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India cuts sales tax across sectors to ease pain of traders and consumers

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MUMBAI India slashed the sales tax rate on over 50 products on Saturday in a move aimed at appealing to traders and the middle classes as Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government eyes next year's elections.

Modi stunned as Rahul Gandhi crosses parliament to hug him

NEW DELHI Opposition leader Rahul Gandhi surprised Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday when he interrupted a no-confidence debate by walking across the parliament floor to give his rival a hug.

21 Jul 2018

Muslim man beaten to death in Rajasthan on suspicion of smuggling cows

MUMBAI Suspected vigilantes on Saturday killed a Muslim man transporting two cows in Rajasthan, just 15 months after a similar attack spotlighted the growing influence of pro-Hindu fringe groups.

21 Jul 2018

WhatsApp curbs message forwarding in bid to deter India lynch mobs

MUMBAI/BENGALURU Facebook Inc's WhatsApp is rolling out a global test measure to rein in messages forwarded by users, the messaging app said, after the spread of rumours led to several killings in India and sparked calls for action from authorities. | Video

Tech, Facebook 20 Jul 2018

The town that doesn't vote: Pakistan's Ahmadis say forced to abstain

RABWAH, Pakistan There are no campaign posters in the Pakistani town of Rabwah, and no election rallies on its streets. Though they could be an influential bloc in a key electoral battleground, nearly 90 percent of its residents will not vote in a July 25 poll.

South Asia, World 21 Jul 2018

Myanmar violated U.N. child rights pact in Rohingya crackdown, experts find

YANGON Myanmar violated its obligations to the United Nations child rights convention in its crackdown on the Rohingya that led to an exodus of hundreds of thousands of people from the minority community, legal experts have found.

World 21 Jul 2018

Concern in White House over intelligence chief's Russian summit surprise

WASHINGTON While U.S. President Donald Trump defended his efforts to build a relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin, aides said on Friday there is some frustration that the U.S. intelligence chief did not know about plans for a second summit and they hope that meeting will follow a more traditional pattern.

World, 21 Jul 2018

Cuba's draft constitution opens path to gay marriage

HAVANA The draft of Cuba's new constitution opens the path to gay marriage by defining matrimony as between two individuals rather than between a man and a woman, a top government official told parliament on Saturday.

World 21 Jul 2018

Trump threatens tariffs on all $500 billion of Chinese imports

WASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday said he was ready to impose tariffs on all $500 billion of imported goods from China, threatening to escalate a clash over trade policy that has unnerved financial markets. | Video

Business 21 Jul 2018

U.S. urges strict U.N. sanctions until North Korea acts on denuclearisation

UNITED NATIONS The United States called on North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Friday to act on his promise to give up nuclear weapons and said the world, including China and Russia, must continue to enforce sanctions until he does so. | Video

World, 21 Jul 2018

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HDFC Bank net profit misses estimates on higher provisions

MUMBAI HDFC Bank Ltd posted a 18.2 percent rise in first-quarter net profit but missed analysts' estimates as the lender chose to include all mark-to-market losses in the first quarter, leading to higher provisions.

Syrian army pushes into Quneitra province: state tv, rebels

AMMAN The Syrian army and allied forces made advances in the southwest that bring it closer to the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights as rebels refusing to return to state rule boarded buses for opposition controlled northern Syria, state television and rebels said. | Video

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WhatsApp curbs message forwarding in bid to deter India lynch mobs

MUMBAI/BENGALURU Facebook Inc's WhatsApp is rolling out a global test measure to rein in messages forwarded by users, the messaging app said, after the spread of rumours led to several killings in India and sparked calls for action from authorities. | Video

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IMF warns G20 that tariffs hurting economy as Trump threatens more

BUENOS AIRES The International Monetary Fund (IMF) warned world economic leaders on Saturday that a recent wave of trade tariffs would significantly harm global growth, a day after U.S. President Donald Trump threatened a major escalation in a dispute with China.

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Movie Review: Dhadak

In one of the early conversations between the lovers in Shashank Khaitan's "Dhadak", Parthavi (Janhvi Kapoor) tells Madhukar (Ishaan Khatter) he’ll have to prepare meals when they get married. "And put a little less ghee on the rotis. I want to stay slim," she says.

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