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India goes to polls in biggest voting day

2014-04-17 10:46

India has hosted its biggest day of voting in its election, with the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty battling to save the ruling party from defeat to opposition Hindu nationalist leader Narendra Modi.

Indian voters lured by cash, drugs, liquor

2014-04-15 13:31

Indian election officials have seized a record $36 million dollars of cash concealed in cars, private planes and even ambulances that they say was destined to buy off voters.

India recognises transgenders as 'third gender'

2014-04-15 11:25

India's highest court on Tuesday recognised the existence of a third gender that is neither male nor female, in a landmark judgement hailed by transgender people.

Election helps Indian sugar demand

2014-04-14 10:03

As India's election campaign picks up, it seems to be helping the demand for sugar, according to a retailer.

Vodafone wins control of India division

2014-04-11 12:14

Global mobile phone giant Vodafone has taken full control of its Indian subsidiary in deals worth £1.0bn.

Religious divide favours Hindu leader in India vote

2014-04-10 11:26

Manoj Balyan wants Narendra Modi to become India's next prime minister when results of a general election are released next month, he is drawn to the leader's Hindu nationalist stance.

Facebook has 100 million India users

2014-04-09 13:07

Facebook has hit more than 100 million users in India, making it only the second country after the United States to achieve the milestone.

Sun Pharma buys rival Ranbaxy for $3.2 bn

2014-04-07 12:46

Sun Pharma has announced a $3.2bn deal to buy the larger and troubled Ranbaxy from Daiichi Sankyo, ending the Japanese company's costly run as owner.

Biocon rejects Novartis patent claims

2014-04-04 18:45

Indian drug company Biocon has rejected allegations by Novartis that it infringed on the Swiss pharmaceutical giant's patent for a diabetes drug.

Anti-graft party chief punched in India

2014-04-04 13:53

A man has punched the chief of India’s anti-corruption party twice in the face during a campaign stop in the capital, three days before the start of national elections.

India jails 24 men for gang rape of teen in 1996

2014-04-04 09:55

An attorney says one man has been sentenced to life and 23 others to varying prison terms for raping a teenager who was kidnapped and held for several weeks in southern India 18 years ago.

'Anyone but Modi' - Indian Muslims fear the worst

2014-03-31 13:33

Some recoil at his name, while others still refuse to acknowledge his popularity. India's Muslims have watched the rise of election frontrunner Narendra Modi anxiously.

Rains, debt drive Indian farmers to suicide

2014-03-24 12:27

Unseasonal rains and hailstorms which have driven millions of Indian farmers into debt have had a deadly effect.

Perseverance pays for India's richest man

2014-03-20 12:36

Billionaire Mukesh Ambani's Reliance Retail is poised to perform a rare feat in India's notoriously complex retail market by finally turning a profit.

India hit by farm suicides after storms

2014-03-19 13:34

A string of farmers have committed suicide in western India after freak hailstorms and rains destroyed winter crops worth millions of dollars.

India court stays execution of gang-rapists

2014-03-15 22:36

India's Supreme Court has stayed the death sentence of two of the four men convicted of the fatal gang-rape of a student in New Delhi.

Missing jet may be in Indian Ocean

2014-03-14 12:46

India says it was expanding its search for the missing Malaysian jetliner to seas west of the Andaman Islands as the international hunt shifted toward the Indian Ocean.

India's Sun Pharma hit by US import ban

2014-03-13 17:28

US regulators slapped an import ban on some products of top Indian drugmaker Sun Pharma, dealing a fresh blow to the nation's beleaguered generics industry.

Dead guru in freezer for 'deep meditation'

2014-03-13 09:16

An Indian guru declared dead has been in a deep freezer in his ashram for nearly six weeks with followers confident he will return to life to lead them, his spokesperson says.

India's SpiceJet places $4.4bn order

2014-03-12 14:36

India's SpiceJet placed an order worth $4.4bn for Boeing jets, sending the airline's shares soaring.

GSK lifts Indian drugs unit stake to 75%

2014-03-10 10:43

UK drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline has lifted its stake in the group's Indian subsidiary to 75%, which will allow the unit to keep trading on the Indian stock market.

India sets dates for world's biggest election

2014-03-05 22:44

India, the world's biggest democracy, has announced the start of national elections on 7 April that are expected to bring Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi to power.

India, Pakistan jostle for influence in Kabul

2014-03-04 15:02

India's most important message for Afghanistan is that it is not leaving, and it is backing that message with the biggest aid package it has ever given another country.

US official heads to India to ease strained ties

2014-03-04 10:39

A senior US official has headed to India, admitting that the two countries had "real challenges" to overcome as they try to move on from an ugly diplomatic dispute earlier this year.

