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Mozilla comes up with $33 smartphone in India

Mozilla, a company best known for its Firefox browser, has launched a new low-cost smartphone in India that will retail for 1,999 rupees ($33; £19.90). The phone is only for sale on India's online shopping site, Snapdeal. The Intex Cloud FX runs on Mozilla's Firefox operating system and as such it will be the first low-cost device running that system available in Asia. India's emerging market is regarded as the world's fastest growing for low-cost smartphones. Various emerging markets across Asia are seen...

Indian girl, 7, survives being buried alive

Indian girl, 7, survives being buried alive

A seven-year-old Indian girl who was allegedly buried alive by relatives in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh has been rescued by a villager. Police say relatives first tried to strangle her and then left her to die in a shallow grave. It is unclear why. The man who found her in Sitapur district alerted...

Exports to India on the decline

Exports to India on the decline

Exports to India declined 19 percent year-on-year to $456.63 million in fiscal 2013-14 mainly due to a slowdown in shipment of garment items that enjoy duty-benefit in the neighbouring market. In fiscal 2012-13, exports to India were worth $563.97 million, according to Export Promotion Bureau. But exports were supposed to increase as the Indian government...

Shah Rukh Khan's security beefed up after underworld threat

Shah Rukh Khan's security beefed up after underworld threat

Police security at the residence of Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan has been beefed up after three unidentified men fired three rounds outside the residence of film producer Karim Morani on Saturday, reports an Indian daily. A police source said that there was a threat to the actor and so they increased security outside...

36-year-old skeleton of dead baby found inside Indian woman

36-year-old skeleton of dead baby found inside Indian woman

Doctors in India have removed a baby’s skeleton from inside its mother, nearly four decades after the unborn infant died. Kantabai Thakre became pregnant in 1978, aged 24, but doctors warned the ectopic pregnancy had little chance of success, reports UK-based daily The Independent. Terrified of an operation, the young mother fled home and sought treatment for the pain in a small clinic near the village where she lived. After a few months the pain subsided and Thakre was convinced she had been cured. However, last week the pains returned and Thakre, now 60, visited doctors in the central Indian city of Nagpur. Having found a lump on the lower right side of her...

Myopia on Pakistan & Planning Commission

Modi's two big blunders

IF Narendra Modi wanted to embarrass many of his own supporters before completing a hundred days in office, he couldn't have done so more effectively than by cancelling the foreign secretary-level meeting with Pakistan, and abolishing the Planning Commission. These are Modi's first big blunders of commission, as distinct from omission. Both reflect his prejudices and short-sightedness. They will damage the public interest -- the first by exacerbating insecurities in the entire neighbourhood, the second by destroying a valuable institution. The...

India temple stampede kills 10

India temple stampede kills 10

At least 10 people have been killed in a stampede at a Hindu festival in central India, local officials say. Scores were injured in the crush at the Kamtanath Pahad temple in Satna district in Madhya Pradesh early on Monday. Thousands of devotees had gathered near the temple to celebrate a festival called the Somvati...

4 killed as India, Pakistan trade gunfire in Kashmir

4 killed as India, Pakistan trade gunfire in Kashmir

India and Pakistan traded gunfire in the disputed Kashmir region on Saturday, killing two villagers on each side and wounding several others, officials said. Dharmendra Pareek, a top official with India's paramilitary force, said Indian forces retaliated after Pakistani troops fired guns and mortar rounds on more than a dozen Indian border posts and...

INDIAN MEDIA

Questions over Modi's leadership

Questions over Modi's leadership

Media in India are criticising the booing of opposition chief ministers in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Reports say supporters of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have booed Congress party chief ministers at three different official functions in the last few days. Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda's speech was repeatedly disturbed...

India hunger striker Irom Sharmila re-arrested

India hunger striker Irom Sharmila re-arrested

Indian activist Irom Sharmila Chanu, who has been on a hunger strike for 14 years, has been re-arrested two days after she was freed on a court order. Chanu has been fasting since 2000 to protest against a controversial law in the state of Manipur, which gave the Indian armed forces sweeping powers. On Friday,...

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