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Surge in voter turnout in Indian polls

Turnout in India’s multi-phase election is so far almost eight percentage points higher than last time, data showed Wednesday, reflecting enthusiasm for polls expected to bring the opposition Hindu nationalists to power…

April 17, 2014 · 0 comments · International, South Asia

Vote for Modi and lose all your farmland: Kejriwal

Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday told villagers in Varanasi if they chose Bharatiya Janata Party’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, they would suffer a two-pronged loss, Hindustan Times reported…

April 17, 2014 · 0 comments · International, South Asia
Passenger train derails in Assam, over 50 injured

Passenger train derails in Assam, over 50 injured

Ten coaches of the 15666 BG Express derailed at Ajuri station near Morigaon in central Assam early on Wednesday and over 50 passengers were injured, police said…

April 16, 2014 · 0 comments · International, South Asia

Two dead, 368 rescued from capsized S. Korea ferry

Two bodies have been recovered and 368 people rescued from a South Korean ferry that capsized at sea Wednesday with 477 passengers and crew on board, a senior government official said…

April 16, 2014 · 0 comments · International, South Asia

6 burnt to death in India bus fire

At least six persons were burnt to death when a private bus caught fire after a technical snag at Metikurki village in Hiriyur taluk of Chitradurga district in the early hours of Wednesday…

April 16, 2014 · 0 comments · International, South Asia

Undersea drone hunt for MH370 may take 2 months

A US Navy underwater drone sent to search for a missing Malaysian jetliner on the floor of the Indian Ocean could take up to two months to scour a 600sqkm area where the plane is believed to have sunk, US search authorities said on Tuesday…

April 16, 2014 · 0 comments · International, South Asia

One dead in shooting at Thai protest site

One person was shot dead on Tuesday at the site of an anti-government rally in the Thai capital Bangkok, emergency services said, in the latest in a string of violent attacks. The 40-year-old man was killed by an unknown attacker in the early hours…

April 16, 2014 · 0 comments · International, South Asia

UN warns Nepal against amnesty for civil war crimes

Nepal would weaken the foundations of ‘genuine and lasting’ peace after a decade-long civil war if it gave amnesties for serious crimes committed during the conflict, the top United Nations human rights official said…

April 16, 2014 · 0 comments · International, South Asia
India court recognises third gender

India court recognises third gender

India’s top court Tuesday issued a landmark verdict creating a third gender category, saying transgendered people can now identify themselves that way on official documents…

April 16, 2014 · 0 comments · International, South Asia

Majority forecast boosts Modi as rivals flounder

Hardline nationalist opposition leader Narendra Modi and his allies were forecast to win an overall majority in India’s elections in a poll Tuesday, dealing another blow to the beleaguered ruling Congress party…

April 16, 2014 · 0 comments · International, South Asia
India top court recognises transgenders as ‘third gender’

India top court recognises transgenders as ‘third gender’

India’s highest court on Tuesday recognised the existence of a third gender that is neither male nor female, in a landmark judgement hailed by transgender…

April 15, 2014 · 0 comments · International, South Asia
Abdullah ahead of Afghan poll count

Abdullah ahead of Afghan poll count

Former opposition leader Abdullah Abdullah led on Sunday after the first official results from Afghanistan’s presidential election, but recorded incidents of serious fraud exceed figures for 2009, when over a million suspect votes were thrown out…

April 14, 2014 · 0 comments · International, South Asia

Hectic campaigning for last phase polls in Odisha

As the last phase of Lok Sabha and Assembly elections in Odisha drew closer, political heavyweights crisscrossed the constituencies going to polls on April 17, The Hindu reported. Bigwigs of different political parties are touring the 11 Lok Sabha and 77 Assembly seats, located mostly in…

April 14, 2014 · 0 comments · International, South Asia

Modi seizes on ‘Sonia controlled PM’ book

Narendra Modi, tipped to be India’s next prime minister, latched on Sunday onto a new tell-all book that alleges current premier Manmohan Singh was a powerless puppet during his years at the top.

April 14, 2014 · 0 comments · International, South Asia

Country will decide who has gone astray: Maneka Gandhi

BJP leader Maneka Gandhi has responded to Priyanka’s remarks directed at her son Varun, The Times of India reported.
‘If serving nation is going astray, country will decide who has chosen the wrong path,’ Maneka said reacting to Priyanka’s remarks that Varun…

April 14, 2014 · 0 comments · International, South Asia

Japan orders chicken cull after bird flu outbreak in south

Japan has ordered the slaughter of some 112,000 chickens after officials confirmed Sunday bird flu infections at a poultry farm in the south.
DNA tests confirmed the H5 strain of the virus at a farm in Kumamoto prefecture that kept 56,000 birds, after its owner reported Saturday a lot of sudden deaths among his poultry, the agriculture ministry said in a statement…

April 13, 2014 · 0 comments · International, South Asia
Rahul files nomination from Amethi

Rahul files nomination from Amethi

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, who faces a triangular contest from the family pocket borough of Amethi, filed nomination papers from Amethi on Saturday following a massive roadshow, The Times of India reported from New Delhi…

April 13, 2014 · 0 comments · International, South Asia

Leading artists warn against Modi

Prominent Indian artists and academics have written an open letter warning against the possible election of Hindu nationalist politician Narendra Modi, BBC reported.
The letter — signed by writer Salman Rushdie and sculptor Anish Kapoor among…

April 13, 2014 · 0 comments · International, South Asia

Iran angry over US visa refusal

Iran signalled its defiance on Saturday over America’s refusal to grant a visa to its chosen UN ambassador, saying it does not plan to pick an alternative envoy.
Tehran also said it was examining its legal options over the row, which has undermined…

April 13, 2014 · 0 comments · International, South Asia

India PM in office but ‘not in power’, book claims

A tell-all book by an ex-aide to India’s premier Manmohan Singh depicting him as a powerless political puppet hit bookstores this weekend, stirring new controversy in the midst of a bitterly fought election…

April 13, 2014 · 0 comments · International, South Asia

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