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Leaked letter reveals India’s air defense is ‘obsolete’

India’s tank fleet lacks ammunition, its air defences are “97 percent obsolete” and its elite forces lack essential arms, the country’s army chief wrote in an explosive letter leaked Wednesday. The letter to the prime minister dated March 12 — widely reported by the Indian media — lists the shortcomings…

India growth dampened by global ‘clouds’: minister

India’s growth will be less than expected as the global financial crisisand a string of interest rate hikes slows Asia’s third-biggest economy, the country’s finance minister said on Wednesday. “Dark clouds have gathered in the global scenario, casting a shadow on us,” Pranab Mukherjee said in New Delhi, giving his annual assessment of India’s economic…

India detains 3 suspects in Delhi blast

SRINAGAR, India (Reuters) – Indian police detained three people for questioning on Thursday, including the owner of an Internet cafe, over an email allegedly claiming responsibility for a bombing that killed 12 people in New Delhi, senior police sources in Kashmir told Reuters. The owner, his brother and an employee…

Anti-corruption activist ends hunger strike as Indian government gives in

Indian anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare ended his 13-day hunger strike on Sunday triggering wild celebrations among supporters after parliament agreed to consider his demands. Hazare’s fast at an open-air venue in New Delhi attracted tens of thousands of people every day as a nationwide protest movement emerged to back his…

India’s Sonia Gandhi to undergo surgery in U.S.

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Sonia Gandhi, India’s ruling Congress party chief and the country’s most powerful politician, will undergo surgery abroad, possibly in the United States, for an undisclosed medical condition and could be out for two to three weeks. The absence of the 64-year-old figurehead of India’s most prominent…

World’s major emerging powers meet in China

SANYA, China — Leaders of the world’s major emerging powers are set to meet Thursday in China at a summit expected to tackle the conflict in Libya and reform of the international financial system. The summit of the five-member BRICS bloc — Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa —…

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