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Four killed as India, Pakistan trade fire in Kashmir

Srinagar - Four civilians were killed Tuesday in heavy exchanges of fire between Indian and Pakistani troops along their border in the south of the disputed territory of Kashmir, officials from the rival sides said."One young man died during the shelling.

Rescuers search for 20 feared dead in northeast India landslide

Guwahati - Rescuers were searching Sunday for 20 villagers feared killed in a landslide in remote northeast India, as the death toll from days of torrential rains elsewhere in the country rose, officials said.

India hangs 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts plotter Yakub Memon

Mumbai - India executed convicted bomb plotter Yakub Memon on Thursday for conspiring in the nation's deadliest attack, a series of blasts that killed hundreds in Mumbai more than two decades ago.

India president and supreme court reject clemency for 1993 bombings plotter

New Delhi - India's president and supreme court rejected last-ditch pleas to stay the execution of Yakub Memon over his role in the country's worst-ever attack, clearing the way for him to be hanged on Thursday, the Press Trust of India reported.

Only 100 tigers left in Bangladesh's famed Sundarbans: Survey

Nestled in the delta of the Ganges, Brahmaputra and Meghna rivers in Bangladesh's Bay of Bengal lies the Sundarbans mangrove forest, one of the largest forests in the world. It is home to the Royal Bengal tiger, whose numbers are in steep decline.

Former Indian president A P J Kalam dies aged 83

New Delhi - India's former president and top scientist A. P. J. Kalam, who played a lead role in the country's nuclear weapons tests, died on Monday, a hospital official said. He was 83.

Five dead as attackers storm Indian police station

Connaught Place - Indian security forces were Monday battling an armed attack on a police station near the Pakistan border in which at least five people have been killed.

Fury after Bollywood star says death row bomber innocent

New Delhi - Bollywood superstar Salman Khan urged India's top court Sunday to spare the life of a convicted bomb plotter due to be hanged this week, declaring him innocent and sparking a political furore.

Five fascinating facts that you may not know about the red panda

Scampering around in the trees from Nepal to northern Myanmar is an animal that is so cute, it looks like a creature from a child's dream. Perhaps it is, but it's also actually real. Red pandas can also be found in the mountains of southwestern China.

India PM promises billions to Bihar as elections loom

Patna - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday took his political campaign to the impoverished state of Bihar, promising billions of dollars for infrastructure projects as he seeks to win support ahead of crucial elections there.

Study: Exercise reduces Alzheimer's Disease symptoms

There has been a lot of hopeful news at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference in Washington, and on Thursday came news of the benefits of exercise for patients. A study found exercise makes patients feel better and improves memory.

India scandals threaten 'scam-free' government pledge

New Delhi - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's bold promise of a squeaky clean government is under threat just over 12 months after his landslide election victory, with a string of scandals erupting across the country.

Dogs, monkeys tainting India PM's cleanliness drive: NGO

New Delhi - An Indian charity petitioned the High Court Wednesday for packing off stray dogs and monkeys to a remote corner of the country, saying they were undermining premier Narendra Modi's cleanliness campaign.

'Paradise Lost?' One island you should not visit

It's nice to know that in our modern world today, there are a few isolated spots left that could be called paradise. Lost to modern civilization, these few remaining places have managed to remain untouched. One such place is North Sentinel Island.

Mumbai bomb plotter on death row loses final appeal

New Delhi - India's top court on Tuesday rejected a final appeal by Yakub Memon, a key plotter of bomb attacks that killed hundreds in Mumbai in 1993, paving the way for his execution.

India's Modi appeals for support as parliament reopens

New Delhi - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi appealed on Tuesday for opposition support in pushing through key reforms, as parliament began a new session set to be dominated by corruption allegations against members of his party.

Indian villagers behead woman over 'witchcraft'

Guwahati - A 63-year-old Indian woman has been dismembered and beheaded by machete-wielding villagers who accused her of practising witchcraft, police said Tuesday.

Indian man confesses to multiple child murders

New Delhi - Indian police said Monday they are investigating whether a man arrested for the murder and sexual assault of a six-year-old girl may have been a serial child killer after he confessed to 14 more crimes.

Girl among five dead in India building collapse

New Delhi - Rescuers in the Indian capital on Sunday plucked the body of a little girl from the ruins of a collapsed four-storey building, increasing the death toll to five.

Thwarted Indian couple in Taj Mahal 'suicide pact'

Agra - An Indian couple forbidden to marry because of their different backgrounds are in hospital after slitting their own throats in an apparent suicide pact at India's famed monument to love, the Taj Mahal.
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