Category: Asia

Protests rumble in India over alleged gang-rape of young woman

LUCKNOW – Galvanised by the alleged gang-rape of a young woman who died of her injuries earlier this week, political parties representing India’s downtrodden Dalit community held small protests in several cities on Friday. In Lucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh, the capital of the state where the […]

Attacks surge in northwest Pakistan as Afghan peace effort brings shifting sands

ISLAMABAD – Militants have stepped up attacks on security forces in northwest Pakistan raising fears of a revival of their insurgency and a return of lawlessness as brighter prospects for peace in Afghanistan herald shifting Islamist alliances. The ethnic Pashtun border region was for years a haven for […]

5M people infected, India’s virus outbreak still soaring

NEW DELHI — India’s confirmed coronavirus infections passed 5 million on Wednesday, still soaring and testing the feeble health care system in tens of thousands of impoverished towns and villages. The world’s second-most populous country has added more than 1 million cases this month alone and is expected […]

Asia Today: India cases climb to 4.75M as recovery improves

NEW DELHI — India has registered a single-day spike of 94,372 new coronavirus cases, driving the country’s overall tally to 4.75 million. The Health Ministry on Sunday also reported 1,114 deaths in the past 24 hours, taking total fatalities up to 78,586. Even as infections are growing faster […]

India takes 13 days to cross 40 lakh COVID-19 cases from 30 lakh; record 86,432 infections reported in a day

New Delhi, Sep 5: India’s COVID-19 infection tally sprinted past 40 lakh, just 13 days after it crossed 30 lakh, with a record 86,432 cases being reported in a day, while recoveries have surged to 31,07,223 on Saturday pushing the recovery rate to 77.23 per cent, according to the […]

China begins pulling back troops near site of India border clash, Indian sources say

NEW DELHI/BEIJING – China began pulling back troops from along its contested border with India on Monday, Indian government sources said, following a clash between the two countries last month in which 20 Indian soldiers were killed. Troops fought for hours with rods and clubs on the night […]

India’s tax unions irked by Modi’s switch to faceless assessment: letter

MUMBAI – Indian tax officials are pushing back against Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s new faceless tax assessment program, complaining about a lack of consultation and inadequate resources to implement the changes, a letter reviewed by Reuters shows. Making the biggest recent reform of tax collection methods, the government […]

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