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Indians throng temple to crack Trump's visa curbs

Hyderabad - Hundreds of Indians gather daily at a 500-year-old Hindu temple in southern India where they pray for a single wish -- an increasingly elusive US visa.

In Indian Kashmir, social media becomes a battleground

Srinagar - An unprecedented ban on Whatsapp, Facebook and Twitter in Indian Kashmir has highlighted social media's role in energising an insurgency that has roiled the disputed Himalayan region for decades.

Maoist rebels kill 12 police in central India

New Delhi - Suspected Maoist rebels killed 12 paramilitary commandos on Monday in a remote part of central India, a police official said, the latest attack in the country's simmering internal conflict.

500kg Egyptian sheds half her weight after India surgery

Mumbai - The "world's heaviest woman" has shed half her weight -- around a quarter of a tonne -- in the two months she's been in India for treatment, doctors said.

Bus crash kills 44 in northern India: official

New Delhi - A bus has swerved off a mountain road and plunged into a deep ravine in a Himalayan region of northern India, killing at least 44 people, an official said Wednesday.

India bus crash kills 44: official

New Delhi - A bus has swerved off a mountain road and plunged into a deep ravine in a Himalayan region of northern India, killing at least 44 people, an official said Wednesday.

Baby with eight limbs gets new lease on life in India

New Delhi - A baby born with eight limbs, including two protruding from his stomach, has undergone surgery in India to successfully remove the extra arms and legs, in an operation being hailed as a world first.

India's party mecca Goa bans late night raves in crackdown

New Delhi - India's tourist mecca Goa is pulling the plug on its legendary all-night dance parties as the local government tries to clean up its image as a drug and rave hotspot.

Meet Mumbai's first women rickshaw drivers

Mumbai - Chaya Mohite slowly turns the accelerator as she carefully edges the salmon-coloured rickshaw forward, one of Mumbai's first female auto drivers to make use of a government scheme aimed at empowering women.

Taking the web to children in India's remote salt desert

- Sheltered beneath a canvas sheet to escape the blistering desert sun, miles from any roads or power lines, a group of Indian children huddle around a tablet and experience the internet for the very first time.

India, Chinese navies rescue ship hijacked by Somali pirates

New Delhi - The navies of India and China carried out a joint operation Sunday to rescue a merchant ship hijacked by Somali pirates in the Gulf of Aden, the Indian defence ministry said.

Dalai Lama accuses China of fooling its people

Tawang - The Dalai Lama on Saturday accused China of spreading false information about his trip to a monastery near India's border that drew protests from Beijing which claims the Himalayan area as its territory.

India overturns flight ban on sandal-whacking politician Gaikwad

New Delhi - India on Friday overturned a travel ban on a controversial politician who attacked a flight steward with his sandal after being refused a business class seat.

India police arrest three over cow vigilante murder

New Delhi - Police said Thursday they have arrested three people for murder over the death of a Muslim man attacked while transporting cows in India, in the latest incidence of violence over the animal Hindus revere.

Girls help preserve Kashmir's Sufi music traditions

Srinagar - When Kashmiri teenager Shabnam Bashir first took up classical Sufi music three years ago, she had to practise singing in secret because all the men in her Muslim family opposed her new passion.

Policeman killed in Kashmir hours after Modi visit

Srinagar - A grenade explosion killed a police officer and injured 10 other security personnel in Indian-administered Kashmir on Sunday, police said, hours after Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the tense region.

India's highways run dry after court liquor ban

New Delhi - Thousands of liquor outlets along India's national and state highways closed after a supreme court order kicked in Saturday in an attempt to reduce drunken driving on the world's deadliest roads.

Himalayan glaciers granted status of 'living entities'

Dehradun - An Indian court has recognised Himalayan glaciers, lakes and forests as "legal persons" in an effort to curb environmental destruction, weeks after it granted similar status to the country's two most sacred rivers.

Dalit, out and proud: Indian singers rising above caste

Jalandhar - For young Indians from disadvantaged, low-caste backgrounds, singer Ginni Mahi was an inspiration, one of their own defying ancient prejudices through her infectious brand of "Dalit-pride" pop anthems.

Bollywood film spotlights youngest girl to conquer Everest

Mumbai - A Bollywood film hitting Indian cinemas on Friday tells the inspirational story of a tribal girl from rural India who became the youngest woman to summit Mount Everest.
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