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India's acrimonious election comes to an end

May 19, 2019 - 2:50 PM

Polls close at 6 pm in the 7th and final round of voting, ending the world's biggest election with 900 million eligible voters

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi displays his ink-marked finger after casting his vote during the third phase of general elections at a polling station in Ahmedabad on April 23, 2019. - Prime Minister Narendra Modi was among tens of millions of people to cast ballots as India holds a 'Super Tuesday' of voting in its marathon election. (Photo by PUNIT PARANJPE / AFP)

'Cyber warriors' sway Indian election

May 16, 2019 - 4:26 PM

Archrivals Bharatiya Janata Party and opposition Congress party accuse each other of deploying social media dark arts such as automated bots and trolls to bombard voters with messages, fake and real

CYBER WARRIORS. This photo taken on April 5, 2019, shows Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) volunteers for the social media team working in the "war room" ahead of the national elections at the party headquarters in New Delhi. File photo by Prakash Singh/AFP

India and France hold biggest naval exercises – with one eye on China

May 11, 2019 - 10:32 AM

Without naming the Asian giant, India and France worry about China's growing economic clout and its territorial claims that have caused tensions in the South China Sea

EXERCISE. Technicians prepare to take out a French Rafale fighter jet from a hangar of the aircraft carrier "Charles de Gaulle" during a joint Indo-French naval exercise Varuna, in the Arabian sea, off Goa coast on May 9, 2019. Photo by Punit Paranjpe / AFP

Over 275 million personal records in India held for ransom

May 10, 2019 - 6:05 PM

A hacking group known as Unistellar wipes the content from the unsecured database and leaves a message where discussions could be held to get the data back

Security high in restive Kashmir as India votes again

May 06, 2019 - 7:17 PM

The world's biggest poll has been plagued by violence with militants throwing a grenade at a voting booth and shooting dead a local politician in south Kashmir

SECURITY. An Indian paramilitary trooper stands guard at an empty polling station during the fifth phase of India's general elections in Kashmir's Shopian district, south of Srinagar, on May 6, 2019. File photo by Tauseef Mustafa/AFP

Cyclone Fani death toll rises to 42 in India, Bangladesh

May 05, 2019 - 10:50 PM

Many of the fatalities are from eastern India's Odisha state

Local residents work to clear away debris next to broken palm trees in Puri on May 5, 2019, after Cyclone Fani swept through the area. - Cyclone Fani, one of the biggest to hit India in years, tore into Odisha on May 3, leaving a trail of devastation across the coastal state of 46 million people before swinging towards Bangladesh. (Photo by Dibyangshu SARKAR / AFP)

Major disaster averted as weakened Fani hits Bangladesh

May 04, 2019 - 8:08 PM

But the storm was still packing a punch, with winds of up to 70 km/hr and heavy rain battering the Indian state of West Bengal, its capital Kolkata, and the Sundarbans mangrove forest area overnight and on Saturday morning

CYCLONE FANI. People fix their damaged homes amid high waters in Khulna on May 4, 2019, as Cyclone Fani reached Bangladesh. Photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

At least 9 dead as monster cyclone enters Bangladesh

May 03, 2019 - 1:00 PM

(4th UPDATE) The monster weather system makes landfall at the holy city of Puri, with winds gusting at up to 200 kilometers per hour

CYCLONE FANI. Indian commuters navigate down a nearly deserted road in Puri in the eastern Indian state of Odisha early on May 3, 2019, as Cyclone Fani approaches the Indian coastline. Photo by Dibyangshu Sarkar/AFP

Mass evacuations as monster cyclone heads for India

May 02, 2019 - 2:12 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The Indian weather service says Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm Fani is expected to make landfall on Friday afternoon, May 3, in Odisha state

CYCLONE FANI. This May 1, 2019, satellite image obtained courtesy of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) shows Tropical Cyclone Fani intensifying in the Bay of Bengal. HAndout photo by NOAA/AFP

India braces for cyclone, puts navy on alert

May 01, 2019 - 11:48 PM

Authorities have ordered the evacuation of thousands of people from coastal districts likely to bear the brunt of the storm

FANI. Track map of Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm Fani of the 2019 North Indian Ocean cyclone season. Image from Wikimedia Commons

Indian Maoists kill 16 in fresh election violence

May 01, 2019 - 6:36 PM

(UPDATED) The attack, the deadliest carried out by the Maoists since 2017, happened in the densely forested Gadchiroli region of Maharashtra, deep in the Indian interior

GUARD. Indian paramilitary trooper guards at a polling station during the fourth phase of India's general elections on April 29, 2019. Photo by Tauseef Mustafa/AFP

