Athletics: India's first openly gay athlete Dutee Chand wants the right to wed her 'soulmate'

BHUBANESWAR (THOMSON REUTERS FOUNDATION) – Sprinter Dutee Chand – India’s first openly gay athlete – says she will fight for the right to marry her “soulmate” days after revealing her sexuality to a deeply conservative country. The 23-year-old caused shockwaves when she told an English-language daily that she was dating a woman from her village in eastern Odisha state. Chand […]

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Rahul Gandhi loses Amethi seat in the biggest upset of 2019 polls

Congress president loses his own parliamentary seat in the Gandhi family borough of Amethi in Uttar Pradesh state. Rahul Gandhi, president of India’s main opposition Congress party, conceded on Thursday he had lost his seat in the famous family’s long-held home constituency. “Smriti Irani [of the BJP] has won in Amethi and I congratulate her. The people of Amethi have […]

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Modi promises inclusive India after stunning election win

NEW DELHI/AYODHYA (Reuters) – Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi promised to unite the country on Thursday after a big election win, with his party on course to increase its majority on a mandate of business-friendly policies and a tough stand on national security. Official data from the Election Commission showed Modi’s Hindu-nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ahead in 300 of […]

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India's Modi set to win election, exit polls show

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ruling alliance is likely to win a clear majority in parliament after a mammoth general election that ended on Sunday, most exit polls showed, a far better showing than expected in recent weeks. Modi faced criticism early on in the campaign for failing to create jobs for youth and for weak […]

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Modi’s jobs deficit: J&J’s largest India plant idle three years after completion

PENJERLA/NEW DELHI, India (Reuters) – It was supposed to be Johnson & Johnson’s biggest manufacturing plant in India. It was to eventually employ at least 1,500 people and help bring development to a rural area near Hyderabad in southern India. Yet, three years after the U.S. healthcare company completed construction of production facilities for cosmetics and baby products on the […]

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Work undone: How India fails its young job seekers

As India goes to polls, Al Jazeera looks at its intensifying unemployment crisis and the politics that surround it. Bengaluru/Mandya – Shehla Blossom moves from one workstation to the other, collating the hourly production of branded Arabian thobes being manufactured at an export-oriented garment factory in Mandya, a small town about 100km from Bengaluru in south India. The job is hardly […]

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At his first news conference in India, PM Modi declines questions

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in power for five years, attended his first news conference ever in India on Friday but took no questions, prompting taunts from journalists and from opposition parties seeking to oust him in an election that ends on Sunday. Modi, one of India’s most gifted political orators, has never addressed a news conference […]

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Samsung says new smartphone series off to strong start in India

MUMBAI (Reuters) – Samsung Electronics has sold 5 million units of its Galaxy A series smartphones, generating sales of over $1 billion since it began selling the devices in March, a senior company executive said on Tuesday. The South Korean electronics giant is expecting the Galaxy A series of phones, priced between 5,290 rupees ($75.11) to 28,990 rupees ($411.59), to […]

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Citigroup look to vastly expand India reach with Paytm tie-up

MUMBAI (Reuters) – India’s top digital payments firm Paytm on Tuesday launched a credit card with Citigroup, widening its financial product base while giving its banking partner an opportunity to vastly expand its credit card customer base in the country. The new card should help Paytm stay a step ahead of rivals in the fiercely competitive digital payments market in […]

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India: Poverty and child malnutrition rife in West Singhbhum

This remote part of eastern India’s Jharkhand state where many tribal people live is rich in natural resources. Yet its people are some of the poorest in the country. Poverty is still a major concern in India, despite the country’s recent economic growth. The West Singhbhum district in Jharkhand state is one of the poorest constituencies. A recent report by […]

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