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Indian state Tripura revokes controversial AFSPA law

PROTEST: Sharmila Irom has been on hunger strike against the law for 15 years
A remote Indian state has withdrawn a long-standing controversial law that handed security forces sweeping powers to fight insurgents, saying it was no longer needed, a top official said on Thursday (28). The draconian law, covering parts of northeastern India and restive Kashmir, gives forces the right to search property and shoot-on-sight and is seen by criti...




Hospitals overwhelmed as Indian heatwave deaths near 1,500

Hospitals in India were struggling on Thursday (28) to cope with an influx of victims of a blistering heatwave that has claimed nearly 1,500 lives in just over a week. Hundreds of people – mainly from the poorest sections of society &nda More News »

Charities unsure Modi's first year brought "good days" for I

 Foundation) -  IN HIS first year in power, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has brought in banking for the poor, set up campaigns to improve sanitation and curb the abortion of female foetuses - but slashed funds for education, h More News »

Modi urges farmers to boost output, skirts issue of rural di

INDIAN Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday (May 26) urged farmers to boost lentils and oilseeds output to cut expensive imports but skirted the issue of rural distress that has turned peasants against his one-year-old government.   More News »

India, Germany agree to deepen bilateral defence ties

INDIA and Germany on Tuesday (May 26) decided to deepen their bilateral defence ties, especially in the wake of the 'Make in India' initiative.   Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar held talks with his visiting German counterpar More News »
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