300,000 Evacuated as Cyclone Hudhud approaches Indian coast

ste.india   BBC, October 11

A mass evacuation is taking place in India’s south-eastern coast a day before Cyclone Hudhud is expected to hit land.

Around 150,000 people have already left their homes in the coastal state of Andhra Pradesh. The cyclone, classed as “very severe” by the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), is expected [...]

Narendra Modi calls for International Yoga Day

TNN, By Chidanand Rajghatta, September 28

New York – Yoga got a strong leg up on the world stage when Prime Minister Narendra Modi called for observing an International Yoga Day, describing the ancient science as “India’s gift to the world.”

Modi’s unexpected reference to yoga during in his UN General Assembly speech came when [...]

Indian president lays out new economic agenda

Pranab Mukherjee tells parliament government will encourage foreign investment and engage energetically with neighbours.

Al Jazeera, June 9

India’s new government will pursue an economic reform agenda that foresees introducing a general sales tax, encouraging foreign investment and speeding approvals for major business projects, the president has told parliament.

Pranab Mukherjee also said on Monday [...]

India likely to ease restrictions for foreign online retailers in July

Reuters, By Nandita Bose & Rajesh Kumar Singh, June 4

Mumbai, New Delhi – India could allow global online retailers such as Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) to sell their own products as early as next month, removing restrictions that have held back competition in one of the world’s biggest, and most price-sensitive, retail markets.

The decision, [...]

India opposition wins landslide, early tally shows

AP, May 16

New Delhi — Indian opposition leader Narendra Modi and his party won national elections in a landslide Friday, preliminary results showed, driving the long-dominant Congress party out of power in the most commanding victory India has seen in more than a quarter century.

The Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party captured a commanding [...]

Indian parties are using Obama-style campaign tactics in crucial election

Washington Post, By Annie Gowen & Rama Lakshmi, April 6

New Delhi – One recent Sunday morning, volunteers for India’s main opposition party fanned out through a middle-class apartment building in the capital. They were knocking on doors, guided by the most sophisticated set of analytical voter data that India has ever seen.

When a [...]

US boycotts UN human rights conference with drone resolution looming

Russia Today, March 20

Pakistani leaders hope to convince the United Nations Human Rights Council to pass a resolution that would force US drone strikes to adhere to international law – a request that inspired the US to boycott the talks altogether, according to a new report.

The draft of a Pakistani resolution, first reported [...]

Pakistan-Taliban peace talks under way

BBC, February 6

The first formal meeting between the Pakistan government and a Taliban-nominated team has begun at an “undisclosed location”, officials say.

They are due to start charting a “roadmap” for peace talks to end a decade-long insurgency.

The government side has entered the talks “wholeheartedly”, the interior ministry tells the BBC.

Militants from [...]

India Group Seeks Action on ‘Mass Conversion’ of Aboriginals to Christianity

The Christian Post, By Anugrah Kumar, November 30

An influential aboriginal tribal group in southern India has lodged a formal police complaint seeking penal action against missionaries for allegedly converting more than 1,000 original indigenous families to Christianity by “allurement” and “brainwashing.”

The Girijana Kriya Koota, a tribal welfare group in Karnataka state, has filed [...]

Pakistan Ex-President Musharraf Will Be Put on Trial for Treason

TIME – Pakistan’s government will request the Supreme Court to try former President Pervez Musharraf for treason, the Interior Minister said Sunday.

Government officials are accusing Musharraf of treason for declaring a state of emergency and suspending the constitution while he was in power, the Associated Press reports. Musharraf rose to power after a 1999 [...]

Yearnings for past glories

Over the past few days in Sri Lanka, the heads of the British Commonwealth met. Except some chose to boycott it. Some had even left such as Gambia. Roger Boyes in the Times stated that it is a“a country club for corrupt leaders”

Sri Lanka was hoping hosting CHOGM would infer legitimacy for its government [...]

The Next Great War

You may or may not be aware, but World War III has already started. We just haven’t gotten caught up in it. Yet.

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Malala Yousafzai meets Barack Obama, asks for drone strikes to end

Raw Story, By George Chidi, October 12

Malala Yousafzai may have missed out on the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday, but she did get a chance to talk to the president about education, human rights … and drone strikes in Pakistan.

Obama invited Yousafzai to the White House “to thank her for her inspiring and [...]

World’s largest coal miner to run out of reserves in 17 years: Greenpeace

RawStory/CleanTechnica, By Mridul Chadha, September 30

In a startling revelation, Greenpeace India has claimed that the world’s largest coal miner, and essentially India, could run out of recoverable coal reserves within 17 years. Coal India Limited is the world’s largest coal mining company and enjoys a monopoly in the Indian coal sector.

The Indian government [...]

Earthquake in Balochistan: Death toll touches 150, creates new island

(IHT) – A powerful 7.7-magnitude earthquake hit southwestern Pakistan on Tuesday, killing hundreds in Balochistan, besides creating a new island off the Gwadar coastline in its wake, Express News reported.

Tremors were felt as far as the Indian capital New Delhi.

The Deputy Speaker Balochistan Assembly stated that at least 150 people had died [...]

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