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Prince William and wife Kate begin royal tour of India Sunday, April 10th, 2016

MUMBAI, (AP): The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge paid their respects at one of the sites of the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks Sunday as they began a weeklong visit to India, their first royal tour in two years. Prince William and his wife, the former Kate Middleton, began their first engagement in..

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Amitabh Bachchan On Panama Papers: ‘My Name Misused’ Tuesday, April 5th, 2016

NEW DELHI: Megastar Amitabh Bachchan, named in what has been dubbed the Panama Papers - a massive leak of tax documents on offshore companies and accounts of the rich and the powerful - said today that his name may have been "misused". "I do not know any of the companies referred to by Indian..

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Indian Kashmir gets first woman chief minister Monday, April 4th, 2016

SRINAGAR, India, (AP): The leader of a pro-India party on Monday became the first woman to become the chief minister of Indian-controlled Kashmir following the death of her father, the region's top elected leader. Mehbooba Mufti took the oath of office after her Peoples' Democratic Party and..

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Indian priest kidnapped in Yemen “could be freed soon” Sunday, April 3rd, 2016

(REUTERS): An Indian priest abducted by gunmen in Yemen last month is safe and could be released soon, a Catholic group said on Sunday, quoting the Indian foreign minister. Father Tom Uzhunnalil was captured from the southern Yemeni city of Aden by gunmen who killed at least 15 people at an old..

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15 killed, many trapped in overpass collapse in India Thursday, March 31st, 2016

KOLKATA, India, (AP): Rescuers in Kolkata dug through large chunks of debris from a massive overpass that collapsed across an intersection while under construction Thursday, killing at least 15 people and injuring scores of others, officials said. A section of the overpass in the busy Bara Bazaar..

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Pakistani team in India to probe attack on Indian air base Sunday, March 27th, 2016

NEW DELHI, (AP): Pakistani investigators arrived in New Delhi on Sunday to help probe an attack on an Indian air force base close to the border with Pakistan in which seven Indian soldiers and six militants died earlier this year. India says phone intercepts suggest that the gunmen in the Jan. 2..

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Sold Assam Tea, Have Special Bond With This State: PM Modi Saturday, March 26th, 2016

Tinsukia, ASSAM: Prime Minister Narendra Modi tried to strike an instant bond with the people of Assam as he began his election tour of the poll-bound north eastern state with a rally in Tinsukia. Recalling his days as a tea-seller, Mr Modi said he shares a special bond with the people of Assam, a..

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Indian reporter arrested after posting criticism of police Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016

NEW DELHI, (AP): A journalist has been arrested in eastern India after he made comments on social media criticizing the police and demanding a law protecting reporters in a region embroiled in a decades-long Maoist insurgency. Vishnu Singh said Wednesday that his brother, reporter Prabhat Singh,..

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My Memories As An Indian MP

I write this on my last day as a Member of Parliament. I first became an MP in 1991. Over the last 25 years, I have been thrice elected to the Lok Sabha (1991-96, 1999-2004, 2004-2009) and most lately (2010-2016) served as a nominated Member of the Rajya Sabha. It has been a tumultuous 25 years,..

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2 jets evacuated in bomb scares at New Delhi airport Thursday, March 17th, 2016

NEW DELHI (AP): Security personnel evacuated passengers and crew from two aircrafts at New Delhi's international airport Thursday after receiving anonymous phone calls of explosives being placed in the planes. It was not immediately known if any explosive was found after three bomb scares in less..

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Indian journalists see more threats, attacks with Modi as PM Wednesday, March 16th, 2016

NEW DELHI, (AP): A newscast on whether India had become intolerant of dissent quickly spiraled into something darker after a guest on the program referred to a pamphlet that called the Hindu goddess Durga a sex worker. Though the host did not make the remarks, she was accused of disparaging the..

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Sartaj Aziz, Sushma Swaraj May Meet In Nepal This Week Tuesday, March 15th, 2016

ISLAMABAD, (PTI): Pakistan Prime Minister's Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz and Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj are likely to meet on the sidelines of a SAARC ministerial-level meeting in Nepal this week. Pakistan Foreign Office spokesperson Nafees Zakaria said that Mr Aziz..

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Time Not Right For My Return: Vijay Mallya To Indian Newspaper Sunday, March 13th, 2016

NEW DELHI, (IANS): Business tycoon Vijay Mallya, wanted for investigations into a money laundering case, has said he is not on the run but is also in no hurry to return to India. In an email interview published on Sunday, Mr Mallya, who owes banks nearly a billion dollars granted as loans, told..

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