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INDIA: School teacher arrested for raping 9-year-old girl

INDIA: School teacher arrested for raping 9-year-old girl

A 67-year-old madrassa teacher has been arrested for allegedly raping a minor girl in Narela area of the city, police said today. The nine-year-old girl was admitted to BR Ambedkar hospital in Rohini where her condition was stable, said a senior police officer. The rape allegedly took place last Sunday. The accused had allegedly threatened […]

Groom killed, wife critical after wedding gift explodes

Groom killed, wife critical after wedding gift explodes

A newly married man and his grandmother were killed in India when a wedding gift they were opening exploded. The man’s wife was critically injured in the blast on Friday in the eastern state of Odisha, police said. Soumya Sekhar and Reema Sahu got married on the 18 February and they received the “gift” at […]

Oil tanker with 22 Indian crewmen missing off Benin

Oil tanker with 22 Indian crewmen missing off Benin

An oil tanker with a crew of 22 Indian nationals is missing in the Gulf of Guinea off Benin in West Africa. There has been no contact with the Panama-registered Marine Express since Thursday. The incident occurred less than a month after another vessel was taken by pirates in the same area. The International Maritime […]

Huge fire breaks out in Mumbai

Huge fire breaks out in Mumbai

A massive fire broke out at Cinevista studio in in Mumbai’s Kanjurmarg area at around 8 pm on Saturday. The fire was confined to the ground floor and all those present, including actors and crew members shooting for two television serials at the studio, were immediately evacuated. No injuries or casualties have been reported. The […]

Six killed in explosion at cracker factory in India

Six killed in explosion at cracker factory in India

Tragedy struck a village in Balasore district on the eve of Diwali as at least six persons, including a child were killed and six others seriously injured in an explosion at an unlicensed cracker manufacturing unit on Wednesday. Police suspect that the casualty may go up. “We so far recovered bodies of five persons from […]

India to operate airport in Sri Lanka

India to operate airport in Sri Lanka

India is in advanced talks with Sri Lanka to operate an airport on the southern tip of the island, where China has invested heavily as part of its Belt and Road initiative, a Sri Lankan minister said. Sri Lanka’s civil aviation minister, Nimal Siripala, said the country had been looking for alternative investors in the […]

Indian naval officer sacked for undergoing sex change

Indian naval officer sacked for undergoing sex change

After being relieved from service for undergoing a sex change surgery, an Indian Navy sailor on Tuesday said she would approach the Supreme Court against the decision and added that she has written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in this regard. Manish Kumar Giri, who has since changed her name to Sabi, vowed […]

India’s top court bans firecracker sales before Diwali

India’s top court bans firecracker sales before Diwali

India’s top court ordered a temporary ban on the sale of firecrackers in New Delhi on Monday, ahead of the Diwali festival that leaves the city shrouded in toxic smog. The decision comes a little over a week before Diwali – the Hindu festival of lights – when Delhi fills with acrid smoke from celebratory […]

India introduces sweeping tax reform

India introduces sweeping tax reform

India has replaced its numerous federal and state taxes with the Goods and Services Tax (GST), designed to unify the country into a single market. The historic overhaul of the existing tax legislation was carried out at a special midnight session of parliament. India says introducing GST will cut red tape and increase tax revenues, […]

India PM Narendra Modi condemns murder in cow’s name

India PM Narendra Modi condemns murder in cow’s name

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said murder in the name of cow protection is “not acceptable”. Many Hindus believe cows are sacred and killing them is banned in some states. Hours after Mr Modi’s comments, a Muslim man was reportedly killed by a mob who accused him of transporting beef in his car. On […]