India voters start world’s biggest election

Supporters of the Bharatiya Janata Party wear masks of prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi during a campaign rally in Bangalore, India, for the Lok Sabha elections, which started today. Photo: EPA

Indians began voting in the world’s biggest election today, which is set to sweep the Hindu nationalist opposition to power at a time of low growth, anger about corruption and warnings about religious unrest.

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Indian space head braced for tricky Mars challenge

Indian Space Research Organisation Chairman K Radhakrishnan. Photo: AP

The head of India’s space agency warned on Thursday of the immense complexity of launching a mission to Mars as the country prepares to send its first interplanetary probe to explore the atmosphere on the Red Planet.

1 Nov 2013 - 5:12pm

Indian security forces kill 14 Maoist rebels

Indian troops at the scene of a landmine blast by Maoists in Koraput, some 500km from Bhubaneswar. Indian security forces have killed 14 Maoist rebels. Photo: AP

Security forces killed 14 Maoists in a firefight in eastern India on Saturday, police said, marking the latest bloodshed in a long conflict in which the rebels have been battling to overthrow the government.

It was the single biggest rebel death toll in Orissa state from one incident and came amid an intense anti-Maoist campaign in the area conducted over the past month, police said.

14 Sep 2013 - 7:04pm

Teen in India gang-rape case sent to reform home for three years

lain-clothes police escort the teenage rapist and murderer, with his face covered, out of the court after his conviction. Photo: EPA

The victim’s mother denounced the sentence, which was the maximum the defendant faced. The family had long insisted the teenager, who was 17 at the time of the attack and is now 18, be tried as an adult - and so face the death penalty - insisting he was the most brutal of the woman’s attackers.

1 Sep 2013 - 4:25am 5 comments

India’s Sonia Gandhi discharged from hospital

Indian Social Justice minister Kumari Selja (left) escorts chairwoman of ruling United Progressive Alliance and Congress party president Sonia Gandhi, who has fallen ill.

Sonia Gandhi, the leader of India’s ruling Congress Party and the country’s most powerful politician, has been discharged from a hospital after falling ill during a debate in Parliament, the health minister said on Tuesday.

27 Aug 2013 - 4:17pm 1 comment

Police arrest 2nd suspect in Mumbai gang rape case

Police arrest 2nd suspect in Mumbai gang rape case

A second man was arrested in the gang rape of a photojournalist in Mumbai, police said on Saturday, promising swift justice for a crime that has renewed public outcry over sexual violence in India.

24 Aug 2013 - 3:31pm

Five Indian soldiers killed by Pakistani troops

 Indian policemen detain a man during a protest in Srinagar, summer capital of Kashmir. Pakistani troops have killed five Indian soldiers in an attack on Kashmir. Photo: Xinhua

Pakistani troops killed five Indian soldiers in an attack on a military post in Indian Kashmir, Indian officials said on Tuesday.

“Pakistani troops simply attacked the Indian post, violating the ceasefire and they killed five of our soldiers,” a senior army official in Indian-administered Kashmir said on condition of anonymity.

6 Aug 2013 - 5:24pm

Indian PM on landmark Kashmir trip after deadly attack

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Photo: AP

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was to pay a landmark visit to troubled Indian Kashmir on Tuesday, a day after heavily-armed militants killed eight soldiers in the deadliest attack in the region for five years.

25 Jun 2013 - 4:04pm

Road building revival offers rare hope for India infrastructure overhaul

Strapped for cash, New Delhi is pushing a model known as build-operate-transfer (BOT) to help the economy and fix ageing infrastructure. Photo: Reuters

K Ramchand, managing director at one of India’s biggest road builders, is doing something unusual to help dispel the gloom pervading much of the country’s infrastructure sector today: bidding for new projects.

18 Jun 2013 - 1:39pm

Britain pushes India's nuclear ambitions

An Agni-IV missile is displayed during the Republic Day parade in New Delhi. London, Washington, Paris and others argue nuclear-armed India should join the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG). Photo: AFP

Britain has stepped up efforts to let India join an influential global body controlling nuclear exports, a move that would boost New Delhi's standing as an atomic power but which has faced resistance from China and other countries.

16 Jun 2013 - 8:12am

Book lead: 'Helium' by Jaspreet Singh

Illustration: Brian Wang

New Delhi-born, Toronto-based author Jaspreet Singh's eagerly awaited second novel, Helium, is rather unusual, disturbingly beautiful and somewhat angry.

9 Jun 2013 - 3:43pm

South Africa's cricketers seek redemption after India loss

South Africa's Lonwabo Tsotsobe is bowled out by India's Ravindra Jadeja during their Champions Trophy match. Photo: AFP

South Africa face a tough task to put their Champions Trophy campaign back on track after being laid low by injuries and a demoralising defeat to India.

The Proteas hopes of winning the tournament slipped when they crashed by 26 runs against Mahendra Singh Dhoni's world champions in a high-scoring opener in Cardiff.

8 Jun 2013 - 6:17am

Police say American woman gang-raped in Indian town

An woman in New Delhi holds a placard protesting against recent rapes in India. An American woman has been gang-raped in the northern Indian resort town of Manali, police said. Photo: Reuters

An American woman was gang-raped in the northern Indian resort town of Manali, police said.

Three men in a truck picked up the 30-year-old woman as she was hitchhiking to her guest house after visiting a friend, police officer Sher Singh said.

The men drove to a secluded spot and raped her, he said. She went to police and they filed a rape case.

5 Jun 2013 - 12:27pm 4 comments

US tourist gang-raped in northern India after hitching ride

An American tourist was raped by a truck driver and two other men after hitching a ride in the north Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, police said yesterday.

The incident follows the alleged rape of a 21-year-old Irish charity worker in Calcutta at the weekend and comes as the country attempts to tackle widespread sex crime with tougher rape laws.

5 Jun 2013 - 12:35am

As number of jobless Indians grows, so will anger

Photo: AP

Talk to any Indian CEO in any industry and the same cri de coeur emerges - the impossibility of finding skilled manpower. Talk to any ordinary Indian youth and the talk is of desperation to find a job.

What was being touted a few years ago as India's "demographic dividend" - its large population of working-age people - has gone horribly wrong.

5 Jun 2013 - 12:48am