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Bengaluru’s Tree Doctor : saving the “Garden City” one tree at a time

Urban conservationist Vijay Nishanth, a man who is determined to preserve what is left of the “Garden City”. Commonly referred to as the “<i>tree doctor</i> …

Gardening

I interviewed convicted rapists in New Delhi – and then found one of their young victims

A ten-year-old girl was recently denied an abortion by the Supreme Court of India. She was a victim of rape, which she alleges was perpetrated by her …

New Delhi

Agra: Mother of 4 offers to sell kidney to help pay daughters' school fee

A mother in Agra has offered to sell her kidney to anyone in need to fund her children's education. Her daughters have been expelled from school as …

EVM challenge: AAP will organise its own ‘hackathon’ on the same day as the Election Commission

Party leader Saurabh Bharadwaj said that it would be impossible to tamper the machines if contestants followed the poll body’s guidelines.<p>The Aam …

India

After growth slumps, Arun Jaitley looks to GST for lift

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's economy should get a lift from the launch of the Goods and Services Tax (GST), Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said on Thursday, putting a brave face on a slowdown in growth that followed a government crackdown on "black money".<p>Jaitley's comments came a day after data …

India's slowing growth blamed on 'big mistake' of demonetisation

Prime minister Narendra Modi’s policy of stopping issue of higher value banknotes has weakened economy, say experts<p>India has posted its slowest growth rate in two years, ceding its status as the world’s fastest-growing major economy to China, with economists blaming the downturn partly on last …

Economy

India rejects Apple's plan to import refurbished iPhones

As iPhone sales start to decline for the first time in 13 years, the company has been looking to emerging markets to make up the slack with first-time buyers. But Cupertino's plan to boost marketshare in India by importing and selling refurbished iPhones was just met with a firm rejection by the …

India

iPhone hacking is easy, claims Indian telecom minister

So far this year, vulnerabilities have been exploited to help unlock the older-generation iPhone 5s and 5c, both as part of murder investigations. However, the newer iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6s, and 6s Plus remain secure devices no government has been able to break into.<p>Although that record may have been …

India

Divine intervention? Indian Hindus ask gods to help Trump

NEW DELHI (AP) — Donald Trump may find it tough to get Republican leaders behind his campaign, but he's got some faraway fans trying to get the gods on his side.<p>Around a dozen members of a right-wing Indian Hindu group lit a ritual fire and chanted mantras Wednesday asking the Hindu gods to help …

New Delhi

'Death photographers' of India's holy city

<b>The ancient Indian city of Varanasi is known as the religious capital of Hinduism and its ghats - steps on the banks of the river Ganges - are considered sacred. On one such ghat, the BBC's Vikas Pandey meets some people who call themselves the 'death photographers'.</b><p>Varanasi has many ghats where …

India approaches Halkbank to handle oil payment to Iran - Fars

DUBAI (Reuters) - India has approached Turkey’s Halkbank to faciliate the payment of $6.5 billion to Iran, which it owes for crude oil imports, Iran’s Fars news agency quoted India’s ambassador to Tehran as saying on Saturday.<p>A worker walks atop a tanker wagon to check the freight level at an oil …

Iran

Desi Version Of Startup India: New Scheme Aimed At Boosting Entrepreneurship In Rural India

Aimed at promoting entrepreneurship at rural level and providing momentum to Startup India campaign in India, government will soon launch a scheme- …

Prez rule in Uttarakhand: Governor’s report on sting op tilted scales

A sting operation on chief minister Harish Rawat sealed the fate of the Congress government in Uttarakhand before it could take Monday’s scheduled …

India

Amitabh Bachchan, Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Kangna Ranaut win at the 63rd National Awards

It is that time of the year when the best films across India will be given its most prestigious recognition in the form of the National Awards. And …

Tata Steel 'must hold its nerve' in Port Talbot talks

<b>Tata Steel must "hold its nerve" and back the Port Talbot plant in crunch talks over the site's future to be held in India, an MP has said.</b><p>Representatives of the Community union have flown out to Mumbai ahead of discussions with the board on Tuesday.<p>The south Wales site bore the brunt of 1,050 job …

The global rent-a-womb industry is starting to crumble

In the era of globalized trade, there are few things Westerners can’t outsource. The clothes on our backs are made in Bangladesh. The gadgets we …

Surrogacy

India Proposes Making All Vehicles Electric By 2030

Piyush Goyal, India’s Minister of State for Power, Coal, and New and Renewable Energy, says his country is working on a plan to make every car in the …

India

California Textbooks: ‘Editing out India is bizarre! We must fight back because this concerns all Indians, not just Hindus’

<b>New York:</b> Led by hundreds of high school students, teachers, parents of Indian kids in American schools and “outraged” grandpas and grandmas, more …

India

The 270,836 Women Missing From the Indian Railways

Indian village bans single women from using mobile phones

File photo<p>Image: Shutterstock/Rehan Qureshi<p>File photo<p>Image: Shutterstock/Rehan Qureshi<p>A VILLAGE IN Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state …

India

After 69 years of independence, Southern Assam gets direct train to New Delhi

People of southern Assam's multi-ethnic Barak valley bordering Bangladesh had a key role in the Independence movement of India. But it took 69 years …

India

Freedom 251 has a price of Rs 251: Here’s what we know

Written by Shruti Dhapola | New Delhi |<p>Ringing Bells Freedom 251 was launched yesterday: BJP Senior leader Murli Manhor Joshi ,Director of Ringing …

India

Delhi – The Heart of India | Rupert Marlow

Delhi is an enormous city – probably why it is in its own state. The size of it is mind-boggling, with 16.3 million inhabitants (London has 8.1 …

Photography

Rajasthan to ease restrictions on cell phone towers around schools and hospitals

Written by Mahim Pratap Singh | Jaipur |<p>The Rajasthan government on Wednesday said the decision was taken following “a large number of …

Surveillance

Pakistan arrests militant group head suspected of attack on Indian air base

The head of the Jaish-e-Mohammad militant group was held on suspicion his outfit masterminded the attack this month<p>Pakistan has arrested the head of the Jaish-e-Mohammad militant group on suspicion his outfit masterminded an attack this month on an air base in India, two officials said on Wednesday.<p>…

Pakistan

Indians make the world's largest diaspora population: United Nations

Indians account for the world's largest diaspora population, with 16 million people living outside the country. It is followed by Mexico at 12 …

Population

The hijra helping trans models in India

We speak to Rudranri Chettri about fighting violence and discrimination, helping HIV sufferers and setting up the country’s first trans modelling agency<p>13January 2016<p>In India, transgender and intersex people, known collectively as hijras (an ethnic transgender group specific to South Asia), are …

LGBTQ

Courageous acid attack survivor becomes the face of a fashion campaign in India

Acid attack survivor and activist, Laxmi has become the face of a new fashion campaign in India called "Face of Courage," which challenges social …

Acid Attack

Asia's coastal cities face challenge of rising seas

NEW DELHI (AP) — The future will be a watery one for some of the world's biggest cities.<p>Predicted sea level increases this century mean many face increased flooding, stronger storm surges and unpredictable weather. How well coastal cities can cope will dramatically affect quality of life and their …