India says hits Pakistan-based militants, escalating tensions


NEW DELHI/ISLAMABAD Indian officials said elite troops crossed into Pakistan-ruled Kashmir on Thursday and killed suspected militants preparing to infiltrate and carry out attacks on major cities, in a surprise raid that raised tensions between the nuclear-armed rivals.

At United Nations, Pakistan flags rising tension with India

UNITED NATIONS Pakistan's U.N. envoy asked the president of the United Nations Security Council on Thursday to informally brief the body on the country's escalating tension with neighbouring India and said she will discuss it with U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon on Friday.

Pakistan captures Indian soldier along disputed border in Kashmir

NEW DELHI/ISLAMABAD Pakistan captured an Indian soldier on its side of the disputed Kashmir border, military officials in the two countries said on Thursday, as tensions rose following a cross-border raid that India said it carried out against militants.

Pakistan says Indian claim of surgical strike in Kashmir an "illusion"

ISLAMABAD Pakistan said India's claim of a "surgical strike" across the countries' de facto border in the disputed region of Kashmir was an illusion, saying that the incident was "cross-border fire".

U.S. urges India, Pakistan to avoid escalation in Kashmir dispute

WASHINGTON The White House urged India and Pakistan to avoid escalation in their dispute over Kashmir on Thursday after elite Indian troops crossed the line of control to attack militants in Pakistan-ruled Kashmir it said were preparing attacks on major cities.

U.S. State Department urges India, Pakistan to avoid steps that escalate tensions

WASHINGTON India and Pakistan should improve their communications to avoid an increase in tensions over Kashmir, the U.S. State Department said on Thursday after Indian special forces crossed the line of control to attack militants in Pakistan-ruled Kashmir.

Tata Steel says making progress on extra land for Odisha plant

BHUBANESWAR, India Tata Steel Ltd is making good progress on acquiring the land it needs to double the capacity of its newest steel plant in Odisha to meet growing demand in the country, a company executive said.

Indian bitcoin company raises $1.5 million from U.S., Indian investors

NEW YORK Unocoin, a Bangalore-based bitcoin startup, has raised $1.5 million in funding from a mix of Indian and U.S. investors, the company announced on Thursday.

Indian worker's suicide in Qatar raises concern over stranded migrants

DOHA The death of an Indian labourer in Qatar who had complained about not being paid and later committed suicide on a building site has focused attention on migrant workers struggling amid an economic downturn in the Gulf state ahead of the 2022 World Cup.

India's most flood-prone state Bihar aided by new satellite mapping

BHUBANESWAR, India (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Every year Bihar is deluged by floods that submerge roads, destroy homes and wash away crops, leaving the disaster management authority struggling to monitor and assess the damage, and to distribute aid effectively.


Google rebrands cloud business, adds more artificial intelligence

Alphabet Inc's Google said on Thursday it renamed its business-to-business cloud computing brand and enhanced some enterprise applications using artificial intelligence, the company's latest gambit to better compete with Amazon.com and Microsoft Corp. in the lucrative cloud business.