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By JIM YARDLEY NEW DELHI – India’s governing party has no shortage of problems: a sinking economy, corruption scandals and a rising anti-incumbency mood among voters. But perhaps the greatest uncertainty facing the party, and to some degree all of India, is Rahul Gandhi, the anointed next-generation leader. For decades, the Indian National Congress Party […]

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1947: The Congress Party led India’s freedom movement and has held power for much of the nation’s history – led first for 17 years by Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru. A year before India’s independence, Mr. Nehru and his mentor, Mohandas K. Gandhi, attended a party meeting in Bombay, now known as Mumbai. Source: NYTimes

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Four Bangladeshi cattle traders were shot by Indian Border Security Force (BSF) at Agrovulot border under Benapole port early Sunday. The injured were identified as Amir Hossain, 25, son of Rabiul Islam, Sarif Hossain, 22, son of Abdul Kuddus, Raja Mia, 30, son of Abdul Ohab and Sawkat Ali, 34, son Akber Ali. They were […]

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By Persis Khambatta On November 1, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh of India called a rare meeting with his newly assembled team of Union Council of Ministers. The meeting was expected to set the tone for the next year, as well as highlight the need to push through legislation that has been sitting idle since the […]

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(Reuters) – U.N. human rights investigators called on Myanmar on Wednesday to halt deadly sectarian violence and warned it not to use the conflict as a pretext to remove Rohingya minority Muslims. Some 89 people have been killed in clashes between Buddhist Rakhines and Muslim Rohingyas in western Myanmar in the past 10 days, according […]

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Thousands have fled Burma for Bangladesh in flimsy boats About 120 people are missing after their boat capsized in the Bay of Bengal, police in Bangladesh say. Survivors say many of those on the boat were Rohingya Muslims who have fled recent ethnic violence in Burma. Local fishermen rescued 13 people from the boat which […]

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CHENNAI, India — A tropical storm weakened Thursday after slamming into southern India, bringing heavy rain and a storm surge and displacing 150,000 people. Six deaths have been reported in India and Sri Lanka. Just before the storm made landfall Wednesday, an oil tanker with 37 crew ran aground off Chennai. One of its lifeboats […]

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Imran Garda examines the 40-year war that has claimed thousands of lives but been largely ignored outside of India. A 40-year long civil war has been raging in the jungles of central and eastern India. It is one of the world’s largest armed conflicts but it remains largely ignored outside of India. Caught in the […]

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by Sadanand Dhume Its political class may not be up to the task of leading India toward prosperity. Just the other day, it seemed as if India could hardly put a foot wrong. Annual economic growth averaged above eight percent between 2003 and ’08, and the country was one of the world’s few major economies […]

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The BBC’s David Loyn says the violence looks like ethnic cleansing. The death toll from recent ethnic violence in Myanmar’s western state of Rakhine has surpassed 100, an official said Friday, as the government warned that the strife risks harming the country’s reputation as it seeks to install democratic rule. Rakhine state spokesman Win Myaing […]

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By: Mithun Kamal More than five lakh(500,000) Bangladeshimigrant workers may fall victim to tougher Saudi recruitment rules, officials said on Wednesday. Thousands of Bangladeshi workersfear that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) will send them back to their countryafter suspension of sponsor visas under the new rules.(The New Nation ) Abul Bashar, former president of […]

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Indian parliamentarians and legislators will exercise their franchise today to elect the country’s new president amid indications that UPA nominee Pranab Mukherjee will walk away with a comfortable margin against BJP-backed Purno Agitok Sangma. A total of 4,896 lawmakers– 776 members of parliament and 4,120 members of legislative assemblies in states–are eligible to vote in […]

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