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  1. News - Asia - INDIA

    India’s low-cost Mars mission enters last lap as spacecraft prepares to enter orbit

    Posted Sep 18th 2014, 04:19pm

    ... Chandrayaan satellite found evidence of water on the moon. Although facing strong competition from China, India aspires to be a low-cost supplier of space technology and to grab a bigger slice of an industry worth more than US$300-billion. India has so far launched 40 foreign satellites, many of them for advanced nations. China has an edge, however, as it can put heavier satellites into orbit ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1595391/indias-low-cost-mars-mission-enters-last-lap-spacecraft-prepares-enter
  2. News - World - INDIA

    Indian PM Narendra Modi ups fashion ante for maiden US visit

    Posted Sep 23rd 2014, 01:13pm

    ... are often mocked by media for their crumpled traditional cotton shirt-and-pyjama attire, which serves as an austerity badge in a nation where simple living is prized as a political credo. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1598647/indian-pm-narendra-modi-ups-fashion-ante-maiden-us-visit
  3. News - Asia - INDIA

    India tackles corruption at state hospitals

    Posted Aug 25th 2014, 03:59am by Bloomberg

    ... product for years. That compares to 3 per cent in China and 8.3 per cent in the United States, according to a World Bank database for 2012. In May, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had led his ... of hospital beds and kickbacks from suppliers of medical goods, if these are discovered. The government crackdown started last month after a media report exposed alleged kickback arrangements between ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1580393/india-tackles-corruption-state-hospitals
  4. News - Asia - INDIA

    Have Delhi's social media curbs gone too far amid northeast crisis, some ask

    Posted Aug 25th 2012, 12:00am

    ... McClatchy-Tribune in New Delhi Delhi accused of sense-of-humour failure after ordering sites parodying PM shut amid unrest Have social media curbs gone too far, some ask Has the Indian ... and altered photos of supposed atrocities against Muslims soon spread via social media, and several people from the northeast were beaten in cities including Bangalore, prompting the crackdown. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1022707/have-delhis-social-media-curbs-gone-too-far-amid-northeast-crisis-some-ask
  5. News - Asia - INDIA

    Indian supporters blast failure to renew exiled writer's resident permit

    Posted Aug 03rd 2014, 06:14am by SHAIKH AZIZUR RAHMAN

    ... Shaikh Azizur Rahman in Calcutta After years in exile, Bangladeshi writer's renewal permit is refused by India Backers plead for author's residency Indian supporters of exiled Bangladeshi poet and novelist Taslima Nasrin have taken to social media demanding a long-term Indian residency for the author, after the Indian government refused to renew her residence permit. Nasrin ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1565164/indian-supporters-blast-failure-renew-exiled-writers-resident-permit
  6. News - Asia - INDIA

    India outsources chores as servant culture shifts

    Posted Jul 23rd 2014, 11:12pm by AFP

    ... at home or in the office. Anil Dharker, a Mumbai columnist who writes on social issues, said most Indian companies now wanted fewer employees on their books and therefore fewer liabilities, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1557714/india-outsources-chores-servant-culture-shifts
  7. News - Asia - INDIA

    Arundhati Roy prompts outrage with call for 'truth' about Mahatma Gandhi

    Posted Jul 21st 2014, 03:40am by The Guardian

    ... of the most brutal social hierarchy ever known, the caste system... Do we really need to name our universities after him?" Roy said. The caste system is thousands of years old but still defines ... of nonviolence and bringing social transformation without creating hatred." Roy's comments come amid a series of rows over the study and representation of Indian history. The appointment ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1556890/arundhati-roy-prompts-outrage-call-truth-about-mahatma-gandhi
  8. News - Asia - INDIA

    Nationalist plan to promote Hindi sparks language backlash in India

    Posted Jun 21st 2014, 01:16am by AFP

    ... to promote Hindi as the government's official language on social media, demanding English be used instead. The right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government, which swept to power last month, has instructed all ministries and public offices to use Hindi in its official communication on social media. But Jayalalithaa Jayaram, chief minister of southern Tamil Nadu state and whose ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1537328/nationalist-plan-promote-hindi-sparks-language-backlash-india
  9. News - Asia - INDIA

    Youthful chief of India's 'failed' Uttar Pradesh state vows to turn things around

    Posted Jun 17th 2014, 10:58pm by AFP

    ... warning things could get worse unless deep-rooted social problems are tackled, the heat is on Akhilesh Yadav. But he is fighting back. "Because UP is a big state, politically, it is a very ... taking the dangling bodies down from a mango tree until the local media had captured them on film.   R. K. Singh, a lawmaker for Prime Minister Nardendra Modi's party, said: "The state ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1535209/youthful-chief-indias-failed-uttar-pradesh-state-vows-turn-things-around
  10. News - Asia - INDIA

    Death every five minutes makes India's roads the world's deadliest

    Posted Jul 15th 2014, 08:48pm by BLOOM

    ... fatalities in the US, with about 100 million more registered vehicles than India. In mainland China, official statistics from the Ministry of Public Security showed 62,387 people died in road ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1554907/death-every-five-minutes-makes-indias-roads-worlds-deadliest

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