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Sanjeev Miglani

India navy set to open third base in strategic islands to counter China

23 Jan 2019

NEW DELHI India's navy will open a third air base in the far-off Andaman and Nicobar islands on Thursday to beef up surveillance of Chinese ships and submarines entering the Indian Ocean through the nearby Malacca Straits, military officials and experts said.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi names popular sister Priyanka to party post

23 Jan 2019

NEW DELHI Opposition Congress party leader Rahul Gandhi appointed his charismatic sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra to a senior party position on Wednesday that officials say will energise the campaign to oust Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the national election expected in a few months.

Lockheed sees potential exports of 200 F-16 jets from proposed Indian plant

22 Jan 2019

NEW DELHI Lockheed Martin sees a potential export market of more than $20 billion for its F-16 fighter aircraft from an assembly line in India it has offered to set up in order to win a large Indian military order, a top executive said.

Supreme Court to rule on cricketers Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul suspended for remarks about women

18 Jan 2019

NEW DELHI The Supreme Court has been asked to decide the future of two international cricketers suspended for their comments about women in a TV show interview last week, stirring a debate over whether they were being treated too harshly.

REFILE-EXCLUSIVE-Indian banks may take more than $3 bln hit from PNB fraud - tax dept

28 Dec 2018

NEW DELHI, Feb 17 Indian banks could take a hit of more than $3 billion from loans and corporate guarantees provided to diamond companies at the centre of a massive alleged fraud at the state-run Punjab National Bank, the tax department has estimated.

Modi gives $1.4 billion aid to Maldives amid worry over its China debt

17 Dec 2018

NEW DELHI India will give financial assistance of $1.4 billion to the Maldives, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Monday, the biggest aid yet to the Indian Ocean island nation that is grappling with debt from a Chinese building spree.

'Indira Gandhi 2.0': RBI coup a sign of Modi's authoritarian ways

14 Dec 2018

NEW DELHI When Reserve Bank of India (RBI) governor Urjit Patel abruptly resigned on Monday, it stunned many people in government and business circles.

Modi suffers biggest state election loss, boosting opposition

11 Dec 2018

NEW DELHI The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party lost power in three key states of Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh on Tuesday, dealing Prime Minister Narendra Modi his biggest defeat since he took office in 2014 and boosting the opposition ahead of national polls next year.

Assembly election results could halt Prime Minister Modi's winning streak

10 Dec 2018

NEW DELHI Prime Minister Narendra Modi is staring at election losses in big heartland states, polls show, suggesting that farm distress and a lack of jobs for growing numbers of young people could prove stumbling blocks for his re-election bid in May.

Exit polls show BJP losing ground in key state elections before national vote

09 Dec 2018

NEW DELHI Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ruling party is likely to lose two heartland states while a third is too close to call, exit polls showed on Friday in the final test of popularity before a national election due by May next year.

World News

Backed by U.S., Maduro rival Guaido claims Venezuela presidency

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido declared himself interim president on Wednesday, winning the backing of Washington and many Latin American nations and prompting socialist Nicolas Maduro, who has led the oil-rich nation since 2013, to break relations with the United States.