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India hangs Yakub Memon for 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts

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MUMBAI/NEW DELHI - India hanged Yakub Memon on Thursday for his role in the country's deadliest bombings, which killed 257 people in Mumbai in 1993, after the Supreme Court threw out his final plea for a stay of execution.

India says Punjab attackers came from Pakistan, but talks on for now

NEW DELHI - Gunmen who stormed a police station and killed seven people in Punjab came from Pakistan, the government said on Thursday, but it gave no indication that a plan for bilateral high-level security talks have been jeopardized by the attack.

7:26pm IST

Climate pressures lead to rise in 'new-age orphans' in Sundarbans

SANDESHKHALI, India (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Eleven-year old Srijita Bhangi sits in the waiting room of the jetty boat that connects her island home in Khulna to the mainland Sundarbans, near India's border with Bangladesh.

4:37pm IST

Music video celebrates Udham Singh for avenging Jallianwala Bagh killings

NEW DELHI - An Indian pop group has made a music video honouring a freedom fighter who assassinated a British official in revenge for a 1919 massacre, at a time of renewed calls in India for reparations from Britain for the excesses of colonial rule.

5:32pm IST

BNP Paribas to buy Sharekhan in brokerage push

MUMBAI - France's biggest bank, BNP Paribas SA , has agreed to buy Indian brokerage Sharekhan for an undisclosed sum as it looks to beef up retail broking operations in India, taking advantage of a surge in retail investments into stocks.

Top News 2:31pm IST

India's jewellery exports can quintuple to $40 billion if controls tightened

NEW DELHI - India's gold jewellery exports could jump five times to $40 billion per year by 2020 if quality controls are tightened, the World Gold Council (WGC) said, adding the country is punching below its weight due to questions over the purity of its products.

Top News 3:57pm IST

Sensex extends gains for second session

MUMBAI - The BSE Sensex and Nifty rose on Thursday, posting their second consecutive session of gains, backed by strong earnings of Bank of Baroda and Dr Reddy's Laboratories while continued optimism over the proposed national tax bill also helped.

Top News 4:06pm IST

Mutu joins Platt at FC Pune City in ISL

NEW DELHI - Former Chelsea forward Adrian Mutu has joined FC Pune City as their marquee player for the second season of the Indian Super League (ISL), the club announced on Thursday.

5:30pm IST

Indian Ocean debris almost certainly from a Boeing 777-Malaysia

SAINT-DENIS-DE-LA-REUNION, France - Malaysia is "almost certain" that plane debris found on Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean is from a Boeing 777, the deputy transport minister said on Thursday, heightening the possibility it could be wreckage from missing Flight MH370. | Video

World, Top News 7:30pm IST

Landslide near Nepal's popular Annapurna trek route kills 30

LUMLE, Nepal - Landslides triggered by torrential rain in Nepal swept through villages on Thursday, killing at least 30 people close to the nation's most popular trekking circuit, home ministry officials said.

Top News, World, South Asia 6:50pm IST
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