India minister’s lavish temple offering causes anger

India minister’s lavish temple offering causes anger

Telangana, Feb 24 – Indian social media users are criticising the chief minister of southern Telangana state for using $750,000 (£610,790) of public funds to offer gold at a famous temple. K Chandrashekhar Rao on Wednesday offered gold to “thank the gods” for the success of his decade-long campaign to create India’s newest state in […]

Tamil Nadu’s non-partisan Jallikkattu stir inspires Sri Lankan Tamil agitators

Tamil Nadu’s non-partisan Jallikkattu stir inspires Sri Lankan Tamil agitators

Colombo, February 22 (The New Indian Express): Sri Lankan Tamils agitating for the last twenty days on the issue of forced disappearances and non-return of lands by the military,  have, for the first time, kept the movement apolitical and non-partisan, apparently inspired by the successful non-partisan mass agitation in Tamil Nadu to get the ban […]

India’s first bullet train to travel underwater in the Arabian Sea

India’s first bullet train to travel underwater in the Arabian Sea

Mumbai, Feb 22 – The quest to build India’s first underwater bullet train has officially begun. The Indian Railway Ministry has announced that drilling on the 7-km underwater route of the Mumbai-Ahmedabad rail corridor has commenced in order to analyse the soil conditions of the area. The undersea bullet train will be launched in India […]

Malayali family brings back to life a slice of colonial Colombo

Malayali family brings back to life a slice of colonial Colombo

Colombo, February 22 (The New Indian Express): The Vethodys, a family of Malayali entrepreneurs with roots in Kerala and Sri Lanka, have brought back to life a slice of Colombo’s colonial past with the re-launch of their extensively renovated 135 year old iconic Hotel Nippon situated in the heart of the capital’s business district. “Nippon” […]

World buys more weapons than ever before, India tops list

World buys more weapons than ever before, India tops list

Mumbai, Feb 21 – Global arms sales over the last five years reached their highest level since 1990, with India continuing to top the charts as the world’s largest defense importer, a report from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute has found. Between 2012 and 2016, India accounted for 13 percent of global arms imports, […]

India makes arrests after popular actress raped, abducted

India makes arrests after popular actress raped, abducted

Kerala, Feb 21 – The alleged abduction and rape of a well-known actress in the southern Indian state of Kerala sparked outrage among activists who say the case highlights the dangers faced by all women in India and a lack of justice for victims of sexual violence. In a statement to the police, the actress […]

Jaishankar rules out India pressing for re-unification of Sri Lanka’s Northern and Eastern provinces

Jaishankar rules out India pressing for re-unification of Sri Lanka’s Northern and Eastern provinces

Colombo, February 20 (The New Indian Express): India will not be pressing Sri Lanka to merge the Northern and Eastern Provinces to form a single Tamil-majority, Tamil-speaking province as envisaged by the India-Sri Lanka Accord of 1987, the Indian Foreign Secretary S.Jaishankar told the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) here on Monday. He was reacting to […]

China fears India may outstrip it in commercial launching of satellites

China fears India may outstrip it in commercial launching of satellites

Beijing, February 20 (The Hindu): China is clinically analysing the successful and cost-effective launch of 104 satellites in one go by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), as well as the outcome of the Aero-India show, with some media reports acknowledging that New Delhi may out-compete Beijing in the commercial space-launch business. An op-ed in […]

Indian Foreign Secretary praises Indian Origin Tamils for being in the Sri Lankan mainstream

Indian Foreign Secretary praises Indian Origin Tamils for being in the Sri Lankan mainstream

Colombo, February 20 (The New Indian Express): The Indian Foreign Secretary S.Jaishankar expressed his happiness about the Indian Origin Tamils (IOTs) being in the Sri Lankan national   mainstream, fully participating in governance and securing benefits for themselves, Mano Ganeshan, leader of the Tamil Progressive Alliance (TPA),  told Express after meeting the top Indian official here […]

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