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Indian farm protesters plant flags at historic Red Fort on Republic Day

THOUSANDS of Indian farmers protesting against agricultural reforms breached barricades on Tuesday(26) to enter the historic Red Fort complex in the capital and hoist flags after clashing with police, who fired tear gas to scatter them. Growers, angered by laws they say help large, private buyers at the expense of producers, have camped outside New […]

India likely to double health spending next fiscal year

INDIA is likely to double health spending in the next fiscal year with the aim of raising expenditure in the sector to 4 per cent of gross domestic output in the coming four years, two officials said, as the country looks to fix its health system after the coronavirus pandemic. India will likely raise its […]

Johnson says India ‘is very close to his heart’ in his Republic Day message

UK prime minister Boris Johnson on Tuesday(26) greeted India on Republic Day and said that both the countries are working side-by-side to free humanity from the coronavirus pandemic. In his video message to celebrate the birth of an ‘extraordinary Constitution’ that established India ‘as the biggest sovereign democracy in the world’”, Johnson reiterated his plans […]

Indian farmers ride caravan of tractors into capital ahead of Republic Day

CARAVANS of tractors clogged a key highway in northern India on Monday(25) as tens of thousands of farmers protesting against agriculture reforms streamed into the capital ahead of celebrations for Republic Day. India marks its founding as a republic on Tuesday(26) with a military parade in the historic city centre, but the farmers, who are […]

India and China clash again at Naku La pass on Himalayan border

INDIAN and Chinese troops fought a new brawl on their contested Himalayan border that left injuries on both sides, officials said Monday(25), highlighting the fraught state of relations between the giant neighbours. The fighting on January 20 came six months after a pitched battle which left at least 20 Indian troops dead as well as […]

Truck crushes 15 people to death in India’s Surat

AN out-of-control dumper truck crushed fifteen people to death as they slept by the roadside early Tuesday(19) in western India, authorities said. The dead included a baby girl, eight women and six men, said police official Usha Rada in the Surat district of Gujarat state. Six others were injured. The truck collided with a tractor […]

Pilgrims gather at River Ganga ahead of Kumbh Mela despite Covid-19 risk

HINDU PILGRIMS flocked to the Ganges river in India on Wednesday(13), shrugging off the risk of coronavirus a day before the start of the Kumbh Mela — a religious festival that attracts millions each time it is held. Despite India having the second most coronavirus infections in the world — and more than 150,000 deaths […]

Indian farmers burn legislation in show of defiance

INDIAN farmers burnt copies of the government’s new agricultural laws on Wednesday(13), pressing on with their protest against the reforms despite a decision by the Supreme Court to postpone implementation while their grievances are heard. Tens of thousands of farmers have been camped on the outskirts of the capital, New Delhi, for almost two months, […]

UK hails India’s religious diversity, inclusive tradition in Parliament debate

The UK government on Tuesday (12) praised India’s religious diversity and its “rich tapestry of religious minorities alongside its sizable Hindu majority” during a debate in the House of Commons complex and highlighted the important work being done to promote UK-India interfaith dialogue on tackling shared global challenges. Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) minister […]

Kusum Foundation continues to provide services in Bihar despite the pandemic

A non government organisation, which provides vocational skills to underprivileged students in India’s Bihar state, has described how it continued to provide services in the community despite the coronavirus pandemic. The Kusum Foundation, founded in 2008 by London-based banking professional Dr Anand Kumar, focuses on empowering the youth who live within a 20-mile radius of […]

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