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India gets edge in global commercial launch market as ISRO…

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Sunday (23) launched 36 satellites of London-based firm, OneWeb, in its heaviest rocket from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Andhra Pradesh's Sriharikota. Prime minister Narendra Modi congratulated ISRO on the successful launch of these satellites. He said that the latest initiative exemplified Atmanirbharta (self-reliance)…

For the first time in India’s history, no Muslim MP…

India’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been left with no Muslim parliamentarians following the exit of union minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi. His resignation followed the expiry of his term as a member of the Rajya Sabha or the Upper House of Parliament. Naqvi, who headed…

PM Modi’s determination not to allow normalisation of cross-border terror…

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Tuesday said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's determination that he would not allow cross-border terrorism to be normalised has helped in shaping India's Pakistan policy since 2014. Speaking at an event at Delhi University, S Jaishankar noted that Prime Minister Modi is perceived abroad…

Gujarat government did not delay calling the Army to quell…

There was no delay on part of the Gujarat government in requisitioning the Army to deal with post-Godhra 2002 Gujarat riots, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said and noted that former Punjab DGP KPS Gill had termed the state government's action as "prompt and neutral". He also attacked Congress over…

Historians have given prominence to Mughals, little on Pandyas, Mauryas,…

Most of the historians in India have given prominence in recording the history of Mughals only, ignoring the glorious rules of many empires like Pandyas, Cholas, Mauryas, Guptas and Ahoms, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said on Friday. Releasing a book 'Maharana: Sahastra Varsha Ka Dharma Yuddha', Shah also said…

Samrat Prithviraj declared tax-free in Uttar Pradesh

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, who attended a special screening of the period action drama Samrat Prithviraj with his cabinet colleagues, on Thursday declared the movie tax-free in the state. The screening of the movie was held at Lok Bhawan here, and Bollywood star Akshay Kumar, female lead Manushi…

Journey of India’s cultural revival will take it back to…

ASSERTING that an era of cultural revival began in India in 2014, when prime minister Narendra Modi led the BJP to power, home minister Amit Shah has said this journey will take the country to heights of glory it enjoyed earlier. In a brief speech after watching Akshay Kumar-starrer 'Samrat…

Kashmiri Pandit employees threaten mass migration after teacher’s killing in…

Kashmiri Pandits, employed under the PM package, on Tuesday threatened to undertake mass migration from the valley if the government did not relocate them to safe places within the next 24 hours as employees from the community hit the streets at various places to protest against the killing of a…

Why is Gujarat becoming gateway of drugs?: Cong on 52kg…

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's home state of Gujarat has become the "gateway of drugs" to the country under his watch, the Congress alleged Friday, questioning the "silence" of the PM and Home Minister Amit Shah and demanding answers from agencies tasked to control narcotics smuggling.Congress spokesperson Pawan Khera told reporters…

Modi promotes brotherhood as India celebrates Holi

PRIME MINISTER Narendra Modi and other leaders on Friday (18) wished the country on the occasion of Holi. He called on Indians to promote brotherhood as millions celebrated Holi, the festival of colours, amid a sharp dip in Covid-19 cases in the country. The festival saw restricted celebrations last year…

Indian court upholds ban on hijab in classes

AN INDIAN court upheld on Tuesday (15) a ban on wearing the hijab in classrooms in the southern state of Karnataka, a ruling that could set a precedent for the rest of the country which has a big Muslim minority.The ban last month by the state sparked protests by some…

Amid row over hijab, India’s home minister says he prefers…

INDIA'S home minister said he favoured students wearing uniforms in school rather than any religious attire, but that his position might change once a court decides on the merits of a ban on the hijab in schools in the state of Karnataka. The ban imposed by Karnataka on Feb. 5…

ArcelorMittal: How Rahul Bajaj gave vital support to Indian steel…

INDIAN businessman Rahul Bajaj, who died in Pune last Saturday (12), aged 83, gave Lakshmi Mittal crucial support in 2006 when Mittal Steel’s takeover bid for Arcelor was almost blocked by the French government of president Jacques Chirac.Bajaj, one of India’s most prominent industrialists, built up the family’s business in…

Rahul Bajaj: Man who called spade a spade

BAJAJ CHETAK scooter became an aspirational symbol for the middle class in pre-liberalised India. And the man behind the brand was - Rahul Bajaj.Straightforward and outspoken, Bajaj not just had the guts to create a two and three-wheeler brand during the red tape era but also had the courage that…

Indian industrialist Rahul Bajaj dies at 83

VETERAN industrialist Rahul Bajaj, whose name was synonymous with road transport in India, died Saturday (12) aged 83, his company said.He "had not been keeping well", the Bajaj Group said in a statement, adding he would be cremated on Sunday in Pune, western India.Bajaj was born into the Indian elite…

Amit Shah, family spend time at BAPS Mandir in Gujarat

INDIA’S home minister Amit Shah and his family visited the BAPS Mandir at Sarangpur in Gujarat on Monday (1). BAPS saints Gnaneshwar Swami and Brahmavihari Swami welcomed the minister with a garland on behalf of BAPS leader His Holiness Pujya Mahant Swami Maharaj. Shah, who visited HH Param Pujya Pramukh…

Indian seer found dead in UP math, disciple arrested

MAHANT Narendra Giri, president of Akhil Bharatiya Akhara Parishad (ABAP), the largest grouping of sadhus in India, was found dead on Monday (20) at Baghambari Math in Prayagraj (formerly Allahabad) in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. The police said a seven-page ‘suicide note’ was found in which the…

