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Forest killings put India's 'fake encounters' in spotlight

Tirupati - Kanagarani last saw her husband when he left their village on a mountainside in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu to look for work.

India's Modi visits French aviation hub Toulouse

Toulouse - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday paid a lightning visit to Toulouse, the hub of the French aerospace industry in the southwest of the country.

India orders 36 Rafale fighter jets from France

Paris - India's prime minister announced Friday that New Delhi had ordered 36 Rafale fighter jets from France in a multi-billion-euro agreement that has been years in the making.

Pakistan frees Mumbai attacks 'mastermind,' angering India

Islamabad - Pakistani authorities have freed the alleged mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai attacks on bail, officials said Friday, in a move that swiftly drew furious condemnation from India.

All eyes on major jet deal as India's Modi meets Hollande

Paris - India's prime minister kicked off Friday talks in Paris with the French president with all eyes on a potential multi-billion-euro fighter jet deal hailed as the "contract of the century.

Court convicts ex-Satyam chief of fraud in 'India's Enron' case

Hyderabad - An Indian court on Thursday convicted the former chief of outsourcing giant Satyam and his aides over a $2.25 billion accounting fraud scandal dubbed "India's Enron", the prosecutor said.

Net neutraility status threatened in India Special

After the U.S., it's time for Indian citizens to fight for net neutrality status. This time netizens of the world’s second-largest telecom users nation are gearing up to prevent attempts by cellular operators to end India’s net neutrality.

Indian police to use pepper-spraying drones on unruly protesters

Lucknow - Police in a northern Indian city said Tuesday they have a new weapon for controlling unruly protesters in the world's largest democracy: pepper-spraying drones.

Indian police say 20 shot dead in clash with sandalwood smugglers

Hyderabad - At least 20 people were killed when police opened fire Tuesday on loggers who attacked them with axes and stones in an area of southern India known for sandalwood smuggling.Deputy Inspector General M.

India's high air pollution levels blamed on 'changing lifestyles'

A higher level of industrialization has led to greater economic development in India, and with the new found weath has come an unwanted side-effect. Air pollution is so bad that in 2014, India was ranked 174 out of 178 countries for air quality.

India measures air quality in world's most polluted capital

New Delhi - India's prime minister suggested Monday the country's "age-old traditions" could be used to ease its choking smog, as he launched a new air quality index for the world's most polluted capital.

India's ban on beef devastating to economy and secularism

India's place in the world as the second largest exporter of beef is in jeopardy as the Home Minister contemplates a nationwide ban on cow slaughter. Muslims are a minority population and as such, see a ban on beef as an assault on India's secularism.

Indian police arrest four over rape of nun

Kolkata - Indian police said Wednesday they have arrested four Bangladeshi nationals in connection with the rape of an elderly nun that sent shockwaves through the Christian community.

Baby among 15 killed by landslide in Indian Kashmir

Srinagar - Emergency workers in Indian Kashmir have recovered 15 bodies including that of a three-week-old baby after a landslide triggered by heavy rains buried several houses.

India police arrest 1,000 over fresh exam cheating scandal

New Delhi - Police in eastern India have arrested around 1,000 aspiring constables for using "middlemen" to sit their exams for them, in the latest cheating scandal to hit Bihar state, an official said Monday.

Landslides bury 15 in flood-hit Indian Kashmir

Srinagar - Landslides buried at least 15 people in Indian Kashmir on Monday as hundreds fled their homes after heavy rain triggered flooding around the mountainous region.

Indian village bans kissing in public

Panaji - An Indian village in a western coastal state has imposed a ban on couples kissing in public, claiming the sight of such "obscene" behaviour is unwanted by local residents.

Indian police make first arrest in nun's rape

Kolkata - Indian police have arrested a suspect in connection with the rape of an elderly nun, a senior officer said Thursday, their first breakthrough in a case that has shocked the country.

Indian Supreme Court strikes down 'Facebook' arrest law

New Delhi - In a landmark ruling affirming the right to free speech on the Internet, India's Supreme Court has struck down a controversial law under which police had the power to arrest people for comments they posted on social networks and other websites.

Modi's India on way to banning all beef consumption

The western Indian state of Maharashtra banned the slaughter of cows and the sale and consumption of beef on March 3 of this year. But the ban is beginning to have far-reaching economic repercussions, as some businesses falter.

Two-year-old girl is India's archery prodigy

A two-year-old archery prodigy from Vijaywada, India has achieved what many people say is an amazing feat by scoring over 200 points in the five and seven meter distances, according to the India Book of Records.

