Maharashtra to waive $5.27 billion in farm debts


MUMBAI Maharashtra, home to the country's financial capital Mumbai, will waive $5.27 billion of farm loans, the latest state to offer relief to farmers reeling from losses caused by bad weather.

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India clears plan for $3.10 billion second airport for Delhi 6:36pm IST

NEW DELHI India will build a second international airport near its capital city in the next four to five years, costing an estimated 200 billion rupees ($3.10 billion), the government announced on Saturday, to meet explosive growth in passenger traffic.

Ahead of Modi visit, U.S. sees no threat to Pakistan from arms deal with India 4:21am IST

NEW DELHI/WASHINGTON With the United States expected to authorise India's purchase of naval drones, a senior White House official cautioned on Friday that any U.S. military transfer to India would not represent a threat to its rival neighbour Pakistan.

U.S. approves sale of drones to India - General Atomics 1:38am IST

The United States government has approved the sale of a naval variant of the Predator drone made by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc to India, the U.S.-based company said on Friday.

Sectarian group claims Pakistan bombs; death toll rises to 50 4:00pm IST

DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan A faction of Pakistan-based sectarian militants Lashkar-e-Jhangvi on Saturday claimed responsibility for twin bombs that hit a market in the northwestern town of Parachinar, killing at least 50 people ahead of the holiday marking the end of Ramadan.

Iraqi forces free hundreds of civilians in Mosul Old City battles as death toll mounts 8:46pm IST

MOSUL, Iraq Iraqi forces opened exit routes for hundreds of civilians to flee the Old City of Mosul on Saturday as they battled to retake the quarter from Islamic State militants mounting a last stand in what was the de facto capital of their self-declared caliphate.

UAE sees 'parting of ways' if Qatar does not accept Arab demands 8:13pm IST

DUBAI A senior United Arab Emirates official said on Saturday that if Qatar did not accept an ultimatum issued by fellow Arab states which imposed a boycott this month on the tiny Gulf Arab nation, there would be a "parting of ways".

Exclusive - Overruling diplomats, U.S. to drop Iraq, Myanmar from child soldiers' list 8:09am IST

WASHINGTON In a highly unusual intervention, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson plans to remove Iraq and Myanmar from a U.S. list of the world's worst offenders in the use of child soldiers, disregarding the recommendations of State Department experts and senior U.S. diplomats, U.S. officials said.

London tower blocks evacuated as 27 buildings fail fire tests 8:01pm IST

LONDON Britain said 27 high-rise apartment blocks had failed fire safety checks carried out after the deadly Grenfell Tower blaze, including several in north London where residents were forced to evacuate amid chaotic scenes late on Friday. | Video

Landslide buries mountain village in SW China, fears for 141 people 8:02pm IST

BEIJING Fears grew for 141 people missing in China after a landslide buried their mountain village in southwestern Sichuan province on Saturday, with reports that only three survivors had been pulled out of the mud and rock hours after the calamity struck. | Video