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India launches record 104 satellites in single mission

India's space agency launched 104 satellites, including 101 foreign payloads into orbit on Wednesday, setting a new world record and underlining the country's...

Heaviest woman - at 500 kg - leaves Egypt for treatment in Mumbai

A 36-year-old Egyptian woman - reportedly the heaviest in the world, at 500 kilograms - reached Mumbai Saturday in a cargo plane with hopes high that several...

Voting begins in first phase of key Indian elections

Mammoth seven-phase elections began in India's most populous state Uttar Pradesh Saturday with early voters trickling into booths in several major cities...

Apple to assemble iPhones in India, technology minister says

Apple will begin assembling iPhones in India's tech hub of Bangalore over the next few months as the US company makes inroads into one of the world's fastest...

Indian minister pledges aid for poor, praises withdrawl of bank notes

The Indian government revealed plans on Wednesday to push spending and poverty alleviation schemes in rural areas in the upcoming fiscal year to try offset the...

Indian IT stocks slump over US visa reform bill

Shares in India's major IT companies fell Tuesday after local media reported on a US bill that would make it more expensive for firms to replace American...

39 killed, 50 injured as train derails in southern India

At least 39 people were killed and 50 injured when a passenger train derailed in India's southern state of Andhra Pradesh, officials said Sunday. The...

Indians form 'longest human chain' to protest alcohol use in Bihar

Millions of people in India's eastern state of Bihar joined hands on Saturday to demonstrate against alcohol consumption, in an act officials called "the world...

12 children dead after school bus collides with truck in India

At least 12 children were killed and 24 more injured after a school bus they were travelling in collided with a truck in northern India on Thursday, police...

Angered Indians demand Gandhi flip-flops be removed from Amazon

Flip-flops depicting independence leader Mahatma Gandhi for sale on Amazon have triggered anger with Indians, who took to social media over the weekend to...

25 dead in India after boat capsizes in Ganges

At least 25 people were confirmed dead on Sunday after a boat capsized in the Ganges river in eastern India, police and rescue officials said. The...

18 people dead after overcrowded boat capsizes in India

At least 18 people drowned Saturday when a packed boat carrying at least 40 people capsized in the Ganga river near the eastern Indian town of Patna, police...

India's SpiceJet to buy 205 Boeing jets in 22-billion-dollar deal

Indian budget airline SpiceJet will purchase 205 planes worth 22 billion dollars from US manufacturer Boeing, one of the biggest orders ever made by an Indian...

Vin Diesel in India for release of 'xXx: The Return of Xander Cage'

Hollywood action star Vin Diesel arrived in India on Thursday to promote his film "xXx: The Return of Xander Cage," being released there a week ahead of the...

India demands apology from Amazon for insulting flag, warns of action

India on Wednesday demanded an apology from retail giant Amazon for selling doormats featuring its national flag and warned it would cancel visas of company...

Bangalore police find no sign of mass molestations on New Year's Eve

There was no evidence of molestation of women on a large scale during New Year's Eve revelry in the Indian city of Bangalore, but five cases had been...

Reported assaults in Bangalore lead to 4 arrests, "safer" city pledge

Four people have been arrested in connection with sexual assaults on women during New Year's eve revelry in the southern Indian city of Bangalore, the minister...

New video emerges amid reports of New Year sex assaults in Bangalore

Days after reports of widespread sexual assaults on women during New Year's eve celebrations in Bangalore, a new video emerged Wednesday showing two men...

India court bars parties from using religion, caste in seeking votes

Politicians may not use references to religion or caste when seeking votes, ruled India's Supreme Court on Monday, weighing in on a clutch of petitions dating...

India tests powerful nuclear-capable missile

India on Monday successfully tested its nuclear-capable Agni-IV ballistic missile from a base off its eastern coast, officials said. The surface-to-surface...

Death toll rises to 16 in India mine collapse

The bodies of 16 workers were recovered from a collapsed mine in India's eastern state of Jharkhand, officials said Saturday. A huge portion of the mine...

Modi promises to ease cash crisis in India, announces sops

Indian Premier Narendra Modi on Saturday promised to ease the cash crisis triggered by the government's shock move to discontinue high denomination notes even...

11 dead, more feared trapped in accident at India state-owned mine

At least 11 workers were killed and several still believed to be trapped after a coal mine collapsed in India's eastern state of Jharkhand, officials said...

Over 60 injured as train derails in north India; police say 2 dead

More than 60 passengers were injured when a train derailed in northern India on Wednesday with the police saying two people were dead. Fifteen cars of an...

India tests longest-range nuclear-capable missile

India on Monday successfully tested Agni-5, its longest-range missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead, officials said. The intercontinental ballistic...

