India

India gives Ganges, Yamuna rivers same rights as a human

India gives Ganges, Yamuna rivers...

March 21

NEW DELHI — A court in northern India has granted the same legal rights as a human to the Ganges and Yamuna rivers, considered sacred by nearly a billion Indians.

Pakistan passes landmark Hindu marriage bill

Pakistan passes landmark Hindu...

March 20

ISLAMABAD — The president of mainly Muslim Pakistan has signed into law a bill allowing the Hindu minority to register their marriages for the first time since partition from...

Firebrand Hindu cleric is new Uttar Pradesh minister

Firebrand Hindu cleric is new Uttar...

March 20

NEW DELHI — India’s governing party over the weekend appointed a firebrand Hindu cleric to lead the country’s most populous state, a turning point for a government that has,...

Despite killer pollution, coal plant is cleared to reopen in New Delhi

Despite killer pollution, coal plant...

March 20

NEW DELHI — The 43-year-old Badarpur Thermal Power Station, a coal-burning plant on the edge of what has been called the world’s most polluted city, New Delhi, was quietly...

Villagers left in the dark
      when Modi fails to deliver

Villagers left in the dark...

March 17

MUMBAI — Like generations before him, the only light Mr Jurdar Thingya has at night in his one-room mud hut in India’s Maharashtra state comes from a small wood fire on the...

Big win in state election paves way for Modi’s economic push

Big win in state election paves way...

March 13

NEW DELHI — With an overwhelming victory in India’s most important state election, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has secured his place as the country’s most influential leader in...

‘World’s heaviest woman’ has surgery in India, loses 100kgs

‘World’s heaviest woman’ has surgery...

March 09

MUMBAI — Indian doctors said on Thursday that an Egyptian who is believed to be the world’s heaviest woman had successfully undergone weight-loss surgery after losing over 100...

Man caught trying to smuggle 12 gold bars under his feet

Man caught trying to smuggle 12 gold...

March 08

SINGAPORE — A man stuck 12 gold bars – collectively weighing over 1kg – under his feet in a bid to smuggle them from Singapore to India, but was caught when he arrived at Mumbai...

Modi battles for hearts and minds in India’s holy city

Modi battles for hearts and minds in...

March 07

VARANASI (India) — Boat owner Prabhu Sahani backed Mr Narendra Modi in the 2014 general election, but the Indian Prime Minister will not be getting his vote when the ancient...