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Kohli shields India’s ‘boy wonder’ from Tendulkar shadow

Kohli shields India’s ‘boy wonder’ from Tendulkar shadow

HYDERABAD (AFP) – Virat Kohli sought to protect prolific teenager Prithvi Shaw Thursday from the weight of comparisons with India legend Sachin Tendulkar after the young batsman’s Test debut century last week.Another century in the second match against the West Indies which begins on Friday in Hyderabad would see Shaw join a small group of […]

India’s rupee hits new record low as RBI holds rates

India’s rupee hits new record low as RBI holds rates

MUMBAI (AFP) – India’s rupee breached 74 to the dollar for the first time ever on Friday as the country’s central bank surprised analysts by holding interest rates.Economists had expected the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to hike its key rate as Asia’s third-largest economy grapples with a plummeting currency and soaring oil prices.But the […]

India’s billon-dollar battle to build the world’s biggest statue

India’s billon-dollar battle to build the world’s biggest statue

SARDAR SAROVAR DAM:The world’s biggest statue is rising in a remote corner of India to honour an independence hero but it could quickly be outdone by a monument to a Hindu warrior king in the sea off Mumbai. In a burst of nationalist fervour, around one billion dollars is being spent on the two giant […]

India’s Modi sails through confidence vote with rival’s embrace

India’s Modi sails through confidence vote with rival’s embrace

NEW DELHI: India’s ruling party sailed through a confidence vote in a theatrical parliamentary session which saw a startled Prime Minister Narendra Modi embraced by his chief political foe. Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was in no danger of losing its first confidence motion since taking power four years ago, which was prompted by a minor party […]

Kohli says flexible batting order can ‘surprise’ India’s opponents

Kohli says flexible batting order can ‘surprise’ India’s opponents

Kohli says flexible batting order can ‘surprise’ India’s opponents DUBLIN (AFP) – Virat Kohli believes a flexible batting order will help keep India’s opponents guessing while they are in Ireland and England. India launched their tour with a 78-run thrashing of Ireland in the first Twenty20 international in Dublin on Wednesday. Kohli, one of the […]

Withdrawal of India’s BJP from Kashmir government could herald ‘muscular policy’

Withdrawal of India’s BJP from Kashmir government could herald ‘muscular policy’

NEW DELHI;India’s governing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) quit the ruling coalition in occupied Kashmir state on Tuesday and called for federal control over the disputed Himalayan region, citing a deterioration in security that could herald a new crackdown. The Hindu nationalist BJP entered into an unlikely alliance with a regional party after an inconclusive election […]

India’s top court moves rape, murder trial of 8-year-old out of IoK

India’s top court moves rape, murder trial of 8-year-old out of IoK

India’s Supreme Court on Monday ordered the trial of eight men accused of the rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl to be moved out of occupied Kashmir after her family and lawyer said they faced death threats. The girl, from a nomadic Muslim community that roams the forests of Indian-occupied Kashmir, was drugged, held […]

India’s Modi twice as popular on Facebook as Trump: study

India’s Modi twice as popular on Facebook as Trump: study

US President Donald Trump may rule the roost on Twitter, but he lags far behind Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Facebook, according to a study published Wednesday. Modi is by far the most followed world leader on the gargantuan social networking platform, counting 43.2 million followers. That is nearly twice the 23.1 million who follow Trump, according to a […]

India’s Supreme Court orders special trials for child rape cases

India’s Supreme Court orders special trials for child rape cases

India´s Supreme Court on Tuesday called for fast-track investigations and special courts to hear child rape cases amid an upsurge in deadly sex crimes.Authorities have been facing intense pressure to act since the rape and murder of an eight-year-old Muslim girl by a group of Hindus, and other cases. After the rape of the girl […]

India’s first all-woman crew on around-the-globe mission

India’s first all-woman crew on around-the-globe mission

AFP   NEW DELHI:  A team of six naval officers are starting a historic and gruelling around-the-world mission on Sunday – the first circumnavigation of the globe by an Indian all-female crew.Lieutenant Commander Vartika Joshi, who is leading the voyage which will begin in the western state of Goa, told AFP the project was “revolutionary” in bringing […]