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Modi shuffles cabinet ministers amid COVID-19 crisis

NEW DELHI: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday appointed new federal ministers for health, IT and oil as part of a reshuffle in a bid to reinvigorate his government amid fierce criticism of its handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

PM Imran Khan, India’s Modi among press freedom ‘predators’ list

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi have been added to the “Press freedom predators” list by the Reporters Without Borders, an organisation that aims at safeguarding the right to freedom of information. Saudi Crown Prince

Modi’s U-turn on IoK

Indian Prime Minister Modi will hold an all-parties meeting with Kashmiri political leaders in New Delhi where the revocation of the autonomous status of the region and fresh elections are on the cards. The meeting is certainly a walk back

Indian economy

The coronavirus pandemic has not just devastated lives and health but has also wrecked the Indian economy. According to the latest figures, India’s GDP growth rate is expected to shrink a staggering 7.6% this fiscal year. The Modi government after

India records 1.5mn new COVID-19 cases in a week

NEW DELHI: India reported another record daily rise in coronavirus cases on Friday, bringing total new cases for the week to 1.57 million, India’s deadly second wave of COVID-19 continues unabated and its total number of cases now stand at

India’s coronavirus cases near 20 million

NEW DELHI: India on Monday reported more than 300,000 new coronavirus cases for a 12th straight day, taking its overall caseload to just shy of 20 million, while deaths rose by 3,417. With 368,147 new cases over the past 24

Modi’s BJP suffers setback after losing West Bengal election

KOLKATA: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu-nationalist party suffered a setback when it lost the fiercely contested polls in West Bengal. Over the past month, India held its biggest democratic exercise in two years, with 175 million people eligible to

India gifts Bangladesh 1.2 million vaccine doses

DHAKA: India gave 1.2 million free doses of the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine to Bangladesh, its foreign minister said, as Dhaka urged New Delhi to maintain a regular supply of shots to battle the pandemic. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi made

US, India, Japan and Australia counter China with billion-dose vaccine pact

WASHINGTON: The United States and three of its closest Indo-Pacific partners committed to supplying up to a billion coronavirus vaccine doses across Asia by the end of 2022 at a summit to counter China’s growing influence. President Joe Biden and

Biden, Modi discuss ‘democratic values’ in first talks

WASHINGTON: President Joe Biden signaled he would seek to deepen the close US relationship with India in his first talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Biden’s telephone call marked a continuation of the upbeat tone of his predecessor Donald Trump,

Indian designs against Pakistan

Although Indo-Pak history has been troublesome since 1947 with the two countries fighting three wars, except for some brief interlude in 70s when Morajee Desai took over reign or Vajpayee’s bus tour to Lahore, New Delhi has been consistently been

Indian PM Modi passes bill to abolish madrassas in Assam State

ASSAM: The Indian government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has passed a bill to abolish all madrassas in the state of Assam. Under the bill, all madrassas in the state of Assam will be converted into schools by April.

Trump awards ‘Legion of Merit’ to Indian PM Modi

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump has awarded Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi the ‘Legion of Merit’, one of the highest military honours in the United States. Given to the Indian prime minister for his “high-ranking services”, the award was presented by

Govt could not pass a single resolution against Modi: Sanaullah

LAHORE: Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) leader Rana Sanaullah has said that India tried to end the status of occupied Kashmir but the government could not pass a single resolution against Indian premier Narendra Modi. The special anti-terrorism court extended the

India opens Himalayan tunnel route to tense China border

(AFP): Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi today (Saturday) opened the Atal highway tunnel in the Himalaya region, which will drastically reduce the time needed to rush troops to the country’s remote Chinese border. According to details, the tunnel traverses India’s

India sponsors Islamophobia

Prime Minister Imran Khan addressed the UN General Assembly, highlighting a range of issues from the Kashmir dispute and Islamophobia as he unleashed a scathing criticism of the Modi government. The pre-recorded speech delivered to the coronavirus crisis was not

India’s opposition seeks probe into Facebook’s treatment of Modi’s party

NEW DELHI India’s main opposition Congress party has called for a parliamentary panel to investigate favourable treatment by Facebook’s India team towards the country’s ruling party. Citing a report published a leading US daily, the party said employees of Facebook

Modi lays foundation for flashpoint Hindu temple in Ayodhya

NEW DELHI: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled a plaque on Wednesday to kick off the construction of a contested Hindu temple in the city of Ayodhya on a spot where a mosque was demolished nearly three decades ago sparking

Coronavirus taught us how to be self-sufficient: PM

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan said that the coronavirus has taught us how to be self-sufficient. While addressing an event in COMSTECH headquarters, the prime minister said, “As a nation, we have a lot of potentials. We built our own

India repeats itself

11th December 2019 marked a key event in the recent political history of South Asia. India – the region’s de facto power – enacted a federal law amending the Citizenship Act 1955, confirming the fears of Muslim communities, civil societies

Modi’s agenda amid pandemic

As governments around the world impose strict measures amid the pandemic, India has imposed the largest lockdown forcing over a billion people to stay at home for at least three weeks. Despite the global crisis, the Modi government is continuing

India exploting focus on COVID19 pandemic to push forward Hindutva: PM

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has strongly condemned the Indian government’s continuing attempts to illegally alter the demography of occupied Kashmir. In a series of tweets today, the prime minister said altering the demography of the territory is violation of

India bans incoming flights to control coronavirus, seals off Kashmir

NEW DELHI: India has banned incoming international flights, restricted public gatherings and blocked roads to seal held Kashmir after the region reported its first coronavirus infection. India said it would ban all international commercial passenger flights from landing from Sunday

SAARC unity on coronavirus

The coronavirus has brought bitter foes, India and Pakistan, to the table to chalk out a divisive strategy. South Asian nations held a conference via video link to meet the challenges posed by Covid-19 pandemic which has been sweeping across

Indian Muslims

Prime Minister Imran Khan has rightfully expressed concerns that the recent carnage in the Indian capital and the state-sponsored terrorism will lead to the radicalisation of Indian Muslims just like Kashmiris. India has subjected innocent Kashmiris to brutal atrocities and

PM assures minorities

At least 25 people have been killed and hundreds are wounded in the communal violence that has gripped Indian capital New Delhi. The violence fanned by BJP leaders’ provocative speeches have targeted Muslims and stoked fears about Modi’s master plan

US-India relations and President Trump’s visit

President Donald Trump concluded a two-day state visit to India with plenty of impressive photos and pageantry but without major announcements on trade or security. Trump departed having cemented his friendship with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying that relations

Trump’s remarks on Pakistan

For a man who loves pomp and show, President Donald Trump received all the pageantry during his maiden visit to India. The US President made some remarks that may not go down well with Indian Prime Minister Modi who laid

Namaste Trump: US President hails Modi at India rally

AHMEDABAD/NEW DELHI: US President Donald Trump received a red-carpet welcome on Monday addressing a huge rally at a mega cricket stadium on a maiden official visit to India. Trade tensions have grown between the US and India as Trump’s “America

Indian forces have turned occupied Kashmir into a prison: PM

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that the Kashmir dispute is the major impediment to trade cooperation between Pakistan and India. In an interview with Belgian channel VRT, he said Indian forces have turned the whole valley of Occupied