3 selfie-crazy Indian teens crushed by train

May 01, 2019 - 2:20 PM

A fourth youth manages to jump to safety before the accident in Panipat city in the northern state of Haryana

India gov't asks Gandhi to respond to claims he is British

Apr 30, 2019 - 5:54 PM

The allegations against Rahul Gandhi bear similarities to efforts by the so-called 'birther' movement, once championed by Donald Trump

GANDHI. Indian National Congress party president Rahul Gandhi speaks during a political rally ahead of phase 3 of India's general election, at Bajipura village near Bardoli, some 300 kms from Ahmedabad on April 19, 2019. File photo by Sam Panthaky/AFP

Indian company Wipro acquires beauty products maker Splash

Apr 29, 2019 - 5:30 PM

Wipro says the acquisition of Splash Corporation will bring brands like Maxi-Peel and SkinWhite to countries in Southeast Asia, Middle East, and Africa

Modi casts vote on India's 'Super Tuesday'

Apr 23, 2019 - 5:54 PM

The 117 seats over 15 states being fought for on Tuesday, April 23, are the biggest number of any of the 7 stages of voting over 6 weeks

VOTE. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi displays his ink-marked finger after casting his vote during the third phase of general elections at a polling station in Ahmedabad on April 23, 2019. Photo by Punit Paranjpe/AFP

Probe shows Sri Lanka attacks 'retaliation for Christchurch' – government

Apr 23, 2019 - 5:28 PM

'The preliminary investigations have revealed that what happened in Sri Lanka was in retaliation for the attack against Muslims in Christchurch,' says state minister of defense Ruwan Wijewardene

MOURNING. A Sri Lankan mourner holds prayer beads during moments of silence in tribute to bomb blast victims in Colombo on April 23, 2019, two days after a string of suicide bomb attacks on churches and hotels. Photo by Lakruwan Wanniarachchi/AFP

India suspends Kashmir border trade with Pakistan

Apr 21, 2019 - 7:34 PM

The cross-border trade is based on a barter system, with traders exchanging goods including chillies, cumin, mango and dried fruit

India's top judge faces sexual harassment storm

Apr 20, 2019 - 6:40 PM

A former court assistant alleges that India's chief justice Ranjan Gogoi twice made sexual advances in the office of his official residence in October 2018

CHIEF JUSTICE. In this file photo, Chief Justice of India Justice Ranjan Gogoi (C) signs the oath in presence of India's President Ram Nath Kovind (not seen) during the swearing-in ceremony inside the Durbar Hall at the presidential palace in New Delhi on October 3, 2018. Photo by Chandan Khanna/AFP

Indian man amputates finger after voting for wrong party

Apr 19, 2019 - 6:49 PM

An Indian man says he became confused by the symbols on the electronic voting machine and voted for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's party instead of its regional rival in Uttar Pradesh state

Heavy security as India's mega vote enters second round

Apr 18, 2019 - 7:58 PM

More than 157 million of India's 900 million voters are eligible to cast ballots on the second of seven days of voting in the world's biggest election

MEGA ELECTION. An Indian voter (C) gestures before casting her vote at a polling station during the second phase of India's general election in Rayat village near Aligarh, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh on April 18, 2019. Photo by Money Sharma/AFP

India's debt-stricken Jet Airways suspends all operations

Apr 17, 2019 - 11:35 PM

The airline was once India's second-biggest by market share but is on the brink of collapse with debts of more than $1 billion

Jet Airways pilots threaten strike amid more flight cancellations

Apr 14, 2019 - 10:34 PM

More than 1,100 pilots, engineers and ground managers will decide soon whether to go on strike to demand salaries which have not been paid since January

Dalai Lama discharged from hospital

Apr 12, 2019 - 7:36 PM

'I received the necessary medical treatments and now feel kind of normal,' the 83-year-old tells reporters in a video posted on his official Twitter account

India goes on high security alert ahead of mega polls

Apr 10, 2019 - 6:29 PM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's right wing Bharatiya Janata Party is seeking a second term, defending a landslide win over the opposition Congress party in 2014

Rebels stage deadly pre-election attack on Indian political convoy

Apr 09, 2019 - 10:27 PM

(UPDATED) This strike, less than 48 hours before voting begins in India's national poll, delivers a jolt to security as authorities prepare to hold the biggest election in history

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Pakistan foreign minister claims India planning military aggression

Apr 07, 2019 - 5:40 PM

'We have reliable intelligence that India [plans] another aggression against Pakistan and according to our information this action can take place between April 16 and 20'

