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Facing ruin, India's ancient glass artists blame the Taj

Firozabad - Hanuman Prasad Garg doesn't blame rising fuel prices or pressure from cheap knock-offs for the slow demise of the glass industry where Indian artisans have forged bangles for centuries. He blames the Taj Mahal.

India's Modi heads to Washington for 'no frills' Trump meet

New Delhi - India's leader heads to the US this weekend for his first meeting with President Donald Trump, seeking to build on growing ties between the world's two largest democracies and move beyond disagreements over climate change.

Bollywood star Khan's latest Eid release hits screens

Mumbai - Bollywood bad boy Salman Khan's latest movie opened in Indian cinemas Friday but film analysts are sceptical it will have the same box office success as his previous Eid blockbusters.

India drops sedition charges against villagers over Pakistan win

New Delhi - Indian police said Thursday that 15 Muslims arrested for celebrating a recent Pakistani cricket victory over India would not be charged with sedition, but could still face prison for cheering the rival side.

Civilian killed at funeral for slain Kashmir rebels: police

Srinagar - A civilian was killed and several wounded Thursday in Indian-administered Kashmir when security forces opened fire on a crowd gathered for the funeral of three rebels slain overnight in clashes with soldiers, police said.

India to run extra Eid flights to Qatar due to embargo

New Delhi - India has asked two domestic carriers to run extra flights to Doha ahead of the Eid holiday to help citizens stranded there following an embargo imposed on Qatar Airways.

Yoga connecting world, says Modi as millions stretch and bend

Lucknow - Yoga has connected the world with India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Wednesday, as he rolled out his mat along with millions of others across the globe to celebrate the ancient practice.

Avoid meat, eggs and lust, pregnant Indians told

New Delhi - Pregnant women in India are being advised to stay away from meat, eggs and lust -- drawing derision from health experts who slammed the tips Tuesday as completely unscientific.

Op-Ed: New study — Billions at risk from heatwaves

Sydney - Inhabitants of the tropics, Middle East and most Western nations are in for progressive murderous heatwaves. New studies by the University of Hawaii indicate a rolling incremental increase in severity of heatwaves worldwide.

Coal India still planning to shut 37 coal mines by end of year

Coal workers unions at Coal India and Singareni Collieries have postponed a three-day strike that was to have started today after the government agreed there would be no merger of retirement funds. However, Coal India is still closing 37 mines by 2018.

Doctors find huge spider in woman's ear after she napped outside

Hebbal - A 49-year-old woman took a nap on her veranda and she woke up with a headache. It turned out to be a large spider inside her ear.

India facing severe and fatal heatwaves with global warming

Increasingly severe heat waves brought on by global warming will lead to greater heat-related mortality rates in India and other Asian nations, according to researchers at the University of California at Irvine.

Indian baby dies after 'rapists' throw her from rickshaw

New Delhi - A nine-month-old baby died when she was thrown out of a moving autorickshaw by men accused of gang-raping her mother, police said Tuesday, in the latest case of sexual violence in India.

Arundhati Roy releases first novel in 20 years

New Delhi - Arundhati Roy's eagerly-awaited second novel goes on sale Tuesday, two decades after her prize-winning debut "The God of Small Things" propelled her to global fame and launched her career as an outspoken critic of injustice in her native India.

India shows off space prowess with launch of mega-rocket

New Delhi - India Monday successfully launched its most powerful home-produced rocket, another milestone for its indigenous space programme which one day hopes to put a human into orbit.

India's ethical hackers rewarded abroad, ignored at home

New Delhi - Kanishk Sajnani did not receive so much as a thank you from a major Indian airline when he contacted them with alarming news -- he had hacked their website and could book flights anywhere in the world for free.

Clashes, curfew in Indian Kashmir after rebel leader killed

Srinagar - A civilian was killed after clashes broke out between protesters and government forces following the death of a top rebel commander in Indian-administered Kashmir, police said Saturday.

Indian district blocks internet after deadly caste clashes

New Delhi - Authorities in north India have blocked mobile internet services, arrested 24 people and suspended senior officials after clashes between castes that have left two dead and at least 20 injured, police said Thursday.

New business and old ties on agenda as Modi tours Europe

New Delhi - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will depart Monday for a four-nation tour of Europe that will include strategic talks with historic ally Russia and with key trading partner Germany.

India's Ken-Betwa river-link project opposed by environmentalists

In another clash over India's dwindling water resources, environmental activists have decried the Forest Advisory Committee's plans to go ahead with the Ken-Betwa river-link project without any of the recommended changes.
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