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Indian soldier who protested bad food gets plumber’s job

NEW DELHI: (Web Desk) As India ordered an inquiry into a complaint by a Border Security Force (BSF) trooper at the Line of Control (LoC) that he and his colleagues were served bad food, the soldier said on Tuesday he has been transferred to the headquarters as a plumber. Tej …

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Gunmen attack construction workers in held Kashmir, kill three

SRINAGAR: (Web Desk) Several unidentified gunmen attacked a camp housing road construction workers in Indian-occupied Jammu and Kashmir on Monday, killing three labourers before fleeing, said police. Two or three gunmen launched the raid on the General Reserve Engineer Force camp in Jourian, close to India’s disputed border with Pakistan, …

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India rights panel says police raped tribal women in Maoist stronghold

NEW DELHI: (Web Desk) India’s rights watchdog said more than a dozen tribal women were raped and sexually assaulted by police in restive Chhattisgarh state, with the victims’ lawyer slamming authorities over delays in arresting the accused on Sunday. The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) said at least 16 women …

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Kashmiris have lost their fear of India: report

AS India turns its focus to a clutch of make-or-break state polls starting next month and while the world lives in suspense over the arriving Trump presidency in the United States, the trauma of the people in Jammu and Kashmir festers on. A report from October and December visits to …

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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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