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    Indian city bans begging ahead of Ivanka Trump's visit

    The daughter of the US president will join India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other leaders at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Hyderabad later this month.

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    Pakistan allows 'Indian spy' to meet wife on humanitarian grounds

    In an offer that has taken India by surprise, Pakistan on Friday said it would arrange a meeting between Kulbhushan Jadhav, the former Indian Navy officer held on espionage charges, and his wife.

    South Asia
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    Indian commandos in Israel for ‘major’ military drill

    India is looking to boost its special forces’ capabilities, including cross-border counter-militancy operations, by participating for the first time in a major military drill with the air forces of Israel and eight other

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    How India's cow vigilantes deny Muslims their livelihood

    As if on cue, the reports on cow vigilantism and Muslims being targeted in an organised manner by self-proclaimed “gau rakshaks”, often with covert nod from the BJP governments in their states.

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    US sets up fund against religious violence in India

    The United States has announced a grant of nearly $500,000 for a non- governmental organisation to come up with proposals to develop early warning systems for “reducing religiously-motivated violence.

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    Indian teenager kills schoolmate to get exams postponed

    India arrested a teenager on Wednesday for allegedly slitting the throat of a seven-year-old schoolmate in hopes the murder would lead to an exam being postponed, federal investigators said.

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    Schools shut as toxic smog hits Delhi

    Delhi shut all primary schools on Wednesday as pollution hit 70 times the World Health Organization's safe level, prompting doctors in the Indian capital to warn of a public health emergency.

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    'Black Day' protests mark demonetisation anniversary in India

    At least 18 opposition parties, including the Indian National Congress, will mark the anniversary as a "Black Day", accusing the government of harmingthe country's economy with its policies.

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    War with India not an option, says Pakistan PM

    Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has said that war is not an option with India and that only talks can resolve all outstanding issues including Kashmir.Addressing a conference on 'Future of Pakistan 2017.

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    India successfully test its first fully indigenous Glide Bomb

    The government said on Friday that an indigenously developed lightweight 'Glide' bomb has been successfully tested in Chandipur in Odisha, marking a major milestone in developing such weapons.

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    China again blocks US move to ban Masood Azhar

    China on Thursday blocked a bid at the United Nations by the US, France and Britain to list Maulana Masood Azhar, chief of Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) militant group.

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    Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra on forbes 100 most powerful women list

    The Quantico star has made it to Forbes' World's Most Powerful Women List 2017. Priyanka came #97 on the list, which featured Angela Merkel, the Chancellor of Germany.

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    Indian power plant explosion kills 26

    An explosion at an Indian power plant on Wednesday killed at least 26 workers and seriously burned dozens of others, police said. The blast occurred at a coal-fired power plant.

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    Bangladesh caught in China-India rivalry

    With nearly a million ethnic Muslims taking refuge in Bangladesh in recent months to avoid torture in Myanmar, the government in Dhaka is caught in the brinkmanship of India and China, the two nations jockeying.

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    In a first, Indian team heads to Israel for combat drill

    India on Tuesday dispatched a C-130J 'Super Hercules' aircraft, along with a 45-member contingent, including Garud commandos, to Israel to take part in the top-notch multilateral 'Blue Flag-17' exercise from November.

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    President Assad Will Outlast Trump Presidency: Envoy

    Trans Asia News spoke to Dr. Riad Abbas, Ambassador of Syrian Arab Republic to India on topics ranging from ongoing Astana negotiations to future American role and the reconstruction of the war ravaged country.

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    China to choke India water? mulls tunnel to divert river

    China is working on an incredibly ambitious water diversion project involving the Brahmaputra, one of India’s largest rivers, which may become another point of tension between the two Asian neighbours.

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    Indoor pollution killed over 1.24 lakh across India in 2015, says Lancet report

    Indoor air pollution was linked to over 1.24 lakh deaths across India in 2015, a report published in Lancet – a noted medical journal – has stated. This count was higher than deaths caused by pollution.

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    Jinnah did not want Partition: Ayesha Jalal

    When [people at American universities] think of South Asia, they primarily think of India and that has been a problem. One had to fight with this limitation. I have never taught a course on Pakistan.

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    The Many, Many Things We Don’t Know About Baba Ramdev

    Ram Kisan Yadav, aka Baba Ramdev, has been one of the most public figures in India since he started revolving his stomach on Sanskar TV in 2002. As Priyanka Pathak-Narain notes in her closely-researched book.

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    Pakistan Army claims to have shot down Indian spy drone

    The Pakistan army on Friday claimed it had shot down an Indian “spy drone” in Rakhchikri sector along the Line of Control (LoC) after it entered its airspace.Pakistan military spokesman Major General Asif Ghafoor.

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    Soldier returned by Pakistan court martialed in India

    Indian Sepoy Chandu Babulal Chavan, of the 37 Rashtriya Rifles, who had reportedly crossed the Line of Control (LoC) into Pakistan in September last year has been court martialed in India

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    Outrage over attack on Swiss couple in India

    A Swiss couple have been attacked at Fatehpur Sikri, a monument 44km (27 miles) from the Taj Mahal, Indian police say. A senior police officer told reporters that four men attacked.

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    India's ruling party to face poll test on PM Modi's turf

    Voters in Narendra Modi’s home state Gujarat will go to the polls in December, the election commission announced Wednesday, in what will be a key test for India’s right-wing premier.

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