Posts Tagged ‘India’

Japan’s Abe scraps one-on-one with PM Modi as unrest flares up in India’s Assam over citizenship bill

Tokyo and New Delhi have decided “to defer the visit to a mutually convenient date in the near future,” according to Raveesh Kumar, spokesman for India’s Foreign Ministry. Abe and Modi intended to meet on December 15 in Guwahati, Assam’s main city, but the lingering unrest threw a wrench into the plans. As part of the visit, the two […]

Protests in parliament as MP refuses to apologize for ‘rape in India’ remark aimed at Modi

Members of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) demanded an apology from Gandhi on Friday, after the former opposition leader said during an election rally that the government’s ‘make in India’ slogan (an initiative to bolster manufacturing) should be changed to “rape in India.” Gandhi was referring to the increasing number of rapes in the […]

US body wants to take India to cleaners over citizenship bill, but what about America’s dirty linen?

The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), a habitual basher of the one of the world’s most ethnically vibrant democracies, proposed to the US government sanctions against Indian Home Minister Amit Shah over CAB. India cannot shrug off the USCIRF as an uninformed, loony outfit. It’s a commission created by the International Religious […]

India’s launches latest disaster management satellite into space

The blast-off took place at Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota in the southeastern Andhra Pradesh state on Wednesday. The PLSV-C48 rocket is carrying India’s RISAT-2BR1 radar reconnaissance satellite. The 628kg radar is designed to produce images to be used in agriculture, forestry and disaster management. The rocket also carries nine commercial satellites – one from […]

India & China could find a 21st-century purpose for the aircraft carrier

While relevant for the ongoing Sino-India competition in the Indian Ocean region, wherein India’s extant regional geostrategic maritime advantage is under threat with the establishment of a Chinese naval base at Djibouti, it has also once again generated debate on the relevance of the aircraft carrier in the 21st century. The global carrier fleet The […]

India’s ‘Golden Tweet’ awarded to PM Modi for hugely viral election win message

After crunching the numbers on the most shared and most liked posts of 2019, Twitter has revealed that Modi’s message celebrating the Bharatiya Janata Party’s win in India’s general election was the standout tweet of the year in India. Tweeted in May 2019, the tweet generated over 117,000 retweets and 420,000 likes in six months. […]

‘Guided by prejudices & biases’: India hits back at US after it threatened sanctions over citizenship bill

The criticism of the citizenship bill by the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) is “neither accurate nor warranted,” India’s Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement on Tuesday. The position articulated by USCIRF is not surprising given its past record. It is, however, regrettable that the body has chosen to be guided […]

Calls To Legalize Rape in India: ‘Carry Condoms, Co-operate With Rapists’ Says Indian Filmmaker

A high-profile Indian film-maker has suggested that “rape without violence” should be legalized and that women should “accept men’s sex” and carry condoms to “co-operate” with rapists. “The government of India is currently frightening rapists,” he claimed. “Rapists are not finding a way to get their bodily sexual desires and [are] getting these killing thoughts.” […]

Not from a family of onion-eaters? India’s finance minister takes heat for ‘insensitive’ remark during vegetable price hike debate

Nirmala Sitharaman told India’s lower house of parliament that the government was taking measures to address the skyrocketing cost of onions, which are currently selling at more than 100 rupees ($1.40) per kilogram in many states. Unfortunately for the finance minister, her words of reassurance ended up sparking an avalanche of internet outrage after she […]

Gassed to death: Bhopal tragedy is hard for India to live down even after 35 years

There were men, women, and children, thousands of them, bursting through the gates of the Bhopal railway platform, emitting a tornado of wails, the crushing pressure dropping them over each other on the tracks, rising, grabbing, and swinging on the doors of my parked train, lunging at the iron rods of my window with a […]

India Test Fires Nuke-Capable Missile Amid "Israeli Model" For Kashmir Controversy

Following a major row over controversial comments from a senior Indian diplomat who in a recent televised speech called for the adoption of the “Israeli model” in Indian-administered Kashmir, New Delhi has added fresh fuel to the fire by another successful test launch of an intermediate-range ballistic missile, the Agni-III, on Saturday. This comes after a series prior short-range […]

Seduced by the law: Female cop in India uses old photo & phony marriage proposal to nab on-the-run murder suspect

Police in Chhatarpur, northeast India, had been hunting a man wanted for murder and other crimes. While authorities found themselves unable to track him down, a source informed them that the suspect had been looking for a bride – a piece of intelligence that was used to hatch an ingenious scheme. A female officer, identified […]

The devils that dog India and its women: Why Modi’s words have fallen on deaf ears

Dr Priyanka Reddy was out and about her work as a vet in the outskirts of Hyderabad when her motorbike broke down and she fell prey to the evil eyes of men around her, with no route of escape left for her modesty or her life. All of India’s gains on women’s issues in recent […]

Bitter time for New Delhi: Why onion crisis and its political fallout in India is one of history’s poor jokes

History pulls some poor jokes and I am afraid onion is one of them though it’s unlikely millions of my agitated fellow Indians would view the matter as funny. Onion prices have hit the roof in India, a kilogram costing one-third of an average Indian’s daily income of $4 dollars, forcing a worried government to […]

‘They died protecting their motherland’: India pays tribute to heroes and victims of 2008 Mumbai attacks

“We remember everyone who lost their lives and mourn with their families,” India’s president Ram Nath Kovind said. “A grateful nation salutes the security personnel who made the supreme sacrifice.” On the 11th anniversary of the Mumbai terror attacks, we remember everyone who lost their lives and mourn with their families. A grateful nation salutes […]

Reversible sterilization? India fights back against overpopulation

India had only 54 million on its population chart in 1979 when a slight professor in his 40s, Dr Sujoy Kumar Guha, published his first scientific paper on Risug, a molecular drug he had developed as a reversible contraceptive for men. He pleaded for clinical trials. But the ‘Doctor’ in front of his name was […]

Iran disappointed with India’s lack of ‘resilience’ in the face of US pressure

The Hindu BusinessLine | Penny MacRae: Iran’s foreign minister has upbraided India for adhering to far-reaching US economic sanctions against the OPEC member, saying that the Islamic republic had expected its long-standing ally to be “more resilient” in the face of what he called Washington’s bullying. Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif also voiced concern about […]

India and Bangladesh – Cyclone ‘Bulbul’ leaves 24 dead, over 2 million displaced – 11 inches of rain in 24 hours

   At least 24 people have died and more than 2 million displaced after Tropical Cyclone ‘Bulbul’ hit coastal areas of Bangladesh and the states of West Bengal and Odisha in north east India. Bulbul made landfall in West Bengal on 09 November, 2019, with wind gusts of 135 km/h. According to media reports, the […]

Pakistan opens its doors for Sikh pilgrims as fears grow in India that intentions behind it are not so blessed

The two prime ministers, Narendra Modi and Imran Khan, stood at two sides of the border to facilitate the first batch of 500 Sikh pilgrims make a 4-km trek to the holiest of their shrines, Gurudwara Darbar Sahib, on Saturday. Also on Modi compares Kartarpur corridor opening & ruling on Ayodhya dispute to fall […]

Cyclone Bulbul leaves 8 people dead as it smashes into India and Bangladesh coasts

   Eight people died and more than two million others spent a night huddled in storm shelters as Cyclone Bulbul smashed into the coasts of India and Bangladesh with fierce gales and torrential rains, officials said Sunday. The cyclone packed winds of up to 120 kilometers per hour when it hit late Saturday, closing ports […]

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