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Gujarat: Counting of votes starts in India PM's home state

December 17th 2017 9:11PM
Counting of votes has begun in crucial elections in India's Gujarat, Prime Minister Narendra Modi's home state. Gujarat is a stronghold state for Mr Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which has governed there for 22 years. A number of exit polls have suggested that the BJP is on course to win the ...

India can grow at 8 pc for next 20 years: UN expert

December 17th 2017 6:56PM
WASHINGTON: India can achieve an eight per cent growth rate for the next two decades by promoting investment and improving the living conditions of its people, a senior UN economic official has said. Describing India's economic condition as largely positive and "favourable to growth", Sebastian ...

iPhone Prices in India Marginally Increased After Import Tax Hike

December 17th 2017 6:56PM
According to Counterpoint Research, Apple imports 88 percent of the phones its sells in India, so the company had no option but to increase prices after the government's decision to increase import duty on mobiles and other electronics. However, by itself, the move is unlikely to have a huge impact on ...

India's Adani cancels $2bn Australian coal mine contract

December 17th 2017 6:22PM
The cancellation of the contract with Downer, an Australian company, follows a decision last week by the Queensland state government to veto the award of an A$900m federal government loan to Adani. It is the latest in a series of financial challenges facing the Indian conglomerate's Carmichael coal ...

The China-India row that spells disaster for flood victims

December 17th 2017 6:00PM
"This river has displaced me five times already," Bimati Hajarika says, pointing at the Brahmaputra river in the north-eastern Indian state of Assam. "My past four villages remain under those waters there," the 60-year-old adds. After being driven out of four different homes by the floods, she now lives in a ...

What's up, WhatsApp? Google's beating plastic in India: Gadfly

December 17th 2017 5:03PM
In India, the conversation about digital payments began in earnest after the government outlawed 86 percent of the currency in circulation. That shock, in November 2016, was a boon for wallet firms like Paytm, but also became the launch point for a newly built mobile payment interface connecting most ...

India Still Hopeful of Arresting Islamic Scholar Despite Interpol's Rejection of its Request

December 17th 2017 2:03PM
Interpol has canceled the Red Corner Notice it issued on the request of the Indian government against controversial Islamic scholar Zakir Naik, citing insufficient evidence against Naik. But India's National Investigative Agency (NIA) said it will file a fresh request. Naik has been accused of hate speech, ...

India may not allow China's bid to delink Doklam from Special Representative mandate

December 17th 2017 12:22PM
New Delhi : India is not giving into Chinese attempts to delink the Doklam plateau from the special representative (SR) mechanism, insisting that the two sides discuss the area along with other boundary disputes at the SR talks this week in New Delhi. Doklam was the scene of a 75-day-long military face ...

WTO: After gains at Buenos Aires, India plans mini ministerial

December 17th 2017 11:26AM
BUENOS AIRES: India plans to host representatives of around 40 countries early next year to set the ball rolling for the next ministerial meeting of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in 2019 after the country emerged victorious from the recently-concluded 11th ministerial conference in Buenos Aires, ...

Make In India not by higher duties

December 17th 2017 11:03AM
The government's decision to increase import duties on a variety of products, including phones and TV sets, is not a good idea. This has been done in the name of promoting Make in India, but experience, of India's own past and of Asia's tiger economies, shows that forcing import substitution behind high ...

What India's student exodus means

December 17th 2017 10:47AM
The total number of Indian students pursuing college education abroad has vaulted from 62,350 to 2.55 lakh between 2000 and 2016, data from UNESCO-UIS showed. That's a moderate growth of 6% annually. But student migration from India has gathered steam in the last three years, even as that from ...

US and Pakistan are still bedfellows, India must rethink its support to Trump plan: Hamid Karzai

December 17th 2017 10:05AM
I came at the invitation of the Honourable Prime Minister of India, who extended me hospitality for which I am very grateful. Our conversation was an affirmation of India's affection and goodwill towards Afghanistan. We discussed all issues of relevance in South Asia, including the war against terrorism ...

India's eighth successive bilateral series win

December 17th 2017 9:56AM
India marched to their eighth successive bilateral ODI series victory by beating Sri Lanka 2-1. This winning streak began with a 3-0 victory against Zimbabwe last year and they have beaten New Zealand (twice), England, West Indies, Sri Lanka (twice) and Australia since then. Overall in ODI history, only ...

Dhawan's ton guides India to ODI series win over Lanka

December 17th 2017 9:56AM
Visakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh) [India], December 17 (ANI): Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan's 12th century in ODIs guided India to a comfortable 8-wicket win over Sri Lanka">Sri Lanka and helped the hosts in pocketing the three-match series 2-1 here at the Dr. YS Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA ...

Training Over, India's First 3 Women Fighter Pilots Fly MiGs And Hawks

December 17th 2017 9:33AM
The MiG-21 is the oldest frontline combat jet in service with the Indian Air Force, having first entered service in 1964. Since then, the jet has been regularly upgraded. The MiG-21 "Bison" being flown by Flying Officers Avani Chaturvedi and Bhawana Kanth is the definitive variant of the legacy fighter and ...

Demand For Meat Is Growing Rapidly in India. This Could Impact All Of Us.

December 17th 2017 9:22AM
According to the sample registration system (SRS) baseline survey 2014 released by the registrar general of India, 71 percent of Indians over the age of 15 are non-vegetarian. While that means 330 million of India's 1.2 billion people are vegetarian, it obscures the fact that many are rapidly abandoning ...

India spinners Kuldeep, Chahal set up series win

December 17th 2017 8:48AM
Dec 17 (Reuters) - Spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal picked up three wickets each to set up a comfortable eight-wicket win for India against Sri Lanka in the deciding third and final one-day international in Visakhapatnam on Sunday. The wrist-spinners scythed through the Sri Lankan ...

Israeli ambassador rededicates two of India's oldest synagogues

December 17th 2017 8:47AM
“The Jewish community in Kolkata is perceived as a dying community,” The Indian Express quoted president and trustee of Beth El synagogue, David R. Ashkenazy, as saying. “To an extent, it is true. The numbers have dwindled over the past few decades and now there are just 30 of us left in the city.

India: Economic woes are key factor in Gujarat election

December 17th 2017 8:33AM
Tens of millions of people in western India are waiting to hear who their local leader will be. Results from Thursday's election in Gujarat state are due to be announced on Monday. The opposition Congress party is making a comeback, with a strong challenge to the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, which ...

Dhawan powers India to series victory

December 17th 2017 8:26AM
Chahal soon joined in to take the key wickets of Angelo Mathews, for 17, and skipper Thisara Perera, for six, as Sri Lanka slipped to 197-6. Fast bowlers Hardik Pandya, who struck twice, and Bhuvneshwar Kumar soon wiped out the tail to dim Sri Lanka's hopes of a first-ever series win in India.