Bihar’s third phase ends, 53 percent vote

Bihar’s third phase ends, 53 percent vote

Patna, Oct 28 (IANS) The third phase of Bihar’s staggered assembly polls ended on Wednesday evening, with 53.20 percent of the 14.5 million electorate voting in 50 constituencies across six districts.   Additional Chief Electoral Officer R. Lakshmanan said the exercise passed off peacefully, including in areas where Maoists are active. There were only minor […]

India reels in ailing Chhota Rajan to hunt most-wanted man

India reels in ailing Chhota Rajan to hunt most-wanted man

NEW DELHI, October 27 (Reuters) – India’s national security adviser devised a plan to secure the arrest of a fugitive Mumbai gangster in Indonesia as part of a strategy to hunt down India’s most-wanted man, Dawood Ibrahim, police and home ministry sources told Reuters.   Superspy Ajit Doval, who is reputed to have handled Rajendra […]

This election will decide Bihar’s fate: Modi

This election will decide Bihar’s fate: Modi

Patna, Oct 27 (IANS) A day before the third phase of polling, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said the ongoing election will decide Bihar’s future.   Addressing an election rally in Sitamarhi district, Modi called upon the electorate to vote after careful thinking.   “You have to decide who to trust for your future. […]

India to press drug firms to tackle cough syrup abuse

India to press drug firms to tackle cough syrup abuse

NEW DELHI, October 27 (Reuters) – India plans to step up pressure on pharmaceutical companies to better police supplies of codeine-based cough syrups, concerned the firms have not yet fully complied with directives more than a year old, a finance ministry official said on Tuesday.   The International Narcotics Control Board ranks the abuse of […]

India hosts biggest Africa summit; plays catchup with China

India hosts biggest Africa summit; plays catchup with China

NEW DELHI, October 26 (Reuters) – India hosts its biggest-ever Africa summit this week as Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeks to challenge China’s dominance on a continent that is blessed with vast natural resources and has the world’s fastest-growing population.   New Delhi wants to project its soft power and historical ties to Africa, in […]

Geeta arrives home after 13 years in Pakistan

Geeta arrives home after 13 years in Pakistan

KARACHI, Pakistan, October 26 (Reuters) – A deaf-mute Indian girl stranded in Pakistan for 13 years after wandering over one of the world’s most militarised borders arrived home on Monday to be reunited with the family she has identified from photographs.   The story of Geeta, a Hindu woman in her early 20s, has captivated […]

Unity in diversity pride of India: Modi

Unity in diversity pride of India: Modi

New Delhi, Oct 25 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday described diversity as the pride of India and the key to development.   In his “Mann ki Baat” radio address, Modi also said he was excited about inaugurating an Ambedkar Bhavan in London next month.   In his nearly half-hour speech, the prime minister […]

Union minister opposes use of armed forces against Maoists

Kolkata, Oct 25 (IANS) Dubbing left-wing extremism as a “socio-economic issue”, union minister V.K. Singh on Sunday said he was opposed to the use of the armed forces in tackling Maoists in the various states.   “Armed forces need to be deployed wherever the country’s borders are concerned or in regions where people endeavour to […]

India’s gold monetisation scheme may be ready in weeks – Modi

India’s gold monetisation scheme may be ready in weeks – Modi

NEW DELHI, October 25 (Reuters) – A programme to attract gold owned by households into a bank deposit scheme to monetise the precious metal could be ready in weeks, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday, a step aimed at cutting expensive imports.   The scheme would allow people to put their gold into banks […]

India welcomes Pakistan pledge to fight militants, but still talks tough

NEW DELHI, October 24 (Reuters) – India on Friday welcomed a joint pledge by the United States and Pakistan to fight militant groups it suspects of attacking Indian targets, but ruled out any third-party mediation to end a long-running dispute over Kashmir.   Although the Indian foreign ministry accused Pakistan of state-sponsored terrorism, New Delhi’s […]