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Two dead in Kashmir gun battle

SRINAGAR: Indian security forces killed a suspected militant in a gun battle in Kashmir today, police said, the first clash since the federal government removed the special status of the territory this month, fuelling anger. Two policemen were wounded in

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Trump urges India and Pakistan to reduce tensions

NEW DELHI: US President Donald Trump spoke with the leaders of India and Pakistan yesterday, discussing prospects for improved trade ties with Washington and stressing the need to reduce tensions over Kashmir between the nuclear-armed neighbours.  “Spoke to my two

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Besieged Kashmiri neighbourhood test Modi’s resolve

SRINAGAR: For more than a week, the young men of Soura, a densely populated enclave in Kashmir’s main city of Srinagar, have been taking turns to maintain an around-the-clock vigil at the entry points to their neighbourhood. Each of the

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Schools, telephone lines reopen in Kashmir after lockdown

SRINAGAR: Authorities began restoring some telephone lines in Indian Kashmir yesterday night, the top state official said, as heavy security prevented some protests in the region’s main city of Srinagar from getting out of control. Telephone and internet links were

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Kashmir: Russia backs India as China takes Pakistani line

Permanent members of the UN Security Council China and Russia are taking divergent positions on any consultations by the council on the Kashmir issue. While China may try to initiate informal consultations in UNSC on Kashmir at the behest of

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Celebrities, historians urge Modi to stop mob attacks on minorities

A group of Bollywood film makers, historians and citizens have written to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging him to stop mob attacks on minority Muslims and others at the bottom of the society. Hindu mobs have targeted Muslims on

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Trump touches off storm in India with Kashmir mediation offer

NEW DELHI: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi never asked US President Donald Trump to help mediate with Pakistan in their dispute over the Kashmir region, the government said yesterday, after Trump’s comments set off a storm of criticism. Trump told

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Delhi water crisis: The haves get limitless water, the poor fight for every drop

NEW DELHI: In this teeming capital city of more than 20 million people, a worsening drought is amplifying the vast inequality between India’s rich and poor. The politicians, civil servants and corporate lobbyists who live in substantial houses and apartments

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Congress Party in doldrums after Gandhi’s resignation

NEW DELHI: Rahul Gandhi has spurned appeals to reconsider his resignation as leader of India’s Congress Party after losing a second general election to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, an aide said yesterday, as the party faces its worst crisis in

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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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