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India is marking three years since its last reported polio case

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India has announced polio eradication after three years since its last reported case, a landmark in the global battle against the disease. It is seen as confirmation of one of India’s biggest public health successes, achieved through a massive and sustained immunization program. India’s health minister hailed it as a “monumental milestone”. In 2012 the World Health Organiz...

India Parker confessed police she threw her daughter's body out with the trash

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India Parker from Cleveland, Ohio, was being held on $10,000 bond Saturday after reportedly confessed police she threw her daughter’s body out with the trash. India Parker, 35, is facing a charge of abuse of a corpse. India Parker is at the centre of an investigation into the disappearance of her daughter, Kaliyah, 10. The girl was reported missing Monday by the father of one of India Parke...

McDonald's is bowing to local demand and is opening a meat-free restaurant in India

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...lean and avoid pork. McDonald's is bowing to local demand and is opening a meat-free restaurant in India According to the AFP news agency, McDonald’s will open the outlet in the middle of next year, near the Golden Temple in the Sikh holy city of Amritsar in northern India. Religious authorities forbid consumption of meat at the shrine. A spokesman for McDonald’s in northern India...

India says one of two soldiers killed in an alleged cross-border attack by Pakistan troops in the disputed territory of Kashmir was beheaded

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India says one of two soldiers killed in an alleged cross-border attack by Pakistan troops in the disputed territory of Kashmir was beheaded. Pakistan has rejected accusations that it killed any Indian soldiers or fired across the Line of Control (LoC) which divides Kashmir. India called the attack “barbaric” and summoned Pakistan’s top envoy in Delhi over the incident. Claimed...

India will impose a ban on the use of foreign cloud-based email services to send official communications, before the end of the year

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India will impose a ban on the use of foreign cloud-based email services to send official communications, before the end of the year. It would prevent civil servants using Gmail, Yahoo! or Outlook.com. Instead they would be required to use a service provided by the country’s own National Informatics Centre (NIC). The move follows the publication of leaks about US cyber-spying operations. Ac...

The Supreme Court in India has said Italy's Ambassador Daniele Mancini does not have legal immunity

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...undertaking has no immunity,” Chief Justice Kabir said. The court set April 2 as the next date of hearing and restrained the Italian ambassador from leaving India “until further orders”. The Supreme Court in India has said Italy’s Ambassador Daniele Mancini does not have legal immunity The marines are accused of shooting the fishermen in Kerala in February 2012. They said...

India’s Election Commission has announced the country's general election will take place in nine phases in April and May

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...en. The ruling Congress party and the main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party will be battling a host of smaller parties. Leaders of 11 regional parties have formed a Third Front against the Congress and the BJP. A new anti-corruption Aam Aadmi (Common Man’s) Party (AAP), which made a spectacular debut in recent polls in the capital Delhi, will also contest the elections. If no single party w...

President Asif Ali Zardari has arrived in India for the first visit there by a Pakistani head of state for seven years

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...bout issues related to trade, education and culture this time”. Relations between Pakistan and India have been gradually improving since peace talks were derailed after the Mumbai attacks in 2008. Asif Ali Zardari recently backed the lifting of trade restrictions on India, and Pakistan is also talking of dropping a restrictive list of what products it will buy from India. But tensions remain...

Adidas has reported "commercial irregularities" at its Reebok unit in India that could cost the firm up to 125 million Euros

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...; “Under this new leadership team, management is further planning an accelerated restructuring of its business activities in India, including significant changes to its commercial business practices.” “This could lead to additional one-time charges in the remaining quarters of 2012 in an estimated amount of up to 70 million Euros.” At the same time, the firm said first-quar...

More than seven hundreds people are gathering in Mumbai University campus for India's first Wikipedia conference

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More than seven hundreds people are gathering in Mumbai University campus for India’s first Wikipedia conference. Wikipedia Conference 2011 is a three-day event, from November 18 to Nvember 20, and is part of the online encyclopedia’s plans to expand in the sub-continent. Wikipedia wants to tap into India’s growing internet population, by creating more pages in local languages,...

Indian opposition parties and trade unions are staging a day-long strike over plans to open the country's retail sector to global supermarket chains

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...ctor to global supermarket chains. Calcutta and Bangalore were virtually shut down, but the response in other parts of the country was mixed. The reforms, which ministers say are needed to revive the economy, were formally introduced on Thursday. But small shops fear they will be put out of business and many people are angry at recent fuel price rises. Earlier in the week a key ally left the rulin...

Candlelit vigils have been held across India to mourn a student who has died after being gang-raped in Delhi

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Candlelit vigils have been held across India to mourn a student who has died after being gang-raped in Delhi. Thousands of people gathered in the Indian capital to express their grief and demand justice for the 23-year-old victim, who died earlier on Saturday. Six men arrested in connection with the December 16 attack have now been charged with murder. The victim’s body is being flown back...

Air India has sacked 10 pilots after dozens of them called in sick amid a dispute over training for the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner planes

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Air India has sacked 10 pilots after dozens of them called in sick amid a dispute over training for the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner planes. Air India has derecognized the Indian Pilots’ Guild and its office is being sealed, a company spokesman said. Civil aviation minister Ajit Singh called the strike “illegal”. The pilots are protesting against the decision to train pilots from I...

