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Wild rumours, lynchings and India's missing children

Rumours of child abduction spread over social networking sites are getting innocent people killed in different parts of rural India, creating serious law and order problems for police and raising questions over the effectiveness of law-enforcement machinery in India’s vast hinterland.

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Beyond religion: Muslim credit society changes lives of marginalised people, mostly Hindus

Kamla Devi, Pankaj Kumar, Geeta Devi and Sanjay Singh, all Hindus, share one thing in common. Their lives have been transformed through "interest-free" loans provided by a Muslim cooperative credit society in Bihar. They are four of nearly 9,000 Hindus -- mostly vendors, small traders, road side shopkeepers, marginal farmers and women -- who got rid of exploitative moneylenders, all thanks to interest-free loans by the Patna-based Al-Khair Cooperative Credit Society Ltd.

India's military aims not guided by desire for territorial expansion: Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said India's military aims and preparedness were driven not by a desire to conquer anyone's territory but to protect its own people.

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.

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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In northeast India, water-management practices to deal with climate change

In a small village on the north bank of the Brahmaputra in Assam in northeast India, farmer Horen Nath stood gazing at his partially submerged paddy field. The floods had kept their annual date but mercifully, the farmer said, the waters have started receding. "The weather has become very strange of late. We always had ample rain,

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IMF cuts India's growth projection, but it still retains world's top spot

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) cut India's growth projections for this fiscal year to 7.3 per cent and for the next to 7.5 per cent on Monday, although the country will still retain i...

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