Atal Tunnel, one of India’s longest, reduces time to rush troops to China border

INDIA’s prime minister Narendra Modi on Saturday(3) opened a Himalayan tunnel that will drastically reduce the time needed to rush troops to the country’s remote Chinese border. The tunnel traverses India’s northern Himachal Pradesh state and lies on one of two main routes for troops headed to border areas in Ladakh. The $400-million, nine-kilometre (six […]

Covid-19 claims 100,842 lives in India

THE Covid-19 pandemic has claimed 100,842 lives in India, the second most populous country in the world. INDIA’s death toll from the novel coronavirus rose past 100,000 on Saturday(3), India became only the third country in the world to reach that bleak milestone of more than 100,000 death due to the virus on Saturday(3), after […]

India gang-rape victim’s family get protection over reprisal fears

A court in India has ordered police to protect the family of a woman allegedly gang-raped and killed by four high-caste men, as her brother said they feared reprisals over the accusations. The 19-year-old woman was attacked in mid-September and died this week, sparking outrage and shining the spotlight again on sexual violence in India, […]

Police ban mass gatherings in Indian village after clashes erupted following the cremation of gang-rape victim

INDIAN POLICE imposed emergency laws on Thursday(1) in a village barring gatherings of more than five people after clashes erupted following the cremation of the gang-rape victim. The 19-year-old victim died from her injuries on Tuesday(29), having been attacked and gang-raped on September 14 in a field near her home in Hathras district, 100 km […]

India receives above average rains in two consecutive years; a first in more than 60 years

INDIAN weather department officials on Wednesday(30) said that the country received above average rains for second year in a row, which is the first time in more than six decades. India’s monsoon rains in 2020 were 9 per cent above average, official data stated. According to officials the heavy rainfall replenished reservoirs and built up […]

Indian court acquits all 32 accused in Babri Masjid demolition case

AN Indian court on Wednesday(30) acquitted all the 32 accused in the Babri mosque demolition case, including ruling party veterans L K Advani and MM Joshi, 28 years ago. A special CBI court in Lucknow passed the verdict citing a lack of evidence. The demolition of the disputed structure in Ayodhya happened on December 6, […]

Indian rape victim dies weeks after assault, hundreds protest at hospital

A woman from the lowest rung of India’s caste system died on Tuesday (29) weeks after authorities said she was raped by a group of men, triggering protests in New Delhi with hundreds gathering at the hospital where her body lay. Her case was the latest in a string of gruesome crimes against women in […]

Following ‘witch-hunt’ Amnesty International shuts India operations

HUMAN RIGHTS group Amnesty International on Tuesday (29) said that it stopped India operations after a two-year-long sustained ‘campaign of harassment’ by the government which culminated in freezing bank accounts. The group said it had laid off staff after facing a crackdown over allegations of financial wrongdoing that it said were baseless. The bank accounts […]

India’s farm bills become law; states moot ‘counter laws’

FARMERS’ protest in India continued on Monday(28) over three controversial agricultural bills which became laws on Sunday. Many states have clarified that they will form ‘counter laws’ against these new laws. India’s president on Sunday(27) approved the bills into laws amid nationwide protests by farmers. According to them the new laws will stunt their bargaining […]

India coronavirus cases pass 6m in eight months; global death toll crosses 1m

IN A span of just eight months the coronavirus cases in the world’s second most populous country has hit six million mark. India on Monday (28) reported 82,000 new cases taking the total to 6.1 million and closing the gap on the US, which has recorded 7.1 million infections. The country, with a population of […]