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Curfew call in New Delhi after 20 die in sectarian clashes

Feb 26, 2020 - 5:23 PM

The two days of unrest, which has seen clashes between mobs armed with swords and guns, is the worst sectarian violence seen in Delhi in decades

Security personnel stand guard near burnt-out and damaged shops following clashes between people supporting and opposing a contentious amendment to India's citizenship law, in New Delhi on February 26, 2020. Riot police patrolled the streets of India's capital on February 26 following battles between Hindus and Muslims that claimed at least 20 lives, with fears of more violent clashes. Sajjad HUSSAIN / AFP

Nice memories but no trade deal for Trump in India

Feb 26, 2020 - 10:32 AM

The short tour sees him holding hands at the Taj Mahal with First Lady Melania and addressing a huge rally

FLOWERS. US President Donald Trump sprays rose petals to pay tribute at Raj Ghat, the memorial for Indian independence icon Mahatma Gandhi, in New Delhi on February 25, 2020. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Praise, cheering crowds for Trump in India love fest

Feb 25, 2020 - 10:19 AM

In Bhopal, however, women survivors of the world's worst-ever industrial disaster hit an effigy of Trump with brooms

FANS. US President Donald Trump (L) and India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi leave after attending 'Namaste Trump' rally at Sardar Patel Stadium on the outskirts of Ahmedabad, February 24, 2020. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Trump hails 'exceptional' Modi at huge India rally

Feb 24, 2020 - 2:59 PM

(UPDATED) 'America loves India. America respects India, and America will always be faithful and loyal friends to the Indian people,' Donald Trump tells the ecstatic crowd.

THE TRUMPS IN INDIA. US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump disembark from Air Force One at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport in Ahmedabad on February 24, 2020. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Washroom-on-wheels: India firm turns buses into women's toilets

Feb 22, 2020 - 4:28 PM

The 'Ti Toilet' project – 'ti' means 'her' in the local Marathi language – has 12 mobile washrooms, on average used by more 200 women daily. The buses are powered by solar panels mounted on top of the vehicle.

This photo taken on February 9, 2020 shows people walking past a mobile toilet on a bus at a public park in Pune. - Launched in 2016 by entrepreneurs Ulka Sadalkar and Rajeev Kher, the 'Ti Toilet' project -- 'ti' means 'her' in the local Marathi language -- has 11 mobile washrooms, which are on average used by more 200 women daily. (Photo by Indranil MUKHERJEE / AFP) / TO GO WITH: India-social-gender-sanitation, FOCUS by Vishal Manve

Superfan prays to Trump idol ahead of U.S. President's India visit

Feb 19, 2020 - 3:03 PM

'Trump sir, you are my god,' the devotee says after performing the ritual pooja

AMERICAN IDOL. Farmer Bussa Krishna, 33, kisses a statue of US President Donald Trump after offering prayers. Photo by Noah Seelam/AFP

Indian students stripped for menstruation checks

Feb 17, 2020 - 9:18 AM

Menstruating women students must stay in an isolated basement area and keep away from the kitchen and the place of worship

NO TAX. On April 10, 2018 Indian employees at the Myna Mahila Foundation prepare sanitary pads at their office in Mumbai. Photo by Indranil Mukherjee/AFP

India women facing sedition charges over school play get bail

Feb 16, 2020 - 7:41 PM

The play depicts a worried family talking about how they feared the government would ask millions of Muslims to prove their nationality or be expelled from India

Demonstrators shout slogans to protest against the government's Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) in New Delhi on December 10, 2019. - Protestors in north-east India set fire to tyres and cut down trees to block roads on December 10 in a shutdown across the region hours after lawmakers approved the government's new citizenship bill. (Photo by Sajjad HUSSAIN / AFP)

Delhi votes in test for Modi and women protesters

Feb 08, 2020 - 5:10 PM

More than 14 million people are eligible to take part in Saturday's vote. The results will be announced Tuesday

(FILES) India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivers a speech to the nation during a ceremony to celebrate country's 73rd Independence Day, which marks the of the end of British colonial rule, at the Red Fort in New Delhi on August 15, 2019. Photo by Prakash Singh/AFP

