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Pulwama attack: Four Indian soldiers killed in Kashmir gun battle

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionIndian troops patrol the area where the attack took place Four soldiers have been killed in Indian-administered Kashmir in a gun battle with militants, police say. The clash occurred in Pulwama district, where more than 40 Indian paramilitary police were killed in a suicide attack on Thursday, raising tensions between nuclear-armed India and Pakistan. A civilian and two alleged militants were also killed as Indian troops searched for suspects. Meanwhile Pakistan recalled its ambassador for consultations. Why India and Pakistan fight over…

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Indian Wells: Two-time champion Maria Sharapova withdraws

The 31-year-old also withdrew from January’s St. Petersburg Ladies’ Trophy Five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova says she is “working through some painful days”, after withdrawing from next month’s BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California. The 31-year-old, who has a shoulder injury, has withdrawn or retired from two out of the three events she has played in since September’s US Open. “It’s been an issue last year and going into this year,” said the Russian. “My doctor says it’s a day-by-day pain management situation.” Sharapova beat defending champion Caroline…

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As Indian election looms, Facebook steps up fact-checks

MUMBAI (Reuters) – Facebook Inc is expanding its fact-checking network in India to curb the spread of misinformation as the world’s largest democracy prepares for a general election that must be held by May, the U.S.-based social media giant said on Monday. FILE PHOTO: Silhouettes of laptop users are seen next to a screen projection of Facebook logo in this picture illustration taken March 28, 2018. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration “We are committed to fighting the spread of false news on Facebook, especially ahead of the 2019 General Election campaign season,” Manish…

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Indian man to sue parents for giving birth to him

Image copyright Nihilanand A 27-year-old Indian man plans to sue his parents for giving birth to him without his consent. Mumbai businessman Raphael Samuel told the BBC that it’s wrong to bring children into the world because they then have to put up with lifelong suffering. Mr Samuel, of course, understands that our consent can’t be sought before we are born, but insists that “it was not our decision to be born”. So as we didn’t ask to be born, we should be paid for the rest of our lives…

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Leopard cub found in passenger’s luggage at Indian airport

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The leopard cub was hidden in a plastic grocery basket An air passenger who arrived in India from Thailand has been detained at the airport after customs officers found a month-old leopard cub in his luggage. Suspicious were raised when officials heard noises coming from his bag, which was found to contain the 2.2lb (1kg) cub hidden in a plastic grocery basket. The man had arrived at Chennai airport on Saturday on a flight from Bangkok. Authorities are investigating whether the suspect is part…

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From pariah to demi-god: transgender leader a star at massive Indian festival

PRAYAGRAJ, India (Reuters) – In a desert tent guarded by armed police and a thick-set bouncer, Laxmi Narayan Tripathi is blessing a constant stream of pilgrims, who garland her with marigolds and kneel to touch her feet. Laxmi Narayan Tripathi, chief of the “Kinnar Akhara” congregation for transgender people speaks to her followers during “Kumbh Mela”, or the Pitcher Festival, in Prayagraj, previously known as Allahabad, India, January 16, 2019. Picture taken January 16, 2019. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui Tripathi, a tattooed transgender leader and a former reality TV star, has become…

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Millions expected to throng Indian city for world’s largest religious festival

PRAYAGRAJ, India (Reuters) – Pilgrims from across the world are gathering in India for the Kumbh Mela, a heady mix of spirituality, politics and tourism that begins on Tuesday, garnering extra attention ahead of a general election in the Hindu-majority country this year. A Sadhu or a Hindu holy man looks on during a religious procession ahead of the “Kumbh Mela”, or the Pitcher Festival, in Prayagraj, previously known as Allahabad, India, January 13, 2019. REUTERS/Anushree Fadnavis During the eight-week festival at Prayagraj in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh,…

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Chinese group swindles $18.5 million from Indian arm of Italian company: Economic Times

MUMBAI (Reuters) – A group of Chinese hackers robbed 1.3 billion rupees ($18.45 million) from the Indian unit of Tecnimont SpA through an elaborate cyber fraud that included impersonating the Italian engineering firm’s chief executive, the Economic Times reported. The scammers sent emails to the India head of Tecnimont, part of the publicly traded Maire Tecnimont, from an account that looked similar to one used by the Italian group’s CEO and also organized conference calls to discuss a “confidential” acquisition in China, the ET report said, citing a complaint made…

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Indian scientists protest congress speakers discrediting works of Newton, Einstein

People hold placards to protest against claims made by speakers, discrediting theories of Isaac Newton and Albert Einstein, at the 106th Indian Science Congress in Kolkata, India, January 7, 2019. REUTERS/Stringer MUMBAI (Reuters) – Indian scientists have protested about claims made at a local science conference that rubbish the work of some of the world’s greatest physicists and suggest modern breakthroughs such as in-vitro fertilization were in fact invented in ancient India. In a lecture at the Indian Science Congress and posted on YouTube, one speaker, Kannan Jegathala Krishnan said…

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Sabarimala: Indian women make history by entering temple

Image copyright Kaviyoor Santosh Image caption The women had tried entering the temple in December but failed Two Indian women in their 40s have made history by entering a prominent Hindu shrine in the southern state of Kerala, after months of protests against women getting in. The Sabarimala temple was historically closed to women of “menstruating age” – defined as between 10 and 50. The Supreme Court overturned that ban but protesters then attacked women and stopped them from entering the shrine. Bindu Ammini, 42, and Kanaka Durga, 44 entered…

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