ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan celebrated its national day on Saturday with a military parade showcasing its missiles, tanks and aircraft, even as the prime minister and his Indian counterpart...
NEW DELHI (AP) — A standoff with nuclear rival Pakistan appears to have given Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, head of the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party, a boost ahead of national...
NEW DELHI (AP) — India and Saudi Arabia on Monday agreed to set up a strategic partnership council to deepen cooperation to combat terrorism.
Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel...
NEW DELHI (AP) — India's Election Commission announced Sunday that national elections will begin April 11, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist party seeks a second...
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Nuclear-armed neighbors India and Pakistan have pulled back from the brink of an all-out military confrontation over the contested Kashmir region.
Pakistan pledges to release captive Indian fighter pilot
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's prime minister pledged on Thursday his country would release a captured Indian fighter pilot, a move that could help defuse the most serious confrontation in two...
Pakistan says 2 Indian warplanes downed, pilot captured
MUZAFARABAD, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistan's military said Wednesday it shot down two Indian warplanes in the disputed region of Kashmir and captured a pilot, answering an airstrike a day earlier by...
Saudi crown prince backs India’s fight against terrorism
NEW DELHI (AP) — Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Wednesday offered intelligence sharing and other cooperation with India in fighting extremism and terrorism, as New Delhi tackled rising...
Saudi Crown Prince arrives in India amid row with Pakistan
NEW DELHI (AP) — Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman arrived in India on Tuesday after visiting Pakistan, which New Delhi blames for a suicide bombing last week that killed at least 40 Indian...
AP Explains: What are India’s options after Kashmir attack
NEW DELHI (AP) — With India's general election barely months away, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is under heavy pressure from his supporters to punish archrival Pakistan for a suicide attack on an Indian paramilitary convoy that killed at least 41 soldiers in disputed Kashmir.
India warns of ‘crushing response’ to Kashmir suicide attack
SRINAGAR, India (AP) — India's prime minister warned of a "crushing response" to the suicide bombing of a paramilitary convoy in Indian-controlled Kashmir that killed 41 people and was the deadliest in the divided region's volatile history.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi placed the blame for Thursday's bombing squarely on neighboring Pakistan, which India accuses of supporting rebels in Kashmir.
Jobless youth march to protest Indian ‘unemployment crisis’
NEW DELHI (AP) — Hundreds of jobless young people marched Thursday through the streets of the Indian capital demanding Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government tackle what they called a rising unemployment crisis.
The protesters disputed the government's claim that it has created millions of jobs since it came to power in 2014 with the economy growing around 7 percent annually. They marched from the 17th century Red Fort to a park near India's Parliament building.
Foreign aid groups accuse Indian government of impeding work
NEW DELHI (AP) — Their offices raided, bank accounts frozen and travel restricted, international aid and rights groups with deep roots in India say they are struggling to operate under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, whose Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party has elevated the role of sympathetic homegrown social organizations while cracking down on foreign charities.
India’s prime minister visits Kashmir amid protest strike
SRINAGAR, India (AP) — India's prime minster paid a daylong visit to disputed Kashmir on Sunday to review development work as separatists fighting Indian rule called for a shutdown in the Himalayan region.
Shops and businesses were closed while thousands of armed government forces and commandos in flak jackets spread out across Kashmir and closed off roads with razor wire and iron barricades to prevent protests and rebel attacks during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit.
Indian Prime Minister Modi defends citizenship bill at rally
KOLKATA, India (AP) — India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi praised a controversial citizenship bill pending in Parliament at a rally Saturday, kick-starting his Hindu nationalist party's campaign to retain power in general elections due by May.
In a speech broadcast live from the rally in West Bengal state, Modi urged the opposition Trinamool Congress party-led government of West Bengal to support the bill, saying "my brothers and sisters here need it."
India budget offers tax cuts, handouts for poor farmers
NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government on Friday announced cash handouts for small farmers, a pension scheme for informal workers and a doubling of tax relief for the lower middle class in an interim budget designed to shore up its popularity ahead of national elections due before May.
India, South Africa to boost defense ties, trade
NEW DELHI (AP) — India and South Africa will boost ties in key areas such as defense, maritime security, information technology and trade under a three-year strategic exchange program, their leaders said Friday.
The plan was announced by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and visiting South African President Cyril Ramaphosa after they met in New Delhi.
Two-way trade is expected to rise to $10.65 billion in 2018-19 from $9.38 billion in 2017-18.
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Sonia Gandhi’s daughter enters India politics ahead of vote
NEW DELHI (AP) — A scion of India's most famous political dynasty on Wednesday formally entered politics, with the opposition Congress party assigning her a position as it prepares for national elections due before May.
Priyanka Gandhi Vadra is the 47-year-old daughter of Rajiv Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi. She has in the past helped her mother and brother, party president Rahul Gandhi, campaign in their constituencies in Uttar Pradesh but had never held a party post.
