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  • MSF Sues Bollywood Over 'Dangerous' Film
    MSF Sues Bollywood Over 'Dangerous' Film 6 hours ago

    A "dangerous, misleading and wrong" Bollywood film is facing legal action from an international aid charity, amid claims it could endanger lives. Phantom, which was released today, is the story of a Medicins Sans Frontieres aid worker who helps a disgraced Indian soldier to assassinate Pakistani extremists accused of orchestrating the 2008 bombings in Mumbai. The movie's trailer shows the aid worker, played by the British-Indian actress Katrina Kaif, firing pistols and rifles – but MSF has claimed this is a "dangerous representation" of its organisation, as none of its staff carry guns. More »

  • India-Pakistan tensions: Sporadic firing in restive Kashmir border kills 9
    India-Pakistan tensions: Sporadic firing in restive Kashmir border kills 9 7 hours ago

    Sporadic firing between India and Pakistan in the restive Kashmir region has claimed at least nine lives and injured dozens, with both sides blaming each other. Pakistan's Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said Indian personnel resorted to "unprovoked" firing and shelling. As India marked the 50th anniversary of the 1965 war with Pakistan over Kashmir, an Indian army spokesperson accused Pakistan Rangers of unprovoked firing. More »

  • Kumbh Mela: Thousands bathe in Godavari river at start of ancient Hindu festival …
    Kumbh Mela: Thousands bathe in Godavari river at start of ancient Hindu festival … 8 hours ago

    Thousands of devout Hindus took a dip in the Godavari river to cleanse themselves of their sins during the first major snan (bathing session) of the Kumbh Mela (Pitcher Festival) in Nashik, western India. During their 12-day fight for possession, four drops of this elixir fell to earth, in the cities of Allahabad, Haridwar, Ujjain and Nasik. Every three years a Kumbh Mela is held at one of these spots. More »

  • Nepal says will not let protests derail constitution 10 hours ago

    By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal's government has vowed that protests in which 14 people have been killed will not derail a constitutional process that is in the final stretch, even though pressing ahead could further anger ethnic minority groups on the southern plains. In the most serious incident, nine people were killed this week when protesters attacked a police post in the far southwest of the poor Himalayan state, which lies sandwiched between India to the south and China to the north. The government deployed the army to restore order following the protests by members of a minority group called the Tharus. More »

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 2: GearBest accepting pre-orders for delivery in UK, US and …
    Xiaomi Redmi Note 2: GearBest accepting pre-orders for delivery in UK, US and … 11 hours ago

    Xiaomi loyalists can now pre-order the Redmi Note 2 from third party e-tailer GearBest, without having to register to participate in online flash sales. Prospective buyers can get the handset shipped for free. More »

  • UberChina to get $1bn finance to compete with Didi Kuaidi
    UberChina to get $1bn finance to compete with Didi Kuaidi 11 hours ago

    Ride-hailing service Uber's Chinese affiliate is close to securing about $1bn (£647m, €885m) new funding from investors. The finance is expected to help the firm expand its operations and compete with market leader Didi Kuaidi. Uber is looking to bolster its services in India and China, the first and second most populous nations in the world. More »

  • India reach 50-2 after rain forces early lunch
    India reach 50-2 after rain forces early lunch 12 hours ago

    India lost two quick wickets in a rain-truncated morning session to reach 50-2 at lunch on the opening day of the third and final test against Sri Lanka at the Sinhalese Sports Club Ground on Friday. Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews was rewarded by his fast bowlers with the wickets of opener Lokesh Rahul (two) and in-form batsman Ajinkya Rahane (eight) after he chose to bowl on a pitch sporting a covering of grass. India captain Virat Kohli (14) survived some nervous moments to stay unbeaten with Cheteshwar Pujara (19) when heavy rain forced the players off the ground for an early lunch break. More »

  • Sri Lanka win toss, opt to bowl in final test against India
    Sri Lanka win toss, opt to bowl in final test against India 14 hours ago

    Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews won the toss and opted to bowl in the third and final test against India at the Sinhalese Sports Club Ground on Friday. With the pitch sporting a covering of grass, Mathews said it was an easy decision for him. "There's a lot of grass on it and will obviously do a lot for the seamers," Mathews said at the toss. More »

  • India expected to seal $5bn deal for Rafale jets
    India expected to seal $5bn deal for Rafale jets 14 hours ago

    India is hoping to seal a $5bn (£3.2bn; €4.4bn) deal to buy 36 Rafale combat jets from France. Talks over the purchase of the jets had hit a deadlock over price and disagreements over the range of weaponry on board the aircraft. More »

  • India: Newborn dies after being attacked by rats in hospital
    India: Newborn dies after being attacked by rats in hospital 21 hours ago

    A newborn's life came to a tragic end after being attacked by rats at a paediatric ward in an Indian hospital. The boy suffered the traumatizing death at the Government General Hospital (GGH) in Guntur in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. More »

  • India: Who are the Patels and why are they demanding downward mobility in G …
    India: Who are the Patels and why are they demanding downward mobility in G … Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    As the unrest in Gujarat continues to dominate India's headlines with members of the Patidar community – led by 22-year-old Hardik Patel – turning out en masse to demand categorisation as Other Backward Classes (OBCs), or affirmative action, IBTimes UK asks: Who are the Patels? Patels or Patidars comprise some 20 percent of Gujarat's 63m strong population, but their reputation extends far beyond the north western state in India. Traditionally a farming community which made significant gains during the agricultural boom of the last decade, Patels have also excelled as doctors, lawyers and entrepreneurs and a large number of them have emigrated abroad, notably to the US, UK and parts of Africa. More »

  • Oil services firms beat expectations, tough times loom Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    By Karolin Schaps and Abhiram Nandakumar LONDON/BANGALORE (Reuters) - Oil and gas service companies have fared better than expected in the first half of the year despite a weak market, thanks to deep-pocketed Middle Eastern customers and stringent cost cuts. Norway's Seadrill , which expects to make $500 million of cash savings this year, and Britain's Hunting beat analysts' expectations, as did rivals such as Technip , Subsea 7 or Wood Group . Many oil services companies - which do everything from surveying to drilling wells - relied on business in the Middle East to counter balance a drop in activity in costly areas such as the North Sea or the Gulf of Mexico. More »

  • India: Army deployed in Gujarat as nine die in Patel clashes
    India: Army deployed in Gujarat as nine die in Patel clashes Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    Thousands of armed forces have been deployed across Gujarat, north-west India to restore order after a protest turned violent, leaving nine people dead. The unrest was triggered by the detention of 22-year-old Hardik Patel on Tuesday (25 August) after he led a rally with an estimated 500,000 people in Ahemdabad, demanding Other Backward Classes (OBCs) – or affirmative action – for the Patidar community. Many members of the group use the surname Patel. More »

  • Sri Lanka name Tharanga as replacement for retired Sangakkara
    Sri Lanka name Tharanga as replacement for retired Sangakkara Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    Left-handed batsman Upul Tharanga will replace retired Sri Lankan great Kumar Sangakkara for the third and final test against India, captain Angelo Mathews said on Thursday. Sangakkara, arguably the greatest Sri Lankan batsman, finished his 134-test career last week during the second test in Colombo which India won to tie the series at 1-1. The 30-year-old Tharanga played the final test of the series against Pakistan but made way for Sangakkara for the first two matches against India. More »

  • India: Court orders investigation after police caught damaging vehicles on CCTV …
    India: Court orders investigation after police caught damaging vehicles on CCTV … Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    The Gujarat High Court has ordered an enquiry into the incident where police personnel were seen destroying public vehicles amid ongoing unrest in the western Indian state. CCTV footage shows police personnel vandalising vehicles parked along the road as tension prevailed after an opposition leader was arrested. The court has asked the Ahmedabad police chief to investigate police excesses, while the protesters took to the streets after opposition leader in the state assembly Hardik Patel was arrested for spearheading a community-inclined campaign. More »

