India hires Igor Stimac as coach for World Cup qualifying

Soccer 05/15/19, 09:19

India will try to qualify for the World Cup with former Croatia international Igor Stimac as coach.Stimac, a defender on the national team when Croatia reached the World Cup semifinals in 1998, signed a two-year contract, the Indian soccer federation said Wednesday.India has never qualified for the World Cup. The ...

Clashes during election rally in east India injure several

World 05/14/19, 21:04

Rival political supporters on Tuesday clashed with rocks and sticks during an election rally by the Hindu nationalist party in eastern India, leaving several people injured and a university college vandalized. Police say they used sticks to disperse the rivals as West Bengal state prepared for the seventh and final round ...

PHOTOS: India’s tribal women see little hope in election

World 05/13/19, 00:07

For years they've been told about the power they can wield with their votes, and how elections can bring so much change to this sprawling, often-chaotic nation.But few of these women, marooned at the fringes of Indian society, believe such talk anymore.They've been hardened by decades of forgotten promises, and ...

Watson’s 80 goes in vain, Mumbai wins IPL final by 1 run

Sports 05/12/19, 13:38

Mumbai Indians won the IPL final on the very last ball for a sensational one-run victory against Chennai Super Kings on Sunday.Shane Watson's 80 off 59 balls nearly took MS Dhoni's team home, but the Australian allrounder got run out in the last over as Mumbai restricted Chennai to 148-7.Earlier, ...

Voting in Indian elections reaches next-to-last phase

World 05/11/19, 21:27

Indians are voting in the next-to-last round of 6-week-long national elections, marked by a highly acrimonious campaign with Prime Minister Narendra Modi flaying the opposition Congress party rival Rahul Gandhi for the country's ills.Sunday's voting in 59 constituencies, including seven in the Indian capital, will complete polling for 483 of ...

Indian company buys famous UK toy retailer Hamleys

Europe 05/10/19, 10:27

An Indian company says it has agreed to take over the famous toy retailer Hamleys.Reliance Brands in Mumbai said in a statement Thursday that it would buy Hamleys Global Holdings, the owner of the Hamleys brand, from C Banner International of Hong Kong for an undisclosed sum.The deal would include ...

US commerce secretary urges India to open markets further

Business 05/07/19, 05:43

U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross says American technologies and expertise can play an important role in developing India's economy, but are facing significant barriers to accessing its markets.Ross told a gathering of business leaders in New Delhi on Tuesday that foreign companies are at a disadvantage due to India's tariff ...

Gandhi scion comes into his own as India polls near finish

World 05/07/19, 02:00

With India's general election inching toward the finish line, the battle for one seat in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh is being examined to see whether the scion of India's most important modern political dynasty can retain his seat and revive his party's fortunes.After 15 years in politics, Rahul ...

Violence mars 5th phase of India’s marathon elections

World 05/06/19, 12:46

Scattered bomb explosions and clashes between rival political groups marred voting Monday in the crucial fifth phase of India's marathon elections, which also saw Congress party President Rahul Gandhi and his mother, Sonia Gandhi, trying to keep their seats.More than 25 million people were registered to vote for 14 members ...

Modi flexes muscles in Kashmir to woo India’s Hindu voters

World 05/06/19, 00:37

Shortly before India's mammoth elections began in April, New Delhi did something unprecedented: It banned civilian traffic on the only major highway connecting the heart of disputed Kashmir with the rest of the country.The government cited unspecified security threats for the twice weekly ban, but the move is indicative of ...

Gandhis hope to keep seats in 5th phase of India’s elections

World 05/05/19, 23:28

Polling has opened for the fifth phase of India's marathon elections including in two constituencies in the vote-rich state of Uttar Pradesh where opposition Congress party president Rahul Gandhi and his mother Sonia Gandhi hope to retain their seats.Voting began Monday amid tight security in Uttar Pradesh, where more than ...

India assesses damage as Cyclone Fani moves to Bangladesh

World 05/04/19, 02:53

Indian officials are trying to find out if there are any casualties from Cyclone Fani, after one of the biggest storms to hit the eastern coast in decades tore through the state of Odhisha, causing heavy damage to infrastructure.Randeep Kumar of the National Disaster Response Force says roads are blocked ...

Cyclone Fani hits India’s east coast; 1.2 million evacuated

World 05/03/19, 00:57

Cyclone Fani has made landfall on India's eastern coast as a grade 5 storm, lashing the emptied beaches with rain and wind gusting up to 205 kilometers (127 miles) per hour.The India Meterological Department says the "extremely severe" cyclone in the Bay of Bengal hit the coastal state of Odisha ...

UN adds leader of outlawed Pakistan group to sanctions list

World 05/02/19, 10:38

In a major diplomatic win for India, the United Nations added the leader of an outlawed Pakistani militant group to its sanctions blacklist Wednesday after the group claimed responsibility for a February suicide attack in disputed Kashmir that killed 40 Indian soldiers. Sanctions against Masood Azhar were confirmed by Pakistani Foreign ...

India prepares for ‘extremely severe’ Bay of Bengal cyclone

Science 05/02/19, 07:41

Hundreds of thousands of people were evacuated along India's eastern coast on Thursday as authorities braced for a cyclone moving through the Bay of Bengal that was forecast to bring extremely severe wind and rain.The India Meteorological Department in New Delhi said Cyclone Fani was expected to make landfall on ...

South Asian security experts downplay Islamic State threat

World 05/01/19, 07:51

Indian and Bangladeshi officials and security experts largely dismissed a fresh threat of violence from an Islamic State-aligned media group, insisting that safety measures and surveillance are adequate to keep militants from carrying out a Sri Lanka-style attack elsewhere in South Asia. Al-Mursalat Media released a poster on Tuesday featuring a ...

New report offers 14-country snapshot of wedding traditions

Europe 05/01/19, 06:00

In much of Europe and North America, September and October are peak months to get married. In Chile and elsewhere in Latin America, wedding guests are familiar with la hora loca, a wild late-night wedding party with masks, noisemakers and costumes.More than two-thirds of U.S. couples still seek a parent ...

Indians vote in 4th phase of mammoth national election

World 04/29/19, 01:57

Indians were voting Monday in the fourth phase of a staggered national election, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist party facing a major test as it looks to govern for another five years.Voting was being held in nine states. The remaining three phases will be completed by May 19, ...

Fun meets anti-bullying effort at annual Sikh Day Parade

U.S. 04/27/19, 15:05

New York's Madison Avenue was awash with live Indian music, food and dancing as it hosted the city's annual Sikh (SEEK') Day Parade.Saturday's celebration came with an effort to raise funds for a national TV ad campaign aimed at combating what organizers say is the bullying of Sikh children, especially ...

Indian police uncovered a plot, but Sri Lanka didn’t act

World 04/27/19, 08:26

While monitoring the usual channels, Indian police stumbled upon something extraordinary: a detailed plot for what would become the bloodiest Islamic State group-linked attack in South Asia.Police were investigating suspected sympathizers of the withered caliphate in southern India when a name they had no record of surfaced — National Towheed ...

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