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LOOK: Indian President Ram Nath Kovind unveils Mahatma Gandhi bust in Miriam College

Oct 20, 2019 - 3:26 PM

The Gandhi bust is a gift by the Indian government, marking the 150th birth anniversary of the revered political icon

PH, India sign maritime security deal during Kovind visit

Oct 18, 2019 - 7:08 PM

As President Rodrigo Duterte hosts Indian leader Ram Nath Kovind, the Philippine Coast Guard and Indian Navy sign a memorandum of understanding on sharing information about the movement of non-military commercial vessels

President Ram Nath Kovind of India is accompanied by Manila Mayor Isko Moreno during wreath laying ceremony in Rizal monument, Manila on October 18, 2019. Phoo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Indian President Kovind arrives in Manila

Oct 17, 2019 - 5:59 PM

President Ram Nath Kovind will meet with President Rodrigo Duterte in Malacañang, address Filipino and Indian businessmen, and unveil a bust of Mahatma Gandhi during his visit

STATE GUEST. Indian President Ram Nath Kovind and First Lady Savita Kovind arrive at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on October 17, 2019. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Modi, Xi bid to bury India and China's differences

Oct 12, 2019 - 8:16 PM

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping affirm that 'both sides will prudently manage their differences and not allow differences on any issue to become disputes'

India eases mobile phone shutdown in Kashmir

Oct 12, 2019 - 5:31 PM

Government spokesperson Rohit Kansal says the decision comes after a security review was done

A man walks past security personnel guarding a street during a lockdown in Srinagar on August 11, 2019, after the Indian government stripped Jammu and Kashmir of its autonomy. (Photo by Sajjad HUSSAIN / AFP)

Indian president to visit Philippines October 17-21

Oct 11, 2019 - 10:21 PM

The state visit comes as the Philippines and India commemorate the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries

STATE VISIT. In this file photo, Indian President Ram Nath Kovind delivers a speech at the Muensterplatz in Bern during his state visit to Switzerland, on September 13, 2019 at the Muensterplatz in Bern, Switzerland. Photo by Peter Schneider/Pool/AFP

India-China summit confirmed, with just 2 days to go

Oct 09, 2019 - 3:41 PM

Narendra Modi and Xi Jinping are set to have an 'informal summit' this week, with confirmation occurring at short notice

INDIA-CHINA RELATIONS. This handout photo taken on July 26, 2018 and released by India's Press Information Bureau (PIB) shows Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi shaking hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) at the 10th BRICS summit in Johannesburg. File photo by PIB/AFP

India-Pakistan nuclear war could kill 100 million

Oct 03, 2019 - 12:53 PM

The scenario modeled by researchers envisages more than 100 million immediate deaths and global mass starvation should a nuclear war occur between India and Pakistan

THE THREAT OF NUKES. This handout photograph released by Pakistan's Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) on December 15, 2015, a Shaheen 1A surface-to-surface ballistic missile launches from an undisclosed location in Pakistan. File photo by ISPR/AFP

Deaths from heavy monsoon rise to nearly 140 in eastern India

Oct 01, 2019 - 4:12 PM

Although the rains have stopped, large portions of the city of Patna remain submerged, with schools and shops shut

WATERLOGGED. A view of a waterlogged ward of the Nalanda Medical College and Hospital is seen following heavy rains in Patna in the Indian state of Bihar on September 30, 2019. Photo by Sachin Kumar/AFP

The Muslim looking after a Hindu shrine in India

Oct 01, 2019 - 3:10 PM

Motibar Rahman, a Muslim, says his family has been the caretaker of this Hindu shrine in Assam state for the past 500 years. He says it was Lord Shiva himself who appointed their family.

