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India's emergence as world's largest vibrant democracy is exceptional: Indian envoy  Economic Times

The emergence of India as the world's largest democracy and perhaps the most vibrant one post the World War-II is indeed exceptional, a top Indian diplomat ...

Economic Times
India wants to make medical tourism a $9 billion industry by 2020  CNN

India's medical tourism industry has been on the rise in recent years and could grow to be a $9 billion industry by 2020.

CNN
Crackdown on illegal bootleggers after 80 die from toxic hooch in India  CNN

New Delhi, India (CNN) Indian police have launched a crackdown on illegal bootleggers after 80 people were killed drinking toxic moonshine in the country's ...

CNN
The US and India are heading for a showdown on trade  CNN

New Delhi (CNN Business) The United States is trying to negotiate an end to its trade war with China, but tensions with another big economy are rising.

CNN
India Citizenship Amendment Bill dropped amid protests  BBC News

India's government has quietly shelved a controversial amendment to its citizenship law after violent protests in the north-east of the country. The bill was aimed ...

BBC News
3 Cities Beat Delhi To "India's Most Polluted" List. Top Spot Goes To...  NDTV News

Three northern cities have beaten Delhi to become India's most polluted this year, with Bihar capital Patna emerging as the forerunner, a study released by ...

NDTV News
China and India are making the planet greener, NASA says  CNN

A new NASA study, based on extensive satellite imagery, has revealed that the two countries with the world's largest populations are also largely responsible for ...

CNN
Is India the next target in the Trump administration’s trade wars?  The Washington Post

NEW DELHI — These days, the relationship between the United States and India runs on two distinct tracks. On matters of defense and geopolitics, the world's ...

The Washington Post
Economic data woes in India prompt call for independent verifier  Economic Times

The concerns about missing targets come on top of questions over the reliability of economic data from India.

Economic Times
Indian lawmakers call for TikTok ban, alleging spread of ‘cultural degradation’ among teens  The Verge

Lawmakers in India are asking the government to ban TikTok, which has more than 20 million users in the country, after sexually explicit *content* and hateful ...

The Verge
New 'mysterious' frog species discovered in India's Western Ghats  BBC News

The new species were found after three years of extensive explorations in the Western Ghats.

BBC News
7-Eleven looking to enter India, likely to join hands with Future Group  Economic Times

MUMBAI: 7-Eleven, the world's largest convenience store chain, is in advanced talks with India's Future Group to enter one of the fastest-growing retail markets.

Economic Times
China and India: How two unlikely countries made the world greener  Newshub

Two unlikely countries have managed to make the world a greener place, data from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has revealed.

Newshub
India's Valentines Day is all about Tinder, Amazon, Netflix  Quartz

Tinder has beaten all its rivals to become India's most popular dating app this Valentine's Day. Nearly 20% of respondents to a recent survey conducted in the ...

Quartz
Why is Twitter's Jack Dorsey wanted in India?  BBC News

Jack Dorsey is no stranger to controversies. On his last trip to India in November, the chief executive of Twitter posed for what he thought was an innocuous ...

BBC News
I’m a chest surgeon in India. It’s clear that pollution is a health emergency.  The Washington Post

Dr. Arvind Kumar is a surgeon at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital in New Delhi and a founder of the Lung Care Foundation. NEW DELHI — As a chest surgeon who has ...

The Washington Post
Whose news is it, anyway? India must respond to global tech giants' threat to the viability of independent journalism  Times of India

Yet another weighty report in yet another country – this time it is the Cairncross Review in the United Kingdom – has called out Google and Facebook.

Times of India
India Reportedly Looks To Buy Unfinished Soviet-Era MiG-29s To Stave Off Fighter Shortage  The Drive

Facing a steady decline in available fighter jets, the Indian Air Force is now reportedly in talks to buy 21 unfinished Soviet-era MiG-29 Fulcrums from Russia and ...

The Drive
India's Jan WPI inflation eases to 10-month low of 2.76 pct y/y  Economic Times

NEW DELHI: India's annual wholesale price inflation eased to a 10-month low of 2.76 percent in January, helped by a smaller increase in prices of ...

Economic Times
India's right wing is panicking over disappearing Twitter likes  Quartz

Indian Twitter is in a state of panic over disappearing retweets and likes. Since yesterday (Feb. 12), many Twitter users from across the world have been ...

Quartz
How India's single time zone is hurting its people  BBC News

India's single time zone is a legacy of British rule, and is thought of as a symbol of unity. But not everyone thinks the Indian Standard Time (IST) is a good idea.

