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Huge tent collapses at Indian ceremony, 14 reported dead

Jun. 23, 2019 10:11 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his concern over the collapse of a large tent at a religious ceremony that news reports said killed at least 14 people Sunday. Modi said in a tweet on his office's official account that the incident in Rajasthan state was "unfortunate. He said...

India uses yoga diplomacy to assert rising global influence

Jun. 21, 2019 7:41 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — If China has panda diplomacy, India has yoga. Prime Minister Narendra Modi successfully lobbied the United Nations to designate June 21 International Yoga Day in his first year in power in 2014. Since then, just as China under President Xi Jinping has given countries pandas for their zoos...

Indian police officer jailed over death of person in custody

Jun. 20, 2019 9:46 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — An Indian court on Thursday sentenced a former police officer who alleged Prime Minister Narendra Modi's complicity in killings of Muslims in 2002 to life in prison over the death of a person in custody. Judge D.N. Vyas sentenced Sanjiv Bhatt in a case related to the arrest of 150 people,...

India creates new ministry to tackle growing water crisis

Jun. 20, 2019 6:25 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India's government has created a new ministry to respond to a growing water crisis, with more than 60% of the country's 1.3 billion people dependent on farming and favorable monsoon rains. Indian President Ram Nath Kovind told Parliament on Thursday that the new Ministry of Water Power...

Dozens of new Indian parliamentarians face criminal charges

Jun. 16, 2019 9:01 PM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India's recent national election delivered a historic victory to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist party, but also exposed the influence of money, power and questionable morality on the world's largest democracy. Nearly 43% of the new members of the lower house of Parliament...

India vs Pakistan: More than just cricket at the World Cup

Jun. 15, 2019 11:10 AM EDT

MANCHESTER, England (AP) — It's the contest for continental supremacy played on a global stage. It's the mini-title game of the World Cup group stage for more than 1 billion people in two cricket-crazed countries — the nuclear-armed neighbors India and Pakistan. The sport British colonizers...

Cyclone Vayu poised to hit India as year's 2nd major storm

Jun. 12, 2019 10:44 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian authorities evacuated tens of thousands of people on Wednesday as a severe cyclone in the Arabian Sea approached the western state of Gujarat, lashing the coast with high winds and heavy rainfall. Cyclone Vayu, named after the Hindi word for wind, was poised to glance the Gujarat...

Cyclone Vayu poised to hit India as year's 2nd major storm

Jun. 12, 2019 6:58 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian authorities evacuated tens of thousands of people on Wednesday as a severe cyclone in the Arabian Sea approached the western state of Gujarat, lashing the coast with high winds and heavy rainfall. Cyclone Vayu, named after the Hindi word for wind, was poised to hit the Gujarat coast...

Indian theater and film personality Girish Karnad dies at 81

Jun. 10, 2019 6:02 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Girish Karnad, a top Indian playwright, actor and director and a rights activist, died Monday after a prolonged illness. He was 81. India's president and the prime minister expressed their condolences over Karnad's death at his home in Bangalore, the capital of southern Karnataka state....

India, Sri Lanka agree to step up anti-terrorism efforts

Jun. 9, 2019 9:15 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid homage Sunday to the more than 250 Sri Lankans killed in the Easter suicide bombings, and agreed with Sri Lanka's leaders to step up cooperation to combat terrorism. Modi, on his first overseas tour since being reelected this spring,...