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Rights groups seek UN investigation into Indian Kashmir 'torture'

Srinagar - Tens of thousands of people in Indian Kashmir have been subjected to torture in the past three decades, according to a report released Monday by two prominent human rights groups which called for a UN investigation.

India shares hit record high over Modi election victory forecasts

New Delhi - Indian shares hit a record high Monday after exit polls from the country's marathon election indicated a new term for Hindu nationalist Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

India's marathon vote ends, Modi on tenterhooks over second term

Kolkata - Voting ended Sunday in India's most acrimonious election in decades, one that will decide whether Hindu nationalist Prime Minister Narendra Modi gets a second term in power.

Uttar Pradesh: the key prize in India's election

Varanasi - If Uttar Pradesh were a country, it would be one of the world's most populous. And this poverty-striken northern melting pot of over 200 million people is the biggest prize in India's election ending on Sunday.

Modi slams Gandhi assassin comments ahead of India's key final vote

New Delhi - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday condemned a firebrand Hindu election candidate from his ruling party who called the assassin of independence hero Mahatma Gandhi a "patriot".

First Everest death of 2019, Irishman missing

Kathmandu - Mount Everest claimed Friday its first fatality of the main spring climbing season, an Indian man, while an Irish mountaineer was also missing, expedition organisers in Nepal said.

What's in a word? Oxford Dictionaries dragged into India poll

New Delhi - Oxford Dictionaries was dragged into India's bitter election on Thursday as it rubbished a claim that "Modilie" -- referring to Prime Minister Narendra Modi -- is a recognised word.

Muslim man killed in new suspected India 'cow lynching'

Srinagar - Indian police said Thursday they are probing a suspected fresh case of a Muslim man being killed by so-called Hindu cow vigilantes.

'Cyber warriors' sway Indian election

New Delhi - India's election watchdog says it has forced Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to take down hundreds of posts during the country's election but experts say it is just a drop in an ocean of misinformation that has engulfed voters.

South African woman makes landmark Everest summit

Kathmandu - A South African business executive reached the top of Mount Everest on Thursday in what is believed to be the first summit of the world's highest mountain by a black African woman.

Kolkata clashes spark Indian election row

Kolkata - Clashes between followers of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and a firebrand opposition leader heightened tensions in the key Indian city of Kolkata on Wednesday ahead of the final round of the country's hard-fought national election.

Kolkata clashes spark Indian election row

Kolkata - Clashes between followers of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and a firebrand opposition leader heightened tensions in the key Indian city of Kolkata on Wednesday ahead of the final round of the country's hard-fought national election.

Indian cyclone death toll rises, anger grows

New Delhi - The death toll from a major cyclone that hit eastern India and Bangladesh in early May rose to 77 on Monday as anger grew over millions of people still without power and water.

'I am the original': Modi lookalike hits campaign trail

Lucknow - His white beard neatly trimmed and a sleeveless jacket thrown over his traditional Indian shirt, Abhinandan Pathak turns heads thanks to an uncanny resemblance to the country's Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

'Love vs. hate' in penultimate Indian election round

New Delhi - Tens of millions voted Sunday in the penultimate round of India's increasingly bad-tempered election, with all eyes on the coveted capital New Delhi after an ugly campaign of slaps and savage pamphlets.

Delhi leader defies slaps and shoes to step up election fight

New Delhi - He has been smeared with chilli powder and slapped, but Delhi's chief minister will still be leading the fight against Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Sunday's penultimate round of the Indian election.

Protests reported as millions without power, one week after India cyclone

New Delhi - Millions of people are living without power or shelter in eastern India, a week after a devastating cyclone hit the region, officials said Saturday, as reports emerged of angry survivors protesting over the slow pace of relief.

Indian party activist arrested over see-through dress meme

Kolkata - Indian police have detained a ruling party activist after she posted a meme superimposing the head of a state chief minister on a photograph of a Bollywood star in a see-through dress, an officer said Saturday.

India and France hold biggest naval exercises -- with one eye on China

With the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle at the centre, France and India on Friday stepped up their biggest naval exercises as the Indian Ocean's strategic shipping lanes draw ever more envious eyes.

Minister promises clean Delhi air in three years

New Delhi - A top Indian minister has made an ambitious promise that the government will clean New Delhi's toxic air in the next three years.

Storm continues over #MeToo claims against India's top judge

New Delhi - Several dozen employees of India's highest court gathered Wednesday to express support for the chief justice, days after an in-house inquiry cleared him of sexually assaulting a former staffer.

Exit far left: India's communists face election angst

Kannur - India's once-vibrant communist parties are in danger of falling off the political map in this month's general elections as voters lose their revolutionary fervour.

China, India boost global booze binge: study

Paris - The world consumed ten percent more alcohol per adult in 2017 than in 1990, due in large part to heavier and more widespread drinking in China and India, researchers said Wednesday.

Security high in restive Kashmir as India votes again

New Delhi - India held the next stage of its marathon election on Monday, with 90 million people eligible to vote in key seats for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's party and security heavy in restive Kashmir.

Security high in restive Kashmir as India votes again

New Delhi - India held the next stage of its marathon election on Monday, with 90 million people eligible to vote in key seats for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's party and security heavy in restive Kashmir.

Militants kill politician ahead of new round of India vote

Srinagar - Suspected militants shot dead a local leader of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ruling party in disputed Kashmir ahead of the latest round of polling, highlighting bloodshed that has marred India's mega-election.

Praise for India's response to devastating cyclone

New Delhi - UN and other experts Saturday praised India for its early warning systems and rapid evacuation of more than 1 million people, which they said helped minimise loss of life from a deadly cyclone that battered its eastern coast.

Death toll rises to 7 as Cyclone Fani makes landfall in India

Cyclone Fani, one of the strongest storms to strike India in the last 20 years, made landfall around 8 a.m. Friday morning, local time, pummeling the country's east coast with the equivalent force of a Category 3 hurricane.

Nepal refutes Indian Army's abominable yeti claim

Kathmandu - Nepal's army Friday refuted the Indian military's hairy claim that its soldiers had discovered yeti footprints in the Himalayas, saying they were more likely just a bear.

Tiny Australia bird stalls divisive coal mine project

Sydney - A tiny finch flew into the centre of Australia's bitter environmental politics Friday when local authorities blocked the construction of a contentious coal mine until the rare bird is protected.
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Macaque monkeys in India are a revered species so legislators are going to great lengths to distract them.
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The PSLV-C40 launch was successful
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