Author Archives: ASHOK SHARMA

Pakistan standoff helps India’s Modi shift focus from jobs

A standoff with nuclear rival Pakistan appears to have given Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi a boost ahead of national elections set to begin in April. Continue reading

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India cautious as it looks to recover American body

Indian officials have traveled repeatedly in recent days near the remote island where an American missionary was killed by people who have long resisted the outside world. Continue reading

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Indian police map area of island where US man was killed

Police said Saturday that they have mapped the area of a remote Indian island where tribespeople were seen burying the body of an American adventurer and Christian missionary after allegedly killing him with arrows this month. Continue reading

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American on deadly trip to Indian island: ‘God sheltered me’

The young American, paddling his kayak toward a remote Indian island whose people have resisted the outside world for thousands of years, believed God was helping him dodge the authorities. Continue reading

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Indian island police struggle to get body of American

Indian authorities were struggling Thursday to figure out how to recover the body of an American killed last week after wading ashore on an isolated island cut off from the modern world. Continue reading

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American believed killed by isolated tribe on Indian island

An American is believed to have been killed by an isolated Indian island tribe known to fire at outsiders with bows and arrows, police said Wednesday. Continue reading

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Towering statue of India’s independence leader unveiled

India’s prime minister on Wednesday unveiled a towering bronze statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, a key independence leader being promoted as a national icon in the ruling party’s campaign ahead of next year’s general elections. Continue reading

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India’s top court orders quick probe of 2 federal officials

India’s top court on Friday ordered an autonomous federal anti-corruption commission to quickly complete a probe of two top officials of the country’s investigative agency who have been sent on leave amid an internal feud. Continue reading

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Indian authorities brace for worst air pollution season

With the air quality reduced to “very severe” in the Indian capital region, authorities are bracing for a major Hindu festival featuring massive fireworks that threatens to cloak New Delhi with more toxic smog and dust. Continue reading

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Ex-India state official: Most train victims migrant workers

Most of the casualties in a train disaster that killed dozens of people in northern India were migrant workers, a former state government official said Saturday. Continue reading

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India chief justice’s new decision strikes down adultery law

India’s Chief Justice of the Supreme Court has presided over a string of verdicts in recent weeks that grant more rights to women, gay couples and religious minorities, challenging deeply-conservative Indian society as he prepares to retire from the be… Continue reading

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India’s top court limits use of gov’t identification number

India’s top court on Wednesday upheld the government’s policy of issuing a 12-digit identification number to every citizen, but said it can’t be made mandatory for services such as bank accounts, cellphone connections and school admissions. Continue reading

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India decriminalizes homosexual acts in landmark verdict

India’s top court on Thursday struck down a colonial-era law that made homosexual acts punishable by up to 10 years in prison, a landmark victory for gay rights in the world’s largest democracy. Continue reading

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Indian Supreme Court orders house arrest for activists

India’s top court ordered Wednesday that five prominent rights activists arrested for alleged Maoist links be kept under house arrest instead of police custody until it rules next week on a petition challenging their detention. Continue reading

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India arrests 5 rights activists for alleged Maoist links

Indian police on Tuesday arrested five rights activists for suspected links to Maoist rebels in raids on their homes and offices in several places in the country. Continue reading

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Political storm brews after India nixes foreign flood aid

A political battle is brewing in flood-ravaged south India, with the ruling party in Kerala state protesting the central government’s refusal to accept $100 million in relief offered by foreign governments. Continue reading

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Indians gather as former premier Vajpayee is cremated

Thousands of Indians gathered Friday as the funeral pyre was lit for former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, a Hindu nationalist who was respected across the political spectrum. Continue reading

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Former Indian PM Vajpayee dies after illness at age 93

Former Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, a Hindu nationalist who set off a nuclear arms race with rival Pakistan but later reached across the border to begin a groundbreaking peace process, died on Thursday after a prolonged illness. Continue reading

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Outrage grows over attacks on Muslim cattle traders in India

When a mob of Hindu villagers thrashed a Muslim cattle trader last week in western India, police rushed to the scene. Continue reading

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Parliament debates no-confidence motion against Modi’s gov’t

Congress party leader Rahul Gandhi accused the government of failing to live up to its promises as the Indian Parliament on Friday debated a no-confidence motion moved by the opposition against Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government. Continue reading

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