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Hard-line Hindu priest a handful for Modi in heartland Indian state

Since Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi stunned the political establishment by promoting a hard-line Hindu priest to one of the country’s most powerful positions, Yogi Adityanath has sounded more statesman than rabble-rouser. Gone is the fiery anti-Muslim rhetoric and promotion

Muslim anxieties and India’s future

Devesh Kapur

By : Devesh Kapur A couple of weeks ago, Narendra Modi was celebrating his biggest electoral triumph since becoming India’s prime minister in 2014. His Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had swept into power in Uttar Pradesh, India’s largest state and

Explosions claim 6 lives in Bangladesh

At least six people, including two policemen, have died in explosions in eastern Bangladesh as troops battle suspected militants holed up with an ammunitions cache, police said Sunday. The explosions Saturday in Sylhet city also wounded at least 25 people,

Student clashes leave two killed, 14 hurt in home state of India’s Modi

Two people were killed and 14 injured in violence following a scuffle between Hindu and Muslim school students in Gujarat state, according to a senior official, media sources reported on Sunday. The incident took place on Saturday at Vadavali village

India tries to fix Iran trade payments as Trump hardens line

India is exploring setting up a new payments mechanism for trade with Iran, after its old sanctions workaround broke down, as state banks remain fearful of handling payments from Tehran in case the US imposes a fresh financial embargo. President

Emirates Airlines to let passengers keep laptops, tablets until boarding

Emirates plans to allow travelers to take their laptops and tablets past security gates and only collect them before boarding, Bloomberg reported on Thursday, as they aim to minimize the impact of an electronics ban on routes to the US.

Pakistani president at military parade offers talks to India

Mamnoon Hussain

President Mamnoon Hussain says Pakistan is ready to hold talks with India on all issues, including Kashmir, as he opened an annual military parade to mark the country’s Republic Day. Chinese army also participated in Thursday’s parade as a show

When Ranbir and Mahira met in Dubai

Videos of Bollywood actor Ranbir Kapoor and Pakistani actress Mahira Khan at the Global Teacher Prize ceremony in Dubai on Sunday are going viral on social media. The videos show the two actors engaged in animated conversations, leaving fans wondering

Modi picks Hindu hard-liner to lead India’s most populous state

Yogi Adityanath

Prime Minister Narendra Modi picked Hindu hard-liner Yogi Adityanath, who has been accused of inciting violence against India’s Muslim minority, to lead its most populous state after his party won a landslide victory last week. Adityanath’s appointment to lead Uttar

Mystery of missing Indian Sufi clerics solved after being traced to Sindh

The two missing Indian Sufi clerics from Delhi’s Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah have been finally traced and have reached Karachi, according to latest media reports. The news confirming the safety of the clerics who were on a pilgrimage came after India’s

Indian Muslim clerics go missing in Pakistan

Asif Ali Nizami

Pakistan says authorities are looking for two prominent Indian Muslim clerics who went missing during a visit to the country earlier this month. A Foreign Ministry spokesman said Saturday that Asif Ali Nizami, 80, the custodian of a famed Sufi

Indian farmer wins train in legal fight with railway

An Indian farmer’s battle for proper compensation for land seized to build a railway reached an unexpected conclusion this week when a court awarded him a train. Sampuran Singh has been fighting for the money since 2015, when he went

India beefs up security at Taj Mahal after Daesh threat

India has boosted security at the Taj Mahal after a pro-Daesh group reportedly warned of attacks in the country and threatened the 17th-century monument to love, police said Friday. Images published in local media showed a fighter in combat fatigues

Why India should scrap parliamentary democracy

Shashi Tharoor

By : Shashi Tharoor India’s parliamentary system, inherited from the British, is rife with ineffiencies. By the logic of Westminster, you elect a legislature to form the executive, and when the executive does not command a secure majority in the

Three militants, girl killed during Kashmir firefight

A 7-year-old girl and three militants were killed in a shootout with government forces in Indian-administered Kashmir on Wednesday, police said. Soldiers and police surrounded a village in Kupwara district at dawn on the de-facto border that divides the disputed

Amitabh Bachchan apologizes for cancelling Egypt visit

Amitabh Bachchan

International Indian movie star Amitabh Bachchan has apologized for not being able to attend the Luxor African film festival (LAFF) in Egypt after much hype over his attendance. In a video statement released on Saturday, Bhachchan apologized to both fans

Narendra Modi’s party claims victory in four Indian states

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s party won a landslide victory in India’s most important battleground state on Saturday, in a personal triumph that will strengthen his claim to a second term as national leader. Wresting control of Uttar Pradesh is a

31 workers convicted over killing at Indian car plant

An Indian court convicted 31 workers on Friday over an outburst of deadly violence at a car plant in 2012, including 13 for murder, during one of the country’s worst episodes of labor unrest. The court cleared 117 accused who

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