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Smartphones emerge as bright spot for Indian manufacturing

Posted by on 25/10/2018
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Smartphones emerge as bright spot for Indian manufacturing

Smartphones emerge as bright spot for Indian manufacturing

Modi’s vow to create new jobs stutters on many fronts NOIDA, India: Smartphone-maker Lava is a small player in India’s booming mobile communications industry, but it has become a poster child for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ambitious effort to make India a global hub for electronics manufacturing. Just a few years ago, Lava imported cheap […]

Long road ahead for #MeToo in Nepal

Posted by on 24/10/2018
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Long road ahead for #MeToo in Nepal

Long road ahead for #MeToo in Nepal

Rape, murder of teenager provoke unprecedented protests KATHMANDU: The rape and murder of a teenager provoked unprecedented protests in conservative Nepal, but activists say a #MeToo reckoning like that unfolding in neighboring India remains a distant prospect. Thousands poured onto the streets after 13-year-old Nirmala Pant’s body was discovered in July angered by allegations the […]

Pakistan urged to cut off extremists

Posted by on 24/10/2018
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Pakistan urged to cut off extremists

Pakistan urged to cut off extremists

WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday renewed calls on Pakistan to curb extremists fighting in Afghanistan, saying Washington was holding its uneasy war partner accountable. Pompeo made the comment as he welcomed long-delayed legislative elections in Afghanistan, saying the United States was “encouraged” by voter turnout, despite reports of widespread problems including […]

India FBI-style police agency hit by infighting amid probe

Posted by on 24/10/2018
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India FBI-style police agency hit by infighting amid probe

India FBI-style police agency hit by infighting amid probe

Ministers seek to tighten rules against sexual harassment NEW DELHI: India’s government yesterday ordered a probe at the country’s top crime fighting bureau after its two senior officers accused each other of bribery and interference in police investigations. The weeks-long public spat between Alok Verma, director of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), and his […]

Indian temple closes without admitting women

Posted by on 23/10/2018
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Indian temple closes without admitting women

Indian temple closes without admitting women

NEW DELHI: The latest window for worship at a flashpoint Indian shrine has closed without a single female devotee of menstruating age being admitted, despite a court order overturning a ban on their presence in the temple. Mobs of Hindu hardliners prevented women aged 10 to 50 from getting in to the Sabarimala temple complex […]

India court eases firecracker ban even as pollution soars

Posted by on 23/10/2018
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India court eases firecracker ban even as pollution soars

India court eases firecracker ban even as pollution soars

Activists smolder over ‘green’ Diwali firecrackers NEW DELHI: India’s Supreme Court yesterday allowed the use of “green” firecrackers for Diwali next month to try to curb pollution, but it was unclear how the rules will be enforced or whether there was such a thing as an environmentally safe firework. The court banned the sale of […]

Pakistan PM seeks loans to re-service debts, investments

Posted by on 23/10/2018
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Pakistan PM seeks loans to re-service debts, investments

Pakistan PM seeks loans to re-service debts, investments

RIYADH: Pakistan is seeking loans from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and friendly countries to reservice debt and shore up its economy, Prime Minister Imran Khan said yesterday. “What we are hoping is that we do a bit of both, get a loan from IMF and other loans from friendly governments,” Khan told an audience […]

Imran Khan says Pakistan ‘desperate’ for loans, leaves for Saudi summit

Posted by on 22/10/2018
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Imran Khan says Pakistan ‘desperate’ for loans, leaves for Saudi summit

Imran Khan says Pakistan ‘desperate’ for loans, leaves for Saudi summit

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan left for Saudi Arabia to attend an investment conference boycotted by other leaders over the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Khan told an interviewer before leaving he was concerned at Khashoggi’s death but could not skip the conference because “we’re desperate” for possible […]

Congress won’t name Gandhi as PM candidate

Posted by on 22/10/2018
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Congress won’t name Gandhi as PM candidate

Congress won’t name Gandhi as PM candidate

NEW DELHI: India’s main opposition Congress party said yesterday it would not name its leader Rahul Gandhi as the prime ministerial candidate of an alliance seeking to defeat Prime Minister Narendra Modi in next year’s general election. Congress is working to build an opposition front with other parties in preparation for the vote, and spokesman […]

Delhi holds breath as burning farms herald pollution season

Posted by on 21/10/2018
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Delhi holds breath as burning farms herald pollution season

Delhi holds breath as burning farms herald pollution season

Thousands of runners compete in smoggy Delhi half marathon ISHARGARH: Harpal Singh struck a match and watched his fields burn, the acrid smoke drifting toward New Delhi where a lethal smog cocktail is once again intensifying over the world’s most polluted megacity. Every November, air pollution in northern India reaches levels unimaginable in most parts […]

At least 14 dead in Kashmir violence

Posted by on 21/10/2018
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At least 14 dead in Kashmir violence

At least 14 dead in Kashmir violence

SRINAGAR: Violence across Kashmir left at least 14 people dead yesterday, police and military officials said, including six civilians killed when an explosion detonated among a crowd protesting against Indian rule. Thousands of demonstrators, some hurling stones, marched on a village in southern Kulgam town where Indian government forces were battling an unknown number of […]

Angry protests after India train disaster kills 59

Posted by on 20/10/2018
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Angry protests after India train disaster kills 59

Angry protests after India train disaster kills 59

AMRITSAR, India: Angry relatives staged a protest yesterday on the tracks where a speeding train ploughed into crowds watching fireworks, killing about 60 people in the latest disaster to bedevil India’s railway network. The Jalandhar-Amritsar express was hurtling at 90 km per hour when it hit scores of people who had gathered on the tracks […]