India opposition slams currency move as big scam, demands probe

Former Indian finance minister Palaniappan Chidambaram on Tuesday attacked the government's demonetization move as the "biggest scam of the year" which would...

10 dead, thousands evacuated as cyclone batters south India

At least 10 people were killed and thousands evacuated as Cyclone Vardah lashed coastal areas in India's southern state of Tamil Nadu on Monday, leaving a...

Chopper crash near Mumbai kills pilot, injures three

A helicopter crashed and caught fire in Mumbai's suburbs on Sunday, killing its pilot and injuring three passengers, police said. The privately owned...

800 tourists stranded on Indian island amid heavy rains

The Indian Navy Wednesday launched operations to evacuate 800 tourists stranded on an island in India's Andaman and Nicobar Island archipelago amid heavy rains...

"Mother" of India's Tamil Nadu state, Jayalalithaa dies aged 68

Jayaram Jayalalithaa, one of India's most powerful and popular politicians, died at a hospital in Chennai on Monday, a day after she suffered a cardiac arrest...

Two die, more feared dead in blast at Indian explosives factory

Two workers died and as many as 14 more were feared dead at the site of an explosives factory blast in southern India, police said. A fire followed the...

Disparity in Indian sex ratio is increasing, latest report shows

The number of Indian girls born compared to that for boys continues to decline, census data shows, despite nationwide campaigns to boost female birth levels...

Modi: India's water will not be allowed to flow into Pakistan

India will exercise full control over its share of river waters that flow into Pakistan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Friday amid a row over a key water...

India pushes digital payments amid currency crackdown, protests

The Indian government announced several measures on Wednesday to promote digital money transfers and ease cash flows in rural areas following its...

India train accident toll reaches 149; railways mull safety issues

The death toll from the weekend train derailment in northern India reached 149, but officials said Tuesday that it would rise as at least 60 people were...

Anger grows in India amid cash swap crisis

Indians were still scrambling for cash on Saturday, the fourth day after the withdrawal of high-denomination notes as part of an anti-graft crackdown that...

Banks out of cash, ATMs empty as India grapples with demonetization

ATMs across India ran out of cash by mid-morning Friday, three days after the government withdrew its highest-denomination currency notes as part of a...

13 killed in Indian factory fire

Thirteen people were killed and several injured in a fire in a garment factory on the outskirts of the Indian capital, police said. The fire broke out early...

Manic rush at Indian banks as customers swap defunct currency notes

Indians waited in long queues outside banks on Thursday to exchange money after the country's highest-denomination currency notes were withdrawn as part of a...

Britain opens trade talks with India as it prepares for Brexit

Britain on Monday launched talks to boost trade with India, the world's fastest growing major economy, as it seeks a new global role following its decision to...

Delhi halts construction, diesel generators in air pollution battle

Cricket matches were cancelled Sunday and school holidays extended as air pollution levels in the Indian capital continued to hover way above safe levels with...

Indian soldier killed in Pakistan border firing in Kashmir

An Indian soldier was killed and two civilians injured Sunday as Pakistani troops fired mortar shells across the de facto border known as the Line of Control...

Thirty dead in pair of Indian road accidents

At least 16 people died Saturday when their bus plunged down a gorge into a river in the northern Indian hill state of Himachal Pradesh, police said. The...

Report: Leopard burnt alive by villagers in India

A leopard was burnt to death by angry villagers soon after it killed a girl in India's western state of Gujarat, a news report said Friday. The 8-year-old...

Britain's May in key India visit to develop post-Brexit ties

British Premier Theresa May leads a trade mission to India early next week in her first official visit outside Europe as her government seeks a new global role...

Seven Indian civilians killed in Pakistan firing on border

Seven Indian civilians including two children were killed in firing by Pakistani troops on Tuesday amid tensions between the neighbouring states, Indian...

Delhi, Indian cities choked with pollution after Diwali fireworks

Pollution levels hit alarmingly high levels in New Delhi and vast parts of India on Monday, the morning after Diwali, as smoke from huge quantities of...

India says three dead after Pakistani forces open fire in Kashmir

An Indian soldier and two civilians were killed when Pakistani border forces opened fire in Kashmir, Indian officials said Friday, as clashes along the...

India’s key Muslim shrine to lift ban on entry to women

A trust that runs Mumbai's Haji Ali mosque said on Monday it will revoke a ban on women entering the inner sanctum of the shrine, in accordance with court...

3 civilians, trooper killed in India-Pakistan border clashes

Three civilians and a trooper were killed while several were injured in cross-border firing between the forces of India and Pakistan, officials said Monday...