BBC News
Single Time Zone Costs India Rs 29000 Crore, Impairs Education, Wages: New Study  IndiaSpend

Chennai: Each evening, the sun sets more than 90 minutes later in western India than in the east of the country, yet the entire country follows the same time zone ...

IndiaSpend
US Warns India, Others Over Oil Export Sanctions On Venezuela  NDTV News

Venezuela Oil: The hardline US National Security Adviser John Bolton has issued a warning to India against buying Venezuelan oil, saying it "will not be ...

NDTV News
On Instagram, in India, it’s sex for sale  Economic Times

The photo-sharing app may have the best of influencers, but is fast becoming a safe and popular haven for sexual solicitation in India.

Economic Times
Stocks in the news: Sun Pharma, Indian Hotels, Lux Industries, Bata, Oil India, RCF  Moneycontrol.com

Bata | Oil India | RCF | Prestige Estate Projects | Sun Pharma and Jain Irrigation Projects are stocks which are in the news today.

Moneycontrol.com
Ready to settle bank dues: Vijay Mallya  Times of India

India News: NEW DELHI: In a series of tweets in early Thursday morning, fugitive businessman Vijay Mallya reiterated his offer to settle all his bank dues.

Times of India
ICMR’s tie-up with Pfizer on antibiotic abuse raises eyebrows  Times of India

India News: A collaboration between the Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR) and Pfizer, a drug multinational that sells antibiotics, for the council's Anti.

Times of India
India A vs England Lions: Easwaran Ton, Rahul 81 Prop Up Hosts  News18

Abhimanyu Easwaran scored a century while KL Rahul missed his narrowly as India A enjoyed a good batting day against England Lions in the second four-day ...

News18
Five men sexually harass woman, post video on social media in India  Khaleej Times

Two men have been arrested for allegedly sexually harassing a woman when she had gone to relieve herself in the fields in neighbouring Shamli district in Uttar ...

Khaleej Times
US Congressmen seek briefing on contaminated drugs from India, China  Moneycontrol.com

Since July last year, at least 15 recalls have been issued for a class of drugs known as angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARB), which are generally used to treat ...

Moneycontrol.com
India's 2019 elections is not just a Modi-Rahul battle  Quartz

India's kicking up the heat and dust of national elections yet again. Two key national political parties, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Indian ...

Quartz
Bank of Singapore, Edelweiss team up for Indian wealth  Economic Times

India is the third largest wealth market in Asia after Japan and China.

Economic Times
Poll jitters make EM fund managers steer clear of Indian equities  Economic Times

MUMBAI: Indian equities' underperformance to their emerging market peers so far this year may continue for a while, given the uncertainty related to the looming ...

Economic Times
Rafale deal cheaper by 2.86%, not 9% as govt claimed: CAG  Times of India

India News: NEW DELHI: The much-awaited report of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) on the Rafale deal has said the contract to acquire 36 fighter ...

Times of India
India's railway minister mocked for sped-up train video  BBC News

The man in charge of India's railways has been mocked for sharing a video of a "high-speed" train that turned out to be a time-lapse of a slower train.

BBC News
India's Vote-Buying Budget | by Shashi Tharoor  Project Syndicate

By tradition, India's pre-election budget is an “interim budget” – a modest rollover of expenditures to see the government through for a few months until a new ...

Project Syndicate
Bootleg Liquor Kills 100 In India's Worst Outbreak In Years  NPR

Bootleg liquor is being blamed for more than 100 deaths in northern India, after alcohol poisoning sickened people in two states. It's the worst outbreak of deadly ...

NPR
'Drone Olympics' to be key attraction at Aero India 2019  Economic Times

BENGALURU: One of the key attractions during the 12th edition of Asia's premier air show, Aero India-2019, would be the 'Drone Olympics,' wherein national ...

Economic Times
Opinion | Has WhatsApp called India’s bluff on fake news?  Moneycontrol.com

For many who trade jokes and daily greetings, WhatsApp's potential as a political tool may not be fully apparent. In reality, it is quite a lot. So much so, WhatsApp ...

Moneycontrol.com
How PM Modi's Tweet Kindled Lankan Girl And Indian Boy's Love Story  NDTV News

Amid the Valentine week, Hansini Edheerisinghe, a Sri Lankan woman got married to her soulmate from India on February 10.

NDTV News
The impossible job: India's pollsters face uphill battle to call election  Reuters

Thousands of candidates, hundreds of parties, endless combinations of possible coalitions – spare a thought for India's pollsters, tasked with making sense of ...

Reuters
Google Doodle commemorates Madhubala's 86th birth anniversary  Times of India

NEW DELHI: Google Doodle on Thursday honoured late legendary actress Madhubala on her 86th birth anniversary. Often referred to as the 'Marilyn Monroe of ...

