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100 killed, millions displaced in India, Nepal and Bangladesh

GUWAHATI, India/KATHMANDU, Nepal: Floods have forced more than four million people from their homes across India, Nepal and Bangladesh and killed more than 100 people as torrential rains in the initial days of monsoons wreaked havoc. The poor Indian states

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India’s space launch delayed by technical problem

The launch of India’s second lunar mission has been halted less than an hour before the scheduled blast-off, due to a technical problem. The countdown stopped 56 minutes before the launch after a “technical snag was observed in launch vehicle

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Heavy downpour and floods in Assam kill 10, displace one million

GUWAHATI: Heavy monsoon rains in India’s northeast Assam state displaced more than a million people from their homes and flash floods killed at least 10 in the past 72 hours, state authorities said on Saturday, warning the situation could worsen

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Why are menstruating women in India removing their wombs?

Two pieces of very disturbing news involving working women and menstruation have emerged in India in recent months. Periods have long been a taboo in the country, menstruating women are believed to be impure and are still excluded from social

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Water crisis: India sends out 250 civil servants to dry areas

NEW DELHI: India is sending more than 250 civil servants to some of the driest areas of the vast country in an effort by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government to tackle water shortages. India’s monsoon, which accounts for nearly 70%

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Declare climate emergency, petitioners tell India

NEW DELHI: More than 450,000 people have signed two petitions demanding that the Indian government declare a climate emergency as severe heatwaves and crippling water shortages grip the country. Inspired by teenage Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, 16-year-old student Aman

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Weak monsoon cripples India’s crops, economy

MUMBAI: India’s monsoon rains were below average for the fourth straight week, with rainfall scanty over central and western parts of the country in the week ended on Wednesday, raising concerns about major crop production and the impact on the

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Trump is losing his marbles

PUCHONG: US President Donald Trump is now seen on a war-like rampage, picking up fights with powerful nations on the planet. The first and foremost on his list of enemies is the world’s second largest economy, China. In his bid

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US’s Pompeo visits India, deals with thorny trade issues

NEW DELHI: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived yesterday for talks with Indian leaders in New Delhi, where he is expected to tackle a host of delicate issues from trade to India’s longstanding defence and energy ties to Russia

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Indian cities struggle as taps run dry

BEED: Residents of the drought-hit Indian village of Salegaon are so desperate for water that they have started lining up their pots two days before the tanker is due to arrive. When it does, the neatly lined up pots go

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