Novel coronavirus hits Chinese push into India auto market

Feb 05, 2020 - 10:45 PM

An executive of Great Wall Motors says the firm's Chinese staff did not travel to India for a major expo as the novel coronavirus might provoke 'negative feelings for some people'

Haval brand SUVs made by China's Great Wall Motor are seen outside a showroom in Beijing on August 22, 2017. - China's Great Wall Motor signalled on August 21 its intention to make an ambitious acquisition deal with Italian-American car maker Fiat Chrysler Automobiles following a report that it wants to buy the Jeep brand. (Photo by GREG BAKER / AFP)

Q&A: Evacuations from China's virus-hit Wuhan

Jan 31, 2020 - 3:40 PM

How are airlines preventing infection? What happens to the foreigners left behind?

ESCAPE. In this file photo taken on January 22, 2020, passengers wear protective masks to protect against the spread of the Coronavirus as they arrive at the Los Angeles International Airport, California. Photo by Mark Ralston/AFP

India moves to allow abortions up to 24 weeks

Jan 30, 2020 - 9:48 AM

'This is important because there are cases where the girl concerned doesn't realize she is pregnant in the first 5 months and has to go to court,' says senior minister Prakash Javadekar

Indian government ends internet blackout in restive Kashmir

Jan 25, 2020 - 11:10 PM

Internet access is restored but only to 301 government-approved websites

Kashmiri journalists protest against internet blockade put by India's government in Srinagar on October 12, 2019. Tauseef MUSTAFA / AFP

The global spread of the coronavirus: Where is it?

Jan 24, 2020 - 8:34 AM

(9th UPDATE) Here are the countries that have confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus

PROTECTION. A woman holds a child wearing a facemask as they queue at the West Kowloon rail station in Hong Kong on January 23, 2020. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

IMF trims global growth estimates 2020-21 but sees improving outlook

Jan 21, 2020 - 9:07 AM

The Washington-based global lending institution cautions that outcomes 'depend to an important extent on avoiding further escalation' between Washington and Beijing

IMF. In this file photo taken on September 4, 2018, the logo of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is seen at the IMF headquarters in Washington, DC. (Photo by Jim Watson/AFP)

Sweet! Indian bakers make world's 'longest' cake

Jan 16, 2020 - 9:34 AM

The cake is about 6.5 kilometers long, and is made with 12,000 kilograms of sugar and flour

YUM. A baker prepares an approximatively 6.5-km long cake as an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the longest cake, in Thrissur in south Indian state of Kerala on January 15, 2020. (Photo by Arun Sankar/AFP)

Amazon's Jeff Bezos promises $1 billion investment in India

Jan 15, 2020 - 8:44 PM

'We will use our global footprint to export $10 billion worth of 'Make in India' products across the world by 2025,' Jeff Bezos says, referring to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's campaign to boost national production

SLAMMING BEZOS. A banner with the picture of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is pictured during a demonstration demanding the closure of online shopping platforms Amazon and Flipkart, in New Delhi on January 15, 2020. Photo by Sajjad Hussain/AFP

Newborn mauled to death by dogs at India hospital

Jan 15, 2020 - 2:07 AM

Indian police seal a private hospital and staff are charged with manslaughter after a 3-hour-old baby is mauled to death by dogs inside the hospital

Indian police officer arrested for helping Kashmir militants

Jan 12, 2020 - 11:35 PM

The arrested police officer is decorated, having worked for the police for decades and being a member of an elite counter-insurgency force in Kashmir, a disputed territory equally claimed by India and Pakistan

CONFLICT. Indian paramilitary troopers stand guard at a road checkpoint during a lockdown in Srinagar on October 30, 2019. Photo by Tauseef Mustafa/AFP

University rampage sparks new protests across India

Jan 06, 2020 - 9:53 PM

The unrest comes as nationwide protests continue against a citizenship law passed in December that bars Muslims from a measure granting nationality to minorities from 3 neighboring Islamic-majority countries

NEW PROTESTS. Students and supporters hold placards as they shout slogans during a protest against an attack on the students and teachers at the Jawaharlal Nehru University campus in New Delhi a day before, at the Osmania University campus in Hyderabad on January 6, 2020. Photo by Noah Seelam/AFP

How to make it in Bollywood, or die trying

Jan 06, 2020 - 9:30 PM

The opportunity to be in India's entertainment business has challenges along the way, including fending off sexual harassment

