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India's Yes Bank plans to raise up to $2 billion in share listing

Jul 09, 2020 - 11:55 PM

The embattled Yes Bank will look to bolster its balance sheet through a share offering from July 15 to 17

A man walks past a Yes Bank branch in New Delhi on July 9, 2020. - India's embattled Yes Bank, which was on the brink of collapse earlier this year, announced plans on July 9 to raise up to 150 billion rupees ($2 billion) in a Mumbai stock listing. (Photo by Prakash SINGH / AFP)

India, China agree to 'complete disengagement' from deadly border flashpoint

Jul 07, 2020 - 9:19 AM

Brutal hand-to-hand fighting in the Galwan Valley in Ladakh on June 15 left 20 Indian soldiers dead and sent tensions between the countries soaring

India becomes third hardest-hit country for virus cases

Jul 06, 2020 - 1:31 PM

(UPDATED) The health ministry says 697,358 cases had now been recorded, a rise of 24,000 in 24 hours, while Russia has just over 681,000

INDIA AND THE CORONAVIRUS. A medical technician wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) walks past as a woman waits to give a sample at a COVID-19 testing center during a government-imposed nationwide lockdown as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus in Chennai on June 26, 2020. File Photo by Arun Sankar/AFP

Taj Mahal remains shut as India reports record daily virus cases

Jul 06, 2020 - 10:09 AM

The health ministry reports just under 25,000 cases and 613 deaths in 24 hours – the biggest daily spike since the first case was detected in late January

CLOSED. A low number of tourists are seen at Taj Mahal amid concerns over the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus, in Agra on March 16, 2020. Photo by Pawan Sharma / AFP

India opens vast railway network to private players

Jul 02, 2020 - 9:30 PM

The Indian government invites firms to bid as it plans to allow them to run trains along 109 routes

ALL ABOARD. Migrant workers and families wave from the windows of a special train from Amritsar to Barauni of Bihar state as they go back to their hometowns after the government eased a nationwide lockdown. Photo by Nardiner Nanu/AFP

TikTok denies sharing Indian user data with China

Jun 30, 2020 - 1:29 PM

(UPDATED) TikTok India chief Nikhil Gandhi says the firm has 'not shared any information of our users in India with any foreign government, including the Chinese government'

TIKTOK. This photo taken on November 21, 2019, shows the logo of the social media video sharing app Tiktok displayed on a tablet screen. File photo by Lionel Bonaventure/AFP

More than a million hit by India monsoon floods

Jun 30, 2020 - 10:07 AM

About 70% of Assam's World Heritage-listed Kaziranga National Park – home to two-thirds of the world's remaining one-horned rhinos – is submerged by the floods

FLOODED. A villager walks with his cattle through floodwaters at Buraburi village of Morigoan district in India's northeastern state of Assam on June 27, 2020. Photo by Biju Boro/AFP

India bans TikTok, WeChat, 57 other Chinese apps over 'security'

Jun 30, 2020 - 7:26 AM

Relations between India and China have been strained following the deaths of 20 Indian troops in hand-to-hand fighting with their Chinese counterparts in a Himalayan border clash in mid-June


India turns to cardboard beds in coronavirus battle

Jun 29, 2020 - 8:59 AM

A study shows the coronavirus can remain for up to 3 days on plastic but only for 24 hours on cardboard

CARDBOARD. A worker carries a cardboard bed inside the campus hall of spiritual organization Radha Soami Satsang Beas (RSSB) which is being converted into a 10,000 beds coronavirus care center in New Delhi. Photo by Money Sharma/AFP

India passes 500,000 coronavirus cases

Jun 27, 2020 - 1:12 PM

Authorities say a total of 15,685 people had died after another 385 fatalities were added to the toll in 24 hours.

