Trump, Modi show unity between world’s largest democracies

U.S. 09/22/19, 13:50

Deafening drums marked the entrance of President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minster Narendra Modi as they clasped hands and walked across the stage in a packed Texas stadium Sunday, sending a message of unity between the world's two largest democracies despite trade tensions. Instead of dwelling on trade, Trump highlighted ...

India’s ruling party claims victory with wide lead in votes

World 05/23/19, 08:43

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist party claimed it won reelection with a commanding lead in Thursday's vote count, while the head of the main opposition party conceded a personal defeat that signaled the end of an era for modern India's main political dynasty.Election Commission data by midafternoon showed ...

India’s Modi paints image of Hindu ascetic called to power

Asia & Pacific 05/23/19, 05:52

The man in the saffron robe sat cross-legged with his eyes closed, back to the wall of a cave framed by the Himalayas. This was India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi's latest production, traveling to a remote mountain temple with a preferred TV news crew to show the world India's leader meditating ...

Clashes during election rally in east India injure several

Asia & Pacific 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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

India’s millions of young voters can swing national election

World 04/18/19, 04:41

Young Indians could play a crucial role in the ongoing general election in the world's largest democracy.With nearly two-thirds of India's population below 35, and more than 15 million first-time voters aged 18 and 19, young men and women have the power to swing the national vote in any direction.Ambitious, ...

Vineeta Deepak to lead ‘s coverage of South Asia region

Asia & Pacific 04/17/19, 20:08

The Associated Press on Wednesday named Vineeta Deepak, an experienced video journalist and bedrock member of its Indian staff, as its South Asia news director to lead coverage of a region stretching from the heights of the Himalayas to the tropics of the Indian Ocean.From her base in the Indian ...

India’s Jet Airways suspending operations, no money to fly

Business 04/17/19, 09:50

Jet Airways, once India's largest airline, announced on Wednesday that it is suspending all operations after failing to raise enough money to run its services.The company said it has been informed by its lenders, led by state-run State Bank of India, that they are unable to consider its request for ...

Dalai Lama says he feels almost normal as he leaves hospital

Asia & Pacific 04/11/19, 22:13

The Dalai Lama says he feels "normal, almost normal" after leaving a New Delhi hospital where he was treated for a chest infection.The 83-year-old Tibetan spiritual leader spoke after he was discharged on Friday. He had been hospitalized on Tuesday after leaving Dharmsala to consult with doctors in the capital.He ...

The Dalai Lama recovering fast from chest infection

Asia & Pacific 04/10/19, 23:08

The Dalai Lama has almost recovered from a chest infection and is likely to leave a New Delhi hospital in a day.His spokesman Tenzin Taklha says the 83-year-old Tibetan spiritual leader is feeling much better.The Dalai Lama flew from Dharmsala for consultations with doctors in the Indian capital and was ...

Jobs, caste and giveaways: Indian voters go to the polls

Asia & Pacific 04/09/19, 21:03

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi came to power in 2014 promising big-ticket economic reforms. But with unemployment rising and signature policies getting panned, Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party has adopted a nationalist pitch ahead of a general election that begins this week.The last time the BJP sought a second term was ...

In India’s election, voters feed on false information

Asia & Pacific 04/09/19, 07:10

New Delhi shop owner Ram Shankar Rai spends at least two hours a day going through political news and videos shared with him on social media.Rai looked intently at a flurry of videos and photos on WhatsApp about an Indian airstrike in Pakistan, including pictures labeled as militants' corpses.There was ...

India weighs ban on popular online game after deaths

Tech 04/05/19, 06:03

A boy's suicide this week in southern India after his mother scolded him for playing a popular online game has inflamed a national debate over whether the game should be banned.The 16-year-old's father demanded a ban on PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, known by the acronym PUBG, after his son hanged himself from ...

Photos: Saris stand out on Indian fashion runway

Entertainment 03/28/19, 01:19

It's fashion season in India's capital, with the country's top designers showcasing their latest collections to lure the rapidly growing domestic and export markets for Indian haute couture.Before the styles debut on the runway lie days of planning, fittings and hair and makeup sessions to experiment with looks, poses and ...

Update: Students in New Delhi protest for cleaner air

Europe 03/15/19, 09:30

The Latest on global climate protests by students (all times local):8 a.m.In India's capital of New Delhi, schoolchildren are protesting inaction on climate change and rising air pollution levels that often far exceed World Health Organization limits.Activist Greta Thunberg, foreground, participates in a climate protest, in central Stockholm Sweden, Friday, ...

Australia’s 2-year ODI losing streak ends in New Delhi

Sports 03/13/19, 22:10

For those Australian cricket fans who stayed up until the early hours to watch their team's series-ending one-day international against India, a semi-sleepless night was worth it.Australia's 35-run win at the first-boisterous but later subdued Feroz Shah Kotla Ground in New Delhi ended a two-year losing streak in one-day international ...

Photos: Family on the fringes sees hope in 7-year-old

Asia & Pacific 03/07/19, 01:39

Someday, the family says, the 7-year-old will save them."I'll fight," the boy's mother said when her husband insisted their son start working. She vowed he would stay in school, no matter what.More than 20 years ago, Ruby Khan and her husband, Nisar, came to New Delhi, hoping to find work ...

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