The 3 women hoping to upset India's Modi at the polls

Apr 06, 2019 - 1:43 PM

Here are the 3 women challenging India's alpha-male Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the 2019 polls

CHALLENGERS. Priyanka Gandhi Vadra (L), Kumari Mayawati (C), and Mamata Banerjee (R) are challenging Hindu Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the polls. Photos from their social media accounts

Children in South Asia hardest hit by air pollution – study

Apr 03, 2019 - 5:02 PM

The State of Global Air report says air pollution is the fifth leading cause of early death worldwide – responsible for more deaths than malaria, road accidents, malnutrition or alcohol

WhatsApp targets fake messages ahead of India mega-election

Apr 02, 2019 - 9:57 PM

WhatsApp launches a hotline that will allow Indians to flag rumors circulating ahead of the country's upcoming election

Netflix testing $4 mobile-only plan in India

Mar 27, 2019 - 7:34 PM

Netflix India's plans start at 500 rupees (or around $8) per month, while the new mobile-centric subscription plan is set at 250 rupees (or around $4)

NETFLIX. The logo of video streaming service Netflix. Image from the Netflix website

Modi declares India 'space superpower' as satellite downed by missile

Mar 27, 2019 - 4:10 PM

(UPDATED) 'I want to assure the world community that the new capability is not against anyone. This is to secure and India,' says Prime Minister Narendra Modi

MODI ON SPACE POWER. A man watches Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's address to the nation on a local news channel in New Delhi on March 27, 2019. Photo by Prakash Singh/AFP

A tale of two Delhis: Deadly air exposes rich poor divide

Mar 23, 2019 - 8:18 PM

Air pollution kills more than one million Indians every year, according to a study, and Delhi is ranked one of the most toxic urban centers to live

(FILES) In this file photo taken on March 6, 2018 Indian labourers eat at a roadside food stall in the old quarters of New Delhi. For the well-heeled in New Delhi, eating out means enjoying a gourmet spread amid sprawling green spaces but the poor must deal with dust and toxic fumes from vehicles zipping past rickety roadside food stalls in the world's most polluted major city.  CHANDAN KHANNA / AFP

3 rescued after 3 days under collapsed Indian building

Mar 22, 2019 - 4:56 PM

(UPDATED) Emergency workers are searching for 8 more people after the five-story building in southern Karnataka state caved in on Tuesday, March 19

BUILDING COLLAPSE. In this file photo taken on March 20, 2019 National Disaster Response Force personnel look at the body of a victim partially covered by rubble the day after an under-construction multi-storey building collapsed in Dharwad district of Karnataka. Photo by AFP

Netflix dramatizes notorious India gang-rape murder case

Mar 21, 2019 - 1:24 PM

The 7-part series will be released on the streaming platform on March 22

'DELHI CRIME.' In the upcoming series, Shefali Shah plays an officer investigating the rape and murder of a young woman in Delhi. Screenshot from

10 arrested in India for playing 'PUBG' mobile game

Mar 14, 2019 - 5:34 PM

Gujarat is the only Indian state to ban the game – which has been downloaded more than 100 million times around the world

'Key conspirator' of Kashmir attack shot dead – Indian police

Mar 11, 2019 - 9:41 PM

Authorities describe Mudasir Ahmed Khan as a top commander with Jaish-e-Mohammad, the militant group behind the deadly February 14 bombing in Indian-administered Kashmir

TRIBUTE. Indian school students light candles as they pay tribute to the Central Reserve Police Force personnel killed on February 14, during an attack on a CRPF convoy in the Lethpora area of Kashmir, in Amritsar on February 15, 2019. File photo by Narinder Nanu/AFP

Jobless millions to haunt India election

Mar 11, 2019 - 4:21 PM

The Indian government's failure to create enough jobs is a key issue for voters in the polls

Fired-up Modi guns for new term in India's mega-election

Mar 10, 2019 - 8:48 PM

The Bharatiya Janata Party is banking on Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's charisma, sharp tongue, and an array of emotive issues

1 killed, 17 injured in grenade attack in Indian Kashmir

Mar 07, 2019 - 4:20 PM

(UPDATED) The blast in the city of Jammu comes amid heightened India-Pakistan tensions after 40 Indian troops were killed on February 14 in the part of Kashmir that New Delhi controls

GRENADE BLAST. Indian police inspect the site of a grenade blast at a bus station in Jammu on March 7, 2019. Photo by Rakesh Bakshi/AFP

India rape victim strikes back, kills attacker

Mar 07, 2019 - 9:08 AM

India has a grim record of sexual violence, as highlighted by the gang rape and murder of a woman on a Delhi bus in 2012