Bhupendra Patel is the new chief minister of Gujarat

SENIOR BJP leader Bhupendra Patel will become the next chief minister of Gujarat. He will succeed Vijay Rupani who resigned on Saturday (11) in a surprise move. Patel along with Rupani and state BJP president CR Paatil handed over the government formation claim to governor Acharya Devvrat on Sunday evening.…

Death threats to US Hindu nationalism event participants

AN academic conference in the United States addressing Hindu nationalism has come under the wrath of right-wing Hindu groups and the controversy has snowballed to the extent of the participants getting death threats and several scholars hounded out of the event. The conference, titled Dismantling Global Hindutva, is co-sponsored by…

Modi, ministers condole the death of Swami Prakashananda

PRIME MINISTER Narendra Modi, Indian home minister Amit Shah, minority minister  Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Kerala governor Arif Mohammed Khan and chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan were among those who condoled the demise of former head of Sivagiri Mutt, Swami Prakashananda. One of the oldest spiritual leaders of the southern state of…

India probes suspected drone attack at Jammu air base

IN what was called a drone attack by Pakistan-based terrorists for the first time, two bombs were dropped at the Indian Air Force (IAF) station in Jammu airport in the early hours of Sunday (June 27), officials said. The airport where the blasts took place is used for VVIP movements…

Modi, Amit Shah have run out of agenda, Aam Aadmi…

THE Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has always been an ambitious outfit. After having done well in its first-ever election in Delhi in 2013, the party of Arvind Kejriwal came to power but thereafter, it failed to keep up the momentum. The party could not stay in power in Delhi for…

India’s island cluster simmers with tension over new regulations

LAKSHADWEEP, a normally tranquil group of islands off the southwest coast of India, has been simmering with tension over a slew of rules proposed by its administrator Praful Patel. Critics said the proposals are "anti-people" and threaten the livelihoods of the islanders. The opposition to the rule that started as…

India reports lowest daily Covid-19 cases in 50 days

INDIA reported on Monday (31) its lowest daily rise in new coronavirus infections since April 11 at 152,734 cases over the past 24 hours, while deaths rose by 3,128. The South Asian nation's tally of infections now stands at 28 million, while the death toll has reached 329,100, health ministry…

Modi says efforts being made to ramp up Covid vaccine…

DESCRIBING state and district officials as "field commanders" in the fight against Covid-19, prime minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday (18) said localised containment zones, aggressive testing and sharing correct and complete information with people are weapons to defeat the pandemic. Interacting with them at a meeting, which was attended by…

Lessons from Bengal polls battle

By Amit Roy INDIA has just held assembly elections in Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Assam and the union territory of Pondicherry. But the key battleground was West Bengal, where the prime minister Nar­endra Modi and his home minister, Amit Shah, leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), were determined to topple…

India braces for more Covid deaths

By Rithika Siddhartha INDIA’S coronavirus caseload topped 20 million on Tuesday (4) with some cities expected to reach the peak of the second wave in the next few days. More than 350,000 new cases were reported in India on Tuesday, a fall from the high of 402,000 last week as…

Setback for Modi after loss in key India state poll

India prime minister Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party suffered a setback on Sunday (2) when it lost a fiercely contested state poll. Over the past month India held its biggest democratic exercise in two years, with 175 million people eligible to vote in five regional elections. But the marathon polls…

India extends record rise in Covid-19 cases; 217,353 new patients

INDIA extended a record daily run of new Covid-19 infections on Friday (16), spurred by hundreds of positive tests at a major religious gathering, as politicians pushed ahead with election rallies against advice they could worsen the outbreak. India is battling a massive second wave of the coronavirus pandemic, with…

India’s daily Covid-19 tally is world’s highest as festival, election…

INDIA on Tuesday (13) reported 161,736 Covid-19 infections as hundreds of thousands Hindu devotees are set to take a holy dip in the Ganges river tomorrow (14). Deaths rose by 879 to 171,058, while total nationwide infections stand at nearly 13.7 million as government critics have called for the cancellation…

Mumbai in lockdown as Indian vaccines run short

India's coronavirus epicentre Maharashtra went into a state-wide weekend lockdown on Saturday as the country battled exploding infection numbers and shortages of vaccines, drugs and hospital beds. Having let its guard down with mass religious festivals, political rallies and spectators at cricket matches, India is experiencing a ferocious new wave…

India witnesses ‘more deadly’ Covid second wave; deaths highest in…

INDIA reported another record number of new Covid-19 infections on Friday (9) and daily deaths hit their highest in more than five months, as it battles a second wave of infections and states complain of a persistent vaccine shortage. Evoking memories of the last national lockdown when tens of thousands…

Modi launches celebrations to mark 75 years of India’s Independence

INDIAN prime minister Narendra Modi on Friday (12) launched 'Azadi Ka Amrut Mahotsav' (elixir of the energy of freedom), India's initiative to mark 75 years of India's Independence, in Gujarat’s Ahmedabad. Modi flagged off the event by paying tribute to Mahatma Gandhi and all the freedom fighters who lost their…

World’s biggest cricket stadium renamed after India’s Modi

THE world's biggest cricket stadium was renamed after India's prime minister Narendra Modi in a surprise move on Wednesday(24) hours before its inaugural international match between India and England. The stadium can hold 110,000 fans but because of coronavirus 55,000 tickets went on sale, and officials expected between 35,000 and…

Indian court grants bail to comedian accused of insulting Hinduism

India's top court on Friday granted interim bail to a stand-up comedian who was jailed for more than a month over allegations of insulting Hindu deities during a show, court officials said. The comedian, Munawar Faruqui, 30, was arrested early last month following a complaint by the son of a…

