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India extends world's biggest virus lockdown to May 3

Apr 14, 2020 - 1:46 PM

'From the economic angle, we have paid a big price,' Prime Minister Narendra Modi says in a nationwide address. 'But the lives of the people of India are far more valuable.'

MODI ON THE LOCKDOWN. Residents wearing face masks watch on television Prime Minister Narendra Modi's address to the nation during a government-imposed nationwide lockdown as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus, in Amritsar on April 14, 2020. Photo by Narinder Nanu/AFP

Millions ordered into lockdown in India over virus fears

Mar 23, 2020 - 1:14 PM

The raft of state shutdowns in the nation of 1.3 billion people comes during a 14-hour voluntary curfew that Prime Minister Narendra Modi said would test India's ability to fight the pandemic

THANKING FRONTLINERS. People gather in a balcony of a residential building to clap and make noise with kitchenware to thank essential service providers during a one-day Janata (civil) curfew imposed amid concerns over the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus, in Amritsar on March 22, 2020. Photo by Narinder Nanu/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

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

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)

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

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

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

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

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-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

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'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

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 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

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

Uproar as India abolishes Kashmir's special autonomy

Aug 05, 2019 - 1:54 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Pakistan's foreign ministry condemns the move as 'illegal'

MODI. India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi (C) at the Parliament house in New Delhi on August 5, 2019. Photo by Prakash Singh/AFP

Fury in India as Trump claims Modi asked for Kashmir mediation

Jul 23, 2019 - 11:53 PM

Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar insists the conflict can only be settled bilaterally and that Pakistan has to end 'cross-border terrorism' before any talks

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

Rahul Gandhi resigns as leader of India's opposition Congress party

Jul 04, 2019 - 8:14 AM

'As president of the Congress party, I am responsible for the loss of the 2019 election, Gandhi says in a statement on his official Twitter account

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. - India's mammoth six-week general election kicked off April 11, with polling stations in the country's northeast among the first to open. Gujarat state will go to the polls during phase 3 of India's general election on April 23. (Photo by SAM PANTHAKY / AFP)

[ANALYSIS] Elections in the era of charismatic politics

Jun 29, 2019 - 2:00 PM

At the epicenter of this earthquake is a discontented citizenry, and it is as much an agent of change as the unorthodox personalities that have found a way to unlock its swirling passions

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

The biggest world stories of the week: May 26-June 1, 2019

Jun 02, 2019 - 9:25 PM

Here's a roundup of the stories that made headlines across the globe

FIRST PUBLIC STATEMENT. Special Counsel Robert Mueller leaves after speaking on the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 Presidential election, at the US Justice Department in Washington, DC, on May 29, 2019. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

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

India's opposition Congress backs Rahul Gandhi after poll defeat

May 25, 2019 - 9:39 PM

'Party President Rahul Gandhi offered his resignation but it was unanimously rejected by the members of Congress Working Commission,' says a party spokesman

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. - India's mammoth six-week general election kicked off April 11, with polling stations in the country's northeast among the first to open. Gujarat state will go to the polls during phase 3 of India's general election on April 23. (Photo by SAM PANTHAKY / 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)

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

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

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

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

World's biggest election tests Modi's grip on power in India

Apr 11, 2019 - 12:12 PM

(UPDATED) Election officials report a heavy turnout across the 20 states taking part in the first day of the massive exercise which involves 900 million eligible voters and will take nearly 6 weeks to complete

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi gestures as he arrives to attend the centenary celebration of missionary organisation the Gaudiya Math and Mission at the Netaji Indoor Stadium in Kolkata on February 21, 2016. Photo by Dibyangshu Sarkar/AFP

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

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

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 defend...fast-growing 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

Founder of India's beleaguered Jet Airways quits

Mar 26, 2019 - 12:32 AM

Jet Airways, which has debts of more than $1 billion, says in a statement that its creditors will inject up to $218 million of 'immediate funding support' into the airline

JET AIRWAYS. In this file photo taken on April 14, 2008 Naresh Goyal, founder of Jet Airways, addresses a launch ceremony in Hong Kong. File photo by Mike Clarke/AFP

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

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

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