Times of India
Manipulating an Indian politician’s tweets is worryingly easy to do  TechCrunch

Here's a concerning story from India, where the upcoming election is putting the use of social media in the spotlight. While the Indian government is putting ...

TechCrunch
Ratan's half-brother Noel joins Tata Trusts board  Times of India

India Business News: Tata Trusts, which controls India's largest conglomerate, the Tata Group, has inducted chairman Ratan Tata's half-brother Noel Tata on the ...

Times of India
Honda Scooters Power Two-Wheeler Sales In Central India  NDTVAuto.com

Growing sales of scooters in Central India has led to Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India (HMSI) crossing 60 lakh customers in the region, across the states of ...

NDTVAuto.com
A $23 Billion Manager Sees Sweet Spot in India’s Property Crunch  BloombergQuint

(Bloomberg) -- A Bahrain-based investment manager wants to fill a vacuum in lending to Indian property developers that have $18 billion of debt to repay, ...

BloombergQuint
Apple Has A Repair Problem In The World's Second Largest Smartphone Market  BuzzFeed News

There are no Apple stores yet in India, and iPhone users have been stranded with third-party *service* providers, who they say do not live up to the premium ...

BuzzFeed News
Saudi Crown Prince on state visit to India next week  Khaleej Times

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman will be on a two-day state visit to India next week when he will hold talks with Prime Minister Narendra ...

Khaleej Times
VVS Laxman says India are peaking at right time ahead of World Cup, picks his title favourites  Times Now

Former Indian cricketer VVS Laxman has picked his favourites for the title at the 2019 World Cup, naming India and hosts England as the two who could go all ...

Times Now
#MeToo in India: The women left behind  BBC News

MeToo is yet to touch the lives of millions of vulnerable women who work in informal jobs in India.

BBC News
India Has Emerged As A Climate Champion, But Will It Lead?  NDTV News

Four years ago, when I visited India, it was very clear to me that the direction of travel was towards a high renewable energy-based economy. There was ...

NDTV News
US company sues Cognizant for breach of contract  Times of India

BENGALURU: Cognizant has been sued by Crawford & Company, the US-based independent providers of insurance claims-handling services, for alleged ...

Times of India
Ronnie Screwvala pans Vijay Shekhar Sharma's Paytm on Twitter  Quartz

Debates on startups and their eye-popping losses aren't new in India. The question of growth versus profitability has been pondered over for years. On Feb.

Quartz
Kellogg’s eyes Haldiram’s snacks, valuing co at $3 billion  Times of India

India Business News: The deal may see the New York Stock Exchange-listed Kellogg's pick up a significant stake, valuing Haldiram's at around $3 billion (over ...

Times of India
Fact Check: No, India is not the first non-Nato country to get Chinook helicopter  India Today

There has been a claim going viral that India is the first non-Nato country in the world to ever receive Chinook helicopter; India Today Fact Check found the claim ...

India Today
Xiaomi's 48-megapixel smartphone set to target India's budget phone market  Moneycontrol.com

Xiaomi Global Vice President and Managing Director Manu Kumar Jain has said that Redmi Note 7 would bring about an “upside-down” shakeup of the Indian ...

Moneycontrol.com
Anil Ambani has money for Rafale, not for us: Ericsson  Times of India

India News: Pressing on its move for contempt proceedings against Anil Ambani for Reliance Communication's default in making payment of Rs 550 crore, ...

Times of India
Ankiti to be first Indian woman founder-CEO of unicorn  Times of India

India Business News: Zilingo, a Southeast Asia-focused fashion e-commerce platform co-founded by 27-year-old Mumbai native Ankiti Bose, has reached ...

Times of India
Indian death certificate scams fuel skepticism around QuadrigaCX CEO’s death  TheChronicleHerald.ca

It's coming on the seventh anniversary of Conor Woodman's death. The problem with that is, thankfully, he is alive and well. Woodman, a UK-based author, ...

TheChronicleHerald.ca
Lots of overseas players come to India to play IPL, there should be some reciprocity, says PCB chairman Ehsan Mani  The Indian Express

PCB chairman Ehsan Mani hopes BCCI allows its players to play in T20 leagues overseas, including the Pakistan Super League. At present, BCCI's rules forbid ...

The Indian Express
2019 Honda Civic India launch on March 7  Autocar India

Bookings for Honda's much-awaited executive sedan unofficially open; to be priced between Rs 18-22 lakh.