India to fly in medical staff, ramp up testing amid…

India will fly doctors in from other regions, double the quantity of tests carried out and ensure people wear masks in efforts to contain the coronavirus spread in the capital New Delhi, home minister Amit Shah said on Sunday. "Amit Shah also directed that the hospital capacity and availability of…

Modi’s coalition retains power in key state election

INDIAN prime minister Narendra Modi's coalition retained power in Bihar state, results showed on Wednesday(11), in what was a referendum on Modi's handling of Covid-19 and which may boost his chances in three more state elections next year. Modi's coalition won a fourth straight term in Bihar, the third-most populous…

India’s central bank governor tests positive for Covid-19

India's central bank Shaktikanta Das on Sunday (25) said he has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, one of the most high-profile figures in the world's second most-infection nation to contract the infectious disease. "I have tested COVID-19 positive. Asymptomatic. Feeling very much alright," the 63-year-old tweeted. "Have alerted those…

At least 17 Indian MPs infected with coronavirus as cases…

At least 17 members of the Indian parliament have tested positive for the coronavirus, government officials said on Tuesday, underlining the widening spread of infections set to cross five million cases soon. The lawmakers were screened ahead of the re-opening of parliament on Monday after six months. MPs cleared by…

Kangana Ranaut to be provided with Y-plus category security

A few days ago, Kangana Ranaut had stated that she is scared of Mumbai Police and when she comes to Mumbai, she prefers security from the Himachal Pradesh government or the Centre. Her statement irked, Shiv Sena leader, Sanjay Raut and he stated that if Kangana is scared of Mumbai…

India’s COVID-19 cases top global rank as more of economy…

INDIA reported 78,512 novel coronavirus infections on Monday (31), more than any other country but fewer than the previous day when it posted the world's biggest, single-day tally, as authorities looked to open more sectors of the economy. On Sunday (30), India's total of 78,761 new cases exceeded the previous…

Priest who shared stage with India’s Modi tests positive for…

INDIA reported another record jump in its surging coronavirus cases on Thursday (13) with nearly 67,000 new infections, among them a religious leader who shared a stage with prime minister Narendra Modi during a ceremony to launch construction of a grand temple in Ayodhya. Nritya Gopal Das, an 82-year-old Hindu priest,…

Ayodhya, India’s flashpoint holy site

THE holy site Ayodhya in Northern India has been the spark for some of India's worst sectarian violence. Here is a look at the history of the three-acre patch of land in the holy northern town of Ayodhya and why it has long been an explosive source of contention between…

Narendra Modi set to visit temple site despite minister having…

Indian prime minister Narendra Modi will attend a foundation-laying ceremony for a Hindu temple on Wednesday (5), organisers said, even though his interior minister has contracted COVID-19. Amit Shah, who is Modi's top lieutenant as well as India's interior minister, was admitted to a private hospital near Delhi on Sunday,…

India’s home minister Amit Shah hospitalised with coronavirus

India's Interior Minister Amit Shah has been admitted to hospital after catching the coronavirus, he said on Sunday (2), becoming the most senior politician in the country to test positive for the disease. Shah, a close aide to prime minister Narendra Modi, heads a ministry that has been at the…

Amitabh Bachchan discharged after catching coronavirus

Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan said on Sunday he had been discharged from hospital, three weeks after being admitted with "mild" coronavirus symptoms after testing positive for the disease. The news came as powerful Indian home minister Amit Shah revealed he had tested positive for coronavirus, which is infecting tens of…

Rhea Chakraborty on watching Dil Bechara today: It will take…

Sushant Singh Rajput’s last film Dil Bechara is all set to premiere today on Disney+ Hotstar at 7:30 pm (IST). Well, it will surely be a very emotional moment for his fans to watch the actor’s last movie. Sushant’s girlfriend, Rhea Chakraborty, took to Instagram to write how she will…

Indian IT hub Bangalore locks down again

INDIA's IT hub Bangalore will go back into lockdown Tuesday (14) as the number of coronavirus cases in the country surged towards a million with about 500 people dying daily. After imposing one of the world's strictest lockdowns in late March, India has been steadily easing rules to lessen the…

India reports over 14,000 Covid-19 deaths

INDIA's Covid-19 cases rose to 440,215 on Tuesday (23) with 14,933 fresh cases reported in the last 24 hours. The death toll went up to 14,011 as the pandemic claimed 312 lives in a day. According to the health ministry, there are 178,014 active cases in the country while 248,189…

Delhi coronavirus fears mount as hospital beds run out

Ashwani Jain succumbed to the coronavirus in an ambulance as his family pleaded with several hospitals to take him in, the latest victim of the pandemic sweeping through the Indian capital and exposing a deadly shortage of hospital beds. "They don't care whether we live or die," said his 20-year-old…

US panel wants India on religious freedom blacklist

A US government panel on Tuesday (28) called for India to be put on a religious freedom blacklist over a "drastic" downturn under prime minister Narendra Modi, triggering a sharp rebuttal from New Delhi. The US Commission on International Religious Freedom recommends but does not set policy, and there is…

Virus prevents play at Trump-opened world’s biggest cricket stadium

There is no larger symbol of the global sports shutdown than cricket's 110,000-seater Sardar Patel Stadium in Ahmedabad, opened by US president Donald Trump, but yet to see a ball bowled. India's newest and the world's biggest cricket stadium lies empty because of the coronavirus pandemic. Where there should be…

Jyotiraditya Scindia joins India’s ruling BJP; gets Rajya Sabha ticket

A day after announcing his resignation from the Congress party, Jyotiraditya Scindia joined the ruling BJP on Wednesday (11) in presence of party president JP Nadda. The BJP on Wednesday named Jyotiraditya Scindia as its Rajya Sabha, upper house of Indian parliament, candidate from Madhya Pradesh soon after he joined the party. He criticised…

