India celebrates vice president-elect Kamala Harris’ victory with firecrackers, prayers – National

Groups gathered at street corners in Thulasendrapuram, a tiny village of 350 people, reading newspapers and chatting about Joe Biden and Harris’ victory before moving to a temple. Read more: President-elect Joe Biden pledges to unite Americans in victory speech A woman wrote in color powder outside her home: “Congratulations Kamala Harris. Pride of our […]

12 dead after powerful blast, fire at India warehouse – National

By Staff The Associated Press Posted November 4, 2020 12:27 pm Smaller font Descrease article font size –A Larger font Increase article font size A+ A major fire and a powerful blast Wednesday rocked a cotton factory warehouse storing chemicals in western India and killed […]

India’s coronavirus cases are surging, but holidays expected to make it worse – National

Already on track to overtake the United States with the world’s most novel coronavirus infections, India is bracing for a surge of cases in coming weeks as it heads into its main holiday season with an economy freed of virus restrictions. The recent experience of the southern state of Kerala, which was praised for […]

U.S., Australia, India, Japan ministers meet to discuss China’s growing power – National

Foreign ministers from four Indo-Pacific nations known as the Quad group are gathering in Tokyo on Tuesday for talks that Japan hopes will increase their involvement in a regional initiative called “Free and Open Indo-Pacific” aimed at countering China’s growing assertiveness. The meeting — the first in-person talks among the foreign ministers since the […]

India’s coronavirus death toll surpasses 100,000 with no signs of slowing – National

India’s death toll from the novel coronavirus rose past 100,000 on Saturday, only the third country in the world to reach that bleak milestone, after the United States and Brazil, and its epidemic shows no sign of abating. Total deaths rose to 100,842, the health ministry said, while the tally of infections climbed to […]

Amnesty International halts work in India, says government is ‘freezing dissent’ – National

Human rights group Amnesty International stopped its work in India on Tuesday saying the government had frozen its bank accounts in the latest action against it for speaking out about rights violations. The group said it had laid off staff after facing a crackdown over the past two years over allegations of financial wrongdoing […]

Indian man accused of slashing pregnant wife to check baby’s ‘gender’ – National

WARNING: This story contains details some may find disturbing. Discretion is advised. Police in Bareilly, India, have arrested a man for allegedly slashing his pregnant wife across the stomach to “check the gender of the unborn child.” The attack left the mother critically injured and caused her to miscarry the fetus, police and relatives […]

India surpasses 5 million coronavirus cases, closing in on U.S. record total – National

India’s coronavirus confirmed cases crossed 5 million on Wednesday, still soaring and testing the country’s feeble health care system in tens of thousands of impoverished towns and villages. The Health Ministry reported 90,123 new cases in the past 24 hours, raising the nation’s confirmed total to 5,020,359, about 0.35% of its nearly 1.4 billion […]

5 missing Indian nationals released by China amid standoff – National

The Indian army said Saturday that China has released five Indian nationals who went missing earlier this month from the eastern state of Arunachal Pradesh amid simmering tensions between the two countries along a disputed mountain frontier. The five men were hunters and will be quarantined for 14 days as a precaution against the […]

India nears 100,000 new coronavirus cases daily, setting new global record – National

India reported a record daily jump in coronavirus cases for a second consecutive day, logging 97,570 new infections on Saturday, data from the federal health ministry showed. With total cases of more than 4.65 million, India is the world’s second worst affected country, trailing only the United States, which has more than 6.4 million […]