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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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India set to raise tariffs on some US goods

India has decided to raise tariffs on imports of 29 goods from the US after having deferred the move several times since announcing it last year, media reported Saturday. The government had said last June it would raise import taxes

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India formally requests Malaysia to extradite Zakir Naik

PUCHONG: The Indian government has put in a formal request to the Malaysian government to send back controversial Islamic preacher, Dr Zakir Naik to face trial in the subcontinent. In a statement published at its External Affairs Ministry website, the

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Indian heatwave passed 50 degree Celcius

RAJASTHAN: Temperatures passed 50 degrees Celsius (122 Fahrenheit) in northern India as an unrelenting heatwave triggered warnings of water shortages and heatstroke. The thermometer hit 50.6 degrees Celsius (123 Fahrenheit) in the Rajasthan desert city of Churu on Saturday, the

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Bizarre: PM Narendra Modi gets his own customized Modi Ice-cream

A Surat based ice cream parlor owner is celebrating Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s landslide win in the Lok Sabha 2019 elections by selling ice-cream ‘Modi Sitafal Kulfi.’ As the entire nation is still celebrating the landslide victory of Prime Minister

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Modi kept his job; young Indians worry about theirs

Asad Ahmed, one of about 1.2 million young Indians entering the cutthroat job market each month, diligently scribbles notes at a computer class in New Delhi. While nationalist Prime Minister Narendra Modi won a new five-year term promising to step

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