This photo taken on December 17, 2019 shows aspiring actress Malhaar Rathod at a studio in Mumbai. - Rathod's previous experience with what is euphemistically known as Bollywood's "casting couch" culture underlines the challenges facing anyone seeking to break into India's massive, insiders-only film industry. (Photo by PUNIT PARANJPE / AFP) / TO GO WITH India-Bollywood-film-television-advertising,FOCUS by Ammu KANNAMPILLY

'Free Netflix,' chats with women used as lure in campaign for bill in India – reports

Jan 06, 2020 - 7:55 PM

Twitter users notice a growing number of what appear to be fake Indian accounts telling people to call a number supporting the Citizenship Amendment Act in exchange for free Netflix accounts or chats with lonely women

Bangladesh shuts mobile network along India border

Dec 31, 2019 - 9:11 PM

The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission orders the mobile shutdown late on December 30 along a one-kilometer band along the Indian frontier, the watchdog's spokesman Sohel Rana says

BORDER. The Bangladesh-India border in February 2019. Image from Shutterstock.

Sex, Hitler, and IKEA: Protesting Indians get creative

Dec 28, 2019 - 12:49 PM

India protesters bear placards borrowing famous lines from the TV series 'Game of Thrones' and the Lindsay Lohan movie 'Mean Girls'

MODI LIKENED TO HITLER. In this file photo taken on December 18, 2019, protesters hold a poster comparing Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to German chancellor and Nazi Party leader Adolf Hitler at a demonstration against India's new citizenship law in Siliguri. Photo by Diptendu Dutta/AFP

Thousands protest in rival demonstrations over new India law

Dec 27, 2019 - 11:05 PM

At least 27 people have died in two weeks of violent demonstrations after Hindu nationalist Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government made it easier for non-Muslims from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh to be naturalized

Protesters hold placards and Indian flags during a rally in support of India's new citizenship law in Mumbai on December 27, 2019. - Mobile internet was cut on December 27 in parts of India's most populous state and thousands of riot police were deployed as authorities readied for fresh protests over a citizenship law seen as anti-Muslim. (Photo by INDRANIL MUKHERJEE / AFP)

India ejects 2nd European 'for protesting'

Dec 27, 2019 - 5:14 PM

Janne-Mette Johansson says police gave her 'verbal assurances' that she could take part in peaceful demonstrations

ONGOING PROTESTS. The protests have left at least 27 people dead, and are set to continue after the cutting of mobile internet in places as well as riot police deployment. Photo by Dibyanshu Sarkar/AFP

Modi seeks to soothe India's Muslims as deadly protests swell

Dec 22, 2019 - 8:06 PM

At least 25 people have died in 10 days of demonstrations and violence after Narendra Modi's government passed the law criticized as anti-Muslim. More protests took place on Sunday.

'NO NEED TO WORRY.' India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivers a speech to the nation during a ceremony to celebrate country's 73rd Independence Day. Photo by Prakash Singh/AFP

Death toll hits 21 as India protests rage on

Dec 21, 2019 - 9:40 PM

Among the fatalities is an 8-year-old boy who was trampled in a protest

ANGER. Indian youth congress (IYC) members hold torches as they shout slogans against the government's Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB), during a demonstration in New Delhi on December 11, 2019. Photo by Sajjad Hussain/AFP

5 new deaths, including child, in India protests – police

Dec 21, 2019 - 3:48 PM

The latest deaths take the nationwide toll from the violence to 20

At least 10 killed in India citizenship law protests

Dec 20, 2019 - 9:48 PM

Three protesters were shot dead, police say

CLASHES. Supporters and activists of Trinamool Congress (TMC) shout slogans and hold placards as they participate in a rally against India's new citizenship law. Photo by Dibyangshu Sarkar/AFP

Gatherings banned in parts of India capital after citizenship law demos

Dec 18, 2019 - 4:49 PM

A day after intense protests rocked Delhi, police ban gatherings of more than 4 people in some Muslim-dominated areas in the megacity's northeast

FRESH PROTESTS. Advocates at the Allahabad High Court take part in a protest against India's new citizenship law in Allahabad on December 17, 2019. Photo by Sanjay Kanojia/AFP

