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BJP's crackdown on abattoirs spreads, stoking Muslim unease

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MUMBAI/NEW DELHI A crackdown on unlicensed abattoirs in India's most populous state has spread to other states ruled by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's party, as Hindu hardliners press a political agenda that risks alienating the country's Muslim minority.

Supreme Court bans sale of older-technology vehicles from April

NEW DELHI The Supreme Court on Wednesday banned the sale of vehicles running on older Euro III fuel technology from April 1, a decision that led to a sharp fall in shares of major automakers sitting on unsold inventories.

Budget 2017, Business, 4:30pm IST

Foreign stock investors race to India ahead of tax changes but inflows seen slowing

MUMBAI Foreign investors are set for their biggest monthly purchases of Indian equities in four years in March, but analysts expect inflows to moderate after a major overhaul of tax rules kicks in on April 1.

Budget 2017, Business 3:56pm IST

British PM May fires starting gun on Brexit

LONDON Prime Minister Theresa May filed formal Brexit divorce papers on Wednesday, pitching the United Kingdom into the unknown and triggering years of uncertain negotiations that will test the cohesion of the European Union. | Video

World, Budget 2017, Business 5:50pm IST

London attack a 'wake-up' call for tech firms to put house in order - police

LONDON The London attack which left four people dead was a "wake up call" for technology firms to get their house in order over extremist material being circulated on the internet, the acting head of London's police force said on Wednesday.

World 4:16pm IST

Good cricket mixed with bad blood makes for fine series

DHARAMSALA, India As India celebrate the return of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy from previous holders Australia, the overriding consensus is that the hosts maintained order between the sport's top two test sides in a series that had everything.

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Sensex ends higher as foreign inflows continue

Indian shares ended higher for a second consecutive session on Wednesday as strong foreign investments into the country continued, although broader gains were capped ahead of the earnings season.

Budget 2017, Business 3:58pm IST

Indian regulator says Agrium-Potash merger likely to hurt competition

NEW DELHI India's competition regulator said the proposed merger between Agrium Inc and Potash Corp of Saskatchewan Inc was likely to hurt competition, a government statement said on Wednesday.

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India's economic data not politically influenced, Arvind Subramanian says

HONG KONG India's chief economic adviser rejected the notion that official data was politically influenced as "utter nonsense", after surprisingly strong growth in the wake of a government ban on high denomination bank notes caused raised eyebrows among independent analysts.

Budget 2017, Business 10:49am IST

Stocks seen hitting record high by end-June on economic optimism: Reuters poll

BENGALURU India's benchmark BSE Sensex share index will scale a new record high by mid-year, according to strategists and brokers in a Reuters poll, who have upgraded their forecasts significantly from three months ago.

Budget 2017, Business 1:54pm IST

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Vedanta's Agarwal says no plans to buy Anglo American assets in South Africa

LAUSANNE The chairman of Indian miner Vedanta Resources said on Wednesday he had no plans to buy assets in South Africa from Anglo American or push for a board seat after announcing plans to buy a 13 percent stake in the mining giant.

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India becomes net exporter of power for the first time - government

NEW DELHI India has become a net exporter of electricity for the first time, the power ministry said on Wednesday, adding that upcoming cross-border transmission lines with neighbouring countries such as Nepal, Bangladesh and Myanmar will only increase sales.

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Stocks slip, sterling steadies as Brexit becomes real

LONDON European shares drifted lower on Wednesday, while sterling battled back from a one-week low and regained its composure amid the drama of Britain formally triggering its exit process from the European Union.

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EXCLUSIVE: Afghans plan to double special forces from 17,000 as threats grow - sources

KABUL Afghanistan plans to double the number of elite special forces from 17,000 troops, officials said, part of a long-term strategy to bolster units stretched and exhausted by persistent attacks from Taliban insurgents and other Islamist militants. | Video

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Q&A: Shubhashish Bhutiani on ‘Mukti Bhawan’ and the funny side of waiting for death

Of the many things Varanasi is known for, so-called salvation homes that cater to the terminally ill best exemplify Hinduism’s holiest city. Drawing from the belief that people who die there allow their soul to escape a cycle of death and rebirth, many who seek ‘mukti’ check into these accommodations to wait for death.

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