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Cyclone heading for western India strengthens

Jun 13, 2019 - 1:05 PM

Vayu is classified as a very severe cyclonic storm and India officials are scrambling to evacuate close to 300,000 people living in coastal areas

PREPARING. Indian fishermen push a fishing boat out of the sea as a part of precautionary measures as Cyclone Vayu nears the Gujarat coastline at Veraval Port, on June 12, 2019. Sam Panthaky/AFP

India unveils spacecraft for moon-landing mission

Jun 12, 2019 - 11:06 PM

The mission is India's second to the moon, and if successful, it would put the nation in the league of the US, the former Soviet Union, and China

SECOND MISSION. Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) scientists work on the orbiter vehicle of 'Chandrayaan-2', India's first moon lander and rover mission planned and developed by the ISRO, in Bangalore on June 12, 2019. Photo by Manjunath Kiran/AFP

Indian town on edge after murder of 2-year-old

Jun 11, 2019 - 4:35 PM

The Hindu girl is killed over an unpaid loan of $144. Police say the child was thrashed, strangled, and her eyes gouged out.

Indian toddler dies after 110 hours down well

Jun 11, 2019 - 1:57 PM

The case of Fatehveer Singh captured national attention after he fell into the 33-meter (110 feet) deep well in the Punjab state district of Sangrur while playing on Thursday, June 6

FAILED RESCUE. In this photo taken on June 10, 2019, an Indian rescue team launches an operation to recover the body of Fatehveer Singh who fell in a 33-meter (110-feet) deep well on June 6. Photo by AFP

6 convicted over notorious Indian gang rape

Jun 10, 2019 - 3:45 PM

They face the death penalty with a minimum of life imprisonment. A seventh man is acquitted while an eighth person, who was underage, faces a separate trial.

CONVICTIONS. Media gather around a Punjab Police vehicle carrying the seven accused for the rape and murder of an 8-year-old nomadic girl in Kathua in Jammu and Kashmir, as verdict is expected to be delivered at the district court in Pathankot on June 10, 2019. Photo by Narinder Nanu/AFP

India's Modi makes unscheduled stop at bombed Sri Lanka church

Jun 09, 2019 - 8:55 PM

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi makes a detour to St Anthony's shrine on the way to President Maithripala Sirisena's office

India aborts mission to recover climbers' bodies on Nanda Devi

Jun 05, 2019 - 11:21 PM

An Air Force helicopter is hindered by turbulent winds, the risk of further avalanches, the bowl-shaped terrain, the high altitude, and the fact that there is only one possible approach route to the site

AERIAL VIEW. In this handout photo released by the Indo-Tibetan Border Police on June 3, 2019, rescued mountaineers look at a an aerial picture along with rescue personnel upon arriving to a Indo-Tibetan Border Police camp in Pithoragarh after being rescued following an avalanche while climbing the Nanda Devi in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand in India. AFP PHOTO / Indo-Tibetan Border Police

Climbers who died on Indian peak took path without permission

Jun 05, 2019 - 12:22 AM

'This mountain range is more difficult to scale than Mount Everest. They knowingly risked their lives after changing their plans without informing the authorities,' says an official involved in the operation

RESCUED. In this handout photo released by the Indo-Tibetan Border Police on June 3, 2019, rescued mountaineer Zachary Quain (R) and Mark Thomas (2R) arrive with rescue personnel to Indo-Tibetan Border Police camp in Pithoragarh after being rescued following an avalanche while climbing the Nanda Devi in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand in India. AFP PHOTO / Indo-Tibetan Border Police

India's trash mountain to rise higher than Taj Mahal

Jun 04, 2019 - 2:54 PM

(UPDATED) Ghazipur landfill rises by nearly 10 meters a year with no end in sight to its foul-smelling growth. According to East Delhi's superintendent engineer Arun Kumar, it is already more than 65 meters (213 feet) high.

TRASH MOUNTAIN. In this picture taken on June 3, 2019, Indian residents walk along a road near the Ghazipur landfill site in the east of New Delhi. Photo by Prakash Singh/AFP

Bodies spotted in search for missing climbers in India

Jun 03, 2019 - 10:59 PM

The search operation involving the helicopters and dozens of mountain rescuers has been hampered by poor weather and the remoteness of the area

RESCUED. In this handout photo released by the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) on June 3, 2019, rescued mountaineers (L-R) Zachary Quai, Ian Wade, Kate Armstrone and Mark Thomas speak with an ITBP personnel upon arriving to the ITBP camp in Pithoragarh after being rescued following an avalanche while climbing the Nanda Devi in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand in India. AFP PHOTO / Indo-Tibetan Border Police

4 rescued, 8 still missing on avalanche-hit Indian peak

Jun 02, 2019 - 7:53 PM

The 8 missing climbers are said to have scaled an unclimbed summit in the mountain range

India bakes as mercury nears 50 Celsius

Jun 01, 2019 - 9:05 PM

Several cities report fears of water shortages as lakes and rivers start to dry up

HEATWAVE. In this file photo taken on May 29, 2019, Indian residents fetch drinking water from a well in the outskirts of Chennai. Photo by Arun Sankar/AFP

U.S. cuts off India preferential trade access

Jun 01, 2019 - 5:17 PM

The United States had a $26.7 billion trade deficit with India from 2017 to 2018

NO MORE PREFERENCE. President Donald Trump ends a key trade program with India. Trump file photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP. Modi photo from Narendra Modi's official Flickr account, via Wikimedia Commons.