This photo taken September 21, 2019, shows Muslim caretaker Motibar Rahman, 73, standing by a shrine to the Hindu deity Shiva in Rangmahal village on the outskirts of Guwahati, the capital city of India’s northeastern state of Assam. Even in the tipsy-turvy world of Indian religion, Motibar Rahman stands out as a Muslim looking after a Hindu shrine -- as his family has done for centuries on the orders of Lord Shiva himself.  Biju BORO / AFP

At least 44 killed in north India floods

Sep 28, 2019 - 3:03 PM

Officials and local media reports say most people lost their lives for a variety of reasons including wall collapses, drowning, lightning and snake bites

Trafficked to extinction: India, Nepal, Hong Kong

Sep 27, 2019 - 8:00 PM

Reporters from India, Nepal, and Hong Kong investigate the pangolin trade in their countries

A rescued pangolin at the Centre for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation near Kaziranga National Park in Assam, India. © Dauharu Baro / Wildlife Trust of India / International Fund for Animal Welfare

Trump, Modi vow relentless fight on extremists in mass rally

Sep 23, 2019 - 2:47 PM

The two leaders heap praise on each other in an unusual joint appearance inside a football stadium in Houston

TRUMP AND MODI. US President Donald Trump listens to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Community Summit on September 22, 2019 at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. Photo by Thomas B. Shea/AFP

Trump to join Indian-American extravaganza in Modi bromance

Sep 22, 2019 - 12:13 PM

A Kashmiri-American group plans to protest outside of Houston's NRG Stadium against Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi

MODI AND TRUMP. India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi (L) attends a meeting with US President Donald Trump during the G20 Osaka Summit in Osaka on June 28, 2019. File photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Pakistan slams India over Kashmir remarks

Sep 18, 2019 - 3:15 PM

India and Pakistan are locked in an escalating war of words since New Delhi stripped Indian-administered Kashmir of its autonomy last month, imposing a security lockdown on the area

U2 announces first ever India concert

Sep 18, 2019 - 2:47 PM

The Irish rock band are taking their Joshua Tree Tour all over Asia

U2. The Irish rock band is bringing their Joshua Tree tour to Asia. Photo from Facebook.com/u2

Indian rescuers search for 39 missing after boat accident

Sep 16, 2019 - 1:26 PM

Almost 300 personnel using boats and a helicopter are engaged in the search operation, including the Indian Navy and the National Disaster Response Force

BOAT ACCIDENT. Relatives mourn the victims who died or disappeared in a boat accident at the Godavari river near Rajahmundry in Andhra Pradesh state, at Kadipikonda village in Warangal district of Telengana state on September 15, 2019. Photo by AFP

12 dead, dozens missing in India boat accident

Sep 15, 2019 - 9:46 PM

Authorities say the Royal Vashishta vessel was carrying 63 people, most of them tourists, to a picnic spot near Rajahmundry in Andhra Pradesh state in southeast India at the time of the accident

Pakistan's Khan calls Modi 'cowardly', vows to raise Kashmir at U.N.

Sep 13, 2019 - 11:30 PM

Prime Minister Imran Khan insists that Pakistan does not want to go to war with India again – but says Islamabad will respond to any hostility

ON KASHMIR. Pakistani Kashmiri shout slogans as they listen to Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan during a rally in Muzaffarabad on September 13, 2019. Photo by Aamir Qureshi/AFP

Ravish Kumar: Fighting for India's free press

Sep 13, 2019 - 6:00 PM

Indian journalist Ravish Kumar speaks to Rappler about receiving death threats, journalism, and giving voice to the voiceless

2019 Ramon Magsaysay awardee Ravish Kumar. September 5, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Amazon bets big on India with mega-office

Sep 11, 2019 - 10:30 PM

Amazon's new Indian headquarters in Hyderabad is its biggest building worldwide

(FILES) In this file photo taken on August 21, 2019 Indian police stand guard at the entrance of Amazon's newly inaugurated largest campus building in Hyderabad. - With 49 elevators moving a floor per second and zumba classes for its more than 15,000 employees, Amazon's new Indian headquarters, its biggest building globally, matches its ambitions in a vast but challenging market. (Photo by NOAH SEELAM / AFP)

Pakistan calls for U.N. probe of India actions in Kashmir

Sep 10, 2019 - 8:53 PM

'For the last 6 weeks, India has transformed Occupied Jammu and Kashmir into the largest prison on this planet,' says Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi

UN PROBE? Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi leaves after addressing the United Nations Human Rights Council on September 10, 2019 in Geneva. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