India’s Covid-19 cases rise to 28; 27,000 under community surveillance

INDIAN health minister Dr Harsh Vardhan on Wednesday (4) said that 28 positive cases of coronavirus have been detected so far in India. Out of the total 28 COVID-19 cases in India, one person was from Delhi, six of his relatives in Agra, 16 Italians and their Indian driver, one in…

Modi urges to maintain peace as death toll from Delhi…

AT LEAST 20 people have been killed in the Indian capital during violent clashes between Hindu and Muslim groups over a new citizenship law. Indian PM Modi has urged to maintain peace and brotherhood at all times. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal flagged that the situation has become "alarming" and…

Ten killed, over 130 injured in Delhi riots

TEN people have been killed and more than 130 injured in some of the worst sectarian violence in India's capital in years, as rioters went on the rampage in several parts of the city, setting fire to buildings and vehicles and attacking journalists. Protests against a contentious citizenship law descended on…

Twitter erupts over India’s deportation of Debbie Abrahams

THE Indian High Commission in London has clarified that immigration officials in Delhi had deported British MP Debbie Abrahams because she “did not hold a valid visa”, and that there was “no provision for visa on arrival for UK nationals”. Mission has confirmed from the Indian immigration authorities that Ms…

India sets up independent trust to build Ram Temple

INDIAN Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the government’s decision to set up a temple trust to build the Ram temple at Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday (February 5). The government has also decided to transfer the 67.703 acres of land to the trust. The trust will be called ‘Sri…

University rampage sparks new protests across India

Protests were held across India on Monday (6) after masked assailants wielding batons and iron rods went on a rampage at a top Delhi university, leaving more than two dozen injured. Controversy over Sunday's violence at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) comes as a new challenge to the government as it…

Giant new rallies slam Indian government’s citizenship law

Tens of thousands of people protested across India on Friday (3) against a citizenship law passed by the Hindu nationalist government that critics say discriminates against Muslims. Some 30,000 marched in the southern city of Bangalore, more than 20,000 in Siliguri and thousands in Chennai, while big rallies were also…

Missing from India’s citizenship law: 100,000 Sri Lankan refugees

Nearly 100,000 Sri Lankan refugees living in India are not eligible for citizenship under a new law, sparking concerns they may be forced to return to the island nation they fled during a decades-long civil war, many with no homes to return to. India's Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) aims to…

Blindspot to backlash: India’s Modi and party misread the mood

Huge protests in India against a citizenship law seen by many as anti-Muslim have wrong-footed prime minister Narendra Modi and sent his Hindu nationalist party scrambling to douse the anger. In Modi's biggest challenge since taking office in 2014, hundreds of thousands have rallied against the law offering citizenship to…

Don’t worry, Modi tells India’s Muslims

Prime minister Narendra Modi sought on Sunday (22) to reassure India's Muslims over a new citizenship law that has sparked deadly protests and put his Hindu nationalist government under pressure like never before. At least 25 people have died in almost two weeks of demonstrations and violence after Modi's government…

As Modi advances agenda, India finds rare criticism in US

For the past two decades India has been enthusiastically feted in Washington, with politicians across the spectrum eager to nurture an alliance between the world's two largest democracies. But as prime minister Narendra Modi pushes forward his Hindu nationalist agenda, India has suddenly found itself in an unusual position --…

Six dead in protests against Indian citizenship law

Angry protesters in northeast India vowed on Sunday to keep demonstrating against a contentious citizenship law as the death toll from bloody clashes sparked by the bill rose to six. Tension remained high at the epicentre of the unrest in Assam state's biggest city, Guwahati, with troops patrolling the streets.…

Protests rage in northeast India over citizenship bill

Protestors in northeast India clashed with police, set fire to tyres and cut down trees to block roads on Tuesday in a shutdown across the region hours after lawmakers approved the government's new citizenship bill. The legislation, set to go before the upper house on Wednesday, will fast-track citizenship claims…

India’s lower house passes contentious nationality bill

India's lower house passed controversial legislation early Tuesday (9) that will grant citizenship to religious minorities from neighbouring countries, but not Muslims, amid raucous scenes in parliament and protests in the country's northeast. The Citizenship Amendment Bill provides that Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis, and Christians fleeing persecution in Muslim-majority…

Fire at New Delhi factory kills 43

At least forty-three people were killed in India's capital New Delhi on Sunday (8) when a fire swept through a six-storey factory where labourers were sleeping, government officials said. The factory was making handbags and lots of raw material was stored inside the building due to which the fire spread…

Indian cabinet approves religion-based citizenship bill  

INDIA'S cabinet approved a bill on Wednesday (4) to give citizenship to religious minorities persecuted in neighbouring Muslim countries, the first time that the country is seeking to grant nationality on the basis of religion. Last month, Amit Shah, India's federal home (interior) minister, told parliament that non-Muslim minorities -…

Three women jailed for abusing 94-year old woman

A BRITISH court has sentenced three women for a total of 15 months while two others were handed community service. The court found them guilty of abusive actions towards a 94-year-old Indian-origin woman in a care home in north-west London. Paniben Shah was abused by the women, many of who…

Registrar of citizens process to be carried out across India:…

THE National Register of Citizens (NRC) process will be carried out across India, country’s home minister Amit Shah said in Rajya Sabha (Upper House) on Wednesday (20) while making it clear that there would be no discrimination on the basis of religion. Shah said the government accepts that refugees -…

