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India bans e-cigarettes as vaping backlash grows

New Delhi - India announced on Wednesday a ban on the sale of electronic cigarettes, as a backlash gathers pace worldwide about a technology promoted as less harmful than smoking tobacco.

U2 announce first ever India concert

New Delhi - Irish rockers U2 have announced they are to play their first ever concert in India, wrapping up the band's Joshua Tree Tour 2019 in the coastal megacity of Mumbai on December 15.

India arrests former Kashmir chief minister

New Delhi - A former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister, seen as being pro-India, has been formally arrested under a law allowing him to be held for up to two years without charge, authorities said Tuesday.

Booming Bollywood comes home for 'Oscars' 20th edition

Mumbai - Mumbai hosts the "Bollywood Oscars" for the first time in India in 20 years this week with the megastars, movers and shakers of a booming Hindi film industry celebrating another bumper year, including in huge markets like China.

Screams in the night in Indian Kashmir

Connaught Place - The soldiers came after midnight, Abid Khan says, his hands trembling, one of around two dozen young men in just one part of Kashmir who say they have been tortured by the Indian army.

In show of bond, Trump to join Modi in mass Houston rally

Washington - President Donald Trump will join Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a massive gathering of Indian-Americans in Houston, the White House said Sunday, in a symbolic show of the bond between the two leaders and countries.

Protests mount in Indian Kashmir clampdown

Srinagar - Kashmir has seen an average of nearly 20 protests per day against Indian rule over the last six weeks despite a security lockdown to quell unrest, a senior government source told AFP.

Archbishop of Canterbury prostrates over 1919 India massacre

Amritsar - Britain has never apologised for the 1919 massacre at Amritsar in India but the head of the Church of England prostrated himself to say sorry in a personal capacity and "in the name of Christ".

Pakistan calls for UN probe of India actions in Kashmir

Geneva - Pakistan's foreign minister demanded Tuesday that the UN launch an international investigation into the situation in Indian Kashmir, warning of the risk of "genocide" in the Muslim-majority region.

Kashmir families allege brutality by Indian forces

Srinagar - Burhan Nazir Parrey, 16, had a gaping wound in his shoulder the size of a cricket ball, the latest victim of what Kashmiris say is indiscriminate brutality by Indian forces.He is one of the lucky ones.

India locates missing Moon lander

New Delhi - Indian space scientists were desperately trying Tuesday to establish communication with their broken Moon lander, having located the probe that went silent moments before it was due to make a historic soft landing.

India tightens Kashmir lockdown over Muslim processions

Srinagar - Authorities on Sunday tightened a month-long security lockdown in Indian Kashmir's main city of Srinagar after breaking up religious processions by Shiite Muslims who defied a ban.

Pakistan denies use of airspace to Indian president

Islamabad - Pakistan on Saturday said it had denied India's President Ram Nath Kovind permission to fly through its airspace -- access to which is usually granted -- due to New Delhi's recent "behaviour".

India space agency loses communication with Moon-landing craft

Bangalore - India's space agency on Saturday lost communication with its spacecraft just before it was due to land near the South Pole of the Moon, in a blow to the nation's lunar ambitions.

India loses contact with Moon lander

Bangalore - India's space programme suffered a huge setback Saturday after losing contact with an unmanned spacecraft moments before it was due to make a historic soft landing on the Moon.

Teenager dies in Indian Kashmir in month-old lockdown

New Delhi - The army in Indian Kashmir said Wednesday a teenager has died after being hit by stone-pelting protesters in the restive region that has been under lockdown for a month.

Indian 'citizenship' list causes anger, confusion

Guwahati - After living in India all his life, father-of-two Gokul Chandra Saha woke up last weekend to learn he was among almost two million people in the religiously diverse state of Assam that the government had suddenly deemed to be foreigners.

'Close friends' Putin and Modi vow to boost military, trade ties

Vladivostok - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi praised his "close friend" Russian President Vladimir Putin Wednesday as the pair said they would work to boost military, trade and energy ties.

Putin, Modi to talk economy in Vladivostok

Vladivostok - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday will host Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for talks on boosting investment and trade, with a special emphasis on energy and arms deals.

India defends citizenship register after UN criticism

Guwahati - India's foreign ministry has again defended a controversial citizenship register in Assam state after criticism from the United Nations, saying the almost two million people excluded from the list would not become "stateless".

Two million face statelessness as India publishes citizenship list

Guwahati - Almost two million people in northeast India were left facing statelessness on Saturday after they were excluded from a citizenship list aimed at weeding out "foreign infiltrators", in a process the central government wants to replicate nationwide.

Pakistan PM Khan leads nationwide protests over Kashmir

Islamabad - Thousands rallied across Pakistan Friday in mass demonstrations against New Delhi's actions in disputed Kashmir, with Prime Minister Imran Khan leading the most ambitious public protests targeting India in years.

Assam security tight for Indian 'citizens list' release

Guwahati - Security was tightened Friday in the Indian state of Assam for the release of a citizens' list that could potentially lead to several million people becoming stateless, most of them Muslims, in a process the government wants to replicate nationwide.

Air India to stop using single-use plastic on flights

Mumbai - Debt-ridden Air India said Thursday it will stop using single-use plastic and replace packaging with eco-friendly paper and wooden cutlery, as the government ramps up its "clean India" mission.

India seeks to ease concerns on 'citizens register'

New Delhi - India's government sought Thursday to ease concerns about an imminent "citizens' register" in the state of Assam that has left several million people, mostly Muslims, fearful of becoming stateless.

500 protests, hundreds injured in Kashmir lockdown: govt source

Srinagar - At least 500 incidents of protest have broken out in Indian Kashmir since New Delhi revoked its autonomy more than three weeks ago, a senior government source told AFP Wednesday, as authorities promised to create 50,000 jobs in the restive region.

India lockdown a major blow for Kashmir tourism

Srinagar - On Srinagar's Dal Lake, intricately decorated houseboats usually packed with tourists lie empty as Kashmir's tourism sector reels from a three-weeks-long lockdown imposed as India revoked the picturesque region's autonomy.

Truck driver killed in Kashmir ahead of Modi-Trump talks

Srinagar - Stone-throwing protesters in Indian Kashmir killed a driver of what they thought was a military truck, police said Monday, as a crippling security lockdown entered its fourth week.

India defends blocking politicians from visiting Kashmir

New Delhi - Authorities on Sunday defended blocking opposition Indian politicians from visiting Muslim-majority Kashmir, saying it was to "avoid controversy" weeks after stripping the restive region of its autonomy and imposing a major clampdown.

Indian girl's throat slit in spate of deadly kite accidents

New Delhi - A young girl riding on a motorcycle with her father in New Delhi has died after a glass-coated kite string slit her throat, reports said Sunday, the second incident in a week.
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