India tightens Kashmir lockdown over Muslim processions

Sep 08, 2019 - 10:16 PM

Police officers drive around the city, announcing through loudhailers that 'residents are informed not to venture out of their homes'

India says lifting of Kashmir restrictions 'depends on Pakistan'

Sep 07, 2019 - 7:50 PM

Mobile phone networks and internet remain cut off in Indian Kashmir after nearly a month of the region's special autonomy being stripped

DEPENDS ON PAKISTAN. People wave national Pakistan flags and the flags of Pakistan-controlled Kashmir on the arrival of Prime Minister Imran Khan before his address the nation outside the Prime Minister Secretariat building in Islamabad on August 30, 2019. Photo by Aamir Qureshi/AFP

India loses contact with spacecraft trying to land on Moon

Sep 07, 2019 - 9:59 AM

(UPDATED) The mood at mission control in Bangalore deteriorates as it becomes clear not everything was going according to plan

LOSING CONTACT. Reporters cover developments as India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi is seen on a TV screen as he watches the live broadcast of the soft landing of spacecraft Vikram Lander of Chandrayaan-2 on the surface of the Moon at ISRO Telemetry on September 7, 2019. Photo by Manjunath Kiran/AFP

Pakistan grants India access to alleged spy on death row

Sep 02, 2019 - 2:16 PM

The decision comes weeks after the International Court of Justice in July ordered Islamabad to provide the prisoner with consular access but rejected India's demand that Jadhav be freed

ALLEGED SPY. An Indian resident walks past placards with the picture of Kulbhushan Jadhav, an Indian national convicted of spying in Pakistan, in the neighborhood where he grew up, in Mumbai on July 17, 2019. File photo by Indranil Mukherjee/AFP

Air India to stop using single-use plastic on flights

Sep 01, 2019 - 7:09 PM

Meanwhile, the government is expected to launch a national campaign in mid-September through 3 phases – an awareness drive, the collection of single-use plastics, and its recycling

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2 million face statelessness as India publishes citizenship list

Aug 31, 2019 - 2:33 PM

(UPDATED) Only those who can demonstrate that they or their forebears were in India before 1971 could be included in the list

CITIZENSHIP PROTEST. Indian demonstrators hold placards during a protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016 proposal to provide citizenship or stay rights to minorities from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan in India, in Guwahati on May 7, 2018. Photo by Biju BORO/AFP

Pakistan PM Khan leads nationwide protests over Kashmir

Aug 30, 2019 - 6:47 PM

Prime Minister Imran Khan addresses the nation and vows to continue fighting for Kashmir until the disputed Himalayan territory is 'liberated'

PROTEST. People wave national Pakistan flags and the flags of Pakistan-controlled Kashmir on the arrival of Prime Minister Imran Khan before his address to the nation outside the Prime Minister Secretariat building in Islamabad on August 30, 2019. Photo by Aamir Qureshi/AFP

Pakistan PM Khan calls for nationwide protests over Kashmir

Aug 29, 2019 - 9:45 PM

India reacts angrily to Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan's call for nationwide action

NATIONWIDE ACTION. In this file photo, Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan addresses the legislative assembly in Muzaffarabad, the capital of Pakistan-controlled Kashmir on August 14, 2019 to mark the country's Independence Day. File photo by Aamir Qureshi/AFP

500 protests, hundreds injured in Kashmir lockdown

Aug 28, 2019 - 5:55 PM

Nearly 100 civilians have been injured so far, with a further 300 police and more than 100 paramilitary troopers hurt, a senior government source says

PROTEST. Pakistani Kashmiri students march during an anti-India protest rally in Muzaffarabad, the capital of Pakistan-controlled Kashmir, on August 27, 2019. Photo by Sajjad Qayyum/AFP

India defends blocking politicians from visiting Kashmir

Aug 25, 2019 - 10:39 PM

Authorities say the move to block opposition Indian politicians was to 'avoid controversy'

In this picture taken on August 9, 2019 security personnel stand guard on a street in Srinagar as widespread restrictions on movement and a telecommunications blackout remained in place after the Indian government stripped Jammu and Kashmir of its autonomy.  Sajjad HUSSAIN / AFP

