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Three held in $1.8 bln Indian public sector bank fraud case

Saturday, 17 February 2018

India’s federal police arrested two employees at Punjab National Bank believed to be at the center of a staggering $1.77 billion fraud, a police source said on Saturday, in the first arrests so far in the country’s biggest-ever bank scam. The arrests late on Friday come amid an intensifying probe involving various authorities after India’s second-largest state-run lender said on Wednesday it had been hit by massive fraud. The two bank employees who were arrested, Gokulnath ...

Unstoppable Kohli leads India to 5-1 hammering of South Africa

Friday, 16 February 2018

Virat Kohli led India to a 5-1 series hammering of South Africa on Friday, scoring another magnificent century in an eight-wicket win in the sixth and final one-day international.Kohli’s 129 not out came off just 96 balls, and he reached his century off 82 balls, as India strolled to 206-2 and past South Africa's 204 all out.India was again barely stretched in humbling the team that was No. 1 in the world rankings at the start of this series. That top ranking was taken by India, which ...

Woman in India ‘marries’ twice posing as man to get dowry

Friday, 16 February 2018

A 31-year-old Indian woman who appeared to master the art of dressing up as a man to get married was finally outed. Seeking profit from the idea of dowry, the woman in question, Sweety Sen, had posed as a man, Krishna Sen, and deceitfully married two women, reported the Times of India. Her three-year not-so Oscar-winning performance failed after she was reported to the police by her first wife. Sen has since been arrested by police and has undergone a series of investigations. READ ALSO: In ...

How publishers in India tap underage writers to book profits

Friday, 16 February 2018

Wealthy Indians are spending a small fortune to get their 9-16 year olds’ books published to give them a head start in life. The new parental obsession has come as a boon for paid publishing - firms which charge wannabe authors a fat fee for making their books see the light of day instead of paying them royalties. Mainline publishers are aghast at what they call crass commercialization of the noble profession of publishing. Paid publishing is, in any case, called ‘vanity’ ...

Kohli eyes World Cup glory after conquering South Africa

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

India’s first ever one-day international series victory in South Africa has laid a strong platform for the country’s hopes of a successful 2019 World Cup campaign, captain Virat Kohli said. “We are a team that always wants to think of ways we can improve and after this tour we will look be to even stronger with the 2019 World Cup in mind,” he said after India took a 4-1 lead in the six-match series on Tuesday. “It’s a wonderful feeling to have created some ...

India’s moral police harass couples, get animals ‘married’ on Valentine’s Day

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

India’s so-called “moral police” has been at it again this Valentine’s Day, making news for harassing couple’s celebrating Valentine’s Day and even getting animals married to score a point. A Times of India report, in Ahmedabad, self-proclaimed “moral police” chased couples in the city. According to the report, members belonging to the Bajrang Dal – a militant group – harassed couples at the city’s Sabarmati Riverfront before they ...

India’s acid attack survivor girl who is getting engaged this Valentine’s Day

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

As the commodification of Valentine’s Day gets played out all over again, here’s a story of human bonding that will melt your heart – the story of Rani (Hindi word for queen). Rani was 16 when she survived an acid attack in the east India’s state of Odisha. Her face was disfigured and she lost her sight completely. In 2014, she met Saroj, a medical representative who then quit his job to take care of Rani. Life restored In October 2017, doctors restored 20 percent of ...

Is India’s Modi losing popularity as parliamentary elections draw nearer?

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Narendra Modi may have won encomiums during his recent three-nation West Asia tour but back home in India, as he enters the final year of his tenure as Prime Minister, his popularity is on the wane even as the clock has started ticking for the parliamentary elections next year.If the twin ill-planned and disastrous decisions of demonetization and implementation of the goods and services tax (GST) were macroeconomic shocks that earned him public wrath, the recent electoral losses of his Bharatiya ...

Nine killed as gun battle rages in army camp in Indian-administered Kashmir

Sunday, 11 February 2018

Nine people were killed in a gun battle between Indian soldiers and militants that raged into its second day at an army camp in northern Jammu and Kashmir state, police said. Militants stormed the Sunjuwan camp in the city of Jammu early on Saturday and hundreds of police and soldiers were rushed in to dislodge the fighters, a home ministry official said. Five soldiers and a civilian were killed, as were three militants, a senior police officer said. Officials said an unknown number of ...

When India PM Modi beckoned all and sundry to the opulent Dubai Opera House

Sunday, 11 February 2018

Dubai’s usual morning traffic snarl appeared to have started early on Sunday morning to accommodate the extra rush expected because of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's community reception in the UAE.‎ The atmosphere was made festive by the inauguration of a temple in Abu Dhabi which was done via livestream from Dubai. As Indians - and some non-Indians too - from all walks of life converged on the opulent Dubai Opera House, they expected another rock-star reception that has become ...

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