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13 January 2017 14:12

  Official figures show India’s imports of crude oil from Iran hit a record high in 2016 as some refiners resumed purchases after the lifting of sanctions against Tehran.  Figures released by Reuters show that India purchased about 473,000 barrels per day (bpd) of oil from Iran to feed expanding refining capacity. The figure was two times higher than that of last...

9 January 2017 16:40

  Unidentified militants have attacked a military road construction camp in Indian-controlled Kashmir, leaving three civilian workers dead, Indian officials say. The militants opened fire on the General Reserve Engineering Force camp near the international border with Pakistan on Monday while workers were sleeping in, Indian military spokesman Manish Mehta said, adding that “three casual laborers” were killed in the attack. The assailants...

28 December 2016 22:31

  Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says the Islamic Republic will use all its capacity to secure the release of an Iranian female charity worker who has been detained in India over alleged manslaughter. “The Foreign Ministry considers it its duty to protect Iranian nationals residing abroad, including students, elites and businessmen,… and will use all its capacity to support them and restore...

27 December 2016 16:25

  An Indian plane carrying 161 passengers and crew skidded off the runway at Goa airport on Tuesday, leaving 15 people with minor injuries. The incident took place at around 5 local time (2330 GMT) as the Jet Airways plane was getting ready for takeoff to the western city of Mumbai. The cause of the accident remains unknown but according to reports from...

24 December 2016 14:56

  In a controversial move, the local government in Indian-controlled Kashmir has granted “Nativity Certificates” to Hindu refugees from Pakistan there, thus recognizing them to be of Indian decent, Press TV reports. The recent move by the state administration saw it issuing the documents to the refugees from western Pakistan, who had settled in the area following the Indo-Pakistani war over the...

20 December 2016 16:04

  The media in New Delhi say the country is preparing to issue licenses to five Iranian private banks to open branches in India – a move which is expected to significantly facilitate trade between the two countries.  The Times of India said in a report that the Federation of Indian Export Organizations (FIEO) had asked the Reserve Bank of India to...

13 December 2016 15:56

  The death toll from powerful Cyclone Vardah, which hit the southern Indian tech hub of Chennai, has risen to at least 10 people, authorities say. “So far 10 people are confirmed dead. We will get reports from rural areas as the day progresses, but the worst is over,” Abhishek Shandiyal, spokesman for the National Diaster Management Authority, said Tuesday. Most of the...

7 December 2016 10:32

A rights group has accused Indian security forces of using indiscriminate force against protesters in Kashmir, saying the forces have been routinely blocking medical care for injured protesters in the restive region this year. In a report published on Monday, the group, Physicians for Human Rights, said the security forces were increasing the likelihood of permanent injuries and deaths by firing...

1 December 2016 16:14

  At least two people have been killed and 13 others are feared dead in an explosion at an explosive-making factory in southern India, police say. The blast occurred at a factory in the Murugapatti Village in the Tirichirappalli district of Tamil Nadu Province on Thursday morning, local police said. Fifteen other workers were wounded, also according to police. Three firefighting units and...

29 November 2016 15:50

  Armed men fighting against Indian rule in Kashmir have stormed a military base, triggering a fierce gunbattle that left three army officers dead. Officials said the attackers opened fire on the large military camp in Nagrota, a town on the main highway linking Kashmir’s two major cities of Srinagar and Jammu in the early hours of Tuesday. Four militants were also killed in...

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