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Indian state to embark on universal basic income experiment

Gangtok - A small state in India is to embark on an economic experiment by introducing universal basic income. While the state of Sikkim is small, the concept is attracting global interest.

Swine flu kills 40 in western India

Jaipur - At least 40 people have died and more than 1,000 have tested positive for swine flu since the beginning of this year in a western Indian state popular with foreigners, authorities said Friday.

Millions take plunge in giant Indian religious festival

Allahabad - More than 20 million Hindu pilgrims ritually bathed in India's holy rivers on the opening day of the Kumbh Mela, a gigantic festival billed as the world's largest human gathering.

Indian temple trailblazer beaten by mother-in-law

Thiruvananthapuram - One of the two women who infuriated Hindu traditionalists by entering a revered shrine in India was attacked by her mother-in-law Tuesday as soon as she returned home after days on the run, police said.

Hindus gather by the millions in India for world's largest festival

Allahabad - The largest gathering of humanity on the planet began Tuesday, with tens of millions showered in rose petals and holy ash at a spectacular Hindu festival on India's sacred riverbanks.

Hindus gather by the millions in India for world's largest festival

Allahabad - The largest gathering of humanity on the planet began Tuesday, with tens of millions showered in rose petals and holy ash at a spectacular Hindu festival on India's sacred riverbanks.

Indian temple trailblazer beaten by mother-in-law

Thiruvananthapuram - One of the two women who infuriated Hindu traditionalists by entering a revered shrine in south India was attacked by her mother-in-law Tuesday as soon as she returned home after days on the run, police said.

India temple trailblazers braving threats and family anger

Kerala - Bindu Ammini and Kanakadurga are living on the run since infuriating Hindu traditionalists by entering one of India's holiest temples that for generations banned nearly all women.

Disgraced Indian guru convicted of murdering journalist

New Delhi - An Indian court Friday convicted a disgraced but still-powerful religious sect leader of murdering a journalist after he exposed rampant sexual abuses by the guru.

India plans manned space mission by December 2021

Bangalore - India will send its first manned mission into space by December 2021, the head of the country's space agency said on Friday.

Varanasi's temple corridor destroys old neighbourhood

New Delhi - India's ancient city of Varanasi is clearing the way for a grand temple corridor by razing hundreds of houses, wiping away its oldest neighbourhood and upsetting locals.

US envoy on new Afghanistan peace trip

Washington - US peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad headed Tuesday on a trip to Afghanistan and regional powers in a fresh bid to negotiate an end to 17 years of war.

Indian MPs pass contentious citizenship bill that excludes Muslims

New Delhi - India's lower house passed on Tuesday legislation that will grant citizenship to members of certain religious minorities but not Muslims, sparking protests in the country's northeast.

Dozens of Rohingya flee India for Bangladesh: officials

Dhaka - Dozens of Rohingya Muslims have crossed the border into Bangladesh from India in recent days, officials said Tuesday, as New Delhi faces censure for deporting the persecuted minority to Myanmar.

Britain warns on travel to southern India after temple unrest

Thiruvananthapuram - Britain on Saturday warned tourists visiting the southern Indian state of Kerala after sporadic violence in recent days over the admission of women to one of Hinduism's holiest temples.

Violence rages over Indian flashpoint temple

Thiruvananthapuram - Twin arson and bomb attacks rocked southern India Saturday, continuing a violent backlash that followed the entry of two women into a Hindu temple that forbids female devotees.

Runaway leopard in India hoodwinks drones, elephants

Kolkata - Wildlife authorities in eastern India have deployed drones, trained elephants and set up traps with live bait to find a leopard who escaped from a safari park, officials said Friday.

Third woman enters flashpoint Indian temple

Thiruvananthapuram - Indian police said Friday that a third woman has defied traditionalists to enter one of Hinduism's holiest temples, stoking tensions after two days of clashes that left some 275 people injured.

Prague zoo hopes rare lion insemination sows seed for survival

Prague - After two suitors failed to get a rare Asiatic lioness pregnant, Prague zoo now hopes that artificial insemination will finally plant the seed for her species' survival.

India rebuffs Trump 'Afghan library' swipe

New Delhi - India rejected US President Donald Trump's comments mocking Prime Minister Narendra Modi for funding a library in Afghanistan, saying Thursday that New Delhi has provided $3 billion in development assistance to the war-torn country.

Clashes after women enter flashpoint Indian temple

Thiruvananthapuram - Protests and violence erupted in southern India on Wednesday after two women defied traditionalists to enter one of Hinduism's holiest temples for the first time since a landmark court ruling.

Two women enter flashpoint India temple

Thiruvananthapuram - Two women on Wednesday entered one of Hinduism's holiest shrines in south India becoming the first to go into Sabarimala temple since the Supreme Court ordered the end of a longstanding ban on women aged between 10 and 50, a state minister said.

Indian father and son battle for billion-dollar empire

New Delhi - Vijaypat Singhania thought he was keeping his billion-dollar Indian textile empire in the family when he gifted control of the Raymond Group to his son Gautam three years ago.

Death toll hits a new peak in Indian Kashmir

Srinagar - The most deadly year in a decade has left Indian-controlled Kashmir facing a grim future with militant groups and the New Delhi government digging in for an even fiercer battle in 2019, experts say.

Divers hunt flooded Indian mine for missing men

New Delhi - Indian navy divers on Sunday launched an operation to find 15 men trapped for more than two weeks in a flooded "rat-hole" coal mine in remote northeast India, police said.

India to send three-person crew on landmark space mission

New Delhi - India will send a three-member team into orbit for up to a week when it launches its first manned space mission expected in 2022, the government announced Friday. Indian ministers approved $1.

India busts fake call centre duping Americans

New Delhi - Indian police arrested on Friday 126 people working for a allegedly fake call centre making up to $50,000 a day by duping US citizens, officials said.

Indian farmers get $9bn loan relief ahead of elections

New Delhi - Three newly elected Indian state governments have waived up to $8.6 billion in farm loans in a bid by Rahul Gandhi's main opposition Congress party to boost support ahead of 2019 elections.

Kashmir locked down as Indian forces warn against protests

Srinagar - Indian authorities locked down parts of restive Kashmir on Monday as police fired tear gas at protesters defying a curfew to march against the shooting death of seven civilians.

Indian politician gets life over 1984 anti-Sikh riots

New Delhi - A veteran Indian politician was given a life sentence on Monday over anti-Sikh riots in 1984 that killed nearly 3,000 people following the assassination of then-premier Indira Gandhi.
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