India's Moon probe enters lunar orbit

Aug 20, 2019 - 4:21 PM

After 4 weeks in space, the craft completes its Lunar Orbit Insertion as planned, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) says

MOON PROBE. The Indian Space Research Organization's  Chandrayaan-2, with on board the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV-mark III-M1), launches at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, an island off the coast of southern Andhra Pradesh state, on July 22, 2019. Photo by Arun Sankar/AFP

Empty classrooms as some schools reopen in Indian Kashmir

Aug 19, 2019 - 11:50 PM

Authorities say they are reopening 190 primary schools in the city yet few children could be seen at half a dozen places visited by Agence France-Presse

CLOSED. School buses are seen parked in the campus of a closed school in Srinagar on August 19, 2019. Photo by Punit Paranjpe/AFP

4,000 detained in Kashmir since autonomy stripped – gov't sources

Aug 18, 2019 - 8:21 PM

A magistrate says most of the detained were flown out of Kashmir because prisons have run out of capacity already

In this picture taken on August 9, 2019 security personnel stand guard on a street in Srinagar as widespread restrictions on movement and a telecommunications blackout remained in place after the Indian government stripped Jammu and Kashmir of its autonomy.  Sajjad HUSSAIN / AFP

Clashes in Indian Kashmir as U.N. begins landmark meeting

Aug 16, 2019 - 11:50 PM

Police fire tear gas and pellet-firing shotguns to disperse residents who tried to march down the main road in the main city of Srinagar after Friday prayers

TENSION. Protesters shout slogans at a rally against the Indian government's move to strip Jammu and Kashmir of its autonomy and impose a communications blackout, in Srinagar on August 16, 2019. Photo by STR/AFP

India says some Kashmir restrictions eased

Aug 16, 2019 - 7:24 PM

'You need to understand that restrictions and relaxations are area-wise. You can't generalize them,' says senior police officer Munir Khan

RESTRICTIONS. Security personnel stand guard on a deserted road during a lockdown in Srinagar on August 15, 2019, as India celebrates its 73rd Independence Day. Photo by Sajjad Hussain/AFP

BBC expands shortwave radio news coverage in Kashmir

Aug 16, 2019 - 9:23 AM

A BBC statement says, 'given the shutdown of digital services and phone lines in the region, it's right for us to try and increase the provision of news on our short wave radio services'

BBC Scotland building, Pacific Quay, Glasgow, Scotland, UK; November 4th 2017: Glasgow headquarters building of the British Broadcasting Corporation at Pacific Quay.

5 killed in India-Pakistan border clashes

Aug 16, 2019 - 8:09 AM

Skirmishes are frequent across the so-called Line of Control, but the latest deaths comes after Pakistan warns it was ready to meet any Indian aggression over Kashmir

Indian Border Security Force personnel (wearing brown) and Pakistani Rangers (wearing black) take part in the Beating Retreat ceremony at the India Pakistan Wagah border post some 35 kms from Amritsar, on August 15, 2019. Pakistan observes a 'Black Day' on India's Independence Day over the recent removal of Indian-administered Kashmir's autonomy. The Indian Prime Minister hailed on August 15 his 'path-breaking' move to strip Kashmir of its special status, as his Pakistani counterpart warned of possible 'ethnic cleansing'. NARINDER NANU / AFP

India's Modi hails 'path-breaking' Kashmir move

Aug 15, 2019 - 7:43 PM

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi says 'fresh thinking' was needed after 7 decades of failure to ensure harmony in the former Himalayan kingdom, where tens of thousands have died in the past 30 years

MODI. 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

Pakistan vows to respond to any Indian aggression in Kashmir

Aug 14, 2019 - 9:06 PM

'We have decided that if India commits any type of violation we will fight till the end,' says Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan

PAKISTAN RESPONSE. Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan addresses the legislative assembly in Muzaffarabad, the capital of Pakistan-controlled Kashmir on August 14, 2019 to mark the country's Independence Day. Photo by Aamir Qureshi/AFP

Fresh flood alert in southern India as monsoon death toll hits 244

Aug 14, 2019 - 2:47 PM

(UPDATED) Authorities warn Kerala locals of heavy to extremely heavy rainfall over the next 24-48 hours in some of the worst affected regions of the state popular with tourists

