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Train derailment in northern India injures 25

NEW DELHI At least 25 people were injured on Thursday when eight carriages of a passenger train derailed in northern India, a railway ministry spokesman said, the latest in a series of incidents involving the world's fourth-largest rail network.

Indian Hindu party crackdown on abattoirs spreads, stoking Muslim unease

MUMBAI/NEW DELHI A crackdown on unlicensed abattoirs in India's most populous state has spread to other states ruled by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's party, as Hindu hardliners press a political agenda that risks alienating the country's Muslim minority.

29 Mar 2017

India's top court bans sale of older-technology vehicles from April

NEW DELHI India's top court on Wednesday banned the sale of vehicles running on older Euro III fuel technology from April 1, a decision that led to a sharp fall in shares of major automakers sitting on unsold inventories.

29 Mar 2017

Hardline Hindu priest a handful for Modi in heartland Indian state

GORAKHPUR, India/NEW DELHI Since Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi stunned the political establishment by promoting a hardline Hindu priest to one of the country's most powerful positions, Yogi Adityanath has sounded more statesman than rabble-rouser.

28 Mar 2017

Monsanto loses legal battle with Indian seed producer

NEW DELHI Monsanto lost a legal battle with one of India's biggest seed producers over a contract dispute on Tuesday, and was ordered to restore a licensing agreement and cut royalty charges.

28 Mar 2017

Communal strife in home state of India's Modi kills one, 14 hurt

NEW DELHI One person was killed and about 14 injured when violence erupted following a scuffle between Muslim and Hindu school students in Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's home state of Gujarat, a senior administrative official said on Sunday.

26 Mar 2017

Indian vice president defends liberal values, right to dissent

NEW DELHI Indian Vice-President Hamid Ansari said on Saturday universities must uphold liberal values and respect dissent, a month after violent protests erupted at a university in the capital Delhi over a speech by a student accused of sedition. 

25 Mar 2017

Exclusive - Short of track, Indian Railways eyes private suppliers in blow to state steel firm

NEW DELHI Indian Railways is considering ending state-owned Steel Authority of India Ltd's (SAIL) virtual monopoly on supplying steel for standard rail tracks, opening up annual purchases worth up to $700 million (561 million pounds) to the private sector, people close to the matter told Reuters.

24 Mar 2017

Indian airlines push for no-fly list to ban unruly passengers

NEW DELHI Several Indian airlines, including the country's biggest carrier IndiGo, on Friday proposed creating a no-fly list to ban unruly passengers, a day after a lawmaker admitted assaulting an official from state-owned carrier Air India.

24 Mar 2017

India eyes deal to repair Afghan aircraft, deepening military ties

KABUL India is considering whether to pay for repairs to grounded helicopters and transport planes from Afghanistan's air force, signalling a willingness to step up military assistance for Kabul that has irked Pakistan in the past.

22 Mar 2017
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Court decides whether to arrest ousted South Korean president Park

SEOUL A South Korean court began deliberating on Thursday whether to arrest ousted president Park Geun-hye, who was removed from office in a corruption scandal involving charges she solicited bribes from the country's largest conglomerate.