India says ‘total normalcy’ in Kashmir despite 600 in custody

"Total normalcy" prevails in Kashmir, India's home minister said Wednesday even as the government said 600 people remained in custody since the region, cut off from the internet, was stripped of its autonomy in August. "Petrol, diesel, kerosene, LPG (liquid petroleum gas) and rice are adequately available," Amit Shah, prime…

Shops shuttered, streets deserted as Kashmir loses special status

SHOPS and offices were shut in Kashmir on Thursday (31) and the streets largely deserted as federal authorities formally revoked the restive state's constitutional autonomy and split it into two federal territories. Prime minister Narendra Modi's decision in August to change Kashmir's status and tighten its grip over a region…

Jammu and Kashmir will cease to be a state from…

HISTORY will be created on Thursday (31) when Jammu and Kashmir, which has been part of the Union of India since 1947, will cease to be a state and will be bifurcated into two union territories. Indian administrative service (IAS) officers Girish Chandra Murmu and R K Mathur, who have…

Ganguly’s rise: today cricket, tomorrow India

Sourav Ganguly was one of the most astute captains ever and his move to take over the world's richest cricket body could be just another step to becoming one of India's future leaders. The 47-year-old took over Wednesday as head of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI),…

Ganguly vows ‘corruption-free’ BCCI after becoming president

Sourav Ganguly will lead the Indian board like he led the national team, the former captain said as he promised a fair and untainted administration after taking over as president of the world's richest cricket board on Wednesday (23). One of India's most successful captains, Ganguly took over the reins from a court-appointed panel…

Former captain Ganguly set to become India board chief

Former captain Sourav Ganguly is set to take charge as the head of India's cricket board this month, completing his transition from star player to a top administrator. The 47-year-old, who retired from international cricket in 2008, filed his nomination for the president's post of the Board of Control for…

‘No illegal immigrants allowed to stay’ in India, says government

India's home affairs minister on Sunday (8) said his government "will not allow a single illegal immigrant to stay", as he visited Assam state where a controversial citizenship register sparked uproar from the almost two million people excluded. The register, feared to be a cover for the ruling Bharatiya Janata…

Debt-ridden Air India to stop using single-use plastic on flights

DEBT-RIDDEN Air India said it will stop using single-use plastic and replace the packaging with eco-friendly paper and wooden cutlery, as the government ramps up its "clean India" mission. Prime minister Narendra Modi in his Independence Day speech in mid-August said eradicating single-use plastics was a key goal and called…

Two million face statelessness as India publishes citizenship list

ALMOST two million people in northeast India were left facing statelessness on Saturday (31) after the state of Assam published a citizenship list aimed at weeding out "foreign infiltrators", in a process the central government wants to replicate nationwide. A total of 31.1 million people were included in a National…

Lord Meghnad Desai: Modi and Shah ‘have found a solution…

by LORD MEGHNAD DESAI INDIA’S home minister, Amit Shah, and prime minister, Narendra Modi, achieved a fundamental change last week in abrogating Article 370 and announcing the bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir state into two union territories. To understand the significance of the move, you have to go back to…

Bob Blackman: Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of…

By Bob Blackman MP I first became aware of the challenge of the security situation in Jammu and Kashmir in the early 1990s after the Kashmiri Pandits were ethnically cleansed from their ancestral home in the valley after threats from extremist Islamist terrorists. I eventually had the opportunity to visit…

Modi’s high-stakes gamble with Kashmir

Indian prime minister Narendra Modi's strongarm move to tighten control on Muslim-majority Kashmir is a gamble that could trigger conflict with Pakistan and re-ignite an insurgency that has already cost tens of thousands of lives, experts warn. Revoking Kashmir's special status, stripping away constitutionally guaranteed privileges to land and jobs,…

UK calls for calm as British MPs divided over Article…

The UK government on Tuesday (6) said that it was monitoring the situation in Kashmir closely and called for calm as the country's parliamentarians echoed some of the wider divisions over the India's decision to revoke Article 370 and bifurcate the state of Jammu and Kashmir. The Indian government on…

Kangana Ranaut: Scrapping of Article 370 was long due, it…

Today, the government of India scrapped the Article 370 of the Indian constitution that gave special status to the state of Jammu and Kashmir. The decision created a lot of ruckus in the parliament and even on social media, it has received a mixed response. However, actress Kangana Ranaut feels…

India scraps special status for Kashmir

INDIA'S government on Monday (5) revoked the special status of Kashmir in a bid to fully integrate its only Muslim-majority region with the rest of the country, the most far-reaching move on the Himalayan territory in nearly seven decades. Interior minister Amit Shah told parliament the federal government would scrap…

Branded as ‘infiltrators’, Muslims in India’s Assam fear for future

Born in India 71 years ago, Mohammed Rehat Ali is still traumatised a month after his release from a detention camp, struggling to shake off a fear for the future shared by millions -- many of them Muslims -- under prime minister Narendra Modi. The push to render stateless people…

Rahul Gandhi to appear before Ahmedabad court in defamation case

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi will appear before a metropolitan magistrate's court in  Ahmedabad on Friday for the hearing of a criminal defamation suit filed against him by Ahmedabad District Cooperative Bank and its chairman Ajay Patel. Gandhi would appear before the court, said Gujarat Congress spokesperson Manish Doshi. "Since the…

India’s Amit Shah trumpets ‘another strike’ on Pakistan after World…

INDIA'S powerful home minister Amit Shah on Monday (17) hailed the country's cricket World Cup win over Pakistan as "another strike" -- months after his country launched air attacks over Pakistani territory in an escalation of tension between the two rivals. The long-running political tension between the nuclear-armed neighbours spiked…

