Bollywood biopic on Modi runs into trouble days before vote

World 04/05/19, 01:19

The planned release of a Bollywood biopic on Prime Minister Narendra Modi days before the start of Indian elections has run into trouble with a court challenge pending and the censor board yet to clear its opening in theaters.Opposition parties are protesting that the film's release would unfairly advantage Modi's ...

India says it successfully test-fires anti-satellite weapon

World 03/27/19, 05:43

India successfully test-fired an anti-satellite weapon on Wednesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in an unexpected announcement just weeks before a general election.Modi said in an address broadcast live that Indian scientists had destroyed a low earth orbit satellite with a missile, demonstrating India's capacity as a "space power" alongside ...

Pakistan showcases military even as tensions with India ease

World 03/23/19, 08:51

Pakistan celebrated its national day on Saturday with a military parade showcasing its missiles, tanks and aircraft, even as the prime minister and his Indian counterpart exchanged goodwill messages in a sign of easing tensions between the nuclear-armed rivals.Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi offered "best wishes" to his counterpart Imran ...

Pakistan standoff helps India’s Modi shift focus from jobs

World 03/14/19, 23:23

A standoff with nuclear rival Pakistan appears to have given Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi a boost ahead of national elections set to begin in April.After a suicide bombing killed 40 soldiers in Indian-controlled Kashmir, India's air force launched a strike on an alleged terrorist training camp inside Pakistan.The crisis ...

7-phased voting for India’s national election in April, May

World 03/10/19, 08:04

India's Election Commission announced Sunday that the upcoming national election will be held in seven phases in April and May, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist party seeks a second term.About 900 million people are eligible to vote in a staggered process that allows the government to deploy tens ...

Analysis: India, Pakistan de-escalate but triggers remain

World 03/03/19, 13:19

Nuclear-armed neighbors India and Pakistan have pulled back from the brink of an all-out military confrontation over the contested Kashmir region.But Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Imran Khan failed to address the underlying threats to stability, raising the likelihood of renewed escalation.Modi, who seeks re-election this ...

Update: India says it struck ‘terror camps’ in Kashmir

World 02/26/19, 01:29

The Latest on India-Pakistan tensions after New Delhi launches airstrike in Kashmir (all times local):11:20 a.m.A junior minister in India says the country launched an airstrike in Pakistan-controlled Kashmir targeting "terror camps," an apparent response to a suicide attack earlier this month that killed 40 Indian troops in the disputed ...

Explains: What are India’s options after Kashmir attack

World 02/16/19, 02:39

With India's national elections barely months away, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is under heavy pressure from his supporters to punish nuclear-rival Pakistan for a suicide attack on an Indian paramilitary convoy that killed at least 41 soldiers in disputed Kashmir.India placed the blame for Thursday's bombing squarely on neighboring Pakistan, ...

Jobless youth hold protest march in Indian capital

World 02/07/19, 05:35

Hundreds of jobless youth have marched through the streets of the Indian capital demanding Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government immediately tackle what they call the rising unemployment crisis.The protesters on Thursday disputed the government's claim that it had created millions of jobs since it came to power in 2014 with ...

Foreign aid groups accuse Indian government of impeding work

World 02/05/19, 20:19

International rights groups and foreign aid organizations with deep roots in India say they are struggling to operate under the administration of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, whose Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party has elevated the role of homegrown social groups while cracking down on foreign charities.Greenpeace India said this month ...

India budget announces handouts for poor farmers, workers

Business 02/01/19, 02:21

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government has announced a cash handout for small farmers, an informal employment pension scheme and tax relief for small traders in an interim budget to prop up popular support ahead of national election due before May.Finance Minister Piyush Goyal laid out the budget in Parliament ...

India, South Africa to boost defense ties, trade

World 01/25/19, 04:44

India and South Africa will boost ties in key areas such as defense, maritime security and trade under a three-year strategic exchange program.The plan was announced by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and visiting South African President Cyril Ramaphosa after they met in New Delhi on Friday.Two-way trade is expected ...

India’s mega Hindu festival begins under cloud of toxic air

World 01/14/19, 20:15

Thousands of portable toilets line roads constantly swept clean, drinking water flows from newly installed taps, electric substations power a massive tent city and billboards encourage a "clean Kumbh," an extension of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's huge push to improve sanitation across the country.But the skies over the confluence ...

Indian Prime Minister Modi’s party loses key state elections

World 12/12/18, 02:04

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist party has suffered an embarrassing defeat in three state elections in its Hindu stronghold just months before national elections.According to results announced by the Election Commission on Wednesday, the opposition Congress party was a clear winner in Chhattisgarh state, and fell one seat ...

Head of India’s central bank resigns amid government split

Business 12/10/18, 08:07

The head of India's central bank resigned Monday amid a growing split between the Indian government and the independent monetary policy authority.Reserve Bank of India Gov. Urjit Patel said in a statement posted on the bank's website that he was resigning for personal reasons.The government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi ...

Tens of thousands in India demand rebuilding of Hindu temple

World 11/25/18, 08:21

Tens of thousands of Hindus gathered in northern India on Sunday renewing calls to build a Hindu temple on a site where a 16th century mosque was attacked and demolished by Hindu hard-liners in 1992, sparking deadly Hindu-Muslim violence.The demonstrators chanted slogans demanding the building of the temple and waved ...

Japan, India leaders agree to step up defense, economic ties

World 10/29/18, 10:01

The leaders of Japan and India agreed Monday to step up their cooperation in defense, trade and a range or other areas amid China's growing influence in the region. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Indian counterpart, Narendra Modi, said they are expanding ammunition sales and high-level defense talks and ...

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