Fears of tough penalties grow in India

2014-10-22 10:30

An unprecedented ban on India's largest property developer from tapping capital markets has fuelled expectations of tougher penalties ahead.

Great boss? Diamond CEO gifts cars to staff

2014-10-21 13:14

A diamond merchant has rewarded his employees cars, flats and diamond necklaces for meeting targets. The staff bonus totaled he equivalent of R62-million.

Bonus time: Workers get cars, homes, diamonds

2014-10-21 05:00

A diamond merchant in India's Gujarat state has gifted cars, flats and jewellery to 1 200 employees as a reward for meeting targets.

Nearly all trekkers rescued from Nepal blizzard

2014-10-19 12:42

Nearly all of the trekkers missing in a blizzard that killed at least 39 in Nepal have been rescued.

India bans smart city mogul from markets

2014-10-17 18:50

KP Singh was toppled from his spot as India's richest property developer this week, when his company DLF was hit with a three-year ban from capital markets.

India orders bigger anti-smoking warnings

2014-10-15 19:23

India's government has announced plans for bigger health warnings on cigarette packets as part of its war against smoking.

Man gets death in slayings of baby, grandmother

2014-10-15 08:07

A man from India who said he would rather accept the death penalty than sit through arguments over his fate after being convicted of killing a baby and her grandmother, has been sentenced to die.

Death toll from Cyclone Hudhud rises

2014-10-14 16:07

The death toll from Cyclone Hudhud has risen to at least 27, mostly from collapsing homes and trees, Indian officials and news reports say.

Cyclone kills 24 in east India

2014-10-13 19:03

The death toll from a powerful cyclone which battered India's eastern coastline has risen to 24.

Relief effort begins after deadly cyclone hits India

2014-10-13 15:52

A major relief operation is underway after a cyclone pounded India’s eastern coast, killings at least six people and leaving a trail of destruction.

Modi seeks to revive India's "zombie factories"

2014-10-13 09:20

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is preparing to invest more taxpayer money in ailing state-owned factories in a bid to turn them around.

About 100 000 flee cyclone Hudhud

2014-10-11 14:14

At least 100 000 people have been evacuated on India's eastern seaboard as cyclone Hudhud bore down on them.

Surrogate baby rejected in India on gender

2014-10-09 11:40

An Australian couple rejected their biological child born to an Indian surrogate mother because of the baby's gender, but took home its twin sibling, a judge says.

Ex-pat Oxford: A legend in two lifetimes

2014-10-08 08:16

Ambassadors are kind of old Brit-Colonial these days - the King/Queen's representatives in far-off lands. A useful one for nearly 60 years was the Morris Oxford - HM's Ambassador in India.

Eid celebrations low key in Kashmir after flooding

2014-10-06 16:31

Police say anti-India protests have erupted in Indian-controlled Kashmir during celebrations marking the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha that were subdued due to flooding that devastates much of the region.

Dalai Lama accuses SA of 'bullying'

2014-10-02 16:48

The Dalai Lama has accused South Africa of "bullying a simple person" after authorities failed to give him a visa to attend a summit of Nobel peace laureates.

Dalai Lama accuses SA of 'bullying'

2014-10-02 13:03

The Dalai Lama has accused South Africa of "bullying a simple person" after authorities failed to give him a visa to attend a summit of Nobel peace laureates.

12 dead as trains collide in India

2014-10-01 10:19

Two passenger trains have collided in northern India, killing at least 12 people and injuring 45 others, a railway spokesperson says.

Obama, Modi to put upbeat face on US-India ties

2014-09-30 16:12

President Barack Obama and India's new Prime Minister Narendra Modi are joining together to put an optimistic face on the future of relations between India and the US.

Heart attacks, suicides as India politician jailed

2014-09-29 15:20

Six people have killed themselves and 10 died of cardiac arrest in southern India after a court sent a powerful female politician to jail for corruption, a news report says.

India leader proposes International Yoga Day

2014-09-27 21:16

India's prime minister is proposing a new addition to the lengthy list of annual UN observances: World Yoga Day.

Floods kill at least 55 in northeast India

2014-09-24 16:31

At least 55 people have been killed and hundreds of thousands displaced in flash floods and mudslides in India's northeast after days of heavy rain.

White tiger kills boy at New Delhi zoo

2014-09-23 18:30

A white tiger has attacked and killed a schoolboy who appeared to have jumped or fallen into its enclosure at the zoo in the Indian capital, witnesses say.

Kashmiris want India border opened for flood relief

2014-09-22 22:28

Pakistan-controlled Kashmir's parliament has called upon India to open the de facto border separating the two sides to allow rescue officials to reach residents hit by devastating floods.


India warns Pakistan of more pain in Kashmir fight

2014-10-22 09:31

India has warned Pakistan of more 'pain' if it continued to violate a ceasefire on their disputed border in Kashmir and says it was up to Islamabad to create the conditions for a resumption of peace talks.

