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At least 26 killed as Indian train derails

MUMBAI At least 26 people were killed and 50 injured on Saturday night when nine coaches of a passenger train derailed in eastern India, in the latest disaster to hit the vast and accident-prone state railways, police said.

India pressed ahead with banknote ban despite central bank concerns

NEW DELHI/MUMBAI India pushed ahead with its decision to scrap banknotes even as the Reserve Bank of India's (RBI) own board expressed concern whether the cash could be replaced quickly enough, the central bank has said in written testimony to parliament.

20 Jan 2017

Trapped in dying tea gardens, workers lose children to traffickers

JALPAIGURI, India (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Fagua Ooraon was running late for work when traffickers stopped outside his hut and said they were taking his teenage daughter with them to the city for better employment.

20 Jan 2017

India's top court to hear plea seeking to defer annual budget

NEW DELHI India's Supreme Court said on Friday it would hear a plea at the start of next week that seeks to postpone the government's annual budget, due to be delivered on Feb. 1, until after five forthcoming state elections are held.

20 Jan 2017

India to levy service tax on freight for imports on delivered basis

NEW DELHI Overseas exporters chartering foreign vessels to supply goods to India will have to pay a service tax on freight from Sunday, a government notification said.

19 Jan 2017

Indian protesters urge Modi to allow ancient bull-taming rite

NEW DELHI Protests by thousands of people demanding the resumption of a traditional Indian bull-taming festival have disrupted daily life across the southern state of Tamil Nadu, forcing its leader to urge intervention by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

19 Jan 2017

India tribunal rules in favour of lenders in Kingfisher loan default case - TV

MUMBAI A tribunal in the southern Indian city of Bengaluru has ruled in favour of a group of creditor banks seeking to recover more than $1 billion (815.8 million pounds) in loans now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines owes them, television channels reported on Thursday.

19 Jan 2017

Indian surrogate mothers grab last chance to make babies ahead of impending ban

MUMBAI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Inside a bungalow in a plush residential area of Gurugram, on the outskirts of New Delhi, a group of women in different stages of pregnancy share the hope their babies will be delivered safely - or risk losing the chance of big money, forever.

19 Jan 2017

Factbox - Which countries allow commercial surrogacy?

MUMBAI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - India is on the verge of banning commercial surrogacy, an industry estimated to be worth as much as $2.3 billion annually, in its next parliamentary session starting in February.

19 Jan 2017

Nearly 40 traffickers jailed in southern India in rare success for prosecutors

CHENNAI, India (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - An Indian court has sentenced 39 people to 10 years in prison each for buying and selling girls in Karnataka state, signalling a rare victory for prosecutors in a country where fewer than two in five trafficking cases ends in a conviction.

18 Jan 2017

In challenge to Trump, women protesters swarm streets across U.S

WASHINGTON Hundreds of thousands of women, many with husbands, boyfriends and children in tow, filled the streets of several major U.S. cities on Saturday in an unprecedented wave of mass protests against President Donald Trump the day after his inauguration. | Video