HEAVY RAIN. In this photo taken on August 12, 2019, palm trees are pictured in floodwaters of the Cauvery River, following heavy monsoon rains in Siddapur town in the southern state of Karnataka. Photo by AFP

India says easing Kashmir restrictions 'in phased manner'

Aug 14, 2019 - 9:16 AM

Normal communication in the more peaceful Jammu division of the region "has been restored after assessment by relevant local authorities", an Indian home ministry spokesperson says

Participants walk together following a full dress rehearsal of the Indian Independence Day celebrations in Jammu on August 13, 2019, as the country prepares to celebrate its 73rd anniversary of independence from British rule on August 15.  Rakesh BAKSHI / AFP

1 million moved into camps, 184 dead in India monsoon floods

Aug 12, 2019 - 7:19 PM

The southern state of Kerala has been the worst hit region for the second consecutive year

EVACUATION. Residents are being evacuated from their home to a safer place following floods warnings, on a wooden boat at Kadamakkudi near Kochi in the Indian state of Kerala on August 10, 2019. File photo by STR/AFP

India imposes Kashmir clampdown to head off Eid protests

Aug 12, 2019 - 9:52 AM

(UPDATED) The Himalayan region's biggest mosque, the Jama Masjid, is ordered shut and people are only allowed to pray in smaller local mosques so that no big crowds could gather, witnesses say

KASHMIR. A man walks past security personnel guarding a street during a lockdown in Srinagar on August 11, 2019, after the Indian government stripped Jammu and Kashmir of its autonomy. Photo by Sajjad Hussain/AFP

India flood toll jumps to 144 as roads, highways cut off

Aug 11, 2019 - 8:43 PM

Authorities say bad weather and damaged infrastructure are affecting rescue and relief work

Pakistan PM says world inaction on Kashmir like appeasing Hitler

Aug 11, 2019 - 8:02 PM

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan says the Kashmir issue will lead to 'the suppression of Muslims in India and eventually lead to targeting of Pakistan'

Activists of the 'Youth Forum for Kashmir' group shout slogans as they burn a picture of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Indian flag during a protest in Lahore on August 7, 2019. - Pakistan announced on August 7 that it is expelling the Indian High Commissioner and suspending bilateral trade with its nuclear-armed neighbour, days after New Delhi stripped the disputed Kashmir region of its special autonomy. (Photo by ARIF ALI / AFP)

Call waiting: Kashmiris queue for two-minute phone access

Aug 11, 2019 - 3:52 PM

Under the watchful eye of Indian paramilitaries, the calls and conversations are tightly controlled, and simmering frustrations often boil over

LOCKDOWN. In this picture taken on August 9, 2019, security personnel stand guard on a street in Srinagar as widespread restrictions on movement and a telecommunications blackout remained in place after the Indian government stripped Jammu and Kashmir of its autonomy. Photo by Sajjad Hussain/AFP

Kashmir capital readies for Eid after protest broken up

Aug 10, 2019 - 7:45 PM

Huge numbers of troops remain in Indian-administered Kashmir's main city as people prepare for Eid al-Adha

LAST THAR EXPRESS TRAIN. In this photo taken late on August 9, 2019, police personnel check luggages of travelers of the Thar express at Bhagat ki Kothi railway station in Jodhpur. Photo by Sunil Verma/AFP

Donkey diva: Singing beast of burden becomes Indian sensation

Aug 10, 2019 - 4:39 PM

Emily, a donkey living at an animal shelter in the Indian city of Pune, is an internet sensation with a clip of her 'singing' going viral

In this photograph taken on July 24, 2019 rescued female donkey Emily is fed by RESQ Charitable Trust head Jessica Roberts at the RESQ animal rescue and rehabilitation centre in Pune. An unorthodox Indian music star has won hearts online with her big teeth, lustrous white coat, four legs and melodic braying at mealtime. Emily, a donkey living at an animal shelter in the Indian city of Pune, became an internet sensation last year after a clip of her "singing" went viral.  Indranil MUKHERJEE / AFP