24 Maoist rebels killed in major anti-insurgency operation in India

At least 24 Maoist rebels were killed in a clash with police in south-eastern India Monday, in the country's deadliest anti-insurgency operation in recent...

19 dead, more than one hundred injured, in Indian hospital fire

At least 19 people have died and over 100 have been injured in a fire in a hospital in eastern India, a local government official said Tuesday. The fire...

India warns of terror "mother ship" next door, doesn't name Pakistan

The mother ship of terrorism is in India's neighbourhood and has links across the world, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Sunday, referring to, but not naming...

Terrorism on agenda at BRICS leaders summit in Goa

Terrorism was expected to figure on the agenda as heads of government of the five BRICS emerging economies gathered in the southern Indian seaside destination...

India and Russia sign defence deals worth billions

India and Russia signed defence and energy deals worth billions of dollars after a meeting of their leaders in the southern Indian state of Goa on Saturday...

EU to help India in cleaning holy Hindu river Ganges

European Union and India Friday signed an agreement in the field of water management which includes European assistance in helping clean Hinduism's holiest...

Border guard killed as militants attack army base in Indian Kashmir

Militants attacked an army camp in India-administered Kashmir on Sunday night killing one border guard, according to local police. A group of up to four...

India becomes 62nd country to ratify Paris climate deal

India ratified the Paris climate agreement on Sunday, becoming the 62nd country to join the historic accord that could go into force by the end of the year...

India confirms Kashmir operation amid high alert on Pakistan border

Indian troops entered Pakistan-controlled Kashmir to carry out strikes against militant units, officials confirmed Thursday, as border states went on high...

India to boycott South Asia summit in Pakistan as tensions mount

India on Tuesday decided to pull out of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) summit in Islamabad amid tensions with its neighbour...

India deploys satellites in separate orbits in complex mission

India's space agency on Monday inserted eight satellites into two different orbits in one of its most complex and longest missions. A Polar Satellite Launch...

India and France sign 8.7-billion-dollar fighter jet deal

India on Friday signed an 8.7-billion-dollar deal to buy 36 fighter jets from France in what is among the world's major defence acquisitions. The agreement...

India and France to sign multi-billion-dollar fighter jet deal

The Indian government has approved a multi-billion-dollar deal to buy 36 Rafale fighter jets from France's Dassault. "[The deal] will be formally signed by...

Eight children die after school bus rolls into canal in India

At least eight children were killed when a school bus rolled into a large canal in India's northern state of Punjab on Tuesday, police said. The bus,...

Top search engines to block sex-determination ads in India

Top search engines Google, Microsoft and Yahoo will block advertisements related to prenatal sex determination services following an order by India's Supreme...

India vows to teach Pakistan "lesson" over Kashmir militant attack

India and Pakistan were embroiled in a war of words on Monday as ministers in New Delhi vowed to teach the country's neighbour "a lesson" following a weekend...

India blames Pakistan for Kashmir attack that killed 17 soldiers

Indian leaders blamed Pakistan-based militant groups for an attack on a military base in Indian-administered Kashmir that left 17 soldiers dead and more than...

India announces 1-billion-dollar aid package for Afghanistan

India on Wednesday announced a fresh 1-billion-dollar aid pledge towards development and reconstruction efforts in war-ravaged Afghanistan. Indian Premier...

Spate of chikungunya deaths reported in the Indian capital

Four people have died of chikungunya at hospitals in New Delhi, in what are reportedly the first fatalities from the mosquito-borne disease in the Indian...

Eight militants, policeman killed in Indian Kashmir

Eight militants and a policeman were killed in separate gunbattles in India-administered Kashmir on Sunday and Monday, the army has said. Four militants...

Pokemon Go lands in Indian court for "blasphemous" eggs in temples

Popular mobile app game Pokemon Go was accused in an Indian court Wednesday of hurting religious sentiments by showing eggs in Hindu and Jain temples. The...

Street food suspicions have Indian state police hunting for beef

Police in India's Haryana state have been on the look out for illegal beef following complaints that the meat was being sold in a rice dish by street vendors,...

India plans to welcome foreign tourists with free mobile cards

Foreign visitors to India using electronic tourist visas will soon get free SIM cards on their arrival in the country, government officials said Monday. The...

Millions of workers strike in India over reforms, wages

Tens of millions of workers and government employees went on a day-long strike across India on Friday, protesting the government's labour reform policies and...

India minister asks foreign tourists not to wear skirts

India's tourism and culture minister, Mahesh Sharma, on Monday drew widespread criticism after he advised foreign tourists not to wear skirts in the country...

