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Ten die in India outbreak of brain-damaging virus, spurring rush to hospitals

BENGALURU/KOCHI A rare virus spread by fruit bats, which can cause flu-like symptoms and brain damage, has killed 10 people in southern India, health officials said on Tuesday, with at least nine more being treated.

Delhi archbishop warns of threat to India's secular fabric, triggering BJP rebuke

NEW DELHI The archbishop of Delhi has called for a prayer campaign until the next general election in an unprecedented political intervention, citing a threat to the country's secular fabric, triggering angry reactions from the ruling Hindu nationalist party.

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Top executives at India's fraud-hit PNB misled central bank, police allege

MUMBAI Senior executives at India's Punjab National Bank misled the central bank in late 2016 over the lender's handling of the financial messaging system and credit guarantees that were at the centre of a more than $2 billion (1.5 billion pound) fraud, Indian police alleged in a charge sheet filed in court.

21 May 2018

India's Modi faces revived opposition after setback in southern state

NEW DELHI Indian opposition parties have joined forces to snatch power from the country's ruling party in a big southern state, laying the stage for other such alliances in a direct challenge to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's re-election bid next year.

20 May 2018

Modi's BJP drops bid to govern big southern Indian state

NEW DELHI The chief minister of India's southern Karnataka state quit on Saturday after just two days in office, rather than face a confidence vote his minority Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was unlikely to win.

19 May 2018

India's Modi inaugurates hydro project in Kashmir, Pakistan protests

SRINAGAR, India Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated on Saturday a hydroelectric power plant in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, amid protests from neighbour Pakistan which says the project on a river flowing into Pakistan will disrupt water supplies.

19 May 2018

Saudi Arabia assures on supply as oil hits $80 a barrel

RIYADH Saudi Arabia said on Friday it is consulting other oil producers in and outside OPEC to ensure the world has adequate supplies to support economic growth after prices hit $80 a barrel for the first time since 2014.

18 May 2018

Indian lender PNB receives warning letter from markets regulator

MUMBAI India's state-owned Punjab National Bank (PNB) said on Thursday it has received a warning letter from India's markets regulator for failing to make timely disclosures to the stock exchanges related to a sprawling $2 billion fraud.

17 May 2018

Land acquisition woes thwart India's mega refinery plan with Saudi Aramco

MUMBAI/NEW DELHI At the International Energy Forum in Delhi in April, the world's top oil producer Saudi Aramco inked a preliminary deal to partner with a consortium of Indian players to build a $44 billion refinery and petrochemical project on India's west coast.

17 May 2018

India to halt anti-militant operations in Kashmir for Ramadan

SRINAGAR, India India will suspend operations against militants fighting its rule in the disputed region of Kashmir during the holy Muslim month of Ramadan, the government said on Wednesday.

16 May 2018

Heavy casualties as blast rocks Afghan city of Kandahar

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan A blast in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar on Tuesday caused dozens of casualties, officials said, as fighting across the country showed no sign of easing off during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.