Alasdair Pal

Supreme Court orders investigation into 'brain fever' child deaths

24 Jun 2019

NEW DELHI The Supreme Court on Monday ordered an investigation into an outbreak of "brain fever" that has killed at least 122 children, after hearing a petition in which the state and central governments were accused of negligence.

'Brain fever' blamed for child deaths in Bihar preventable - doctors

21 Jun 2019

MUZAFFARPUR, India Five-year-old Soni Khatun was playing in the midday sun last week when she began to vomit and lose feeling in her hands. Her mother, a poor labourer living in Bihar, borrowed money to take her to hospital.

Doctors in West Bengal call off strike after safety assurances

17 Jun 2019

NEW DELHI/KOLKATA Doctors in West Bengal called off a strike late on Monday after authorities promised improved hospital security, ending a week-long dispute that had spread to other parts of the country and crippled medical services.

Indian doctors stage nationwide strike over 'inhuman' working conditions

17 Jun 2019

NEW DELHI/KOLKATA, June 17 Hundreds of thousands of doctors across India went on strike on Monday demanding better working conditions, the country's top medical body said, as the outrage over lax security conditions at hospitals escalated.

Bhutan's lower house of parliament votes to decriminalise homosexuality

07 Jun 2019

NEW DELHI Bhutan's lower house of parliament voted on Friday to scrap laws criminalising homosexuality, local media and activists said, becoming the latest Asian nation to take steps towards easing restrictions on same-sex relationships.

Cricket diplomacy: Modi comes bearing gifts on first post-election foreign trip

06 Jun 2019

NEW DELHI From ferry services and port terminals to a new national cricket stadium, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to come bearing gifts on his visit to neighbours Sri Lanka and the Maldives this weekend.

Five bodies spotted in search for climbers missing in Indian Himalayas

03 Jun 2019

NEW DELHI Five bodies were spotted high on a mountain in the Indian Himalayas on Monday during an aerial search for eight climbers feared swept away in an avalanche last week, a government official said. | Video

Search for missing climbers resumes in Indian Himalayas

03 Jun 2019

NEW DELHI, June 3 An aerial search for eight climbers feared swept away in an avalanche on a remote mountain in the Indian Himalayas resumed on Monday, officials said, though bad weather was hampering the effort.

Modi faces 'jobs crisis' as unemployment hits 6.1%

31 May 2019

NEW DELHI India's unemployment rate rose to 6.1% in the 2017/18 fiscal year, the statistics ministry said on Friday, presenting a challenge for Prime Minister Narendra Modi to kick-start job creation in his second term in office.

The iron fist: Amit Shah becomes India's home affairs minister

31 May 2019

NEW DELHI He made his name as a ruthless backroom politician and master strategist who won election victories for his boss, India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He also has a reputation for the incendiary, recently describing illegal Bangladeshi immigrants as "like termites" taking grain and jobs from India's poor.

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