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Indian police raid Islamic State cell with links to Sri Lanka bombing mastermind

12 Jun 2019

NEW DELHI Indian police raided seven locations in the southern city of Coimbatore on Wednesday in pursuit of a suspected Islamic State cell with links to the suicide bombers who killed over 250 people in Sri Lanka in April, officials said.

Modi's ruling NDA may win key Rajya Sabha majority next year: projection

08 Jun 2019

NEW DELHI Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ruling alliance could achieve a crucial majority in the Rajya Sabha next year if some small regional parties join the bloc that recently won a massive mandate in the Lok Sabha, according to a projection by an independent research firm.

New Delhi vows free transport for women in what opposition calls a gimmick

03 Jun 2019

NEW DELHI India's capital city plans to make its state-run bus and metro network free for women commuters, hoping that higher use of public transport will improve women's safety in one of the world's largest metropolitan areas blighted by gender crime.

Modi faces 'jobs crisis' as unemployment hits 6.1%

31 May 2019

NEW DELHI India's unemployment rate rose to 6.1% in the 2017/18 fiscal year, the statistics ministry said on Friday, presenting a challenge for Prime Minister Narendra Modi to kick-start job creation in his second term in office.

Modi picks China expert and former envoy to US to steer India's foreign policy

31 May 2019

NEW DELHI It is time to get talking. That seemed to be Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's message to both the United States and China on Friday when he named a highly rated career diplomat with expertise in dealing with both countries as India's new foreign minister, diplomatic affairs experts said.

India's Modi to name ruling party chief Shah as finance minister - media

30 May 2019

NEW DELHI Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to name Amit Shah, the chief of his Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), as the country's new finance minister after taking his oath of office for the second time on Thursday, according to several Indian media reports.

BJP consolidates big vote win in West Bengal with opposition defections

28 May 2019

NEW DELHI Three opposition state assembly members and more than 50 municipal leaders from West Bengal joined Prime Minister Narendra Modi's party on Tuesday, days after he was re-elected with big gains in places like the populous eastern state.

Battered Congress party closes ranks after election setback

25 May 2019

NEW DELHI The head of India's main opposition Congress party, Rahul Gandhi, offered to quit on Saturday after a crushing election defeat but senior party officials rejected his offer and called instead for a major internal shake-up.

India's Congress leader Rahul Gandhi faces backlash over election drubbing

23 May 2019

NEW DELHI Rahul Gandhi is set to face a backlash from within the main Indian opposition Congress party after it suffered a mauling for a second general election in a row from Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist party.

Modi set to return to power with a bigger majority, exit polls show

19 May 2019

NEW DELHI Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to return to power with an even bigger majority in parliament after a mammoth general election that ended on Sunday, exit polls showed, a far better showing than expected in recent weeks.

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