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India bans broadcast of BBC film showing gang-rapist

New Delhi - India has banned the broadcast of a controversial documentary in which one of the men who gang-raped and murdered a student is shown blaming the victim -- a move the film's maker called "arbitrary censorship".

Militarization and alternative biofuel drives Ethiopian land-grab

Ethiopia buys military weapons and claims advance on Millennium Goal objectives while India and others gain large scale alternative biofuel crops and claim advance on reduction of fossil fuel dependency.

Indian state bans beef, introduces jail time for possession

Mumbai - India's western state of Maharashtra has introduced a ban on beef so strict that even possession could land you in jail for five years, media reports and the chief minister said Tuesday.

India gang-rape victim 'partly to blame', says attacker

New Delhi - A film-maker behind a new documentary about a fatal gang-rape in India that caused global outrage told Tuesday how one of the men sentenced to death for the killing had shown no remorse during a "chilling" interview.

India's tiger census success story may be inaccurate, study says

New Delhi - The accuracy of India's recent tiger census that suggested tiger numbers have increased is now being called into question by a new study. The Indian government had celebrated the rise in tiger numbers from 1706 in 2011 to 2,226 in 2014.

UN climate panel head resigns amid sex claims

Nairobi - The head of the UN's climate science panel, Rajendra Pachauri, stepped down Tuesday in the wake of sexual harassment claims against him that have surfaced at a crucial time on the climate agenda.

French defence minister in India to salvage Rafale deal

New Delhi - France's defence minister on Tuesday held talks with his Indian counterpart in a fresh attempt to seal a troubled deal to sell 126 Rafale fighter jets.

Review: ‘Siddharth’ explores the darker corners of India Special

‘Siddharth’ is the poignant story of a father who single-handedly takes on the search for his missing son who may have been abducted.

Swine flu spreading at alarming rate across India

Since mid-December, the swine flu outbreak in India, the second most populous country in the world, has infected 13,688 people, and caused 812 deaths. Health officials are reassuring the public that there is no shortage of drugs to combat the flu.

UN climate chief to miss session after sex harassment case

New Delhi - The United Nations' top climate change official will not chair a key meeting in Kenya next week as Indian police investigate a sexual harassment complaint against him, officials said Sunday.

China protests after India PM visits frontier region

Bejing - China has expressed "strong dissatisfaction and staunch opposition" after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited a frontier area controlled by New Delhi but claimed by Beijing, state media reported.

France in new bid to nail fighter jet deal with India

New Delhi - France's defence minister will visit New Delhi this week in a fresh bid to nail a troubled deal to sell 126 Rafale fighter jets which has been snagged for three years and now faces new questions about its cost.

Modi vows to end India status as top defence importer

Bangalore - Prime Minister Narendra Modi vowed Wednesday to end India's status as the world's number one defence importer, saying he wanted 70 percent of hardware to be manufactured domestically by the turn of the decade.

Op-Ed: Religious intolerance grips Indian psyche

New Delhi - The rise of right wing BJP at the center coincided with the rise of religious intolerance in India. PM Modi finally broke his nine-month long silence on religious intolerance. Will there be action on the ground?

Sri Lanka, India leaders eye new era in troubled ties

New Delhi - The leaders of India and Sri Lanka vowed Monday to strengthen their relationship after a period of tensions and declared their countries' fortunes were intertwined as they held their first summit in New Delhi.

Sri Lanka president arrives in India on first foreign trip

New Delhi - Sri Lanka's new president arrived in India Sunday on his first foreign trip in office, trying to rebuild ties hit by tensions over growing Chinese influence on the strategically located island.

13 sleeping people killed in India house collapse

Lucknow - A newly built house in northern India collapsed early on Sunday killing 13 residents as they slept, the latest in a string of building cave-ins, police said.

Delhi's new chief minister vows to wipe out corruption

New Delhi - Arvind Kejriwal promised to make Delhi India's first corruption-free state and end what he called its "VIP culture" as he was sworn in as chief minister Saturday in front of a huge crowd of cheering supporters.

Sri Lankan leader courts India on first foreign trip

Colombo - Sri Lanka's new president heads to India this weekend on his first foreign trip in office, seeking to rebuild ties hit by tensions over growing Chinese influence on the strategically located island.

Indian guide accused of raping Japanese tourist surrenders to police

New Delhi - An Indian tour guide accused of drugging and raping a Japanese woman this week in the northern city of Jaipur turned himself in to police on Friday, an officer said.

Montreal teen invents $500 dialysis machine for home use

Montreal - While volunteering at her local hospital, Anya Pogharian, 17, found out how difficult it is for many patients to go to the hospital when they need help, something she especially noticed of kidney dialysis patients coming in three days per week.

India PM's party mauled in Delhi state election

New Delhi - India's Narendra Modi on Tuesday suffered his first major election setback since becoming prime minister last May, as anti-corruption campaigner Arvind Kejriwal won a landslide victory in Delhi state polls.

India PM's party rejects election defeat forecast in Delhi polls

New Delhi - Narendra Modi's party staunchly denied Sunday that India's prime minister was facing his first election defeat since storming to power last year, even though exit polls tipped an anti-corruption campaigner to win New Delhi's state polls.

'Anarchist' bids to halt Modi juggernaut in Delhi polls

New Delhi - Voters went to the polls in India's capital Saturday, with firebrand former chief minister Arvind Kejriwal looking to complete a surprise comeback and deliver the first major blow to Narendra Modi's premiership.

Subrata Roy bail falls through after forging bank letter

Sahara Group, an Indian multinational company, said the letter from a former broker than underpinned the $2 billion transaction to provide bail for Sahara’s president Subrata Roy was a forgery.

Calls for louder global 'voice' as China, India, Russia meet

Bejing - Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday hailed his country's relations with India and Russia during meetings that heard calls for developing economies to have more say on the global stage, rivalling US influence.

Top bureaucrat restricted from attending Christian worship

Controversy has kicked off in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu, after the state government warned a civil service official from attending or addressing Christian meetings.

Obama wraps India visit with pleas on religion, climate

New Delhi - US President Barack Obama urged India to promote religious tolerance and do more to combat global warming Tuesday as he wrapped up a visit aimed at forging a new friendship between the world's largest democracies.

Modi honours Obama as VIP guest, opens arms to US business

New Delhi - Narendra Modi honoured Barack Obama as his chief guest Monday at India's Republic Day parade and then rolled out the welcome mat to US businesses in a further warming of ties between the world's largest democracies.

Obama, Modi break nuclear impasse, hail new 'friendship'

New Delhi - US President Barack Obama and India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi broke the deadlock on a long-stalled nuclear pact Sunday as they hailed a new era of friendship between the world's two largest democracies.
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