India protests rage against citizenship law, but Modi defiant

Dec 18, 2019 - 7:25 AM

In a major challenge to India Prime Minister Narendra Modi, tens of thousands of people take to the streets for the 6th day against a new citizenship law critics say is anti-Muslim

Advocates at the Allahabad High Court take part in a protest against India's new citizenship law in Allahabad on December 17, 2019. Fresh protests against India's new citizenship law erupted December 17 as alleged police brutality fuelled fury against the legislation which critics say is anti-Muslim. SANJAY KANOJIA / AFP

6 dead in protests against Indian citizenship law

Dec 15, 2019 - 5:43 PM

Some 5,000 people take part in a fresh demonstration in Guwahati on Sunday, with hundreds of police watching on as they sang, chanted and carried banners with the words 'long live Assam'

PROTESTS. A soldier guards a street following violent protests against the government's Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) in Guwahati on December 13, 2019. Photo by Sajjad Hussain/AFP

Protests rage as U.S., UK warn on travel to northeast India

Dec 15, 2019 - 9:26 AM

The All Assam Students Union says it would continue the fight against the Citizenship Amendment Act 'in the streets and in the court'

PROTEST. Protesters block a road after setting buses on fire during a demonstration against the Indian government's Citizenship Amendment Bill in Howrah, on the outskirts of Kolkata on December 14, 2019. Photo by STR/AFP

India passes contentious citizenship bill amid violent protests

Dec 12, 2019 - 1:09 PM

Opponents of the legislation have threatened to challenge it in the Supreme Court, saying it violates the principles of equality and secularism enshrined in the constitution

PROTESTS. Indian youth congress (IYC) members hold torches as they shout slogans against the government's Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB), during a demonstration in New Delhi on December 11, 2019. Photo by Sajjad Hussain/AFP

Protests rage in northeast India over citizenship bill

Dec 10, 2019 - 4:18 PM

The Citizenship Amendment Bill, set to go before the upper house on Wednesday, will fast-track citizenship claims from refugees from 3 neighboring countries – but not if they are Muslim

PROTEST. Demonstrators shout slogans to protest against the government's Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) in New Delhi on December 10, 2019.Photo by Sajjad Hussain/AFP

Screams and goodbyes as scores killed in devastating India factory fire

Dec 08, 2019 - 1:29 PM

(UPDATED) An assistant commissioner of police says most victims were sleeping when the fire broke out and died due to asphyxiation

FACTORY FIRE. Police personnel block a street leading to a factory site after a fire broke out, in Anaj Mandi area of New Delhi on December 8, 2019. Photo by Sajjad Hussain/AFP

Indian police investigated over killings of rape suspects

Dec 07, 2019 - 4:08 PM

News of the investigation comes as the country reels after the death of a woman who had been set on fire on her way to a sexual assault hearing

Police personnel stand next to the body of a man at the site where Police officers shot dead four detained gang-rape and murder suspects in Shadnagar, some 55 kilometres (34 miles) from Hyderabad, on December 6, 2019. - Indian police on December 6 shot dead four detained gang-rape and murder suspects as they were re-enacting their alleged crime, prompting celebrations but also accusations of extrajudicial killings. The men, who had been in custody for a week over the latest gruesome case of violence against women to shock India, were shot in the early morning as they tried to escape during the staged re-enactment in Hyderabad, police said. (Photo by STR / AFP)

Indian police kill rape-murder suspects, sparking celebrations

Dec 07, 2019 - 8:04 AM

The men, who had been in custody for a week over the latest rape case to shock India, are shot in the early hours during a re-enactment of the crime organized by police in Shadnagar

INDIA'S POLICE. Police personnel stand next to the body of a man at the site where police officers shot dead 4 detained gang-rape and murder suspects in Shadnagar, on December 6, 2019. Photo by AFP

NASA finds Indian Moon lander with help of amateur space enthusiast

Dec 03, 2019 - 10:04 AM

(UPDATED) NASA releases an image taken by its Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter that shows the site of the Vikram lander's impact and associated debris field, with parts scattered over almost two dozen locations spanning several kilometers

ILL-FATED. This screen grab taken from a live webcast by Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on August 6, 2019 shows Vikram Lander before it is supposed to land on the Moon. Photo by Handout/Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)/AFP

