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Seven killed in Indian Kashmir gunbattles

Srinagar - Three soldiers and four suspected militants were killed in separate gunbattles in Indian-administered Kashmir on Tuesday, officials said, marking an uptick in violence in the restive region.

Incoming leader of India's Tamil Nadu state jailed

New Delhi - India's Supreme Court jailed the anointed next leader of Tamil Nadu for four years for corruption Tuesday, heightening the turmoil in a state still reeling from the death of its long-time matriarch.

Test for Modi as India's biggest state votes

Connaught Place - Millions of voters in India's most populous state cast their ballots Saturday in a contest seen as a key test for Narendra Modi halfway through his first term as prime minister.

'World's heaviest woman' to fly to India for surgery

Mumbai - An Egyptian believed to be the world's heaviest woman will fly to India for weight reduction surgery Saturday after intervention from the country's foreign minister ensured her a visa.

Indian doctor pulls live cockroach from woman's head

New Delhi - It's the stuff of nightmares -- a cockroach crawls up your nose in the middle of the night, burrows in and drives you mad with scratching behind your eyes. But for one Indian woman, this horror story proved all too real.

Political novice to become next head of Indian state

Chennai - A former video cassette seller with close ties to Tamil Nadu's late leader will become the next chief minister of the Indian state, capping a remarkable rise for the political novice.

Indian space agency plans to launch 103 satellites next month

For the Indian Space Agency Organization (ISRO), it's not a matter of how many satellites they can launch at one time, but the cost-cutting measures used while maintaining the safety and integrity of the launch.

India lifts ATM limit from Feb 1 as cash crunch eases

New Delhi - Limits on ATM withdrawals will be partially lifted from February 1, India's central bank said Monday, as a cash crunch sparked by the ban on high-value rupee notes eases.

India looks to ease pain from cash crunch in budget

New Delhi - India's government is expected to ramp up spending in its latest budget this week, seeking to ease the pain from a ban on high-value banknotes that slammed the brakes on the world's fastest-growing major economy.

How India's 'Garden City' became garbage city

Bangalore - The stench of rubbish hanging over swathes of Bangalore is so powerful it rouses residents in the middle of the night, the fetid result of a trash crisis that threatens its reputation as one of India's nicest places to live.

Doubt over Everest's true height spurs fresh expedition

New Delhi - Scientists will take the tape measure to Mount Everest to determine whether a massive earthquake in Nepal really did knock an inch off the world's tallest peak.

Baby born with four legs and two penises

On Saturday, a baby in India was born with four legs and two penises. The child was born at 4:23am and doctors said it was a normal delivery.

India rail disaster kills 36, fears toll may rise

New Delhi - Rescuers struggled Sunday to pull survivors from the wreckage of a train crash which killed 36 passengers in southern India, the latest in a series of disasters on the country's creaking rail network.

India PM overturns ban on bull-wrestling festival

Chennai - An Indian state lifted a Supreme Court ban on a popular bull-wrestling festival on Saturday after Prime Minister Narendra Modi ordered the event should be allowed to go ahead.

Gay prince on front line of India's war against AIDS

New Delhi - From setting up his own charity to hanging condoms on trees, Manvendra Singh Gohil has dedicated himself to fighting the scourge of AIDS since coming out 10 years ago as India's first openly gay royal.

British FM warns over Brexit 'punishment beatings'

New Delhi - Britain's foreign minister warned Wednesday against World War II-style "punishment beatings" after France indicated it would not accept improved conditions for the UK outside the single market.

At least 19 dead as boat capsizes in India: police

New Delhi - At least 19 people died Saturday after a boat carrying some 40 revellers returning from a kite festival capsized in the Ganges river in eastern India, police said."We can confirm that 19 people have died.

Feuding Indian politicians do battle over a bicycle

New Delhi - The humble bicycle has taken centre stage in a bitter battle for control of the party that runs India's most populous state, underscoring the enduring importance of symbols in the politics of the world's biggest democracy.

Reviewing the cancer-killing properties of the pepper plant

The chemical activity that could unlock the anti-cancer properties of a spicy Indian pepper plant has been studied. The medicinal properties of the long pepper date back thousands of years. The aim is to synthesize the chemical as an anti-cancer compound.

Award-winning Indian actor Om Puri dies of heart attack

Mumbai - Om Puri, the acclaimed Indian actor who appeared in hit films including "Gandhi", "City of Joy" and "East is East", died Friday after suffering a heart attack.
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