International: South Asia

India Blocks Facebook Free Basics Internet Scheme

Monday, February 8, 2016 India 8217;s telecoms regulator has blocked Facebook 8217;s Free Basics internet service as part of a ruling in favour of net neutrality. The scheme offered free access to a limited number of websites. However, it was opposed by supporters of net neutrality who argued that data provid ...
In the middle of a sprawling yard lined with used cars, Jambu Kumar is hunting for a Mercedes Benz sedan.

India’s ‘Dead’ Car Auctions: Where You Can Get A Porsche For $7,000

Friday, February 5, 2016 The 29-year-old did not own a car until six years ago. His father, a pawnbroker, drove a scooter all his life. In 2009, Mr Kumar, who runs a small automobile spare parts business, bought a Skoda, becoming the first person in his family to own a car. When Mr Kumar heard from friends that cars dama ...

India Supreme Court Reopens Case On Decriminalising Gay Sex

Tuesday, February 2, 2016 India 8217;s Supreme Court has agreed to revisit a previous judgement that upheld a law criminalising gay sex. Three senior judges said the 2013 ruling would be re-examined by a larger bench of judges, in a move that has been welcomed by activists. The judges said that the issue was a 8220; ...

No Bachelors, Sex Or Alcohol: The Travails Of Renting In Delhi

Wednesday, January 27, 2016 Renting a flat in urban India is no easy task, specially for single women and men. Signboards prohibiting 8220;bachelor tenants 8221; are not an uncommon sight in the capital Delhi and its neighbouring suburbs. Landlords usually have preferences like 8220;vegetarian only 8221;, ...

North Korea Arrests US Student For ‘Hostile Act’

Friday, January 22, 2016 North Korea says it has arrested a US student accused of committing a ldquo;hostile act rdquo; against the state. State news agency KCNA identified him as University of Virginia student Otto Frederick Warmbier. He had entered North Korea as a tourist with the intention ldquo;to destro ...

Deadly Suicide Bomb Attack Near Russian Embassy In Kabul

Wednesday, January 20, 2016 A suicide bomber has attacked an area near the Russian embassy in the Afghan capital Kabul, officials say, killing at least four people. Officials say about 20 others have been wounded. The explosion sent black smoke billowing into the sky, with emergency services rushing to the scene. ...

Deadly Assault On Pakistan University

Wednesday, January 20, 2016 Security forces have ended a gun and bomb attack on a university in north-west Pakistan in which 19 people were killed and 17 injured. Four suspected attackers also died in a battle that lasted nearly three hours at Bacha Khan University in Charsadda. One Pakistani Taliban commander sai ...

Afghan Suicide Bomber Has Killed At Least 13 People

Sunday, January 17, 2016 A suicide bomber has killed at least 13 people at the Jalalabad home of a prominent local politician who backs President Ashraf Ghani rsquo;s peace talks. Tribal elders had gathered at the home of Obaiduallah Shinwari to celebrate his brother rsquo;s release from months of captivity by the ...

India Actor Arrested For Mimicking Guru

Wednesday, January 13, 2016 Indian comedian Kiku Sharda has been arrested for mimicking a popular religious guru. The actor has been sent to judicial custody for two weeks for allegedly hurting the ldquo;religious sentiments rdquo; of Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh rsquo;s followers. Sharda mimicked the guru in a TV app ...

Earthquake Hits India

Monday, January 4, 2016 An earthquake measuring 6.7 magnitude has hit north-east India, near its borders with Myanmar and Bangladesh, killing at least nine people. The quake struck at 04:35 local time (23:05 GMT Sunday) about 29km (18 miles) north-west of Imphal, the capital of Manipur state, according to the US Geologi ...

India PM In surprise Pakistan Visit

Friday, December 25, 2015 Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has met his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif during a surprise visit to the Pakistani city of Lahore. Mr Modi was returning to India from Afghanistan when he stopped off. The visit coincided with the Pakistani prime minister rsquo;s birthday. Mr Mod ...

Thirty Years Of HIV Epidemic In India: From Despair To Hope

Friday, October 30, 2015 It is almost 30 years since the first case of HIV infection was detected in India in Chennai in 1986. In a recent webinar organized by Citizen News Service (CNS), Dr R R Gangakhedkar, Director-in-charge, National AIDS Research Institute, Pune (Indian Council of Medical Research), presented a vivi ...

Military might to continue in Burma

Sunday, October 25, 2015 Guwahati: Unlike the hype created by some western media outlets on Burma rsquo;s forthcoming general elections, the new government there will not be led by pro-democracy icon Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. Rather the present President Then Sein is likely to get reappointed as the head of the State amp; g ...
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