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March 22, 2018 12:00 AM Gayakwad replaces Ekta in India women squad

NEW DELHI: Left-arm spinner Rajeshwari Gayakwad has been roped in to India’s squad as replacement for the injured Ekta Bisht for the upcoming tri-series at home, involving England and Australia. Bisht - also a left-arm spinner - injured her left index finger during the third ODI against Australia in Vadodara on March 18, and has been advised 10 days rest.Gayakwad

March 22, 2018 12:00 AM India to get appropriate reply to any aggression: FO

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has said that if Indian takes any irresponsible step it would be given a appropriate answer, adding that the rising tension could be dangerous for peace in the region, sources said. An official at the Foreign Ministry said Pakistan had contacted India through diplomatic channels and asked them to stop firing along the Line of Control

March 21, 2018 12:00 AM India scraps tax to boost sugar exports, cut inventory

NEW DELHI: India has scrapped a 20 percent sugar export tax, a government source said on Tuesday, to help boost overseas sales in a year of surplus production. Last week Reuters reported that India, the world´s biggest consumer of sugar, would axe the export tax and then make it compulsory for mills to export a combined 2 million to 3 million tonnes

March 20, 2018 4:31 AM Pakistan expresses disappointment as India denies visas to Zaireen of Ajmer Sharif

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has expressed disappointment over non-issuance of visas by India for the visit of the 503 Pakistani Zaireen to participate in the Urs of Hazrat Khawaja Moinuddin Chishti (RA) at Ajmer Sharif from 19-29 of this month. Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal, in a statement, said that the visit was to take place under the 1974 Pakistan-India 2

March 18, 2018 12:00 AM J&K becomes top agenda item in UNHCR policy statement

ISLAMABAD: Jammu and Kashmir has become a top agenda item in the policy statement of the UN high commissioner of Human Rights (UNHCR) in its Geneva Headquarters as it happened for the first time in the history of the commission. The UNHRC has included Kashmir in the list of other urgent international conflicts, like Syria. The human rights activist Ahmad 2

March 17, 2018 12:00 AM Indian party quits Modi’s coalition in blow ahead of polls

NEW DELHI: An Indian political party that governs a southern state quit Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s coalition on Friday blaming it for a lack of financial support, officials said, in a blow to the coalition ahead of national elections next year. The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) controls 16 lawmakers in India’s 545-member parliament, but Modi’s Bharatiya 2

March 15, 2018 12:00 AM India needs 8 percent growth for 30 years to join middle-income group

NEW DELHI: India´s economy needs to grow 8 percent and higher a year for the next three decades to join the ranks of middle-income countries, which would require major reforms in the land, labour and financial sectors, the World Bank said on Wednesday. If that did happen, it would raise the income of at least 50 percent of India´s 1.3 billion people 9

March 14, 2018 12:00 AM Maoists kill 8 Indian cops in Chhattisgarh

NEW DELHI: Maoist rebels killed eight Indian paramilitary troopers after detonating an explosive beneath their vehicle during a patrol in restive Chhattisgarh state, officials said Tuesday. The blast in a remote forest region also injured three others who were airlifted to state capital Raipur for treatment, a spokesman for India’s central reserve police 6

March 13, 2018 12:00 AM India’s retail inflation eases in February

NEW DELHI: India's retail inflation eased for the second straight month in February but remained above the 4 percent medium-term target of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), strengthening views it will hold rates steady at its April meeting rather than raise them. The central bank, which has kept rates steady since a 25-basis-point cut in August, is widely 16

March 12, 2018 12:00 AM Indian doctors suspended after severed leg used as pillow

NEW DELHI: Indian authorities have suspended two doctors and launched an investigation after a patient´s severed leg was used as a pillow to prop up his head, a hospital official said on Sunday. Administrators at the government-run hospital in Uttar Pradesh state vowed "strict action" after images emerged showing the patient on a stretcher with the amputated 10