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India's Moon probe enters lunar orbit

Bangalore - India's Chandrayaan 2 spacecraft entered lunar orbit on Tuesday, executing one of the trickiest manoeuvres on its historic mission to the Moon.

Empty classrooms as some schools re-open in Indian Kashmir

New Delhi - Some Kashmir schools re-opened on Monday but were largely empty following weekend clashes in Srinagar, two-weeks after India removed the restive region's autonomy and imposed a lockdown.

4,000 detained in Kashmir since autonomy stripped: govt sources

Srinagar - Thousands of people have been detained in Indian Kashmir over fears of unrest after New Delhi stripped the region of its autonomy two weeks ago, government sources told AFP.

Pakistan, India exchange cross-border fire after UN meet on Kashmir

Srinagar - India and Pakistan exchanged "heavy" cross-border fire on Saturday, after New Delhi's move to strip the restive Kashmir region of its autonomy prompted a rare meeting of the UN Security Council.

India hints at changing 'no first use' nuclear policy

New Delhi - India's defence minister hinted on Friday that New Delhi might change its "no first use" policy on nuclear weapons, amid heightened tensions with fellow atomic power Pakistan.

India slams international interference in Kashmir after clashes

Srinagar - Hundreds of protesters in Indian-administered Kashmir clashed with police Friday as New Delhi seethed at a rare UN Security Council meeting about the disputed Muslim-majority region -- the first in nearly 50 years.

India says some Kashmir restrictions eased

Srinagar - India has eased some restrictions on movement in Kashmir but phones and the internet remained cut off for a 12th day on Friday, a police official in the restive territory said.

Five killed in India-Pakistan border clashes as Modi hails Kashmir move

New Delhi - Five people were killed in cross-border fire between India and Pakistan, officials said Thursday, amid heightened tensions between the nuclear-armed rivals since New Delhi controversially stripped contested Kashmir of its autonomy.

Fresh flood alert in southern India as monsoon death toll hits 244

New Delhi - India issued a fresh flood alert Wednesday for parts of the southern state of Kerala, as the nationwide death toll from the annual monsoon deluge rose to at least 244.

Kashmir outposts divided over status change

New Delhi - India's move to carve up Kashmir and curtail its autonomous powers has caused division and anger in parts of the far-flung Himalayan region even as followers of Prime Minister Narendra Modi rejoice.

Kashmir curfew to be eased after Thursday: governor

New Delhi - Restrictions on freedom of movement in the Indian-controlled part of Kashmir will be eased after Independence Day on Thursday, the state governor has said, although phone lines and the internet will remain cut off.

India says easing Kashmir restrictions 'in phased manner'

New Delhi - India's government said Tuesday it is easing its lockdown in Kashmir in a "phased manner" after cutting phone and internet access for over a week to prevent protests over its decision to end the Himalayan region's autonomy.

India says easing Kashmir restrictions 'in phased manner'

New Delhi - India's government said Tuesday it is easing its lockdown in Kashmir in a "phased manner" after cutting phone and internet access for over a week to prevent protests over its decision to end the Himalayan region's autonomy.

Kashmiri Hindus dream of going home

New Delhi - Utpal Kaul, a Hindu, has dreamt of returning to his lakeside property and peach orchard in Kashmir ever since he fled the Muslim-dominated valley three decades ago in fear of his life.

India imposes Kashmir clampdown on Eid, rejects China criticism

Srinagar - Indian troops clamped tight restrictions on mosques across Kashmir for Monday's Eid al-Adha festival over protest fears, as Beijing warned New Delhi its actions in the restive territory were causing "regional tensions".

India flood toll jumps to 144 as roads, highways cut off

New Delhi - Indian authorities on Sunday mounted major rescue and relief efforts as the death toll from monsoon floods which cut off roads in the country's south and west rose to at least 144.

India to keep Kashmir lockdown for Eid on protest fears

Srinagar - Indian authorities are expected to extend a military clampdown in Kashmir ahead of Monday's start of the Eid al-Adha festival on fears protests could break out over its stripping of the Muslim-majority region's autonomy.

Call waiting: Kashmiris queue for two-minute phone access

Srinagar - Outside a guarded government office in Indian Kashmir's main city, an interminable queue forms every day for a near-priceless opportunity: a two-minute phone call to the outside world.

Sonia Gandhi named as interim head of India's opposition Congress

New Delhi - India's Sonia Gandhi on Saturday once again took the reins of the main opposition Congress party, replacing her son Rahul, who stepped down after a second straight election drubbing by right-wing Hindu nationalist Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Kashmir capital readies for Eid after protest broken up

Srinagar - Big queues formed in Indian-administered Kashmir's main city on Saturday outside cash machines and food stores as authorities eased a crippling curfew to let the Himalayan region prepare for a major Muslim festival, residents said.
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