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‘Love jihad’ claims fuel Hindu-Muslim tension

NEW DELHI: When a Hindu woman tearfully claimed to national media recently she had been kidnapped, raped and forcibly converted to Islam, India’s religious hardliners seized the chance to hike…

Number of Rohingya fleeing Myanmar tops 100,000

YANGON: A growing sense of desperation is fueling a mass exodus of Rohingya Muslims from western Myanmar, with the number fleeing by boat since communal violence broke out two years…

Modi rallies troops in Diwali day Kashmir visit – Abdullah backs PM visit amid protests

SRINAGAR: India’s new Prime Minister Narendra Modi marked the festival of Diwali yesterday with a visit to the Kashmir region to rally the morale of troops after recent deadly clashes…

Bloody day in Pakistan’s Quetta leaves 11 dead

QUETTA: At least 11 people were killed and 30 injured in a series of attacks in the southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta yesterday, including a suicide bombing at a rally…

Pakistan clerics call for harmony

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s top religious body yesterday called for a ban on religious hate speech and greater harmony between sects ahead of a holy month usually marred by anti-Shiite violence. The…

High in Pakistan’s mountains, women break taboos

A group of young Pakistani girls sit on a carpeted floor listening as their teacher writes on a whiteboard, preparing his students for the rigours of climbing some of the…

Kolkata’s gold panners reap rewards at India festival time

As 40-year-old Mohammed Iqbal sifts through sludge in the back alleys of Kolkata’s jewelry market for gold dust, his weathered face brightens slightly at the recent uptick in work. For…

India’s forgotten widows defy taboos to celebrate Diwali

As the early autumn sun begins to set on the Yamuna river, hundreds of Indian women swathed in white and carrying traditional earthenware lamps file through winding streets to the…

India warns Pakistan of pain in Kashmir fighting

NEW DELHI: India warned Pakistan yesterday of more “pain” if it continued to violate a ceasefire on their disputed border in Kashmir and said it was up to Islamabad to…

Pakistan pulls anti-government TV channel off air

ISLAMABAD: An anti-government TV news channel in Pakistan was taken off air for 15 days after a high court ruled that the broadcaster was “maligning” the country’s judiciary, the country’s…

India boss gives workers cars, jewelry for festival

AHMEDABAD: A generous boss in western India has given 1,200 of his workers new cars, deposits for flats and thousands of dollars worth of diamond jewelry as rewards for loyalty.…

Private Indian news channels frustrated – Controlling the message: Modi chooses state media

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has anointed India’s state-backed broadcaster as his media brand of choice, helping shield his government from tough questions and prompting private news outlets to…

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