India hikes spending, shuns ‘outright populism’ in last pre-election budget

Capex to rise 33% to 10 trillion rupees in 2023/24 Govt targets gross borrowing of 15.43 trillion rupees Eyes fiscal deficit of 5.9% in 2023/24, 4.5% by 2025/26 NEW DELHI, Feb 1 (Reuters) – India announced on Wednesday one of its biggest ever increases in capital spending for the next fiscal year to create jobs … Read more

WHO urges ‘immediate action’ after cough syrup deaths

LONDON, Jan 23 (Reuters) – The World Health Organization has called for “immediate and concerted action” to protect children from contaminated medicines after a spate of child deaths linked to cough syrups last year. In 2022, more than 300 children – mainly aged under 5 – in Gambia, Indonesia and Uzbekistan died of acute kidney … Read more

India blocks BBC documentary on Modi from airing in India

MUMBAI, Jan 22 (Reuters) – India has blocked the airing of a BBC documentary which questioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership during the 2002 Gujarat riots, saying that even sharing of any clips via social media is barred. Directions to block the clips from being shared have been issued using emergency powers available to the … Read more

China’s first population drop in six decades sounds alarm on demographic crisis

BEIJING/HONG KONG, Jan 17 (Reuters) – China’s population fell last year for the first time in six decades, a historic turn that is expected to mark the start of a long period of decline in its citizen numbers with profound implications for its economy. and the world. The country’s National Bureau of Statistics reported a … Read more

Outgoing Sri Lankan president lands in Singapore after fleeing uprising

Rajapaksa arrives on Saudi flight from Maldives Interim successor imposes curfew in Colombo Protesters hand back president, premier’s residences President ousted by unrest over economic meltdown COLOMBO / SINGAPORE, July 14 (Reuters) – Outgoing Sri Lankan president Gotabaya Rajapaksa landed in Singapore on Thursday after fleeing mass protests over his country’s economic meltdown, as troops … Read more

British navy says it seized smuggled Iranian missiles

Royal Navy vessel HMS Montrose at sea during Baltic Operations in this photo taken June 15, 2014. Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Adam C. Stapleton / US Navy / Handout via REUTERS Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register RIYADH, July 7 (Reuters) – Britain’s Royal Navy said on Thursday one of its … Read more

Afghanistan earthquake kills at least 1,000, toll expected to rise

KABUL, June 22 (Reuters) – The death toll from an earthquake in Afghanistan on Wednesday hit 1,000, disaster management officials said, with more than 600 injured and the toll expected to grow as information trickles in from remote mountain villages. Houses were reduced to rubble and bodies swathed in blankets lay on the ground after … Read more

Islamic State claims attack on Sikh temple in Kabul that killed two

KABUL, June 18 (Reuters) – An attack claimed by Islamic State on a Sikh temple in the Afghan capital Kabul on Saturday killed at least two people and injured seven, officials said, another deadly incident in a spate of violence targeting minorities and places of worship. On an affiliated Telegram channel, the local branch of … Read more

Protests against India’s new military recruitment system turn violent

LUCKNOW, India, June 16 (Reuters) – Police in northern India fired shots in the air on Thursday to push back stone-throwing crowds and authorities shut down mobile internet in at least one district to forestall further chaos, as protests widened against a new military recruitment system. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government this week announced an … Read more

Indian officials step up arrests, demolish houses to stop unrest over anti-Islam remarks

SRINAGAR / KOLKATA, India, June 12 (Reuters) – Authorities in India’s Uttar Pradesh state have demolished the homes of several people accused of involvement in riots last week triggered by derogatory remarks made by ruling party figures about Islam’s Prophet Mohammad, officials said on Sunday. . In Indian Kashmir, police arrested a youth for posting … Read more