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India appeals for calm after 32 Muslim women, children are shot to death in their sleep

India urges calm after at least 32 Muslims killed (via AFP) The Indian government appealed for calm on Sunday after at least 32 Muslims were shot dead in the northeastern state of Assam in attacks targeting women and children and blamed on tribal separatists. As more than 5,000 soldiers and…

Shoestring theory: India’s pioneering budget space probe is halfway to Mars

If the £46m ‘Mangalyaan’ orbiter mission succeeds in reaching the red planet, it will be a triumph of ingenuity over big spending On the pitted rural roads running through millions of India’s small towns and villages, the jugaad vehicle is a source of peculiar pride. Often it’s a hand-cranked diesel…

India’s pioneering space probe is halfway to Mars — on a shoestring budget

If the Mangalyaan’ orbiter mission succeeds in reaching the red planet, it will be a triumph of ingenuity over big spending On the pitted rural roads running through millions of India’s small towns and villages, the jugaad vehicle is a source of peculiar pride. Often it’s a hand-cranked diesel engine…

Facebook hits 100 million in India — largest population of users after the U.S.

Facebook has hit more than 100 million users in India, making it only the second country after the United States to achieve the milestone, the social network company has said. The mobile phone market was driving growth in India along with better Internet……

8 reasons why India’s elections should really matter to the world

With 48 countries going to the polls this year, it would be easy to dismiss India’s April general election as just more democracy in action. But India is different, and not only because it is the world’s largest democracy.……

Man-eating leopard kills five-year-old boy in second attack in India: police

A leopard has killed a five-year-old boy in central India in what is thought to be the beast’s second such deadly attack, police said on Wednesday. The animal attacked the boy on Monday evening while he was going to the toilet in the courtyard of his home in Mendrapara village…

India’s disruptive, pepper-spraying parliament branded a ‘disgrace’

India's normally disruptive parliament was widely derided on Friday as having hit a new low after lawmakers fought, broke equipment and pepper-sprayed the chamber over a bill to create a new state. India's media condemned the lawmakers' behaviour as……

Embassy row continues: India asks U.S. to withdraw a diplomat

India asked the United States to withdraw an embassy official on Friday in a fresh retaliatory measure just as a bitter dispute over the arrest of a diplomat in New York appeared to have cooled. Relations have been in crisis since December 12 when Indian consulate worker Devyani Khobragade was…

India cracks down on U.S. embassy as deadline nears for envoy’s indictment

India says U.S. embassy must cease commercial activities benefiting non-diplomats, after Indian envoy’s arrest in New York India has ratcheted up the pressure on U.S. diplomats in Delhi as the deadline nears for the indictment of an Indian envoy in New York charged with visa fraud and underpaying a maid.…

Candle-light vigils as India remembers Delhi bus gang-rape victim

India on Sunday marks 12 months since the death of a student savagely gang-raped on a Delhi bus — an episode that sparked nationwide protests — with candle-light vigils and prayers. The 23-year-old physiotherapy student died on December 29 last year, nearly two weeks after being brutally attacked by a…

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