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Delhi smog hits 'emergency' levels as Britain's Prince Charles visits

New Delhi - The Indian capital's notorious air pollution hit "emergency" levels again Wednesday, coinciding with a visit by Britain's Prince Charles.

Restive Kashmir marks 100 days since India stripped autonomy

Srinagar - Kashmir on Tuesday marked 100 days since India stripped the restive Himalayan valley of its autonomy and imposed a strict communications blackout, with local journalists protesting the internet blackout.

Pakistan installs statue of Indian pilot shot down over Kashmir

Karachi - Pakistan has put on display a statue of an Indian pilot whose plane was shot down over Kashmir earlier this year, invoking the ire of India's media.

Do-it-yourself temple waits to move into Indian holy site

Ayodhya - Huge slabs of pink Rajasthan stone, carved pillars and bricks from across India are already waiting to form a Hindu temple to be built on the site of a demolished mosque at the centre of decades of deadly turbulence.

Sikhs celebrate founder Guru Nanak's birth anniversary

Islamabad - It is one of the biggest birthday celebrations in the world: millions of Sikhs will Tuesday mark the 550th birth anniversary of the founder of their religion, the Guru Nanak.

Cyclone death toll rises to 24 in Bangladesh, India

Khulna - The death toll from a cyclone that barrelled into the coasts of Bangladesh and India has risen to 24, authorities said Monday, as the two nations assess the scale of devastation wreaked by the powerful storm.

20 dead as Cyclone Bulbul smashes into India, Bangladesh coasts

Khulna - Twenty people died and more than two million others spent a night huddled in storm shelters as Cyclone Bulbul smashed into the coasts of India and Bangladesh with fierce gales and torrential rains, officials said Sunday.

Indian holy site prays for closure after court battle

Ayodhya - Residents of Ayodhya scrambled for emergency food when India's Supreme Court warned it would soon hand down a final verdict on a holy site that provoked some of the country's worst sectarian violence.

Eight dead as Cyclone Bulbul smashes into India, Bangladesh coasts

Khulna - Eight people died and more than two million others spent a night huddled in storm shelters as Cyclone Bulbul smashed into the coasts of India and Bangladesh with fierce gales and torrential rains, officials said Sunday.

Hundreds of Indian Sikhs make historic pilgrimage to Pakistan

Hundreds of Indian Sikhs made a historic pilgrimage to Pakistan on Saturday, crossing through a white gate to reach one of their religion's holiest sites, after a landmark deal between the two countries separated by the 1947 partition of the subcontine...

Triumph for Modi's BJP as Indian holy site awarded to Hindus

New Delhi - India's top court handed a huge victory to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist party on Saturday, awarding Hindus control of a bitterly disputed holy site that has sparked some of the country's worst sectarian bloodshed.

India strips British Modi critic of overseas citizenship

New Delhi - An Indian-origin British journalist critical of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has lost his Indian overseas citizenship, a move campaigners said underlined the government's hostility to a free press.

Hundreds arrested on eve of verdict on Indian holy site

New Delhi - Fearing unrest, Indian police have reportedly arrested more than 500 people ahead of a Supreme Court ruling due Saturday on a hotly disputed religious site in the holy city of Ayodhya.

Mothers-to-be fear for their unborn in smog-choked Delhi

New Delhi - Heavily pregnant Rachel Gokavi spends most days shut away in her New Delhi home, desperate to shield her unborn child from the toxic air blamed for soaring miscarriage rates and infant deaths.

Sikhs await opening of corridor to sacred shrine in Pakistan

A corridor that will allow Sikhs to cross from India into Pakistan to visit one of the religion's holiest sites is set to open Saturday, with thousands expected to make a pilgrimage interrupted by decades of conflict.

Scores of Indian farmers arrested over polluting fires

New Delhi - More than 80 farmers have been arrested in northern India for starting fires that contributed to the recent pollution crisis in New Delhi and other cities, officials said Thursday.

Despite itchy eyes, tourists flock to Taj Mahal

Agra - Even with pollution cloaking northern India, visitors are still thronging the Taj Mahal, the shining marble mausoleum south of Delhi.

Boeing still hopes 737 Max will fly again this year

New Delhi - A top Boeing executive insisted Wednesday the aviation giant was confident its controversial 737 Max jets could be flying again before the end of the year.

India's top court orders halt to stubble burning as Delhi chokes

New Delhi - India's top court has ordered a complete halt to stubble burning around Delhi, a major contributor to lethal smog that on Tuesday kept the metropolis of 20 million people choking in air rated "very poor".

World's biggest trade deal nears finish despite India holdout

Bangkok - The world's biggest trade deal is likely to move forward without India for the time being, diplomats and officials said Monday, as negotiators pushed to finalise the sprawling Asian pact backed by China.

Taj Mahal gets air purifier as Indian capital chokes

New Delhi - New Delhi banned half the Indian capital's private cars from its roads on Monday as the megacity's 20 million people spluttered with stinging eyes in the worst pollution in three years.

Delhi minister — India's air pollution is at 'unbearable' levels

Delhi - Air pollution in the north of India has "reached unbearable levels in the capital," Delhi's Chief Minister Arvid Kejriwal says. In many areas of Delhi, air quality deteriorated into the "hazardous" category on Sunday.

Indian capital Delhi gasps under choking smog

New Delhi - India's capital New Delhi was enveloped in heavy, toxic smog Sunday -- the worst levels in recent years -- with hundreds of flights diverted or delayed as politicians blamed each other for failing to tackle the crisis.

Merkel urges Delhi to go green amid smog emergency

New Delhi - Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel urged greater efforts to clean up New Delhi's toxic air as she pledged one billion euros to help Indian cities switch to green transport.

Maskless Merkel braves severe Delhi smog

New Delhi - German Chancellor Angela Merkel got a toxic welcome to India on Friday as Prime Minister Narendra Modi welcomed her in air so polluted that authorities declared a public health emergency.

Maskless Merkel braves severe Delhi smog

New Delhi - German Chancellor Angela Merkel got a toxic welcome to India on Friday as Prime Minister Narendra Modi treated her to a military parade in New Delhi's severely polluted air.

Indian Kashmir formally ceases to be a state

Srinagar - India's Muslim-majority region of Kashmir was formally divided on Thursday, almost three months after losing its autonomy in a move that triggered violence and stoked tensions with arch-rival Pakistan.

TB drug price slashed in global push to thwart killer disease

Hyderabad - A pharmaceutical multinational on Thursday slashed the price of a key anti-tuberculosis drug boosting the battle against the world's deadliest infectious disease, as a new treatment was also set to begin extensive testing.

Gunmen kill five migrant workers in Kashmir as EU lawmakers visit

Srinagar - Unidentified gunmen shot dead five migrant labourers in Indian-administered Kashmir on Tuesday, police said, in the bloodiest incident since New Delhi moved to strip the region of its autonomy.

India's IndiGo makes $33bn mega-order of Airbus planes

Paris - Indian airline IndiGo has placed an order for 300 A320neo family aircraft, Airbus said Tuesday, in one of its largest-ever orders from a single firm, worth over $33.2 billion at catalogue prices.
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