TESTING. A medical technician wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) walks past as a woman waits to give a sample at a COVID-19 testing center during a government-imposed nationwide lockdown as a preventive measure against the coronavirus in Chennai on June 26, 2020. Photo by Arun Sankar/AFP

Indian guru warned against marketing $7 herbal virus 'cure'

Jun 25, 2020 - 10:24 AM

Saffron-robed Baba Ramdev says that 'Coronil' and 'Swasari' could cure coronavirus in a week

People stand in queue keeping social distance beside a Covid-19 awareness scarecrows placed by Chennai municipality at a market during a government-imposed nationwide lockdown as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus, in Chennai on April 11, 2020. (Photo by Arun SANKAR / AFP)

China, India agree to reduce tensions after deadly clash

Jun 23, 2020 - 5:48 PM

Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian says that after talks between the top regional military commanders on Monday, June 22, both sides 'agreed to take necessary measures to promote a cooling of the situation'

ON THE BORDER. In this file photo, Indian Border Security Force soldiers guard a highway leading towards Leh, bordering China, in Gagangir on June 17, 2020. File photo by Tauseef Mustafa/AFP

A lonely and dangerous lockdown for LGBTQ Indians

Jun 22, 2020 - 10:54 AM

'Right now, it is simply too dangerous to come out of the closet,' says Jo, digital editor for online forum Gaysi

Protesters at a pro same-sex marriage rally hold up banners at a protest in Sydney on September 23, 2017.  As the Australian vote on legalising same-sex marriage kicked off September 12, 2017 Australia's ruling and opposition parties vowed to work together to introduce laws against hate speech during the contentious postal vote on gay marriage. / AFP PHOTO / PETER PARKS

India opens up coal mining to private sector to boost virus-hit economy

Jun 19, 2020 - 8:30 AM

The Indian government says this move would create more than 280,000 jobs and generate some $4.3 billion in capital investment

General view of an open coal mine near Mahagama, in the Indian state of Jharkhand on April 5, 2019. (Photo by XAVIER GALIANA / AFP)

India, Mexico, Norway, Ireland elected to U.N. Security Council

Jun 18, 2020 - 8:34 AM

India will now have a seat at the same table as China, just days after the two nations disputed their Himalayan border

NORTH KOREA. The UN Security Council on April 28, 2017, holds a ministerial-level meeting on the nuclear weapon and ballistic missile programs of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. Photo courtesy of UN

India, China hold talks to de-escalate deadly border tensions

Jun 17, 2020 - 7:43 PM

The two nations' foreign ministers speak by telephone to calm nerves after a high-altitude melee involving fists, rocks, and clubs

'DEAL FAIRLY.' An Indian army convoy makes way towards Leh, bordering China, in Gagangir on June 17, 2020. Photo by Tauseef Mustafa/AFP

Chinese state media downplay deadly India border skirmish

Jun 17, 2020 - 2:00 PM

China's defense ministry confirms there had been casualties, without giving a number, while state media stay relatively quiet on the skirmish, the most violent in years

ON THE BORDER. Indian Border Security Force soldiers guard a highway leading towards Leh, bordering China, in Gagangir on June 17, 2020. Photo by Tauseef Mustafa/AFP

India coronavirus toll sees record jump of 2,000 dead

Jun 17, 2020 - 1:30 PM

It is not immediately clear how many of the deaths had occurred in the past 24 hours and how many were from adjustments over a longer period

CORONAVIRUS IN INDIA. Doctors and medical staff attend residents at a COVID-19 coronavirus community clinic during a nationwide lockdown imposed as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus, in Mumbai on May 19, 2020. File photo by Indranil Mukherjee/AFP

Indian and Chinese troops in deadly border clash

Jun 16, 2020 - 6:24 PM

Brawls erupt regularly between the two nuclear-armed giants across their disputed 3,500-kilometer frontier, but no one has been killed in decades

BORDER CLASH. This file photo taken on September 14, 2018 shows a general view of the Pangong Lake in Leh district of Union territory of Ladakh bordering India and China.File photo by Prakash Singh/AFP

Delhi coronavirus fears mount as hospital beds run out

Jun 14, 2020 - 3:25 PM

Families say they are being forced to spend a small fortune for the few beds that are available