India’s mega Hindu festival begins under cloud of toxic air
PRAYAGRAJ, India (AP) — Thousands of portable toilets line roads constantly swept clean, drinking water flows from newly installed taps, electric substations power a massive tent city and billboards encourage a "clean Kumbh," an extension of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's huge push to improve sanitation across the country.
India establishes job quotas for poor upper caste members
NEW DELHI (AP) — India's Parliament on Wednesday approved a bill providing a 10 percent quota in government jobs for the poor members of upper castes who have been excluded from existing quotas for low-ranking castes.
The Congress party and other opposition parties supported the legislation, but criticized Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government for getting it approved just months before the national elections, in an effort the opposition claimed was aimed at winning votes.
India’s lower house passes citizenship bill despite protests
GAUHATI, India (AP) — India's lower house of Parliament approved a bill Tuesday that would grant residency and citizenship rights to non-Muslims who entered India illegally, allegedly after fleeing persecution in several neighboring nations, despite protests against the legislation in the populous northeast that brought the region to a near standstill.
India’s Supreme Court reinstates investigative agency head
NEW DELHI (AP) — India's Supreme Court reinstated the ousted director of India's Central Bureau of Investigation on Tuesday in a setback to the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, which had removed him from the post in October.
The court reinstated Alok Verma as director, quashing the government's removal order and setting aside the appointment of an interim chief, according to the Press Trust of India news agency.
Global support lets Bangladesh PM withstand election worries
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Congratulatory messages are flowing to Bangladesh Prime Minister-elect Sheikh Hasina, ensuring she will withstand calls to investigate allegations of widespread serious irregularities in Sunday's election that was dominated by her coalition.
Hindu hardliners clash with police over women at shrine
NEW DELHI (AP) — Hindu hardliners vandalized shops, shut businesses and clashed with police in a southern state Thursday to protest the entry of two women in one of India's largest Hindu pilgrimage sites, police said.
Police used water cannons and tear gas to disperse the protesters who also blocked roads by placing burning tires and concrete blocks in key towns, including Kozhikode, Kannur, Malappuram, Palakkad and Thiruvananthapuram.
India’s lower house OKs end to instant divorce for Muslims
NEW DELHI (AP) — The lower house of India's Parliament on Thursday approved a bill to implement the Supreme Court's ruling that found the Muslim practice of instant divorce was unconstitutional.
Indian court rejects probe into Rafale fighter jets deal
NEW DELHI (AP) — India's top court on Friday rejected petitions by activists seeking a probe into the government purchase of 36 Rafale fighter jets from France.
Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said there was no reason to doubt the government's decision-making process in the multi-billion dollar deal.
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Indian Prime Minister Modi’s party loses key state elections
NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist party has suffered an embarrassing defeat in three state elections in its Hindu stronghold just months before national elections.
Head of India’s central bank resigns amid government split
NEW DELHI (AP) — The head of India's central bank resigned Monday amid a growing split between the Indian government and the independent monetary policy authority.
Reserve Bank of India Gov. Urjit Patel said in a statement posted on the bank's website that he was resigning for personal reasons.
The government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has disagreed with some of the central bank's decisions under Patel, including a move to restrict lending by debt-ridden banks.
The homebody president: Trump keeps it quick on trips abroad
WASHINGTON (AP) — Marathon days. Red-eye flights. Jam-packed agendas. When President Donald Trump travels abroad, he's increasingly keeping it quick lately.
Trump departed the United States Thursday for the Group of 20 summit in Argentina , where the homebody commander in chief will spend just 48 hours on the ground yet pack in a series of high-level meetings with foreign leaders.
Hard-line Hindus pressure Modi over temple at disputed site
LUCKNOW, India (AP) — Tens of thousands of hard-line Hindus rallied Sunday to demand a Hindu temple be built on a site in northern India where hard-liners in 1992 had attacked and demolished a 16th century mosque, sparking deadly Hindu-Muslim violence.
North Indian city breaks Guinness record with Diwali lamps
AYODHYA, India (AP) — The northern Indian city of Ayodhya broke a Guinness World Record on Tuesday by lighting 300,150 earthen lamps and keeping them burning for at least 45 minutes on the banks of the river Saryu as part of the annual celebration of Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights.
South Korean first lady Kim Jung-sook attended the record-breaking event after meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a four-day visit to India.
Towering statue of India’s independence leader unveiled
NEW DELHI (AP) — India's prime minister on Wednesday unveiled a towering bronze statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, a key independence leader being promoted as a national icon in the ruling party's campaign ahead of next year's general elections.
Patel, who hailed from Prime Minister Narendra Modi's native Gujarat state, was also India's first home minister after the 1947 independence from Britain.
Indian court seeks pricing of Rafale jet deal with France
NEW DELHI (AP) — India's top court on Wednesday ordered the government to provide pricing details of 36 Rafale fighter jets it is buying from France.
The court said the government must bring details of the decision-making process of the deal into the public domain, except those that are confidential and have strategic importance. The court said those can be provided in a "sealed cover" within 10 days.