Indian MP accused of mosque bombing appears in court

A firebrand Hindu nationalist nun accused of participating in the deadly bombing of a mosque appeared in court on Friday (7), two weeks after she won a parliamentary seat in India's election. Sadhvi Pragya Thakur is being tried on terrorism and criminal conspiracy charges over the 2008 attack in western…

Complete list of Modi’s 2019 Council of Ministers with portfolios

INDIAN prime minister Narendra Modi and his council of ministers took oath to office on Thursday (30). The union cabinet for the 17th Lok Sabha (lower house) includes 24 cabinet ministers, 9 ministers of state with independent charge, and 24 ministers of state. The list of the top leaders who were…

Modi names Sitharaman as India’s finance minister, BJP head Shah…

INDIA'S prime minister Narendra Modi on Friday (31) named Nirmala Sitharaman, formerly the country's defence minister, as the next finance minister, and chose ruling party president Amit Shah to become home affairs minister. Having masterminded the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party's landslide victory in the April-May general election, Shah had…

Modi sworn in ahead of unveiling revamped government

INDIA'S prime minister Narendra Modi was sworn in Thursday (30) in front of cheering supporters ahead of unveiling a drastically revamped government for his historic second term. Modi was the first of more than 50 cabinet ministers and deputy ministers to take the oath of office at the presidential palace…

Economy in focus as Indian prime minister starts second term

INDIAN prime minister Narendra Modi will take his oath of office on Thursday (30) along with his ministers, though he suffered a setback at the start of his second term when key aide and finance minister Arun Jaitley opted out of the next government. The swearing-in ceremony at the forecourt…

Ahead of swearing in, Modi pays tributes to Gandhi, Vajpayee

AHEAD of being sworn in as the prime minister for a second consecutive term, Narendra Modi Thursday (30) morning paid tributes to Mahatma Gandhi and BJP veteran, the late Atal Bihari Vajpayee. He also placed a wreath at the National War Memorial adjoining the India Gate in New Delhi. The…

India’s ailing finance minister Arun Jaitley quits government

INDIA'S influential but ailing finance minister Arun Jaitley announced today (29) that he would not serve in prime minister Narendra Modi's new government because of his poor health. Modi is set to be sworn in Thursday (30) after winning a second landslide election and should name his new cabinet shortly…

After landslide win, Modi to visit Gujarat to seek mother’s…

PRIME MINISTER Narendra Modi will be in Gujarat on Sunday () evening to seek the blessings of his mother after his BJP-led NDA returned to power with a massive majority in the Lok Sabha elections. On Monday, he will be in Varanasi, the LS seat he retained in the elections…

Arun Jaitley unlikely to remain as Indian finance minister

INDIA'S finance minister Arun Jaitley is unlikely to continue in his current role due to poor health as prime minister Narendra Modi begins his second term, according to four sources with knowledge of the matter. The sources said that Jaitley, 66, is unlikely to take up any offer to continue…

Modi begins talks for new cabinet after big election win

INDIAN prime minister Narendra Modi will hold talks on Friday (24) to form a new cabinet to tackle a stuttering economy and other challenges facing his second term after winning a big majority. Official data from the Election Commission showed Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party had won 296 of the 542…

In post-Jaya era, ruling AIADMK heading for rout in Tamil Nadu 

The absence of its charismatic leader late J Jayalalithaa appeared to have cost the ruling AIADMK dear as it is staring at a virtual rout with the DMK staging a spectacular electoral comeback in the Lok Sabha polls in Tamil Nadu. From being the third largest party in the outgoing…

‘India wins yet again,’ says Modi after poll victory

HINDU nationalist prime minister Narendra Modi claimed victory Thursday (23) in India's general election and vowed an "inclusive" future, with his party headed for a landslide win to crush the Gandhi dynasty's comeback hopes. With around half the 600 million votes cast counted, Election Commission data showed Modi's Bharatiya Janata…

Celebrations galore as Modi wins historic general election

THE mood was upbeat at BJP headquarters in New Delhi shortly after it became evident that prime minister Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party was headed for a historic win. Although counting of votes for 2019 Lok Sabha election is underway, trends so far show the BJP leading with more than…

Modi’s close ally, Amit Shah, helped craft winning election strategy

WITH India's ruling Hindu nationalists headed for a stunning election victory on Thursday (23), prime minister Narendra Modi's powerful right hand man, Amit Shah, could reap his reward as a potential home minister, an analyst and a party official said. Shah, who has long been Modi's backroom strategist, helped run…

BJP workers celebrate as trends favour party in Bengal

With trends favouring BJP at the Centre and the party making deep inroads in West Bengal, the saffron party workers and supporters burst into celebrations outside its headquarters here and elsewhere. BJP workers were seen distributing sweets, shouting slogans "phir ek bar Modi sarkar" and dancing to the beat of…

Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister congratulates Modi’s alliance

NATIONAL Conference vice-president Omar Abdullah on Thursday (23)congratulated the BJP and the NDA for its "stellar performance" in the Lok Sabha polls. The former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister credited prime minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah for putting together a winning alliance and a professional campaign. "So…

BJP parliamentary board to meet, Modi’s speech likely

WITH the BJP set to return to power, its parliamentary board is expected to meet Thursday (23) evening at the party headquarters where prime minister Narendra Modi is likely to make a speech. Top party leaders, including BJP president Amit Shah and some senior ministers besides Modi, are members of…

Gujarat: BJP ahead in all 26 seats, Shah leads by…

THE BJP is leading on all 26 Lok Sabha seats in Gujarat, home state of prime minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah, as per trends available so far. Shah is leading by over 50,000 votes in Gandhinagar at the end of second round of counting. His party's candidate…