PANDEMIC. People stand in queue keeping social distance beside a COVID-19 awareness scarecrow in Chennai on April 11, 2020. File photo by Arun Sankar/AFP

Delhi coronavirus deaths twice as high – authorities

Jun 12, 2020 - 8:15 PM

India overtakes Britain with the 4th-highest number of coronavirus cases worldwide

Doctors and medical staff attend residents at a COVID-19 coronavirus community clinic during a nationwide lockdown imposed as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus, in Mumbai on May 19, 2020. (Photo by INDRANIL MUKHERJEE / AFP)

Duterte-Modi phone call: India assures PH of coronavirus medical supplies

Jun 10, 2020 - 6:59 PM

Hydroxychloroquine is among the drugs Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi says his country can supply to the Philippines

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte talks on the phone with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Presidential Guest House in Panacan, Davao City on June 9, 2020. ARMAN BAYLON/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

China sees 'consensus' with India over border tensions

Jun 10, 2020 - 6:11 PM

'Currently both sides are taking appropriate actions to ease the border situation based on this consensus,' says Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying

BORDER TENSIONS. This file photo taken on July 10, 2008 shows a Chinese soldier (L) next to an Indian soldier at the Nathu La border crossing between India and China in India's northeastern Sikkim state. File photo by Diptendu Dutta/AFP

Tragic yarn: India-China border spat hits global cashmere production

Jun 09, 2020 - 9:35 PM

Wool from pashmina goats is the most expensive and coveted cashmere in the world. But the shaggy creatures that provide the yarn are being pushed out of their grazing lands.

(FILES) In this file photo taken on August 30, 2019, Changpa nomad Sonam Yangzom ties pashmina goats before milking them in a nomadic camp, about one kilometre from Korzok village in the Leh district of Ladakh. - The world is heading for a shortage of the highly prized and super-soft cashmere wool as pashmina goats that live on the "roof of the world" become caught up in the fractious border dispute between nuclear neighbours India and China. (Photo by Noemi CASSANELLI / AFP) / TO GO WITH India-China-diplomacy-goats-textile,FOCUS by Parvaiz BUKHARI

India reopens more public spaces despite record virus infections

Jun 08, 2020 - 3:34 PM

After a 10-week lockdown, India's government risks lifting some restrictions in a bid to ease the devastating blow to the economy dealt by the coronavirus

OPENING UP. A priest of the Hanuman temple offer prayers as places of religious worship, hotels, restaurants and shopping malls are allowed to operate again after more than two months of lockdown imposed as a preventive measure against the coronavirus in Allahabad on June 8, 2020. Photo by Sanjay Kanojia/AFP

Migrant worker virus exodus plunges India's factories into crisis

Jun 07, 2020 - 6:00 PM

India is emerging from its strict coronavirus lockdown, but manufacturers don't have enough workers

This photograph taken on May 28, 2020 shows a general view of labourers working at the Aqualite footwear factory in Bahadurgarh in the northern Indian state of Haryana, after the government eased a nationwide lockdown imposed as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus. - An acute shortage of workers has turned the roar of machines in to a soft hum at a footwear factory near New Delhi, which is just one of thousands across India struggling to restart after the exodus of rural migrants caused by the virus lockdown. (Photo by Money SHARMA / AFP) / TO GO WITH India-virus-health-economy-labour,FOCUS by Abhaya SRIVASTAVA

India, China seek to 'peacefully resolve' border face-off

Jun 07, 2020 - 3:18 PM

Army commanders agree that an 'early resolution' was 'essential" for bilateral relations between the world's two most-populous nations, says India's foreign ministry

NEAR THE BORDER. A road sign displaying distances to Leh (top R), the capital of the union territory of Ladakh, is seen along the Srinagar-Leh National Highway in Sonmarg some 89 kilometers from Srinagar on May 28, 2020. Photo by Tauseef Mustafa/AFP

