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US rights report critical of India

The US State Department's human rights report criticises India for violations by police and security forces while at the same time noting the “serious abuses” by separatist insurgents and terrorists. "The most significant human rights issues included police and security force abuses, such as extrajudicial killings, disappearances, torture, arbitrary arrest and detention, rape, harsh and life-threatening prison conditions, and lengthy pretrial detention,” the Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2017 released in Washington on Friday said.

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Can't force its forces to buy weapons 'Made in India': Sitharaman

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Wednesday said the government cannot walk a "thin line" to compel Indian armed forces to buy indigenous weapons, after she opened a major defence trade fair that projects India - world's biggest global arms importer - as one of the major military equipment manufacturing hubs.

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Will opposition join hands to defeat the BJP?

It was a wake-up call for the ruling BJP and a beckoning opportunity for opposition parties to check the seeming invincibility of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his principal strategist BJP president Amit Shah - backed by a formidable election machinery and deep pockets - provided they pool resources and form a joint front.

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Countdown for 2019: Congress works on an anti-BJP front

Though out of power for almost four years, the Congress party’s leaders and workers looked upbeat when they gathered for the 84th Plenary session of the All India Congress Committee (March16 -18) at New Delhi’s cavernous Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium. 

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Can a united opposition front unseat BJP from power?

If one explanation has to be given for the BJP’s electoral ills in the Hindi heartland and nearby states, it is arrogance. Even more than the Narendra Modi government’s failures on the employment and agricultural fronts, it is the party’s and the government’s haughtiness, reflected in the vice-president, M Venkaiah Naidu’s characterization of Modi as “God’s gift to the nation” which has been undermining the party’s standing.

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India is paying a price for losing its grasslands

Wiry shrubs and clumps of brown-green fill the semi-arid landscape of Kutch in western India. Many of these patches have, over the years, made way for "more productive" agricultural land. This greening of "wasteland" is, however, degrading a precious and largely ignored ecosystem -- the grasslands. And, as a result,

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IMF expects India's role in Indo-Pacific region to expand

The International Monetary Fund expects India's role in the Indo-Pacific region's development to continue to expand because of its robust growth, but it has to carry out more trade refor...

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