India dominates 2018 list of world's most polluted cities

Mar 07, 2019 - 7:13 AM

Air pollution is estimated to contribute to 7 million premature deaths every year and is considered by the United Nations to be the single biggest environmental health risk

Indian schoolchildren cover their faces as they walk to school amid heavy smog in New Delhi on November 8, 2017. Delhi shut all primary schools on November 8 as pollution levels hit nearly 30 times the World Health Organization safe level, prompting doctors in the Indian capital to warn of a public health emergency. Dense grey smog shrouded the roads of the world's most polluted capital, where many pedestrians and bikers wore masks or covered their mouths with handkerchiefs and scarves.  / AFP PHOTO / SAJJAD HUSSAIN

Pakistan navy says it stopped Indian sub from entering its waters

Mar 05, 2019 - 11:43 PM

The development comes days after a rare aerial dogfight between India and Pakistan over the disputed territory of Kashmir ignited fears of an all-out conflict, with world powers rushing to urge restraint

TENSION. A Pakistani journalist watches a video released by Pakistan's Navy that allegedly shows an Indian submarine, on a smartphone in Islamabad on March 5, 2019. Photo by Aamir Qureshi AFP

U.S. to end preferential trade status for India, Turkey

Mar 05, 2019 - 12:22 PM

President Donald Trump has made an overhaul of global trade and the slashing of American trade deficits a central plank of his presidency

Pakistan airspace fully reopened, says aviation authority

Mar 04, 2019 - 5:47 PM

'All airports across Pakistan are operational and airspace reopened,' says a spokeswoman for the Civil Aviation Authority

REOPENED. Pakistani passengers gather outside the Jinnah International Airport as they wait for flight operations to resume in Karachi on March 1, 2019. File photo by Asif Hassan/AFP

Pakistanis sign petition seeking Nobel Peace Prize for Imran Khan

Mar 02, 2019 - 10:54 PM

The hashtag #NobelPeaceForImranKhan began trending on Twitter after Khan unexpectedly announced that the captured pilot would be released as a 'peace gesture'

IMRAN KHAN. Pakistan's cricketer-turned politician Imran Khan of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf is hailed after freeing an Indian pilot amid tensions between Pakistan and India. Photo by Aamir Oureshi/AFP

Anger over 'forced' video of Indian pilot amid new Kashmir deaths

Mar 02, 2019 - 9:16 PM

Indian Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman becomes the centrepiece of hostilities between India and Pakistan after a February 14 suicide bombing in Kashmir killed 40 Indian paramilitaries

TENSIONS RISE. Indian paramilitary officers salute during the wreath laying ceremony of two slain paramilitary troopers at the Central Reserve Police Force headquarters in Srinagar on March 2, 2019, following a gunfight at Babagund village of Handwara in Kashmir's Kupwara district. Photo by Tauseef Mustafa/AFP

Pakistan returns Indian pilot in 'peace gesture'

Mar 02, 2019 - 10:31 AM

The Indian pilot shot down by a Pakistani aircraft is returned as a 'peace gesture'

ABHINANDAN VARTHAMAN. The Indian pilot is returned to his home country as a 'peace gesture' by Pakistan. This handout photograph released by Pakistan's Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) on February 27, 2019, shows the captured Indian pilot in the custody of Pakistani forces in an undisclosed location. AFP PHOTO / INTER SERVICES PUBLIC RELATIONS

Thousands gather at border to welcome back Indian pilot

Mar 01, 2019 - 4:56 PM

Abhinandan Varthaman from Chennai emerges as the face of the latest standoff, which has seen the nuclear-armed rivals exchange rare aerial raids

Pakistan says will free Indian pilot as 'peace gesture'

Feb 28, 2019 - 8:12 PM

The pilot, Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, has become the face of the crisis since he was shot down in a rare aerial engagement between the South Asian neighbors over the disputed region of Kashmir

'PEACE GESTURE.' This handout photograph released by Pakistan's Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) on February 27, 2019, shows captured Indian pilot looking on as holding a cup of tea in the custody of Pakistani forces in an undisclosed location. AFP PHOTO / INTER SERVICES PUBLIC RELATIONS

Thousands stranded in Thailand after Pakistan closes airspace

Feb 28, 2019 - 2:29 PM

The disruption follows a snowballing crisis between nuclear-armed neighbors Pakistan and India, which has raised fears of an all-out war

STRANDED IN THAILAND. Stranded passengers wait at the check-in area at the Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok on February 28, 2019. Photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP