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India’s Modi promises jobs, infrastructure if BJP wins third term

New Delhi, India Reuters Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) promised on Sunday to create jobs, boost infrastructure and expand welfare programmes if it wins a third term, seeking to address key voter concerns ahead of next week’s elections. The general election, which begins on 19th April, will be held in seven […]

India rescuing citizens forced into cyber fraud schemes in Cambodia

New Delhi, India Reuters The Indian Government said it was rescuing its citizens who were lured into employment in Cambodia and were being forced to participate in cyber fraud schemes. The Indian embassy in Cambodia is working with Cambodian authorities and has rescued and repatriated about 250 Indians, including 75 in the last three months, […]

In pictures – Easter Sunday around the world

Updated: 5:45pm (AEDT) Across the globe, people celebrated Easter Sunday – commemorating the day when, according to Christian tradition, Jesus was resurrected in Jerusalem two millennia ago. Clerics read prayers before lighting the holy fire during the Easter religious service at the St Nicholas Roman Catholic Church in Kyiv, Ukraine, on Saturday, 30th March, 2024. […]

India stares at summer water crisis as reservoir levels slide

New Delhi Reuters India’s main reservoirs have hit their lowest March levels in five years, government data showed, indicating a possible squeeze on drinking water and power availability this summer. In major centres such as India’s ‘Silicon Valley’ Bengaluru, home to firms like Google, water supply is already being curtailed. Residents get their containers filled […]

Bangladesh, Pakistan and India bottom in air quality rankings in 2023, data shows

Singapore Reuters Pakistan remained one of the world’s three smoggiest countries in 2023, as Bangladesh and India replaced Chad and Iran, with particulate matter about 15 times the level recommended by the World Health Organization, data published on Tuesday showed. Average concentrations of PM2.5 – small airborne particles that damage the lungs – reached 79.9 […]

Explainer – What Putin’s election win tells us about Russia today

Moscow, Russia Reuters President Vladimir Putin won a record post-Soviet landslide in Russia’s election on Sunday, cementing his grip on power, though thousands of opponents staged a noon protest at polling stations and Western countries said the vote was neither free nor fair. Here are some key takeaways from the election. Russian incumbent President Vladimir […]

West decries Putin’s election win, China, India vow closer ties

London, UK Reuters Western governments lined up on Monday to condemn Vladimir Putin’s landslide election victory as unfair and undemocratic, but China, India and North Korea congratulated the veteran Russian leader on extending his rule by a further six years. The contrasting reactions underscored the geopolitical fault lines that have gaped wider since Russia launched […]

Thousands of farmers rally in New Delhi to demand higher crop prices

New Delhi, India Reuters Thousands of farmers rode buses and trains from across India to gather on Thursday at a rally in the capital, New Delhi, pressing a demand for higher guaranteed prices for their crops, as they faced down police barricades and tough security. The rally, days before general elections are expected to be […]

US, UN express concern about India’s religion-based citizenship law

Washington DC, US Reuters The US Government and the United Nations have expressed concerns about a contentious religion-based citizenship law in India, with the UN calling the legislation “fundamentally discriminatory in nature”. Rights advocates have criticised the 2019 Citizenship Amendment Act, which the Indian Government moved to implement on Monday. Human Rights Watch and Amnesty […]