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India's Congress party names Rahul Gandhi president

New Delhi - India's opposition Congress party named Rahul Gandhi as its new leader on Monday, capping years of speculation about the scion of the dynasty that has ruled the country for much of its independent history.

India's Congress party names Rahul Gandhi president

New Delhi - India's opposition Congress party named Rahul Gandhi as its new leader on Monday after years of speculation, calling it a "historic occasion".

India faces painful move to cleaner energy

Dadri - Subedar Singh bears the scars of India's painful reliance on dirty power and its struggle to pay for the costly transition to the brave new world of solar and renewable electricity.

India's Modi faces test in home state as Gujarat votes

Ahmedabad - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's home state of Gujarat went to the polls on Saturday, in a key electoral test of his popularity after a series of controversial economic reforms.

Indian police arrest suspect in brutal video murder

New Delhi - Indian police on Thursday arrested a Hindu man over the murder of a Muslim labourer after identifying him from a video of the brutal killing that went viral and has sparked widespread outrage.

China says Indian drone 'invaded' its airspace, crashed

Bejing - An Indian drone has "invaded" China's airspace and crashed, China's defence ministry said Thursday, months after the neighbours ended one of their worst border standoffs in decades. "The Indian move violated China's territorial sovereignty.

The 'Rat Eaters' of Bihar: India's poorest people?

Kako - The rat kept crawling over Phekan Manjhi's arm as he battled to pin it to the ground before he eventually managed to kill it with repeated blows to the head.

India's Modi faces key test as home state votes

Surendranagar - India's Narendra Modi will face a key test of his popularity after a series of controversial economic reforms when the state where he forged his political career goes to the polls on Saturday.

Babies' brains at risk from toxic pollution: UN

New Delhi - As New Delhi and other major cities hit new toxic smog peaks, the United Nations sounded the alarm Wednesday over the damage that pollution is doing to babies' developing brains.

Doctors say no to sport in Delhi as cricketers choke in smog

New Delhi - Unprecedented scenes of Sri Lankan cricketers wearing face masks have reignited debate about hosting major sports in heavily polluted New Delhi, where doctors are increasingly vocal about the health risks posed by smog.

India's reluctant leader Rahul Gandhi takes party helm

New Delhi - He has never held public office, once likened power to "poison", and saw his politician father and grandmother assassinated. Now Rahul Gandhi is poised to take over as leader of the party that has ruled India for much of its history.

India's Rahul Gandhi set to take over as Congress chief

New Delhi - Rahul Gandhi could be named head of India's opposition Congress Party within hours, a source said, shortly after he filed his candidacy for the role on Monday.

Cricketers flounder in New Delhi's hazardous smog

New Delhi - Indian and Sri Lankan cricketers battled through hazardous smog levels in a Test match Monday as New Delhi authorities faced scathing criticism over their lack of action to combat pollution.

U.S. exporting its fuel waste product to already polluted India

U.S. oil refineries that are unable to sell a dirty fuel waste product at home are exporting vast quantities of it to India, Turkey and Mexico instead.

Pollution stops play in India-Sri Lanka Test in Delhi

New Delhi - Hazardous smog interrupted the third Test between India and Sri Lanka in New Delhi on Sunday, with players wearing face masks as air quality dipped in the world's most polluted capital city.

Obama says 'think before you tweet'

New Delhi - Former US president Barack Obama said Friday that social media powers like Facebook, WhatsApp and Twitter are leading to "snap judgements to complex issues" and warned leaders to think before tweeting.

Five dead in Kashmir as militant death toll exceeds 200 this year

Srinagar - Five suspected rebels were shot dead by government forces on Thursday in Indian-administered Kashmir, officials said, as the disputed territory reels from the deadliest upsurge in armed conflict this decade.

India's Q2 economic growth rises to 6.3%: official data

New Delhi - India's economy grew at 6.3 percent in the second quarter of the financial year, official data showed Thursday, rebounding from a sharp slowdown in the wake of high-profile reforms.

Ivanka Trump a 'rockstar' in India, despite criticism

Hyderabad - Ivanka Trump on Wednesday pushed business leaders to change their attitudes toward women at an Indian summit where she has drawn mixed reviews amid criticism over her White House role and clothes brand.

Ivanka Trump urges India to boost women in workplace

Hyderabad - Ivanka Trump urged India on Tuesday to close its yawning gender gap in the job market, telling a business summit in her biggest foreign mission yet that this would bring huge economic benefits.

Bali paradise turns to tourist nightmare as volcano rumbles

Denpasar - Cancelled flights, missed connections and expiring visas have turned Bali into a nightmare for thousands of tourists scrambling to leave, as a volcano on the Indonesian vacation paradise threatens a major eruption.

Six Britons from anti-piracy ship freed from Indian jail

Chennai - Six Britons who were among 35 crew on a US-operated anti-piracy ship serving jail terms for illegal weapons possession left an Indian prison on Tuesday after their court acquittal.

Indian court acquits 35 from anti-piracy ship of weapons charges

Chennai - An Indian court on Monday acquitted 35 men, including several from Britain, Estonia and Ukraine, of illegal possession of arms while they were on a US-operated anti-piracy boat.

India takes no chances for Ivanka Trump visit

Hyderabad - Indian authorities have cleared beggars off the streets and brought in 10,000 extra security forces for Ivanka Trump's biggest foreign mission since her father became president.

Indian woman in 'love jihad' case says was not forced to convert

New Delhi - An Indian woman whose marriage to a Muslim was annulled at her Hindu father's request has denied she was forcibly converted to Islam, ahead of her testimony in the Supreme Court Monday.

India's 'Miami': Putting Mumbai's Art Deco on the map

Mumbai - The seafront is lined with brightly coloured buildings boasting curved corners, stylish balconies and exotic motifs but this isn't Miami's famous Art Deco district -- it's Mumbai.

India acid attack victims defiant on the haute couture catwalk

New Delhi - Nine women disfigured by acid became defiant models Saturday at the first haute couture fashion show for the survivors of the growing scourge of acid attacks in India.

US warns on Pakistan ties after 'terrorist' freed

Washington - Pakistan-US ties could be affected if Islamabad does not act to rearrest and prosecute a mastermind of the deadly siege in India's Mumbai nearly a decade ago, the White House warned on Saturday.

US 'deeply concerned' as Pakistan frees Mumbai attacks suspect

Islamabad - The US said it was "deeply concerned" Friday after Pakistan freed one of the suspected masterminds of the 2008 Mumbai attacks despite months of pressure from Washington over militancy.

India outraged at release of Mumbai attack suspect

New Delhi - India said Thursday it was outraged at Pakistan's release of an Islamist leader accused of organising the 2008 deadly Mumbai attacks that nearly brought the nuclear-armed nations to the brink of war.
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Dr Madan Kataria, founder of Laughter Yoga International
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The most lavish and beautiful grave; the Taj Mahal mausoleum. Agra, India
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Gay rights activists walk inside the premises of the Supreme Court in New Delhi December 11, 2013
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An idol of the goddess Durga.
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