SsangYong launches big Ute

2014-02-28 13:25

South Korean vehicle manufacturer SsangYong unveiled an imposing crossover utility vehicle in India.

 

Train derails in India, dozens injured

2014-04-16 15:58

A passenger train has derailed in north-eastern India, injuring dozens of passengers. The cause of the derailment is not known.

India's Maoists apologise after deadly bus attack

2014-04-15 12:29

India's Maoist rebels have issued a public apology after a deadly weekend landmine attack on a bus carrying election officials, calling it a "big mistake".

Murder charges no barrier in India election

2014-04-14 10:51

The list of charges against Indian politician Kameshwar Baitha is long: 16 counts of murder, 25 of attempted murder, six of assault with a dangerous weapon, three of extortion...and so on.

'Sun Pharma can nurse Ranbaxy to health'

2014-04-13 11:35

Investors are confident that Sun Pharma's $3.2bn purchase of rival Ranbaxy is a great deal, banking on Sun's history of nursing ailing companies back to health.

Outrage over Indian leader's rape remarks

2014-04-11 10:37

The mother of a student who was fatally gang-raped on a bus has led the outrage against an Indian political leader who described three convicted rapists as "poor fellows" who had made "mistakes".

India's mission to Mars crosses half-way mark

2014-04-09 18:53

India's first mission to Mars has successfully crossed the half-way mark, four months after leaving on a voyage to the Red Planet scheduled to take 11 months, the space agency says.

Facebook hits 100 million India users

2014-04-09 11:15

Facebook has hit more than 100 million users in India, making it only the second country after the US to achieve the milestone.

India kicks off world's largest election

2014-04-07 07:51

Indians have started voting in the world's biggest election, with the opposition heading into the polls with strong momentum on promises of economic renewal.

Three India rapists get death

2014-04-04 15:45

Three men who raped an Indian journalist last year have been sentenced to death while 24 men have been sentenced for a 1996 gang-rape case.

India jails 24 for gang rape of teen in 1996

2014-04-04 12:16

One man has been sentenced to life and 23 others to varying prison terms for raping a teenager who was kidnapped and held for several weeks in southern India 18 years ago.

India opposition lacks manifesto 4 days from poll

2014-04-03 12:05

India's opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), frontrunner to form the next government, has faced criticism for failing to release its manifesto just days before polls open.

Indian men jailed for life for gang rape

2014-03-21 12:33

Four men have been sentenced to life in jail for the gang rape of an 18-year-old telephone operator in Mumbai, news reports have said.

India convicts 4 over photographer gang-rape

2014-03-20 11:44

An Indian court has convicted four men over the gang-rape of a photographer on assignment in the city last year, a case that reignited nationwide anger over women's safety.

N African dust stimulates monsoons

2014-03-17 07:31

Desert dust from North Africa and the Arabian peninsula stimulates monsoon rains over India, says a study suggesting that desertification from global warming may boost these downpours.

Mumbai building collapse kills six

2014-03-14 19:09

An apartment block has collapsed in the Indian financial hub Mumbai, killing six people and injuring three others.

Building collapses in Mumbai, people trapped

2014-03-14 11:47

An old, seven-story residential building has collapsed in a Mumbai suburb and up to 10 people may be trapped under the rubble.

Court confirms death sentence in India gang rape

2014-03-13 13:49

A New Delhi court has confirmed the death penalty imposed by a lower court to four men convicted for the gang rape and murder of a young woman on a moving bus in 2012.

India's new elite

2014-03-13 07:19

New empires are arising in north India's once-impoverished Hindi belt.

16 dead in Maoist attack on India police

2014-03-11 13:40

Maoist rebels have killed at least 15 members of India's security forces in a massive attack in restive Chhattisgarh state, less than a month before the country holds elections.

US fears for patents on drugs in India

2014-03-06 14:05

The United States has voiced concern over protection of patents on safer and more effective next-generation medicines in India.

Ink thrown at Indian 'fraudster'

2014-03-04 15:35

A lawyer has thrown ink at the Sahara India chief accused of a multibillion dollar fraud.

Indian minister accuses US of protectionism

2014-03-04 13:07

Trade Minister Anand Sharma has accused the US of excessive trade protectionism, adding that India's patent law was compliant with the World Trade Organisation.

India to probe Rolls-Royce kickbacks

2014-03-03 15:28

India has ordered an investigation over Hindustan Aeronautics Limited's purchase of jet engines from Rolls-Royce Holdings in a deal worth at least $1.2bn.

Pet parrot helps police crack murder case

2014-02-27 14:18

A pet parrot has helped police nab its owner's killer in the northern Indian city of Agra, news reports say.

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