hundreds of rescuers using motor boats saved 789 people, …

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Indian fire kills young Kashmiri man outside mosque

SRINAGAR: (Web Desk) Indian soldiers have opened fire at Muslim worshippers during clashes outside a mosque in Kashmir, killing a man and wounding another, police and witnesses say. According to Indian police and local resident, the incident happened near the main mosque in the western Beerwah town, situated in the …

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India’s top court considers whether privacy is a right

NEW DELHI: (Web Desk) India’s Supreme Court began hearing submissions on Wednesday to determine whether Indians have a constitutional right to privacy in a challenge to the government’s massive biometric database, which critics argue violates that right. A group of plaintiffs brought the case to protest the government’s Aadhaar programme, …

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Indian soldier kills officer in altercation over mobile phone

SRINAGAR: (Web Desk) An Indian soldier shot dead a commanding officer over an altercation over a mobile phone in India-held Kashmir, BBC reported Tuesday. According to media reports, the soldier had been reprimanded after being found using a mobile phone on duty and the device was confiscated. Indian army officials …

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