India’s COVID-19 crisis damaged PM Modi’s political image, experts say – National

India’s hospitals were packed with coronavirus patients, relatives of the sick scrambled to find supplies of oxygen, and crematoriums were running near full capacity to handle the dead. Yet despite those clear signs of an overwhelming health crisis, Prime Minister Narendra Modi pressed ahead with a densely packed campaign rally. “I have never seen […]

Britain announces plan for ‘quantum leap’ in relations with India amid COVID-19 surge – National

Britain said Tuesday it’s agreed to increase co-operation with India in areas including trade, science and health as Indian authorities battle a surge in coronavirus infections that threatens to overwhelm the nation’s health care system. Plans for a “quantum leap” in relations between the two countries were released after a video meeting between British […]

Indian PM Modi rejects calls to vaccinate youth as COVID-19 infections surpass 12M – National

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday rejected calls from states to offer coronavirus vaccinations to younger people to help contain a record surge in cases. Many states in India, the world’s biggest vaccine producer, which has exported tens of millions of shots, have also complained of shortages even for the priority groups of […]

Farmers in India thankful for Canadian support amid protest against bills

For the past three months, Upkaran Deep Singh has woken up inside his small tent perched on Singhu Border, one of India’s busiest highways just north of Delhi, and almost immediately picks up his phone. The 23-year-old farmer scrolls through social media looking for the latest updates, as well as any misinformation, on the […]

Indian farmers plan to block main expressway to mark 100th day of protests – National

Indian farmers who have been protesting for months against deregulation of produce markets plan to block a major expressway outside New Delhi on Saturday, the 100th day of their campaign, they said. Tens of thousands have been camped outside Delhi since December, demanding Prime Minister Narendra Modi repeal three farm laws that open up […]

Twitter to not fully comply with orders to ban accounts linked to Indian farmer protests – National

Twitter said on Tuesday it would not fully comply with orders from Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government to take down some accounts amid the ongoing farmers’ protests, as it does not believe the orders are consistent with Indian law. It has permanently suspended some accounts but for others, it has only restricted access […]

Indian farmers plan to block highways across country for hours in next protest move – National

Tens of thousands of protesting Indian farmers plan to blockade highways across the country for three hours Saturday to press their demands for the repeal of new agricultural laws. Authorities deployed thousands of security forces mainly outside India’s capital, where farmers have camped at three main sites for more than two months. They say […]

Activists, journalists face social media crackdown amid Indian farmer protests – National

When Vinod K. Jose, executive editor of The Caravan, India’s leading investigating magazine, logged onto Twitter on Monday, he was shocked to find the magazine’s account blocked. Jose was already dealing with a case of sedition and other charges against him, the magazine owners and a freelance journalist. At the heart of the allegations […]

Indian farmers stage day-long hunger strike in protest against agricultural laws – National

Indian farmers taking part in more than two months of protest against new agriculture laws began a daylong hunger strike Saturday, as they sought to reaffirm the peaceful nature of their movement following recent violent clashes with police. Farmer leaders said the hunger strike was timed to coincide with the death anniversary of Indian […]

Indian farmers clash with police, face tear gas amid Republic Day protests – National

Indian farmers protesting against agricultural reforms breached barricades and clashed on Tuesday with police in the capital, who fired tear gas to restrain them, shortly after a convoy of tractors trundled through the city’s outskirts. Growers, angered by laws they say help large, private buyers at the expense of producers, have camped outside New […]