Shocking 10th-grade cheating scandal rocks India

The quest for an education is only limited by the extremes a parent will go to in helping their child to succeed. In India, openly scaling the walls of a school to toss cheat sheets through windows resulted in hundreds of arrests.

Train derails in northern India, killing 32

Lucknow - At least 32 people, including children, were killed and dozens more injured when an express train derailed in northern India on Friday, authorities said.

Round-the-world solar pilot flies into Indian red tape tangle

Ahmedabad - A pilot who is trying to make history by flying a solar-powered plane around the world launched an angry attack on Indian bureaucracy on Wednesday after a lengthy hold-up in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's home state.

Rain delays next leg of solar plane's round-the-world bid

Ahmedabad - Poor weather has delayed Solar Impulse 2's departure from India on the next leg of its epic bid to become the first plane to fly around the world powered solely by the sun.

Priests, school girls join rally in India over nun gang-rape

Kolkata - Hundreds of priests, school girls and other protesters staged a peaceful rally Monday in the Indian city of Kolkata to support an elderly nun who was gang-raped at her convent school.

Prayers in India for elderly nun gang-raped at convent

Kolkata - Prayers were said at churches across India Sunday for an elderly nun who was gang-raped at a convent in an attack that has intensified anger over sexual violence and fuelled fears among beleaguered Christians.

Elderly Indian nun 'gang-raped' in convent school

Kolkata - Police in eastern India said Saturday they were investigating the gang-rape of a 75-year-old nun by burglars who broke into the convent school where she lived.

India's Modi visits Sri Lanka's Tamil heartland

Jaffna - Narendra Modi landed in Jaffna on Saturday, making a highly symbolic first visit by an Indian prime minister to Sri Lanka's war-ravaged northern Tamil heartland after urging greater autonomy for the island's largest minority.

Gandhi statue to be unveiled near Churchill's in London

London - A statue of Indian independence leader Mahatma Gandhi is to be unveiled on Saturday at the heart of the British establishment which once loathed him for his campaign against imperial rule.
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Children of tea garden workers  mainly migrated tribal people  gather at a house in a village of Tri...
Children of tea garden workers, mainly migrated tribal people, gather at a house in a village of Tripura, India. Notably, no child of the village is suffering from major mal-nutrition problem -- thanks to Government of India sponsored Mid Day Meal scheme in schools. The children are getting education as well as lunch everyday reducing mal-nutrition significantly.
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Running ahead: Rural kids of Tripura, India running in a sports event. Poor and under privileged yet full of lives - these kids are working hard to beat the odds and excel in life.
Noted Indian agri-scientist Prof Swaminathan is attending a workshop on Agriculture at Tripura  Indi...
Noted Indian agri-scientist Prof Swaminathan is attending a workshop on Agriculture at Tripura, India. Chief Minister of Tripura at centre and other dignatories also attended the workshop.
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One of over 20 women taken to the hospital in critical condition after taking antibiotics contaminated with rat poison in India.
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Assembly house of Tripura  one of the 8 states of North Eastern India.
Assembly house of Tripura, one of the 8 states of North Eastern India.
A call centre. Some industry experts are touting the centres as the sweat-shops of the 21st century.
A call centre. Some industry experts are touting the centres as the sweat-shops of the 21st century.
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A Dongria Kondh woman. © Jason Taylor
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An Indian patient at an intensive care unit was brought to a hospital after suffering complications from a sterilization procedure
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Anti-rape protests at India Gate
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Hockey played in Goa
Over 13 women dead after taking antibiotic contaminated with rat poison at sterilization clinic in I...
Over 13 women dead after taking antibiotic contaminated with rat poison at sterilization clinic in India.
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A section of the Western Ghats.
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Dr Madan Kataria, founder of Laughter Yoga
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Woman cooks on a communal oven in Banni Village, Gujarat, where there is little electricity.
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School bus in India
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Gay rights activists pose for pictures at a protest organised against the Supreme Court's order on gay sex in Mumbai December 11, 2013
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A village girl from Banbassa  India  washes in a near-dry riverbed.
A village girl from Banbassa, India, washes in a near-dry riverbed.
Almost all Indian children  know how to read. It is the adults that need help in learning to read.
Almost all Indian children know how to read. It is the adults that need help in learning to read.
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Tribal girls of Tripura  India are attending a rally in ethnic dress.
Tribal girls of Tripura, India are attending a rally in ethnic dress.

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