India PM Modi makes major cabinet changes for new term

May 31, 2019 - 10:04 PM

Facing major challenges with the economy, job creation, and a farm debt crisis, Narendra Modi replaces around 3 dozen ministers and deputies from the last administration, bringing in many new lawmakers

NEW CABINET. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (R) waves as he arrives to attend a meeting with his newly-named cabinet in New Delhi on May 31, 2019. Photo by Money Sharma/AFP

India's Modi sworn in ahead of unveiling new government

May 30, 2019 - 11:27 PM

The Prime Minister walks up to take his oath of office to a standing ovation, with supporters in the crowd chanting 'Modi, Modi'

SECOND TERM. Indian designated Prime Minister Narendra Modi pays tribute at Rajghat, the memorial for Mahatama Gandhi, in New Delhi on May 30, 2019. Photo by Money Sharma/AFP

Election violence continues in India's Bengal

May 26, 2019 - 9:45 PM

Authorities call on armed paramilitary forces to bring the situation under control

Indian Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) supporters shout slogans as they celebrate on the vote results day for India's general election in New Delhi on May 23, 2019. - Prime Minister Narendra Modi looked on course on May 23 for a major victory in India's election, with early trends from the election commission showing a clear lead for his party. (Photo by SAJJAD HUSSAIN / AFP)

Top militant linked to Al-Qaeda killed in Indian Kashmir

May 24, 2019 - 3:54 PM

As the news of Zakir Musa's death spread on Thursday night, hundreds of protestors spill out on the streets and clash with government forces in many areas, including in the main city of Srinagar

ZAKIR MUSA. Kashmiri villagers carry a body of top militant commander Zakir Musa of Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind group during a funeral procession at Dadsar village in Tral, south of Srinagar, on May 24, 2019. Photo by Tauseef Mustafa/AFP

India's Modi and Pakistan PM highlight need for 'peace,' after vote

May 24, 2019 - 1:00 PM

The messages come just hours after Pakistan said it had tested a surface-to-surface ballistic missile capable of carrying conventional and nuclear warheads

NARENDRA MODI. India Prime Minister Narendra Modi (C) next to Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) president Amit Shah (L) and Minister of Home Affairs of India Rajnath Singh at the party headquarters in New Delhi on May 23, 2019. Photo by Prakash Singh/AFP

India's Gandhi concedes personal defeat in family bastion

May 23, 2019 - 9:51 PM

India's main opposition Congress party has held Amethi in Uttar Pradesh state since 1967 except for one 3-year stint in 1977-80 and a separate one-year period in 1998-99

GANDHI CONCEDES. Indian National Congress Party president Rahul Gandhi looks on during a press conference, in New Delhi on May 23, 2019. Photo by Sajjad Hussain/AFP

Modi vows 'inclusive' India after landslide election win

May 23, 2019 - 6:09 PM

(UPDATED) Although final results are yet to be published, a rolling vote count by the election commission shows the Bharatiya Janata Party has ncreased its majority with 302 out of 543 elected lower house seats

MODI SUPPORTERS. Indian supporters and party workers of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) wear masks of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and flash victory signs as they celebrate on the vote results day for India's general election in Bangalore on May 23, 2019. Photo by Manjunath Kiran/AFP

India's Modi heads for reelection, early trends show

May 23, 2019 - 1:43 PM

After two and a half hours of counting, figures from the Election Commission show Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the lead in 283 seats out of 542 with the rival Congress on just 51.

MODI SUPPORTERS. Indian Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) supporters shout slogans as they celebrate on the vote results day for India's general election in New Delhi on May 23, 2019. Photo by Sajjad Hussain/AFP

Opposition leader Gandhi says gloomy Indian exit polls 'fake'

May 22, 2019 - 11:46 PM

'My dear Congress party workers. The next 24 hours are important. Stay alert and vigilant. Don't be afraid. You are fighting for the truth,' says Rahul Gandhi, head of the Congress party

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

India's opposition parties allege vote machine fraud

May 21, 2019 - 9:34 PM

The concern of opposition leaders stems from video clips on social media purportedly showing attempts to replace the machines in strongrooms ahead of counting in some places

ELECTIONS. In this file photo, An Indian poll official applies a label to an Electronic Voting Machine before transporting it to a polling station ahead of the Phase VI of India's general election in Agartala, the capital of northeastern state of Tripura, on May 11, 2019. File photo by Arindam Dey/AFP

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