India starts privatising coal mines

2014-10-21 10:46

India's government has pledged to open up its coal mining industry to private firms as Prime Minister Narenda Modi promised reforms to revive the ailing economy.

13 workers die in fire at Indian fireworks factory

2014-10-20 16:39

A blaze has engulfed a fireworks factory in southern India, killing at least 13 workers and seriously burning seven others, police say.

India launches air quality index

2014-10-17 19:05

India has launched a new air quality index to help citizens understand complex pollution data and implications.

Indian boy burnt to death over straying goat

2014-10-16 14:32

A low-caste teenage boy has been burnt to death in eastern India for letting his goat stray into paddy fields belonging to a high-caste farmer, police say.

India tightens rules on cigarette pack branding

2014-10-15 14:45

Tobacco companies in India will have to stamp pictorial and text health warnings across 85% of the surface of cigarette packs, the health ministry says.

WTO rules against India on chicken imports

2014-10-14 20:00

The World Trade Organisation has ruled against India in a complaint brought by the United States concerning restrictions imposed on poultry imports.

Pakistani, Indian armies discuss border clashes

2014-10-14 14:32

Military officials in Pakistan say the country's armed forces have discussed with India recent clashes along the border with the Himalayan region of Kashmir that have killed 20 people in the past week.

Relief effort begins after deadly cyclone hits India

2014-10-13 15:54

A major relief operation is underway after a cyclone pounded India’s eastern coast, killings at least six people and leaving a trail of destruction.

Indian bourse aims for climate change fund

2014-10-13 14:30

India's BSE, formerly known as the Bombay Stock Exchange, is in talks with asset managers to launch an exchange-traded fund.

Massive typhoon lashes India

2014-10-12 12:01

Heavy rains and gusts have ripped through a large swath of India's eastern seaboard, uprooting trees and snapping power cables as a powerful cyclone swept through the Bay of Bengal.

Nobel peace prize 'an honour to children in slavery'

2014-10-10 14:08

Indian children's rights advocate Kailash Satyarthi dedicated the Nobel Peace Prize that he shared on Friday with Pakistan's Malala Yousafzai to children in slavery.

India's Modi makes bid to save billions

2014-10-08 10:45

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched a plan to streamline an inefficient welfare system by promising a bank account for every household.

Hundreds flee homes in deadly Indian-Pakistan clash

2014-10-07 15:55

Hundreds of villagers have fled their homes in the remote Kashmir region as Indian and Pakistani forces kept up their cross-border firing that has left nine people dead so far.

Ex-pat Oxford: A legend in two lifetimes

2014-10-06 08:11

Ambassadors are kind of old Brit-Colonial these days - the King/Queen's representatives in far-off lands. A useful one for nearly 60 years was the Morris Oxford - HM's Ambassador in India.

Hotel deal of India's Sahara chief uncertain

2014-10-02 15:45

Subrata Roy, head of India's Sahara conglomerate, is back in a cell after living in a prison office while working on the sale of hotels in New York and London.

Nobel laureate shocked by Tutu's silence

2014-10-01 17:38

Nobel Peace Laureate Shirin Ebadi say she is shocked that Archbishop Desmond Tutu has remained silent on SA’s refusal to give the Dalai Lama a visa to attend a peace conference.

US-India to collaborate on Mars exploration

2014-10-01 13:02

The US and India, fresh from sending their own respective spacecraft into Mars' orbit earlier this month, has agreed to co-operate on future exploration of the Red Planet.

Few signs of progress as Obama meets India's Modi

2014-09-30 23:32

There are few signs that US President Barack Obama and his Indian counterpart, Narendra Modi, who is in Washington, have solved any of the issues often keeping the two countries at arm's length.

140 arrested for religious clashes as Modi tours US

2014-09-29 15:26

Police in India have arrested 140 people after two men were stabbed during violence between Hindus and Muslims that left more than a dozen injured and was triggered by an image posted on Facebook.

India celebrates Mars, but red tape binds space firms

2014-09-29 10:38

As India celebrates reaching Mars, there are concerns that a single trip is not enough to sustain a promising but relatively small industry.

Indian man lives with bullet in his heart for 2 months

2014-09-24 22:16

An Indian man was recovering well after undergoing surgery to remove a bullet that had been lodged in his heart for two months, a doctor said Wednesday.

India joins Red Planet explorers' club

2014-09-24 14:41

India has placed a spacecraft into orbit around Mars, the first Asian nation to join an elite club of explorers to the Red Planet.

28 dead in landslides, floods in northeast India

2014-09-23 14:37

Landslides and flash floods triggered by two days of heavy rain have killed at least 28 people in India’s remote northeast.

India spacecraft makes final Mars approach

2014-09-22 14:56

India's first ever mission to Mars has "entered the Martian neighbourhood", the country's space agency has said.

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