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Survey: India most ‘ignorant’ country; US, China among top 10

LONDON: (Web Desk) INDIA ranked first in terms of ignorance this year, according to a survey released this month, but shares the top 10 with other major world economies like the U.S. (fifth place) and China (2nd place). Also in top 10, according to the study titled ‘Perils of Perception …

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Indian Army ready to flex its muscles on border: chief

NEW DELHI: India’s new army chief, Gen Bipin Rawat, on Sunday said the role of the force was to maintain peace and tranquillity at the border but it would not “shy away from flexing its muscles”. Eastern Army commander Lt Gen Praveen Bakshi and Southern commander Lt Gen P.M. Hariz …

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India opens first school for transgender pupils

DELHI: A residential school for transgender people has been opened in the Indian city of Kochi, to help adults who dropped out of school finish their education. Transgender people can face judgement and hostility in India, and around half of them fail to complete their schooling as a result. Sahaj …

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Indian author moots confederation to settle Kashmir issue

NEW DELHI: (Web Desk) Indian Vice President Hamid Ansari on Wednesday released a book that calls for a confederation of India, Pakistan and Bangladesh but without undoing the partition as the only way to address poverty and resolve the Kashmir dispute. “Regional cooperation with a focus on human security problems, …

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India emerges second largest arms buyer among developing nations

ISLAMABAD: As India embarks on a massive modernisation plan for its forces, it has emerged as the second largest purchaser of arms among developing nations after Saudi Arabia, a latest Congressional report has said. Between 2008 and 2015, India purchased defence equipments worth USD34 billion, which is a distant second …

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Indian plane skids off runway, injuring 15

DELHI: An Indian plane carrying 161 passengers and crew skidded off the runway at Goa airport on Tuesday, leaving 15 people with minor injuries. The incident took place at around 5 local time (2330 GMT) as the Jet Airways plane was getting ready for takeoff to the western city of …

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Indian cruise missile test fails for the fourth time

The fourth test of India’s “Nirbhay” land-attack cruise missile (LACMs), designed to carry nuclear or conventional warheads failed on Wednesday, reported the Times of India. All the four tests of the subsonic missile, with a strike range of 1,000km, have failed to achieve the required test parameters. “The test was …

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Deaths in police custody go unpunished in India: Human Rights Watch

NEW DELHI: (Web Desk) Police in India are torturing suspects to death in custody with impunity and blaming suicide or natural causes, Human Rights Watch said Monday. The rights group said a failure to follow proper arrest procedures, such as presenting a suspect before a magistrate within 24 hours, was …

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