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  • India’s first anti-corruption ombudsman sworn in

    Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose, a retired judge of the Indian Supreme Court, has been sworn in as India's first anti-corruption ombudsman at the national level, nearly six years after a law for this was passed by parliament.

  • Jet Airways suspends flight to Dhaka, 12 other int’l routes

    India’s financial crisis-hit Jet Airways has suspended flight operations to 13 more international destinations, including Dhaka, till this month-end.

  • Advani sidelined in party rejig

    Bracing for a tough parliamentary election to be held in April-May, India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party came out with its first list of 184 candidates spread across 20 states.

  • Social media firms come up with code of ethics

    Social media platforms, including Facebook and Twitter, agreed on Wednesday to process any request from the Election Commission to take down content within three hours during the 48-hour period before voting days.

  • Indian court acquits all four Hindu activists

    An Indian court on Wednesday acquitted four Hindu men accused of bombing a train between India and Pakistan in 2007 that killed 68 people, mostly Pakistanis, citing a lack of evidence, defense lawyers said.

  • Modi or Gandhi?

    Transgender mystic Zoya Lobo turns over three oracle cards, studies them for a minute and looks up. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will definitely win India's general election this summer, she proclaims.

  • Social media on ‘voluntary ethics’ ahead of Indian polls

    Social media platforms have come up with a “voluntary code of ethics” in India ahead of the country’s parliamentary election beginning next month.

  • Mayawati not contesting India’s upcoming elections

    India’s Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati says she will not contest the upcoming Lok Sabha elections 2019 effectively backing out of the race for the Prime Minister’s post.

  • India may not have polls if Modi returns

    India may not see another election if Narendra Modi is re-elected as Prime Minister, Rajasthan chief minister and senior Congress leader Ashok Gehlot has claimed, suggesting that the country may go the way of China and Russia.

  • 10 arrested in India for playing PUBG

    Indian police have arrested ten university students for playing PUBG, the hugely popular smartphone game described by one minister as a "demon in every house".

  • Mumbai Foot Over Bridge Collapse

    3 dead, 34 injured as foot overbridge collapses in Mumbai

    At least three people are dead and 34 others are injured as a foot overbridge collapses near the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CSMT) Railway Station in Mumbai.

  • India-Pakistan sit for talks to set up corridor linking shrine

    Notwithstanding tensions in bilateral ties, senior officials of India and Pakistan today began talks to finalise the modalities for setting up of a corridor linking a holy Sikh shrine in the Pakistani town of Kartarpur with Gurdaspur district in Indian state Punjab.

  • Modi in 29-tweet pre-election blitz

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched an early-morning Twitter blitz yesterday calling directly on Bollywood and sports stars and others to urge Indians to vote in the country's upcoming mammoth elections.

  • Rahul woos women with jobs promises

    India's main opposition Congress party will reserve a third of federal government jobs for women if it comes into power, its chief Rahul Gandhi said yesterday, in a sign women's rights are rising up the political agenda for next month's election.

  • India too grounds all Boeing 737 Max 8 aircrafts

    India late on Tuesday night announced its decision to ground all Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft with immediate effect in the backdrop of the crash of such a plane of the Ethiopian Airlines that killed all 157 people on board on Sunday.

  • Prosperous Bangladesh, India's vital interest: Kovind

    Indian President Ram Nath Kovind says that a strong, prosperous and progressive Bangladesh is in India’s fundamental national interest.

  • Indian polls rules kick in

    An advertising blitz by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's administration, which saw more than 150 newspaper ads exulting over its performance in 10 days, stopped yesterday, a day after the schedule for the next general election was announced.


    India's national election is the biggest democratic undertaking on Earth. Pulling off a vote of this size is no mean feat. Here are some of the bewildering numbers behind polls of this scale from the Election Commission of India:

  • Stop using armed forces images for campaigns

    India's election commission issued a notice asking political parties not to use images of the country's armed forces in their campaign posters and other advertising during its upcoming general election.

  • India general election from April 11

    Indian parliamentary elections will be held in seven separate phases from April 11 to May 19 and the counting of votes will take place on May 23, the Election Commission announces.

  • India election schedule set to be declared today

    The dates for India’s high-octane parliamentary elections in April and May are set to be declared at 5:00pm Indian time today by the Election Commission.

  • India says Pakistan hiding information by blocking access

    India says that Pakistan had "plenty to hide" by preventing journalists from accessing the site of an air strike by Indian fighter jets inside Pakistan.

  • Nirav Modi's mansion demolished: officials

    Indian authorities yesterday dynamited the multi-million-dollar seafront mansion of fugitive billionaire and jeweller to the stars Nirav Modi, officials said. The 33,000 square-foot property near Mumbai, believed to be worth $14 million, was seized after Modi was accused of involvement in a massive bank fraud that rocked India's corporate community.

  • India signs $3b sub deal with Russia

    India has signed a $3 billion deal to lease a third Russian nuclear-powered submarine for 10 years, giving Delhi a boost in the Indian Ocean against arch-rivals Pakistan and China, media reports said.

  • Top court orders mediation

    India's Supreme Court has appointed an arbitration panel to mediate in a decades-long dispute over a religious site in northern Uttar Pradesh state's Ayodhya city.

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    India slaps Rs 500cr fine on Volkswagen for environmental damage

    India’s National Green Tribunal (NGT) orders German auto major Volkswagen to pay Rs 500 crore as fine for “intentionally programming its diesel engines with cheat devices” that caused environmental damage.

  • Border Security Force (BSF), Lalmonirhat, Patgram border, BSF

    India launches 'smart fencing' in Assam border

    India launches “smart fencing” comprising electronic surveillance along a difficult stretch of its border in Assam with Bangladesh.

  • India claims Pakistan violated ceasefire

    Pakistani troops today violated the ceasefire along the de facto border with India, a defence spokesman claimed while Pakistan claimed that their Navy foiled an attempt by Indian submarine to enter the country’s waters.

  • Pakistan resumes firing at Indian border posts

    Breaking a two-day lull, Pakistan’s troops resort to firing from mortars and small arms targeting Indian forward posts and villages along the de facto border in Akhnoor sector of Jammu and Kashmir, Indian defence officials say.

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    Pakistan plans decisive crackdown on militant outfits

    A decisive crackdown on extremist and militant organisations in Pakistan looks imminent. “The action would soon be visible as things progress,” a source told a group of journalists in Pakistan.