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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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Four killed, six missing in monsoon floods in India

NEW DELHI: (Web Desk) Torrential downpours and heavy monsoon flooding have left four people dead and several others missing in western India, an official says. “Four people died after being swept away in rain waters since Saturday morning. Six others are missing,” said Pankaj Kumar, a senior government official in …

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India’s SC orders probe into extrajudicial killings in Manipur

NEW DELHI: (Web Desk) India’s Supreme Court on Friday directed the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to open an investigation into the alleged extrajudicial killings by the Indian Army, Assam Rifles and police in the insurgency-hit state of Manipur. The court’s bench of Justices M.B. Lokur and U.U. Lalit asked …

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3 Killed by Indian troops amid rising Kashmir tensions

SRINAGAR: (Web Desk) Indian forces have killed three people in Kashmir amid a brutal crackdown on Kashmiris as tensions continue to rise in the restive Indian-administered region. Police Inspector-General Muneer Ahmed Khan said three militants, a term used by Indian authorities to refer to separatist fighters in Kashmir, were killed …

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