Indian 'Remove China Apps' software taken down by Google

Jun 04, 2020 - 4:28 PM

A Google spokesperson says the removal of the app was 'due to policy violations'

Virus-hit Mumbai largely unscathed by Cyclone Nisarga

Jun 03, 2020 - 5:21 PM

(UPDATED) The storm makes landfall near the coastal town of Alibag, around 100 kilometers south of Mumbai

CYCLONE NISARGA. Commuters drive along Marine Drive as rain falls in Mumbai on June 3, 2020, as Cyclone Nisarga barrels towards India's western coast. Photo by Punit Paranjpe/AFP

India evacuates 100,000 from homes, virus hospital ahead of cyclone

Jun 02, 2020 - 11:10 PM

(UPDATED) Mumbai rarely faces the brunt of cyclones – the last severe storm to hit the city struck in 1948, killing 12 people and injuring more than 100

Pakistan embassy officials leave India after spying charges

Jun 01, 2020 - 4:26 PM

The Indian government says the two Pakistan officials had been detained for 'indulging in espionage activities,' and given 24 hours to leave the country.

ESPIONAGE CLAIMS. A man sweeps in front of the main gate of the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi on June 1, 2020. Photo by Sajjad Hussain/AFP

India quarterly growth worst in 2 decades as lockdown bites

May 29, 2020 - 11:15 PM

India, Asia's 3rd largest economy, expands by just 3.1% in January-March 2020

DISINFECTION. A health worker sprays disinfectant on a fruit cart as it comes out of a market during a government-imposed nationwide lockdown in Chennai, India, on March 27, 2020. Photo by Arun Sankar/AFP

Indian monkeys snatch coronavirus samples, later recovered intact

May 29, 2020 - 10:03 PM

The coronavirus has been detected in animals, though there is no confirmation that the disease can then be passed on to humans

FALSE: 'Flying insects' kill people in China, India, Iran

May 28, 2020 - 1:47 PM

The photos attached in this claim were taken from footage of a gas leak in India

PH Navy ships head home from India after super storm, repairs

May 28, 2020 - 12:55 PM

On the way, the BRP Davao del Sur and the BRP Ramon Alcaraz will stop by Sri Lanka to pick up more stranded Filipinos

HOMEBOUND. The Philippine Navy ships BRP Ramon Alcaraz and BRP Davao del Sur resumed their voyage from India to the Philippines on May 27, 2020. Photo from the Philippine Navy

India wilts as temperature hits 50 degrees Celsius

May 27, 2020 - 7:42 PM

The hot spell is projected to scorch northern India for several more days, 'with severe heat wave conditions in isolated pockets'

UNDER THE SHADE. People sit under the shade of a tree amid rising temperatures in New Delhi on May 26, 2020. Photo by Money Sharma/AFP

Confusion, jitters as Indian domestic flights resume

May 25, 2020 - 8:25 PM

Airlines in India scrap dozens of flights and hundreds of passengers cancel their bookings on Monday, May 25, amid confusion over quarantine rules

Passengers queue at the airport to board a flight during the first day of resuming of domestic flights after the government imposed a nationwide lockdown as a preventive measure against the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, in Mumbai on May 25, 2020. - Confusion and concern reigned at Indian airports on May 25 as domestic flights tentatively resumed after two months, even as coronavirus cases continued to surge at record rates. (Photo by INDRANIL MUKHERJEE / AFP)

India was already a surveillance state. Its Covid-19 app goes even further

May 24, 2020 - 8:30 AM

Concerns about the Indian government’s new contact-tracing software stretch back more than a decade, to its controversial biometric data scheme

Photo by Indranil Aditya/NurPhoto via Getty Images for Coda Story

South Asia cyclone death toll passes 100

May 22, 2020 - 8:18 PM

Amphan, only the second 'super cyclone' ever recorded over the Bay of Bengal, bulldozes houses, tears off roofs, uproots trees, and leaves millions without power

India central bank slashes rates, warns of contraction

May 22, 2020 - 3:45 PM

The Reserve Bank of India says 'the impact of [the] coronavirus is turning out to be more than expected'