Counting begins, early trends show NDA leading

Counting of votes for the seven-phase Lok Sabha elections began Thursday (23) morning across the country. The counting exercise is on in over 4,000 counting centres amid concerns raised by opposition parties over alleged tampering of EVMs. They have asked the Election Commission to ensure transparency in counting. Election Commission officials said…

Worst of mudslinging during six weeks of India poll campaign

INDIA'S mammoth election, the biggest in the world, was a frequently bad-tempered affair and awash with insults. Ahead of the vote counting and results due on Thursday (23), here is a look back at the worst of the mudslinging during almost six weeks of campaigning. Thief Versus Prince Prime minister…

Modi expresses concern over “needless controversy” on EVMs

Prime minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday (21) expressed concern over the "needless controversy" created by the Opposition over Electronic Voting Machines or EVMs at a meeting of NDA leaders, even as the ruling alliance laid out its agenda for the next five years if it is elected to power again.…

India’s poll body rejects demand to record dissent note in…

INDIA’S poll body the Election Commission Tuesday (21) rejected with a majority vote election commissioner Ashok Lavasa's demand that dissent notes should be recorded in its orders on model code violations, days after the simmering tension within the poll body over the issue came out in the open. The 'full…

Modi’s party leaders predict over 74 seats from Uttar Pradesh…

A DAY after exit polls forecast a return of the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) at the Centre, enthused state BJP leaders predicted Uttar Pradesh would give them more than 74 of its 80 seats to enter lower house of the Indian parliament, a claim dismissed by the…

Opposition takes swipes at Modi for not taking questions at…

OPPOSITION leaders took swipes at prime minister Narendra Modi for not taking any questions at a press conference and diverting them to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Amit Shah on Friday (17). Former Uttar Pradesh (UP) chief minister and Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Akhilesh Yadav tweeted a picture of three…

Fabricated stories being created against Modi, Amit Shah: Minister

THOSE not aware of the struggles of prime minister Narendra Modi and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah have tried to create "fabricated" stories that the cadre-based party has become an individual-centric organisation, union minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said. Denying claims that a sense of fear prevails in the…

‘Cyber Warriors’ sway Indian election

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. The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party and opposition Congress party have thrown armies…

BJP politician calls Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin a ‘patriot’

BJP’s Bhopal Lok Sabha seat candidate and Malegaon blast accused Pragya Singh Thakur on Thursday (16) kicked up a row as she called Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse a “patriot”, but apologised for it hours later and withdrew the statement. The BJP distanced itself from her statement saying it did…

Soldiers patrol India’s Kolkata after election violence

SOLDIERS patrolled the centre of Kolkata, the capital of India's West Bengal state, on Wednesday (15) a day after rival political supporters clashed during campaigning for the country's general election. With the third highest number of parliamentary seats among Indian states, West Bengal has emerged as a battleground where prime…

Clashes in eastern Indian city ahead of vote climax

CLASHES between the followers of prime minister Narendra Modi and an opposition leader heightened tensions in the key Indian city of Kolkata today (15) ahead of the final round of the country’s hard-fought national election. Fifty-nine people were arrested in street battles late Tuesday (14) that forced Amit Shah, president…

Clashes at Amit Shah’s roadshow in Kolkata

Clashes broke out between BJP supporters and student activists and those of the Left and Trinamool Congress Chatra Parishad (TMCP) during Amit Shah's roadshow in the city on Tuesday, officials said. Trouble began after stones were pelted at Amit Shah's convoy as it passed through College Street and the arterial…

You should be ashamed, seek apology from country: Rahul Gandhi…

With prime minister Narendra Modi and the BJP continuing their attack on the Congress over Sam Pitroda's remarks on the 1984 riots, party chief Rahul Gandhi on Monday (13) said the leader should be ashamed of himself and seek apology from the country. Rahul Gandhi was addressing a poll rally…

Delhi leader Kejriwal defies slaps and shoes to step up…

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. Fifty-nine seats are up for grabs across the country on the sixth voting day of the marathon ballot.…

Congress wants to separate Kashmir from India: Amit Shah

BJP chief Amit Shah on Thursday (2) claimed the Congress and National Conference wanted Kashmir's separation from India, and vowed to scrap Article 370 if his party is voted back to power. Shah addressed three rallies in Madhya Pradesh, where three phases of Lok Sabha polls are yet to be…

Modi following dictators in preaching nationalism, says Rajasthan chief minister…

Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot on Sunday (28) said the 2019 Lok Sabha elections are about saving democracy, as he accused prime minister Narendra Modi of following "dictators" in preaching nationalism. He said people will not be "lured and fooled" by BJP's talk of nationalism and will change the government…

Huge crowds greet India’s Modi in his sacred city seat

Prime minister Narendra Modi staged a show of strength on Thursday (25) in the city of Varanasi, one of the most sacred places for India's majority Hindu population, as the country's 39-day staggered general election neared its mid-point. Dotted with ancient temples and sitting on the banks of the Ganges…

Bollywood actor Sunny Deol joins BJP

BOLLYWOOD actor Sunny Deol today (23) joined the Bharatiya Janata Party, and praised prime minister Narendra Modi for being a leader capable of taking the country forward. Deol joined the BJP amid speculation that he may be fielded from a Lok Sabha seat in Punjab. “Like my father Dharmendra associated…

Stage set for largest phase of Lok Sabha polls; Amit…

Polling will be held on Tuesday (22) for the third and largest phase of Lok Sabha election in 116 seats, including all constituencies in Gujarat and Kerala, with BJP president Amit Shah, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi and several Union ministers among prominent candidates in the fray. The stakes are high…