Fury in India over new rape-murder case

Nov 30, 2019 - 11:14 PM

A 27-year-old veterinary doctor was gang-raped, killed, and then her body burned

RAPE-SLAY. Supporters of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) hold candles and a banner as they participate in a candle light procession calling for justice following the recent rape and murder case of a 27-year-old veterinarian in Hyderabad, in Siliguri on November 30, 2019. Photo by Diptendu Dutta/AFP

Rogue elephant dies in captivity after killing villagers

Nov 17, 2019 - 6:56 PM

Authorities say the cause of death remains unclear

Restive Kashmir marks 100 days since India stripped autonomy

Nov 13, 2019 - 12:05 PM

Journalists hold a silent demonstration against the internet ban, holding their laptops with open with blank screens or held placards with the words '100 days no internet' and 'stop humiliating Kashmir journalists'

BLOCKADE. Kashmiri journalists protest against internet blockade put up by India's government in Srinagar. Photo by Tauseef Mustafa/AFP

Cyclone death toll rises to 24 in Bangladesh, India

Nov 11, 2019 - 5:11 PM

Cyclone Bulbul, packing winds of up to 120 kilometers per hour when it hit late Saturday, killes 12 people in Bangladesh – 11 from falling trees – and 12 in India's West Bengal and Odisha states

CYCLONE BULBUL. A woman walks through a water logged house after cyclone Bulbul hit the area in Koyra, some 100 km from Khulna on November 10, 2019. Photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

Indian holy site prays for closure after court battle

Nov 10, 2019 - 8:01 PM

'It is finally over. Now there won't be any more security lockdowns or sleepless nights,' says a Hindu resident in Ayodhya

CELEBRATION. Local residents light candles and earthen lamps outside their home as they celebrate the Indian Supreme Court's verdict on the disputed religious site awarded to Hindus, in Ayodhya on November 9, 2019. Photo by Sanjay Kanojia/AFP

14 dead as Cyclone Bulbul smashes into India, Bangladesh coasts

Nov 10, 2019 - 3:26 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Some 2.1 million people across Bangladesh are relocated to cyclone shelters. In India, nearly 120,000 evacuees start to return home as the cyclone weakened.

STRONG WIND. A man cleans his shop after Cyclone Bulbul hit the area in Bakkhali on November 10, 2019. Photo by Dibyangshu Sarkar/AFP

Hundreds of Indian Sikhs make historic pilgrimage to Pakistan

Nov 09, 2019 - 11:04 PM

Pakistani leader Imran Khan hopes that the day will come when its relations with India 'will improve'

HOLY SITE. Sikh pilgrims visit the Shrine of Baba Guru Nanak Dev at Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur, near the Indian border, on November 9, 2019. Photo by AFP

Indian Supreme Court clears way for Hindu temple at disputed site

Nov 09, 2019 - 4:19 PM

'My appeal to the people of India is that our priority is to ensure the verdict strengthens the values of peace, equality and goodwill of our country,' says Prime Minister Narendra Modi

VERDICT. A man walks past a police road block fence with barbed wire on top in Ayodhya on November 9, 2019, ahead of a Supreme Court verdict on the religious site, contested for centuries by Hindus and Muslims, which in 1992 sparked some of the deadliest sectarian violence since independence. Photo by Sanjay Kanojja/AFP

India's top court orders halt to stubble burning as Delhi chokes

Nov 05, 2019 - 4:53 PM

India's Supreme Court says the capital's residents are 'losing precious years' of their lives, adding 'people are dying, this just cannot happen in a civilized country'

AIR POLLUTION. A volunteer from civil defense displays a placard after the local government ordered half of the city's private cars to be taken off the road based on an odd-even registration plate system to help reduce air pollution, in New Delhi on November 4, 2019. Photo by Money Sharma/AFP

Taj Mahal gets air purifier as Indian capital chokes

Nov 05, 2019 - 8:48 AM

'There is smoke everywhere and people, including youngsters, kids, elderly are finding it difficult to breathe,' says Delhi's chief minister in a Twitter video. 'Eyes are burning. Pollution is that bad.'

POLLUTION. Foreign tourists wearing face masks visit the Taj Mahal under heavy smog conditions, in Agra on November 4, 2019. Photo by Pawan Sharma/AFP