  • India: Boy born with three penises and no anus undergoes successful surgery
    India: Boy born with three penises and no anus undergoes successful surgery Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    The two-year-old Indian boy, who has not been named, was born with a rare condition called diphallia. Speaking to Indian news outlet Daily News and Analysis, Dr Paras Kothari, head of paediatric surgery at Sion Hospital on the outskirts of Mumbai, where the boy underwent surgery, said: "The boy suffers from diphallia. Dr Vishesh Dixit from Sion Hospital added: "There was a huge soft boney mass and tissue to which the penises were attached. More »

  • Newborn dies after rat bites in Indian hospital: mother
    Newborn dies after rat bites in Indian hospital: mother Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    A newborn has died after being bitten by rats in a government-run hospital in southern India where he was undergoing treatment, the baby's mother alleged Thursday. More »

  • India: Former Star TV India chief's wife linked to her 'daughter's' …
    India: Former Star TV India chief's wife linked to her 'daughter's' … Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    Indian police have arrested Indrani Mukerjea, wife of a once high-flying media executive, for the alleged murder three years ago of a woman believed to be her daughter. The Mukerjea family is well known and influential in India. Mukerjea, who served as the chief executive of INX Media, was among The Wall Street Journal's "50 Women to Watch" in 2008. More »

  • India deploys army to stop caste-related violence in Gujarat
    India deploys army to stop caste-related violence in Gujarat Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    By Amit Dave AHMEDABAD, India (Reuters) - The Indian army patrolled riot-hit areas of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's home state of Gujarat on Thursday after the death toll rose to seven in two days of caste-related violence. Clashes spread after police arrested a young leader of the influential Patel clan who led a huge rally on Tuesday to demand more government jobs and college places for members of his community. Modi, chief minister of Gujarat at the time, has faced criticism for doing too little to halt the bloodshed. More »

  • U.N. chief urges world leaders to speed up climate talks
    U.N. chief urges world leaders to speed up climate talks Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    By John Irish PARIS (Reuters) - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged world leaders on Wednesday to look beyond their national interests and make sure a global deal to fight climate change is agreed at talks in Paris this year. With just 10 days scheduled for formal negotiations before the climate summit begins in Paris on Nov. 30, work to pare back a negotiating text, still more than 80 pages long, is behind schedule and some important countries, including India and Saudi Arabia, have yet to deliver promises on emissions cuts. "We don't have much time," Ban told a news conference with French Foreign Laurent Fabius, who will preside over the Paris talks. More »

  • Three killed in caste protests as India's Modi urges calm
    Three killed in caste protests as India's Modi urges calm Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    By Rupam Jain Nair NEW DELHI (Reuters) - At least three people were killed in clashes between police and protesters in India's western state of Gujarat on Wednesday after a huge rally by a powerful clan demanding more government jobs and college places. Prime Minister Narendra Modi called for calm after a curfew was imposed and a unit of the army deployed in the state he ran for more than a decade before leading his nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to victory in last year's election. "I appeal to the people of Gujarat to maintain peace. More »

  • India, Pakistan border chiefs to meet after peace talks collapsed
    India, Pakistan border chiefs to meet after peace talks collapsed Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    By Asad Hashim ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - India and Pakistan border security force chiefs will meet in New Delhi next month, Pakistani officials said on Wednesday, days after the first high-level peace talks in years between the arch rivals collapsed. The chiefs of the Pakistan Rangers and the Indian Border Security Force will meet in New Delhi from Sept 9 to 13, according to a statement by the Pakistan Rangers. The agenda for the meeting would include recent firing over the Line of Control, the de facto frontier in the divided Kashmir region, as well as cross-border smuggling, Pakistan Rangers spokesman Waheed Bukhari told Reuters. More »