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Pakistan knocked India down with Kartarpur initiative: Indian media

NEW DEHLI: The initiative of Pakistan to open Kartarpur border knocked India down on the diplomatic front, a fact that Indian media has also acknowledged lately, ARY News reported.  As per details, the Indian media outlets grilled Prime Minister Narendra Modi for not reciprocating to peace offers made by the Pakistan's new administration. Calling it "foolishness" on the part of Modi's government, the news channels of his own country severely criticized their administration's policies of running away from the bilateral…

Where are the ‘good days’? Challenges mount for India’s Modi

NEW DELHI/BHOMADA, India: Narendra Modi swept India’s 2014 general election with the slogan “Achhe din (good days) are coming”. Four years later, as Prime Minister Modi mobilizes to win re-election in May, he and his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) are being buffeted  for a lack of jobs, falling farm prices and rural wages, a tax reform that led to unemployment and a demonetization exercise that sapped liquidity. Despite high economic growth, the fall of the rupee currency to record lows this year has led to a surge in…

Thorny trade, defence issues await US diplomats in India

Two of President Donald Trump´s top officials are finally heading for talks in India this week, after Washington twice pulled the plug on the summit. The so-called 2+2 dialogue will see Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis meet with their Indian counterparts on a range of key defence and trade issues. Both sides are likely to herald Thursday´s talks — the first of their kind between the two nations — as proof positive of their rapidly growing strategic partnership in the region. But…

Trump says he could play matchmaker for India’s prime minister Modi

NEW DELHI: President Donald Trump allegedly joked he could play matchmaker for Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi after learning from aides that the 67-year-old Indian leader has long been estranged from his wife. Trump also displayed a lack of familiarity with South Asia, according to the report. Ahead of the meeting last year with Modi at the White House, Trump allegedly studied a map of South Asia and mispronounced Nepal as "nipple" and referred to Bhutan as "button," Politico said, quoting two unnamed sources.…

Indian PM Modi confident of bigger win in 2019 elections

MUMBAI: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he would be re-elected with an even bigger majority in parliament in 2019, dismissing opposition attempts to rouse opinion against his government for failing to deliver on promises of swift economic development and more jobs for young people. Modi told the Times of India in an interview published on Sunday that his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led government is committed to improving the lives of all citizens regardless of faith. Concerns have grown that his…

Indian PM Modi confident of bigger win in 2019 elections

MUMBAI: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he would be re-elected with an even bigger majority in parliament in 2019, dismissing opposition attempts to rouse opinion against his government for failing to deliver on promises of swift economic development and more jobs for young people. Modi told the Times of India in an interview published on Sunday that his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led government is committed to improving the lives of all citizens regardless of faith. Concerns have grown that his…

Lawmaker in Indian PM’s party charged with teen’s rape

NEW DELHI: Indian federal investigators on Wednesday charged a politician from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s party with raping a teenager whose plight was ignored by police until she tried to set herself alight. The Central Bureau of Investigation charged Kuldeep Singh Sengar with the 2017 rape of a 16-year-old girl, whose father was later beaten in custody allegedly by Sengar’s brother and later died. The sense of impunity enjoyed by Sengar, a powerful Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) state lawmaker, and his brother…

Former Modi party leader cleared of involvement in savage riots in India’s Gujarat

NEW DELHI: A court overturned the conviction of a former Indian state minister from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s party on Friday for involvement in riots in Gujarat state 16 years ago, citing lack of consistency in witness testimonies, a prosecutor said. Up to 2,500 people, most of them Muslims, were hunted down and hacked, beaten or burnt to death during the riots in 2002, activists say, in retaliation for the burning of a train carrying Hindu pilgrims in which 59 people were killed. Modi was the chief minister at…

Cow vigilantes set several meat shops on fire in India’s UP

LUCKNOW: Just after two days of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate Yogi Adityanath took charge as Chief Minister in Uttar Pradesh (UP), several meat shops in Hathras in UP were set on fire by a mob on Tuesday night. The police said that the shops were burnt by anti-social elements. However, a sudden rise in demand of ban on slaughter houses and meat shops have been reported since new government of BJP has come to power in the state. The local authorities on Monday, shut down two slaughterhouses declaring them…

Trump and Modi will be ‘best friends’: adviser to US president-elect

WASHINGTON: The US president-elect will be ‘best friends’ with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, an adviser to Donald Trump said during a telephone interview. Calling Pakistan a perpetrator of terrorism, Shalabh Kumar – an Indian émigré businessman is Trump's point person for outreach to Indian-American voters – expects a full expression of support from Trump for surgical strikes that Modi ordered. He spoke to Reuters on the evening of Trump's election as the 45th US president and said, “We are obviously very…