CENTRAL BANK. The Reserve Bank of India in New Delhi. Photo from Shutterstock

Cyclone toll hits 84 as Bangladesh and India start mopping up

May 21, 2020 - 9:10 PM

Cyclone Amphan flattens houses, uproots trees, blows off roofs and topples electricity pylons, while a storm surge inundates coastal villages and wrecks shrimp farms vital to the local economy

DAMAGED. An aircraft is seen amidst a collapsed hangar at flooded Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport after the landfall of cyclone Amphan in Kolkata on May 21, 2020. Photo by AFP

'Super cyclone' Amphan batters Bangladesh, India

May 21, 2020 - 9:22 AM

'The situation is more worrying than the coronavirus pandemic. We don't know how to handle it,' India's West Bengal state leader Mamata Banerjee says

FLOOD. Residents walk along a house on a flooded street heading to a shelter ahead of the expected landfall of cyclone Amphan, in Dacope of Khulna district on May 20, 2020. Photo by Munir uz Zaman/AFP

Millions batten down as 'super cyclone' Amphan hits Bangladesh, India

May 20, 2020 - 11:03 PM

Authorities scramble to evacuate more than 3 million people from low-lying areas, but the task is complicated by the need to prevent the spread of coronavirus

SUPER CYCLONE. This NASA Earth Observatory image obtained May 20, 2020, shows Tropical Cyclone Amphan at 16:15 Universal Time (9:45 p.m. India Standard Time) on May 19, 2020 as it moved north-northeast over the Bay of Bengal. Handout/NASA Earth Observatory/AFP

'Super cyclone' to slam India, Bangladesh

May 20, 2020 - 9:39 AM

Along with 'very heavy rainfall,' the system is expected to result in a storm surge pushing the sea level several meters higher

AMPHAN. A man looks out as waves hit a breakwater at Kasimedu fishing harbor in Chennai on May 19, 2020, as Cyclone Amphan barrels towards India's eastern coast. Photo by Arun Sankar/AFP

India's 'superfood' jackfruit goes global

May 19, 2020 - 6:00 PM

The green, spiky, sweet, and strong-smelling jackfruit is growing to be a superfood meat alternative favorite around the world

Virus fears as India, Bangladesh evacuate millions to shelters ahead of cyclone

May 18, 2020 - 8:27 PM

(UPDATED) Cyclone Amphan is expected to weaken before it hits India's eastern states and the south and southwestern coasts of Bangladesh

India extends nationwide lockdown through May as virus cases rise

May 18, 2020 - 10:25 AM

The lockdown affecting 1.3 billion people – the world's largest – has been in force since late March and has been devastating for India's poor, with millions of migrant workers losing their jobs

STAY HOME. People stand in queue keeping social distance beside a COVID-19 awareness scarecrow in Chennai on April 11, 2020. Photo by Arun Sankar/AFP

Indian school confessions Facebook page mistaken for anti-Duterte campaign

May 14, 2020 - 1:39 PM

Pro-Duterte users spam a Facebook page meant for alumni of Daisy Dales Senior Secondary School in India, much to the confusion of the page’s admins

Indian trains start rolling again despite coronavirus surge

May 13, 2020 - 10:17 AM

More than 54,000 tickets for an initial 30 services sold out online within 3 hours on Monday, reports say

PASSENGER. A child is seen through a window glass before departing on the New Delhi bound train at the Howrah Railway station in Kolkata on May 12, 2020. Photo by Dibyangshu Sarkar/AFP

India's Modi announces relief package to boost virus-hit economy

May 13, 2020 - 7:45 AM

The Indian government's stimulus package for small businesses and workers is worth 20 trillion rupees ($266 billion)

DISINFECTION. A health worker sprays disinfectant on a fruit cart as it comes out of a market during a government-imposed nationwide lockdown in Chennai, India, on March 27, 2020. Photo by Arun Sankar/AFP