Profile: Not-so-saintly Mother Teresa

Mother Teresa, the Roman Catholic nun soon to be canonized, was reviled, as well as revered in her lifetime. For many she was an angel, but for some a...

Indian court allows women to enter key Muslim shrine

An Indian court on Friday overturned a ban on women entering the inner sanctum of Mumbai's Haji Ali mosque, marking another victory for women fighting gender...

More than 250 dead in India monsoon floods as holy city submerged

More than 250 people in three Indian states have died since the monsoon season began in June, officials said Thursday, as the holy city of Varanasi was the...

Indian flood disaster widens: 40 dead, millions stranded

Widespread flooding in India was worsening on Tuesday, as several rivers, including the Ganges, rose above their danger mark and threatened to inundate further...

Sindhu becomes first Indian women ever to get an Olympic silver

Pusarla Venkata Sindhu became the first Indian woman ever to win an Olympic silver in women's badminton, and her country celebrated the achievement back...

Three people killed after throats slit by kite strings in New Delhi

Three people, including two children, died after their throats were slit by glass-coated kite strings during Independence Day celebrations in New Delhi, police...

Putin helps inaugurate India's biggest nuclear reactor

Russian President Vladimir Putin helped inaugurate India's biggest nuclear reactor unit via videolink on Wednesday. The reactor, with a capacity of 1,000...

18 bodies found, 23 feared dead in India bridge collapse

Rescue workers in India found 18 bodies on Friday after a bridge collapsed over a flooded river earlier in the week. Twenty-three people are feared...

Two dead, 20 missing after highway bridge collapse in India

Two bodies washed ashore while divers, boats and choppers continued the search for people washed away in two buses when a bridge collapsed into a flooded river...

Indian opposition leader Sonia Gandhi in hospital

The leader of India's main opposition party, Sonia Gandhi, was recovering in a hospital in the capital Wednesday after she fell ill during a roadshow in...

India monsoon kills 120 people; 17 rare rhinos drown in wildlife park

More than 120 people died in monsoon storms and floods in India's eastern states, and 17 rare rhinoceros drowned in a wildlife park, officials said Tuesday...

India plans to bring back 10,000 laid-off workers from Saudi Arabia

India plans to bring back some 10,000 of its workers who were rendered jobless in Saudi Arabia, Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj said Monday. The government...

Sleeping couple woken by leopard in Indian hotel

A leopard terrified a couple holidaying in the town of Nainital in northern India after it broke into their hotel room, officials said Monday. Sumit Rathore...

12 people dead; national parks flooded in India's Assam

The official death toll rose to 12 Thursday as devastating floods spread to more than 3,000 villages in India's north-eastern Assam state. The flooded areas...

Muslim women beaten in India over rumours of carrying beef

Suspected Hindu radicals in India's central state of Madhya Pradesh assaulted two Muslim women on suspicion that they were carrying beef, triggering an uproar...

India activist to end hunger strike after 16 years, contest polls

Indian human rights campaigner Irom Sharmila on Tuesday announced she would end her 16-year hunger strike against a controversial national security law. The...

Seven killed, over 1.2 million hit in floods in India's Assam

Floods driven by incessant monsoon rains have killed at least seven people and affected over 1.2 million in India's north-eastern state of Assam, officials...

Four militants killed, one caught alive in Indian Kashmir

One militant was caught alive and four were killed by security forces in India-administered Kashmir on Tuesday, even as a curfew was lifted from many parts of...

No trace of Indian Air Force plane as search enters third day

There was still no sign on Sunday of the Indian Air Force transporter aircraft that went missing two days ago with 29 people on board, a spokesman for the air...

India in massive search operation for missing plane with 29 onboard

Indian authorities mounted an extensive search-and-rescue operation for an Indian Air Force plane that went missing with 29 people over the Bay of Bengal on...

Indian Air Force plane with 29 on board goes missing

An Indian Air Force transport plane with 29 personnel on board went missing over the Bay of Bengal Friday and a search was launched, officials said. The...

India’s economics reforms 25 years on: Five examples of the changes

The daily lives of Indians have been transformed since the 1991 economic reforms. 1. Telecommunications and television opened up to the world Prior to...

Britain, India to hold post-Brexit vote trade talks

British and Indian officials were meeting on the future of trade relations Friday, following Britain's vote to leave the European Union. British officials...

India's Modi adds 19 new ministers to cabinet

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi expanded his council of minister on Tuesday, inducting 19 new faces in the second major revamp since his party came to...

India successfully tests missile developed with Israel

India on Thursday successfully tested a surface-to-air missile co-developed with Israel from an eastern military base. The medium-range missile (MR-SAM) was...
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