Autocar India
Indian minister posts speeded-up footage of new fast train  The Guardian

India's railways minister has been mocked for sharing a video of the country's first locally built fast train – using footage that had been sped up to twice its normal ...

The Guardian
Irani Cup 2019, Day 2: Vidarbha vs Rest of India Highlights  India Today

Irani Cup, Day 2 Highlights: After making a strong comeback towards the end of the opening day to restrict Rest of India to 330, Vidarbha will be hoping to ...

India Today
Moto G7 Power price in India leaked ahead of official launch along with colour options: Details here  Times Now

Moto G7 Power price in India has been leaked even before Motorola has confirmed the official India launch date for its new Moto G7 series which also includes ...

Times Now
Skoda Rapid Monte Carlo re-introduced in India, price starts at Rs 11.16 lakh  India Today

Skoda Auto India has re-introduced the Monte Carlo edition of mid-size sedan Rapid at an introductory price of Rs 11.16 lakh (ex-showroom, India). The new ...

India Today
Priyanka Gandhi announces alliance with OBC party for Lok Sabha polls  Times of India

India News: Priyanka Gandhi Vadra announced alliance with the OBC-dominated Mahaan Dal of Keshanv Dev Maurya for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls.

Times of India
View: Overestimating revenue flows pushing India's budget gap wider  Economic Times

India is set to miss its fiscal deficit targets for a second year, seen as credit negative by ratings firms.

Economic Times
Pakistan can break India jinx in upcoming World Cup: Moin Khan  Times of India

Cricket News: Former Pakistan captain Moin Khan believes the present national team has the firepower to break its World Cup jinx against India and register the ...

Times of India
Video of India's Fastest Train Zipping by at 'Lightening Speed' Actually Just Sped Up  Gizmodo

It's a hell of a time to spread misinformation in India—especially if you're a member of parliament and a government minister. Indian MP Piyush Goyal, the ...

Gizmodo
What are India's stakes in China's Belt and Road plan?  Quartz

China has called India its natural partner in the Belt and Road, but views in India are decidedly cooler. In April 2018, when prime minister Narendra Modi and ...

Quartz
North India to Witness Another Snow Spell as Fresh WD Approaches  The Weather Channel

A *fresh* western disturbance (WD) along with a cyclonic circulation will induce weather instability in North, causing 'moderate to heavy' snowfall.

The Weather Channel
CAG report on Rafale deal tabled in Parliament: Key points  Times of India

Pricing * The inter-governmental contract for Rafale was 2.86 per cent lower than the earlier aligned price. * The CAG rejected defence ministry's argument that ...

Times of India
Virat Kohli to return, Rohit-Dhawan rested? India's probable ODI squad for five-match Australia series  Times Now

In what has been termed as a dress rehearsal for the World Cup 2019, India versus Australia ODI series stands as sort of final audition for the two remaining ...

Times Now
Why allowing NRIs to carry more gold to India is a win-win  Khaleej Times

India should allow non-resident Indians (NRIs) to carry more gold in personal baggage capacity when travelling back which is a win-win situation for the country ...

Khaleej Times
VP's Health Deteriorates In India, Health Minister Positions Himself To Take Over  ZimEye - Zimbabwe News

Zambian Vice-President Inonge Wina's medical condition has worsened in India where she is hospitalized, government sources have told the Watchdog.

ZimEye - Zimbabwe News
WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter to fight fake news in India election  Quartz

On a cold afternoon in New Delhi this week, dozens of journalists gathered in a conference room of a five-star hotel at the invitation of the world's largest ...

Quartz
With India’s Election Looking Close, Modi Packs Budget With Handouts  The New York Times

NEW DELHI — A new pension plan for rickshaw pullers. More money for fisheries. Tax breaks for the middle class and cash handouts to struggling farmers.

The New York Times
As Food Prices Drop, India's Farmers Are Demanding Changes From The Government  NPR

Indian farmers are rioting and killing themselves. Many accuse the prime minister of neglecting them in favor of Hindu nationalists and big business as ...

NPR
Former India bowler Amit Bhandari beaten up in Delhi, taken to hospital | ESPNcricinfo.com  ESPNCricinfo

Amit Bhandari, the former India bowler and now chairman of selectors for Delhi senior and Under-23 teams, is in hospital after being attacked by men wielding ...

ESPNCricinfo
Irrfan Khan back in India  The Indian Express

Actor Irrfan Khan is reportedly back in India after undergoing treatment for neuroendocrine tumour in London. There were reports doing the rounds that Irrfan is ...

The Indian Express
An Indian City Bursting With Action  The New York Times

The present-day version of Chennai in South India dates back to only the 1600s, so a relatively youthful exuberance should not come as a surprise.