Japan, India leaders agree to step up defense, economic ties
TOKYO (AP) — The leaders of Japan and India agreed Monday to step up their cooperation in defense, trade and a range or other areas amid China's growing influence in the region.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Indian counterpart, Narendra Modi, said they are expanding ammunition sales and high-level defense talks and joint military exercises.
Japan, India leaders build ties amid trade, security worries
TOKYO (AP) — The leaders of Japan and India are reaffirming their ties amid growing worries about trade and regional stability.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who arrived Saturday, was meeting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at a resort area near Mount Fuji on Sunday. Modi is also visiting a nearby plant of major Japanese robot maker Fanuc.
Protesters burn Hindu religious center in southern India
NEW DELHI (AP) — Protesters on Saturday set fire to a Hindu religious center in southern India for supporting a Supreme Court decision allowing women of menstruating age at one of the world's largest Hindu pilgrimage sites.
Swami Sandeepananda Giri, who runs the center in Kerala state, said some vehicles were also burned by the attackers.
Television stations showed video of the center burning, but it wasn't immediately clear how much damage was done.
India removes investigative agency head amid probe of deputy
NEW DELHI (AP) — The government of India placed the director of the federal investigative agency and his deputy on leave on Wednesday days after the agency filed a case against the deputy alleging that he took bribes to settle a money laundering case.
A government appointment committee headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi put out an order around 2 a.m. Wednesday sending the Central Bureau of Investigation's top two officials on leave and appointing a joint director as the interim head.
Train mows down crowd at India festival, at least 60 dead
NEW DELHI (AP) — A speeding train ran over a crowd watching fireworks during a religious festival in northern India on Friday evening, killing at least 60 people and injuring dozens more, police said.
The train failed to stop after the accident on the outskirts of Amritsar, a city in Punjab state, said the state governing Congress party politician, Pratap Singh Bajwa.
Indian defense minister in Paris amid jet deal controversy
PARIS (AP) — India's defense minister is travelling to Paris to speak with the French government amid controversy over a multi-billion dollar deal to sell 36 fighter jets to India.
India signs $5 billion deal for Russian air defense systems
NEW DELHI (AP) — India signed a $5 billion deal to buy five Russian S-400 air defense systems on Friday despite a looming threat of U.S. sanctions on countries that trade with Russia's defense and intelligence sectors.
The deal was signed in New Delhi during a visit by Russian President Vladimir Putin, who met with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to discuss nuclear energy, space exploration and trade.
India, Russia likely to sign arms deal during Putin’s visit
NEW DELHI (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in India on Thursday for a two-day visit during which India is expected to sign a $5 billion deal to buy Russian S-400 air defense systems despite a new U.S. law ordering sanctions on any country trading with Russia's defense and intelligence sectors.
Putin and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold annual talks on Friday and oversee the signing of a slew of agreements, India's External Affairs Ministry said.
India’s sanitation summit overshadows problems that persist
NEW DELHI (AP) — The United Nations is celebrating an Indian government program officials say can be a model for other low-income and developing countries at a summit this week in New Delhi. But in Taimoor Nagar, a slum just outside one of the city's poshest neighborhoods, hundreds of people rely on a single public toilet, underscoring the challenges that remain for India's urban poor.
France’s Macron dodges question over India fighter jet deal
PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron has sidestepped a question over a multi-billion dollar deal to sell 36 fighter jets to India that has sparked controversy in the country.
In a news conference at the United Nations in New York, Macron said Tuesday he was "not in charge" when the deal was signed in 2016 through "a government-to-government discussion."
The deal was for India to buy 36 Rafale fighter jets from France's Dassault for $8.78 billion.
Pakistan PM tells Indian counterpart he’s ready to talk
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has written to his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi, seeking to resolve outstanding disputes between the two nuclear-armed nations, including the issue of the divided region of Kashmir, an official said Thursday.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad Faisal tweeted that Khan's letter reciprocated Indian Premier Narendra Modi's call earlier this month for "meaningful and constructive engagement."
India faces protests over rising fuel prices
NEW DELHI (AP) — Roads were empty, businesses were closed and schools shut down Monday in parts of India, as opposition politicians looking toward elections called for a nationwide strike over rising fuel prices.
Pompeo, Mattis talk bolstering Indian ties despite tensions
NEW DELHI (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary James Mattis held long-delayed talks Thursday with top Indian officials, looking to shore up the alliance with one of Washington's top regional partners.
Indian farmers march to seek better prices for produce
NEW DELHI (AP) — Thousands of farmers, workers and agricultural laborers marched Wednesday to India's Parliament demanding better wages, more jobs, higher prices for their produce and an end to privatization of state-run companies.
Indian currency decree did little to root out ‘black money’
NEW DELHI (AP) — Nearly all of the currency removed from circulation in a surprise 2016 attempt to root out illegally hoarded cash re-entered the financial system, India's reserve bank said, indicating the disruptive move did little to slow the underground economy.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi's currency decree, which was designed to destroy the value of billions of dollars in untaxed cash stockpiles, caused an economic slowdown and months of financial chaos for ordinary, cash-dependent Indians.