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Pandemic relapse spells trouble for India's middle class

Jun. 12, 2021 02:54 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Ram Babu moved from his village to the Indian capital New Delhi in 1980, to clean cars. Soon, he learned to drive and got a job as a tour bus driver. Decades later, he set up his own company, Madhubani Tours and Travels. In March 2020, a stringent...

India to provide free vaccines to all in major policy shift

Jun. 07, 2021 10:30 AM EDT

India's federal government will provide free coronavirus shots to any adult starting later this month and take back control of the country's vaccination drive, marred by delays and shortages, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced Monday. The changes reverse a policy...

India asks Twitter to follow tough new social media laws

Jun. 05, 2021 06:24 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s government on Saturday warned Twitter to immediately comply with the country’s new social media regulations, which critics say give the government more power to police online content. Twitter is involved in a tense battle with the Indian...

Indian economy, hit by COVID-19, shrinks by 7.3% in 2020-21

May. 31, 2021 08:54 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s economy, pummeled by the coronavirus pandemic, contracted by 7.3% in the 2020-21 financial year, just before the country was hit by another catastrophic surge in infections. The economy grew at a 1.6% annual rate in the January-March quarter,...

Twitter urges Indian gov't to respect freedom of expression

May. 27, 2021 10:34 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Twitter on Thursday said it is worried about the safety of its staff in India and called for the government to respect freedom of expression, days after Indian police visited its office in New Delhi over its labeling of a tweet by a governing party spokesman as...

WhatsApp sues Indian government over new internet rules

May. 26, 2021 10:00 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — The messaging app WhatsApp has sued the Indian government seeking to defend its users’ privacy and stop new rules that would require it to make messages “traceable” to external parties. WhatsApp filed the lawsuit Wednesday in the Delhi High...

Indian farmers mark 6 months of protest with no end in sight

May. 26, 2021 07:54 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian farmers demanding the government repeal new agriculture laws they say will devastate their livelihoods marked their protest movement's sixth month Wednesday by flying black banners on the cars and tractors and burning effigies of the prime minister. ...

Vaccine inequality in India sends many falling through gaps

May. 26, 2021 01:26 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — As the coronavirus tears through India, night watchman Sagar Kumar thinks constantly about getting vaccines for himself and his family of five amid critical shortages of shots in the country. But even if he knew how to get one, it wouldn't be easy. The...

Top Pakistan health official doesn't foresee India scenario

May. 24, 2021 12:44 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's top health official said Monday the COVID-19 variant that devastated neighboring India, causing record infections and deaths, has not yet been found in Pakistan. Faisal Sultan said Pakistan was still in the middle of a third wave of...

India virus death toll passes 300,000, 3rd highest in world

May. 24, 2021 12:17 PM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India crossed another grim milestone Monday with more than 300,000 people lost to the coronavirus, while a devastating surge of infections appeared to be easing in big cities but was swamping the poorer countryside. The milestone, as recorded by India's...