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India says 'no timeframe' for release of Chinese soldier

New Delhi - A Chinese soldier detained after straying into Indian territory near their high-altitude frontier will be handed back "after formalities are completed", New Delhi said Tuesday.

Virus, what virus? India gets back to work

Sinnar - India is on course to top the world in coronavirus cases, but from Maharashtra's whirring factories to Kolkata's thronging markets, people are back at work -- and eager to forget the pandemic for festival season.

India detains Chinese soldier in disputed border region

Srinagar - India said Monday that it had detained a Chinese soldier who strayed across the disputed frontier where the two countries are engaged in a months-long standoff after a series of clashes.

Troubled Bollywood star Sanjay Dutt confirms cancer diagnosis 

Mumbai - Bollywood star Sanjay Dutt, whose life has been so colourful and tragic that it became the subject of a biopic, confirmed he has cancer following weeks of media speculation."This is a recent scar of my life, but I'll beat it.

India cinemas reopen, hoping to lure back movie-mad fans

Bangalore - Cinemas in movie-mad India tentatively re-opened on Thursday but with worries about coronavirus and only old films showing, early punters were few and far between.

Op-Ed: Pandemic second wave worse — How’ll they screw this one up?

Sydney - In less than 12 months, the pandemic has basically crashed the global economy, and killed a million people. The second wave is now here, forming a rather grim pattern. The people who dropped the ball on the first wave are still in charge.

India frees top Kashmir politician after 14 months

Srinagar - India has freed a former chief minister of Kashmir who was detained 14 months ago along with thousands of others when New Delhi imposed direct rule on the disputed region with a huge security clampdown.

Indian jewellery chain withdraws ad after outrage by Hindu hardliners

New Delhi - One of India's top jewellery retailers has withdrawn an advert featuring an interfaith baby shower after a vicious backlash on social media by Hindu hardliners who said it glorified "love jihad".

No bull: India claims cow dung chip protects against radiation

New Delhi - An Indian government unit established to develop soaps and medicinal products from cow dung has branched out with a "chip" it claims can protect people from cellphone radiation.

Millions of Indians to get Diwali loans to boost battered economy

New Delhi - Millions of Indian public servants will be offered loans of around US$135 –- to be repaid over 10 months -- in a bid to boost spending and salvage the coronavirus-ravaged economy, the government said Monday.

CRISPR-based COVID-19 test can produce results in one hour

Scientists in India have constructed a paper-based coronavirus test which can produce results in around one hour. The test only costs $7.00. At the basis of the technology is CRISPR gene editing.

India coronavirus cases cross 7 million

New Delhi - India's coronavirus cases surged past seven million on Sunday, taking it ever closer to overtaking the United States as the world's most infected country.Health ministry data showed a rise of almost 75,000 cases on Sunday, taking the total to 7.

Op-Ed: Is COVID really out of control globally? Probably.

Sydney - The short answer to the question is that global infection rates keep going up exponentially. That’s despite the selective testing and reporting and the political spin on every number. If it is out of control, what happens next?

India infections top seven million as Trump gets back on campaign trail

New Delhi - India's coronavirus cases surged past seven million on Sunday as US President Donald Trump got back on the campaign trail just nine days after announcing he had contracted Covid-19.

Kamala Harris's Indian uncle 'felt sorry for Pence'

New Delhi - Kamala Harris' uncle back in India watched her vice-presidential debate with pride on Thursday, feeling "a little sorry" for Mike Pence, who he said came up against a better-qualified foe.

Mighty little global star: Netflix's Indian superhero toddler

Mumbai - It was a quest worthy of a superhero. Animator Rajiv Chilaka spent years flogging his pitch about a superhuman Indian child to Western executives, to no avail.

Hunt on for Indian tiger after eighth human kill

Mumbai - Indian authorities are hunting for a tiger which has killed eight people in the last two years after another fatal attack, officials said Wednesday.

Delhi races to cut pollution on coronavirus warnings

New Delhi - New Delhi unveiled a slew of plans Monday aimed at reducing the Indian capital's annual toxic smog, as authorities warned the severe pollution could worsen the coronavirus epidemic.

Indian star Akshay Kumar acknowledges Bollywood's drug 'problem'

New Delhi - Bollywood megastar Akshay Kumar acknowledged on Saturday a drug problem within India's film industry, following a growing narcotics probe surrounding the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput.

Federal authorities to take over Indian gang-rape investigation

New Delhi - India's federal investigators will take over the probe into the alleged gang-rape and murder of a low-caste teenaged woman that has sparked nationwide outrage and days of protests.
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