At least 10 dead in landslide in western India

People take shelter after a landslide in Nambrachiwadi, Maharashtra, India, on 20 July 2023. EFE/EPA/DIVYAKANT SOLANKI

New Delhi, Jul 20 (EFE).- At least 10 people died and dozens remain trapped following a landslide in a village in western India, with rescue teams working around the clock to recover possible survivors, officials said Thursday. This landslide occurred on Wednesday night in Maharashtra state’s Raigad district, which, like the rest of the region, … Read more

Arrest of journalist in Indian Kashmir sparks global outrage

Indian security soldiers check a Kashmiri man's bag during a surprise search operation in central business hub Lal Chowk in Srinagar, India, 21 November 2022. EFE-EPA/FAROOQ KHAN

New Delhi, Mar 22 (EFE).- The arrest of a Kashmiri journalist by an anti-terror agency in India sparked global criticism, with rights and media bodies calling it an attack on press freedoms and civil society in the disputed region. Irfan Mehraj was arrested from Srinagar, the main city in Kashmir, on Monday for “funding terror … Read more

India remains the world’s top arms importer

A Russian-made Indian Air Force (IAF) fighter jet Sukhoi Su-30MKI is followed by IAF 'Jaguar' fighter jets developed jointly with Breguet of France, as they fly past during the 'Indian Army Day' parade at Madras Engineer Group (MEG) in Bangalore, India, 15 January 2023. EFE-EPA/JAGADEESH NV

New Delhi, Mar 13 (EFE).- India continues to be the world’s top arms importer even as the imports declined by 11 percent in the last decade, a global arms sales watchdog said on Monday. The decline in the arms imports to India was linked to “a complex procurement process, efforts to diversify arms suppliers and … Read more

India braces for possible coronavirus outbreak as cases rise in neighborhood

New Delhi, Dec 27 (EFE).- Hospitals across India conducted simulated drills on Tuesday to prepare for a possible new Covid-19 outbreak after a record increase in coronavirus cases in neighboring China. “It is critical since Covid cases are expected to increase in the coming days,” federal Health Minister Manshukh Mandaviya said. The minister was speaking … Read more

PM Modi’s party wins resounding victory in main stronghold

New Delhi, Dec 8 (EFE).- Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist BJP party closed the year with a resounding victory Thursday in regional elections in the prime minister’s native state of Gujarat in western India, a BJP stronghold for the past three decades. The BJP won or was leading in 156 seats (two of them have yet … Read more

Cheetahs back in India seven decades after extinction

New Delhi, Sep 17 (EFE).- Eight cheetahs arrived in India from Namibia on Saturday, seven decades after the giant cats became extinct in the South Asian country. The coalition flew from the African country in a chartered cargo flight to Gwalior in central India. Their reintroduction is part of India’s ambitious and contentious strategy to … Read more