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Aug 23, 2015

India-Pakistan peace talks collapse, deadlock sours relations

NEW DELHI/ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – The collapse of planned peace talks between India and Pakistan hours before they were to start on Sunday has raised questions about the arch-rivals’ willingness to overcome mutual mistrust, built since their separation almost seven decades ago.

This is the second time the nuclear-armed neighbors have canceled talks since Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi took office in May last year, with both sides choosing to engage in a war of words ahead of the planned two-day meeting of their top security advisers.

Aug 19, 2015

Sacks of unread letters hold up India’s fight against tobacco

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Bulging sacks of letters gathering dust at India’s health ministry are the latest obstacle to a push for tougher laws to curb smoking, as more than 100,000 unread messages from members of the public overwhelm officials and stall legislation.

With tobacco linked to up to 900,000 deaths a year in India, the government wants to raise the minimum smoking age to 21 from 18, and ban the sale of single cigarettes, which make up 70 percent of overall sales.

Aug 3, 2015

India orders clampdown on Internet porn, sparks censorship debate

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India has blocked hundreds of adult websites to prevent pornography becoming a social nuisance, a government official said on Monday, sparking a debate about censorship and freedom in the world’s largest democracy.

In India’s first big crackdown on Internet porn, service providers have been directed to block 857 websites, N.N. Kaul, a spokesman at the department of telecommunications, told Reuters.

Jul 30, 2015

India hangs Yakub Memon for 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts

MUMBAI/NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India hanged Yakub Memon on Thursday for his role in the country’s deadliest bombings, which killed 257 people in Mumbai in 1993, after the Supreme Court threw out his final plea for a stay of execution.

Memon was convicted as the “driving spirit” behind the serial blasts in India’s financial capital Mumbai, then known as Bombay. He spent two decades in jail before going to the gallows on his 53rd birthday in a jail Nagpur.

Jul 30, 2015

India hangs Mumbai blasts convict 22 years after attack

MUMBAI/NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India hanged Yakub Memon on Thursday for his role in the country’s deadliest bombings, which killed 257 people in Mumbai in 1993, after the Supreme Court threw out his final plea for a stay of execution.

Memon was convicted as the “driving spirit” behind the serial blasts in India’s financial capital Mumbai, then known as Bombay. He spent two decades in jail before going to the gallows on his 53rd birthday in a jail in the western city of Nagpur.

Jul 29, 2015

Hours before Mumbai bomber to hang, court rejects final appeal

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Yakub Memon’s chances of avoiding the hangman’s noose for his role in the 1993 Mumbai bombings dwindled on Wednesday, after India’s Supreme Court threw out his final plea for mercy hours before he was due to be executed.

Unless President Pranab Mukherjee intercedes, Memon will go to the gallows by 7 a.m. (0130 GMT) on Thursday, his 53rd birthday, for his role as the “driving spirit” in a series of bombings that killed at least 257 people.

Jul 29, 2015

Hours before Yakub Memon to hang, Supreme Court rejects final appeal

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Yakub Memon’s chances of avoiding the hangman’s noose for his role in the 1993 Mumbai bombings dwindled on Wednesday, after Supreme Court threw out his final plea for mercy hours before he was due to be executed.

Unless President Pranab Mukherjee intercedes, Memon will go to the gallows by 7 a.m. (0130 GMT) on Thursday, his 53rd birthday, for his role as the “driving spirit” in a series of bombings that killed at least 257 people.

Jul 24, 2015

Funding crisis puts India’s AIDS programme, and lives, at risk

NEW DELHI/MUMBAI (Reuters) – India’s fight against AIDS is being jeopardised by a cut in social spending by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government, with health workers being laid off and programmes to prevent the spread of the deadly disease curtailed.

With about 2.1 million people infected with HIV in 2013, India has the most cases in the Asia-Pacific, according to the World Health Organisation, but new infections have fallen more than 20 percent over the past 14 years.

Jul 15, 2015

India’s exports plunge again, clouding growth outlook

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India’s goods exports fell for the seventh straight month in June as global demand remained sluggish, underscoring the challenges Prime Minister Narendra Modi will face to maintain and further boost economic growth.

Merchandise exports, equivalent to about a fifth of India’s $2 trillion economy, have shown increasing weakness in recent months. In June, they contracted 15.82 percent year-on-year to $22.29 billion.

Jul 10, 2015

Rajasthan High Court directs Indian government to implement bigger smoking warnings

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – The Rajasthan High Court has directed the Indian government to immediately implement a rule for bigger health warnings on tobacco packaging, months after the measure was put on hold pending a report from a parliamentary panel.

With the aim of reducing tobacco consumption, India last year said 85 percent of a cigarette packet’s surface should be covered in warnings, up from about 20 percent now. The directive also extended to other tobacco products.The government in March deferred the implementation of the rule as a parliamentary panel said it was still reviewing how the industry would be impacted.

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      "Aditya is part of the India politics, economy and general news team at the Reuters bureau in New Delhi. He writes on a range of topics but focusses on India's healthcare space. After joining Reuters in July 2008, he spent nearly six years managing content and writing for the Reuters.com India edition. Follow him on Twitter @adityakalra"
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