The New York Times
Republic Day 2019: Join India's great big constitution party  CNN

India is the world's largest democracy, and it's serious about its constitution. On Republic Day, the country pulls out all the stops to celebrate its remarkable ...

CNN
India puts 'lightest satellite' Kalamsat V2 into orbit  BBC News

India has launched what it says is the world's lightest satellite ever to be put into orbit. Weighing only 1.26kg (2.6lb), the Kalamsat-V2 was made by students ...

BBC News
Esha Gupta: Has Instagram exposed everyday racism in India?  BBC News

Bollywood actress Esha Gupta found herself at the centre of a storm over racism after posting a Whatsapp chat.

BBC News
India women: First female climbs sacred mountain  BBC News

Dhanya Sanal is the first woman to reach the summit of Agasthyakoodam, previously open only to men.

BBC News
India vs New Zealand, 3rd T20I at Hamilton Highlights: As it Happened  News18

Catch all the action and live cricket score from the third T20I between India and New Zealand at the Seddon Park in Hamilton on Sunday (February 10).

News18
Indian sisters pretend to be boys to keep barbershop afloat  The Guardian

Two teenage girls have been honoured by the Indian government after it was discovered they had pretended to be boys for four years to run their father's ...

The Guardian
A river ride to Rishikesh: India's new adventure capital  The Guardian

Rishikesh shot to fame when the Beatles arrived, in search of enlightenment. Half a century on, the area is attracting a different kind of seeker – those after rapids ...

The Guardian
In Kamala Harris' presidential campaign, Indian Americans want more opportunities to connect  NBCNews.com

While the California Democrat has caught the eyes of South Asian American voters, some say her ethnic background isn't enough for them to identify with her.

NBCNews.com
Why India's Smartphone Revolution Is a Double-edged Sword  Knowledge@Wharton

An explosion of affordable smartphones is turning Indians into internet users at the rate of three people per second. What's the impact?

Knowledge@Wharton
The Guardian view on India’s Mr Modi: suppressing inconvenient facts  The Guardian

Editorial: Unlike his predecessors, the Indian prime minister has in five years never held a traditional press conference. What has he got to hide?

The Guardian
Tiny Indian state proposes world’s biggest experiment with guaranteed income  The Washington Post

Sikkim, known for banning plastic bags and pesticides, wants to set up a system of minimum guaranteed income for its small population.

The Washington Post
 

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India (IAST: Bhārat), also known as the Republic of India (IAST: Bhārat Gaṇarājya), is a country in South Asia. It is the seventh largest country by area and with more than 1.3 billion people, it is the second most populous country and the most populous democracy in the world. Bounded by the Indian Ocean on the south, the Arabian Sea on the southwest, and the Bay of Bengal on the southeast, it shares land borders with Pakistan to the west; China, Nepal, and Bhutan to the northeast; and Bangladesh and Myanmar to the east. In the Indian Ocean, India is in the vicinity of Sri Lanka and the Maldives, while its Andaman and Nicobar Islands share a maritime border with Thailand and Indonesia.The Indian subcontinent was home to the urban Indus Valley Civilisation of the 3rd millennium BCE. In the following millennium, the oldest scriptures associated with Hinduism began to be composed. Social stratification, based on caste, emerged in the first millennium BCE, and Buddhism and Jainism arose. Early political consolidations took place under the Maurya and Gupta empires; later peninsular Middle Kingdoms influenced cultures as far as Southeast Asia. In the medieval era, Judaism, Zoroastrianism, Christianity, and Islam arrived, and Sikhism emerged, all adding to the region's diverse culture. Much of the north fell to the Delhi Sultanate; the south was united under the Vijayanagara Empire. The economy expanded in the 17th century in the Mughal Empire. In the mid-18th century, the subcontinent came under British East India Company rule, and in the mid-19th under British crown rule. A nationalist movement emerged in the late 19th century, which later, under Mahatma Gandhi, was noted for nonviolent resistance and led to India's independence in 1947.In 2017, the Indian economy was the world's sixth largest by nominal GDP and third largest by purchasing power parity. Following market-based economic reforms in 1991, India became one of the fastest-growing major economies and is considered a newly industrialised country. However, it continues to face the challenges of poverty, corruption, malnutrition, and inadequate public healthcare. A nuclear weapons state and regional power, it has the second largest standing army in the world and ranks fifth in military expenditure among nations. India is a federal republic governed under a parliamentary system and consists of 29 states and 7 union territories. A pluralistic, multilingual and multi-ethnic society, it is also home to a diversity of wildlife in a variety of protected habitats.