PM Narendra Modi biopic to miss 5th April release

PM Narendra Modi, the much-publicized biopic on Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, will not enter theatres on 5th April as it has failed to receive the required censor certificate for its theatrical release in the country. The movie, which features actor Vivek Oberoi in the titular role of PM Narendra…

India targets foreign tourists as election campaign gets momentum

INDIA'S frenetic cities, historical monuments, tasty food, and beautiful scenery may be among the biggest attractions for foreign tourists. But with election fever hitting India, a few of them are prepared to forgo some of that - and the elephant ride - to meet an election candidate or attend a…

Rahul, Priyanka ridicule Modi over ‘chowkidar’ campaign

INDIA prime minister Narendra Modi's 'Main bhi chowkidar' campaign on Monday (18) drew more ridicule from Congress president Rahul Gandhi and party leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra. Raising the Rafale issue, Rahul said Modi was attempting to convert the whole country into chowkidar after being "caught", while Priyanka said chowkidar are…

Brink of war: facts and alternative facts in India and…

India and Pakistan have retreated from the brink of possible war but an information conflict still rages over their tit-for-tat air strikes and an aerial dogfight between the nuclear-armed arch rivals. A suicide bombing on February 14 killed 40 troops and was the deadliest attack in Kashmir on Indian forces…

Gloves off: who to watch in India’s rough-and-tumble election

India is not just the world's biggest democracy, its elections are also the most gruelling -- with nearly six weeks between the first round of voting on April 11 and the last. Rival politicians are permanently at daggers drawn and if prime minister Narendra Modi is to win another five-year…

‘I’m intrigued by the effect of comedy,’ says actor Amit…

TALENTED British actor Amit Shah has done great work on television and appeared in a number of high-profile films. His big screen performances include winning turns in major projects like Breathe, Johnny English Strikes Again and The Hundred-Foot Journey. He also stars in London-set action movie Final Score alongside Hollywood…

India’s ruling party underlines Hindu ambitions as elections near

Indian prime minister Narendra Modi's ruling Hindu nationalist party has been turning up the heat on some controversial and potentially highly divisive religious issues in recent days, with crucial state elections only weeks away and a general election due by next May. Top officials from his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)…

Of diversity and talent

[caption id="attachment_35868" align="alignnone" width="187"] by Amit Roy[/caption] THE Daily Telegraph columnist Allison Pearson struck a dissenting note about the much-praised BBC drama Bodyguard, which she said “wasn’t much cop.” “And that wasn’t just because the police in the show had been cast with diversity, rather than talent or charisma, in…

India’s Rohingya refugees struggle with hatred, fear as first group…

Hours after Indian TV channels flashed that the country was deporting seven Rohingya Muslims to Myanmar, Sahidullah said he received a call from his nephew: "Uncle, please get us out of here. They will send us back too." Sahidullah, a Rohingya living in the far north of India after fleeing…

Why new action film ‘Final Score’ mirrors real life

by LAUREN CODLING A NEW “gripping” action thriller paying tribute to classic 1980s films such as Die Hard will debut in cinemas on Friday (7). Final Score tells the story of a terror attack in a football stadium packed with 35,000 fans. Starring Guardians of the Galaxy star Dave Bautista…

Arrest of Indian rights activists sparks outrage

Indian police arrested five outspoken lawyers and left-wing activists during raids across the country on Tuesday (28) that drew condemnation from opposition parties and rights watchdogs who said it was a crackdown on critics of the government. Police said the five had been detained for their links to Maoist militants, but Rahul Gandhi, head of…

Rahul Gandhi vows to fight powerful Hindu group in court

India's opposition leader Rahul Gandhi pleaded not guilty on Tuesday (12) to defaming a powerful Hindu supremacist group closely linked to the ruling party of prime minister Narendra Modi. Gandhi will fight charges in court that he defamed the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) organisation when he accused the Hindu movement…

India court orders disputed Karnataka state government to face confidence…

India's Supreme Court ordered prime minister Narendra Modi's party to hold a vote of confidence on Saturday (19) in a key state where it has been allowed to form a government despite its lack of a majority. The order heightened political tensions in Karnataka and the opposition Congress party moved…

Little India struggles with tax revolution

India has vowed that a new nationwide tax will transform the economy by bringing more businesses into the digital system and filling state coffers, but for shopkeeper Sanjay Kumar Rai, who has never used a computer, the transition is terrifying. Rai is one of hundreds of thousands of small traders fearful of the…

Indian Prime Minister releases his degrees in ‘fake graduation’ row

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was forced on Monday to produce his college degrees, days after bitter political rivals accused him of lying about graduating from university. At a press conference in the capital, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and ruling party chief Amit Shah released copies of Modi’s Bachelor of…

Millions bid farewell to HH Pramukh Swami Maharaj

More than 200,000 devotees gathered on Wednesday (17) at Sarangpur in Gujarat for the last rites of His Holiness (HH) Param Pujya Pramukh Swami Maharaj, the head of the Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Sanstha (BAPS), who passed away last Saturday (13), aged 95. Followers of the saint came from India…

Chief minister and governor of Gujarat pay their respects to…

Head of socio-spiritual organisation BAPS and inspirer of world renowned Akshardham mandir, HH Pramukh Swami Maharaj passed away on 13 August 2016 at 6 pm. The word spread fast and the small town of Sarangpur was soon flooded with devotees and well-wishers eager for darshan. As soon as news were…

Shock as Gujarat chief minister Anandiben Patel resigns

THE chief minister of Gujarat and a long-time confidante of prime minister Narendra Modi resigned on Monday (1), amid protests by the low-caste Dalit community in the state. Anandiben Patel, who was Gujarat’s first woman chief minister, posted the resignation letter on her Facebook page. She said the decision was…