India's Supreme Court has rejected a plea by Swiss drugmaker Novartis to patent an updated version of its cancer drug, Glivec

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India’s Supreme Court has rejected a plea by Swiss drugmaker Novartis to patent an updated version of its cancer drug, Glivec. Novartis had been denied a patent by Indian authorities on the grounds that Glivec new version was only slightly different from the old. There were concerns that a patent could threaten access to cheap generic versions of drugs in poorer countries. India’s Su...

Shah Rukh Khan’s detention by US authorities for 90 minutes at White Plains airport near New York has sparked outrage in India

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...detention by US authorities for 90 minutes at White Plains airport near New York has sparked outrage in India. This “policy of detention and apology by the US cannot continue”, External Affairs Minister SM Krishna said. Shah Rukh Khan arrived on a private plane and was on the way to Yale University for a function when he was stopped. US customs and border protection authorities later e...

Devyani Khobragade’s detention on charges of visa fraud and underpayment of her housekeeper sparked outrage in India

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India is checking the tax statuses of Americans working at schools in the country, after the arrest this month of Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade in New York. Devyani Khobragade – the deputy consul general of India in New York – was handcuffed and strip-searched while in custody. Her detention on charges of visa fraud and underpayment of her housekeeper sparked outrage in India. In...

An Indian commission set up to suggest reforms to country's rape laws after last month's Delhi gang rape of a student has called for faster trials

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An Indian commission set up to suggest reforms to country’s rape laws after last month’s Delhi gang rape of a student has called for faster trials. The panel, led by former chief justice JS Verma, also called for longer sentences but not the death penalty. India’s law minister said the report would get “government attention” soon. The brutal assault on the 23-year-ol...

India has begun voting in the world's biggest election

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.... The AAP (Aam Aadmi, or Common Man’s Party) made a strong showing at the state assembly polls in the capital, Delhi, and is standing for all the seats in the parliament. Several smaller regional parties are also in the fray and if no single party wins a clear majority, they could play a crucial role in government formation. The Lok Sabha (lower house of parliament) has 543 elected seats and...

India Hyundai i10 scores zero stars in Global NCAP crash tests

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...ountry – put down to bad roads, poor driving but also it appears unsafe cars. Every year, tens of thousands of people are killed on the country’s roads and the numbers have been rising steadily – nearly 140,000 people were killed in 2012, according to the government’s National Crime Records Bureau. According to NCAP, it is estimated that 17% of these deaths are of car passe...

The Indian rupee has hit a new all-time record low against the US dollar, amid concerns the Fed will soon scale back its stimulus measures

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...ison. And no question of going back to [the] 1991 crisis,” Manmohan Singh told the Press Trust of India. International investors have withdrawn $11.58 billion in shares and debt from India’s markets since the beginning of June, according to official data. India, which is Asia’s third-largest economy, grew at an annual rate of 5% in the 2012-13 financial year, the slowest pace in...

Twin blasts have killed 12 people in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad

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Twin blasts have killed 12 people in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad, in what Prime Minister Manmohan Singh labeled as a “dastardly attack”. The blasts that hit the city in Andhra Pradesh were 10 minutes apart, police said. Television images showed casualties being rushed to hospital. India’s home minister said bombs had been planted on bicycles 150m (500ft) apart near a c...

Indian police are carrying out raids across 10 cities as part of an investigation into alleged corruption in the allocation of coalfields

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Indian police are carrying out raids across 10 cities as part of an investigation into alleged corruption in the allocation of coalfields. Police say they are searching the premises of five companies, which allegedly misrepresented facts prior to being allocated the coalfields. Indian government officials and company employees are also under investigation. Government auditors recently said India...

More than half of India has been left without power after a massive power breakdown has hit the country for a second day running

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...rd, our correspondent adds. Power cuts are common in Indian cities because of a fundamental shortage of power and an ageing grid – the chaos caused by such cuts has led to protests and unrest on the streets in the past. But the collapse of an entire grid is rare – the last time the northern grid failed was in 2001. India’s demand for electricity has soared in recent years as its...

Daniele Mancini, Italy’s ambassador to India, has been ordered not to leave the country after Rome's refusal to return two marines charged with the murder of two fishermen in Kerala last year

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.... In February, the Supreme Court allowed Massimilian Latorre and Salvatore Girone to go home to vote in the Italian elections. They were ordered to return within four weeks. But on Monday, Italy informed India that the marines would not be coming back, prompting a diplomatic row. The marines are accused of shooting the fishermen in February 2012. They said they mistook them for pirates. Italy argu...

For centuries women in South Asia have been raised with the belief that a fairer complexion equates to beauty

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..., and diversifying. One market research firm even reported that more skin lightening creams are sold in India than Coca Cola. The market, which initially focused on beauty conscious women, is now pitching to men too. “The first fairness cream that fights sweat” read the large white letters on a bus stop billboard. It was accompanied by a photo of one of Bollywood’s actors of the...