6 killed in human crush during religious festival in India

At least 6 people have lost their lives and over a dozen others been injured in a human crush during a religious festival in eastern India. The incident occurred along the bank of the River Ganges just south of the city of Kolkata on Monday as people returning from camping during the religious event rushed… Read More 6 killed in human crush during religious festival in India

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India: 5 Indian states set to go to polls

Five states in India are set to go to the polls in the next two months, a key test for the administration of Prime Minister Narendra Modi after his controversial currency move. Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi said the states representing more than 160 million voters would elect new governments in the elections, which will… Read More India: 5 Indian states set to go to polls

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India J Jayalalitha death: Masses mourn ‘iron lady’

J Jayalalitha, one of India’s most influential and colourful politicians, has been buried in the presence of tens of thousands of mourners. The 68-year-old chief minister of the southern state of Tamil Nadu suffered a heart attack on Sunday night and died at 23:30 (18:00 GMT) on Monday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Pranab… Read More India J Jayalalitha death: Masses mourn ‘iron lady’

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BREAKING NEWS: Nearly 100 dead as Indian train derails near Kanpur (Photos)

At least 96 people have been killed after 14 carriages of an Indian express train derailed in northern Uttar Pradesh state, police say. The incident took place on the Indore-Patna Express just after 03:00 local time on Sunday (21:30 GMT Saturday) near the city of Kanpur. Rescuers cut their way through the twisted carriages to… Read More BREAKING NEWS: Nearly 100 dead as Indian train derails near Kanpur (Photos)

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India rupees: Chaos at banks after ‘black money’ ban

There have been chaotic scenes outside banks in India, two days after 500 ($7) and 1,000 rupee notes were withdrawn as part of anti-corruption measures. Some banks ran out of cash. At others police were called in to manage queues of anxious customers hoping to change their savings for legal tender. The surprise government move… Read More India rupees: Chaos at banks after ‘black money’ ban

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Exclusive: India’s tobacco industry, government face off ahead of WHO conference

India’s $11 billion tobacco industry has urged the government to take a softer line on tobacco control efforts when it hosts a World Health Organization conference in New Delhi next month, but officials say the government will not bow to “pressure tactics”. Delegates from about 180 countries will attend the Nov. 7-12 WHO conference on… Read More Exclusive: India’s tobacco industry, government face off ahead of WHO conference

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Nigeria Seeks $15bn Upfront Oil Payment From India

NIGERIA has commenced negotiations with the Indian government for the release of $15bn as upfront payment for crude oil purchase. The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, disclosed this on Monday. The minister was quoted to have said in a statement signed by the Director, Press, Ministry of Petroleum Resources, Idang Alibi,… Read More Nigeria Seeks $15bn Upfront Oil Payment From India

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