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US, China unease as Putin seeks India arms deals

Posted by on 04/10/2018
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US, China unease as Putin seeks India arms deals

US, China unease as Putin seeks India arms deals

US pours cold water on India’s efforts to avoid sanctions NEW DELHI: Russian President Vladimir Putin headed for India yesterday looking to tie up billions of dollars in arms deals with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, likely irking the US, China and Pakistan in one fell swoop. The Kremlin said before the two-day visit by Putin […]

Bangladesh kids fight climate change aboard floating schools

Posted by on 04/10/2018
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Bangladesh kids fight climate change aboard floating schools

Bangladesh kids fight climate change aboard floating schools

CHALAN BEEL, Bangladesh: Mosammat Rekha’s older cousins grew up unable to read and write, their tiny village so frequently cut off from the nearest school by floods that would rise suddenly in their remote corner of disaster-prone Bangladesh. But seven-year-old Mosammat is learning her ABCs aboard a boat fitted with a classroom and play equipment […]

Bangladesh seeks revival of silk industry

Posted by on 04/10/2018
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Bangladesh seeks revival of silk industry

Bangladesh seeks revival of silk industry

Bangladesh’s silk industry is one of the oldest in the world, with farmers in the northwestern border district of Rajshahi producing some of the most sought-after silk yarns. They specialize in high-quality mulberry silk-widely known as Bengal or Rajshahi silk-produced by the larvae of moths fed on fresh mulberry leaves and used for luxurious items […]

Under pressure India govt cuts fuel tax

Posted by on 04/10/2018
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Under pressure India govt cuts fuel tax

Under pressure India govt cuts fuel tax

Marginal cut could ease pain of rising crude, weak rupee NEW DELHI: India is cutting prices of gasoline and diesel by 2.50 rupees ($0.03) a liter, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said yesterday, the government’s latest step to tackle the impact of a sharp rise in crude oil prices and a weak currency. The cut includes […]

An India village’s fight to take the ‘poo to the loo’

Posted by on 02/10/2018
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An India village’s fight to take the ‘poo to the loo’

An India village’s fight to take the ‘poo to the loo’

DUNGARPUR: Indian farmer Kokila Damor always looked forward to visiting the city hospital, but only so that she could use its toilet. Now she is not only a proud toilet owner but a sanitation champion for other villagers in the state of Rajasthan who have been used to defecating in the open since time immemorial. […]

Angry farmers clash with Indian police in New Delhi

Posted by on 02/10/2018
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Angry farmers clash with Indian police in New Delhi

Angry farmers clash with Indian police in New Delhi

Protesting farmers demand better prices for their produce NEW DELHI: Indian police yesterday fired tear gas and water cannons to halt and scatter a march by thousands of protesting farmers heading for the capital, New Delhi, to demand better prices for their produce. Reeling from a crash in commodity prices, more than 50,000 farmers from […]

Bangladesh delays plan to shift Rohingya to remote island

Posted by on 01/10/2018
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Bangladesh delays plan to shift Rohingya to remote island

Bangladesh delays plan to shift Rohingya to remote island

DHAKA: Bangladesh has postponed plans to begin relocating Rohingya Muslims to a remote island, officials said Monday, amid staunch opposition to the controversial idea among refugees living near the Myanmar border. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was slated to open the new settlement built to house 100,000 refugees on Bhashan Char on October 3, despite warnings […]

London, New York property of Indian celebrity jeweler seized

Posted by on 01/10/2018
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London, New York property of Indian celebrity jeweler seized

London, New York property of Indian celebrity jeweler seized

NEW DELHI: Indian authorities yesterday said they have seized assets of fugitive billionaire jeweler Nirav Modi worth some $87 million, piling pressure on one of the main suspects in a $1.8-billion fraud at a major state-run bank. The seized assets included overseas bank accounts and diamond studded jewelry to the tune of $3.1 million that […]

Startups tackle Indian women’s toilet woes

Posted by on 30/09/2018
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Startups tackle Indian women’s toilet woes

Startups tackle Indian women’s toilet woes

NEW DELHI: With her bladder fit to burst on a recent ride with an all-female motorbike club, Vidhi Malla chugged on her 350cc “Thunderbird” into a fancy highway eatery near New Delhi and rushed to the toilet. But to her disgust, if not to her surprise, the facilities stank and the seat was splattered with […]

Adultery no longer a crime in India

Posted by on 27/09/2018
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Adultery no longer a crime in India

Adultery no longer a crime in India

Court declares a colonial-era law unconstitutional NEW DELHI: Adultery is no longer a crime, India’s top court ruled yesterday, declaring a colonial-era law that punished the offence with jail time unconstitutional and discriminatory against women. It was the second legal decision this month reflecting a more liberal outlook in Indian society with the Supreme Court […]

Cash cows: Pakistani PM’s house auctions buffalos for austerity

Posted by on 27/09/2018
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Cash cows: Pakistani PM’s house auctions buffalos for austerity

Cash cows: Pakistani PM’s house auctions buffalos for austerity

The latest push for highly publicized austerity drive ISLAMABAD: The Pakistani premier’s house milked its livestock reserves yesterday as dozens gathered for a buffalo auction in the capital Islamabad, in the latest push for Prime Minister Imran Khan’s highly publicized austerity drive. A total of eight buffaloes were auctioned off for nearly 2.3 million rupees […]

Bad call: Indian trying to charge phone in cockpit

Posted by on 26/09/2018
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Bad call: Indian trying to charge phone in cockpit

Bad call: Indian trying to charge phone in cockpit

MUMBAI: A passenger was kicked off an Indian flight after he tried to access the cockpit to charge his phone, the airline said yesterday. The incident took place as an IndiGo flight was preparing to take off from Mumbai for Kolkata on Monday. “While an IndiGo aircraft being on the ground an unruly passenger tried […]