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  • Indian polls: Presence of Muslim MPs higher this time

    The number of Muslim lawmakers in India’s new parliament has gone up by four compared to the previous House, with 27 candidates from the community emerging victorious in the recent national elections.

  • Modi to seek blessings from mother

    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be in Gujarat to seek the blessings of his mother Heeraben after his BJP-led National Democratic Alliance returned to power with a massive majority in the parliamentary elections.

  • World reaction

    “Congratulations to Prime Minister @narendramodi and his BJP party on their BIG election victory! Great things are in store for the US-India partnership with the return of PM Modi at the helm. I look forward to continuing our important work together!”

  • Pakistan says wants peace with India

    Pakistan has signalled a willingness to open peace talks with India after an election fought in the shadow of renewed confrontation between the nuclear-armed enemies.

  • West Bengal sees saffron surge

    West Bengal headed for a saffron surge, with the BJP gaining 18 seats and the ruling All India Trinamool Congress (AITC) ahead in 22 out of 42 Lok Sabha constituencies in the state.

  • Architect of Modi’s victory

    With India’s ruling Hindu nationalists stunning election victory yesterday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s powerful right hand man, Amit Shah, could reap his reward as a potential home minister, an analyst and a party official said.

  • Lok Sabha Election 2019: Gloomiest phase for Gandhis

    The Congress helmed by its President Rahul Gandhi, his sister and General Secretary Priyanka Vadra and their mother Sonia Gandhi today stared at one of the gloomiest phases for the party after the Bharatiya Janata Party won a historic mandate in parliamentary elections. The Gandhis

  • Stars who fell

    Rahul Gandhi (Congress) From Amethi, Uttar Pradesh

  • Who said what

    “Together we grow. Together we prosper. Together we will build a strong and inclusive India. India wins yet again!”

  • Laddoo cake, lotus-shaped sweets as BJP prepares for comeback

    Preparations for a grand celebration are in full swing among India’s Bharatiya Janata Party workers and supporters after the party and its allies are heading for a victory for the second successive term.

  • India election results: Crucial seats to watch out for

    The Lok Sabha elections 2019 were one of the most highly-charged parliamentary elections in the country in recent years. Nearly all the big names in Indian politics contested. Many new faces emerged and new political parties were formed.

  • How Votes are Counted

    India’s enormous election took six weeks to hold, but organisers have alloted just one day to count all the ballots cast by some of the

  • India tests world’s fastest cruise missile

    India said the world’s fastest cruise missile passed another key test yesterday when it successfully hit a land target after being fired from a fighter jet.

  • Sri Lanka extends emergency

    Sri Lanka’s president yesterday extended the state of emergency imposed immediately after the Easter Sunday Islamist bombings that

  • Turkey pledges support to end Rohingya crisis

    Turkey is committed to working with Bangladesh in regional and international levels to bring an end to the Rohingya crisis that has been affecting Bangladesh in socio-economic, environmental and even diplomatic fronts.

  • Exit polls show Modi-led alliance likely to win majority

    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party and its allies are likely to return to power for a second consecutive term after the parliamentary elections that ended today, according to different exit polls.

  • Troops, cops patrol Lanka

    Troops and police patrolled parts of Sri Lanka yesterday as international pressure mounted on Colombo to contain anti-Muslim riots that killed one man in a backlash against the Easter terror attacks.

  • Myanmar Rakhine State

    'People are dying': UN official urges aid access for Rakhine

    A UN official has urges Myanmar to grant aid workers “predictable, sustained access” to Rakhine state, where fighting between government troops and rebels has displaced nearly 33,000 people since late last year, saying lack of aid has cost lives.

  • Situation tense in Lanka

    Sri Lanka’s police arrested over 100 suspects and re-imposed night curfews in violence-prone areas yesterday after anti-Muslim riots left one man dead and caused extensive damage to homes, businesses and mosques.

  • Four cops killed in Pakistan bombing

    Four police were killed and nine other people wounded when militants detonated a bomb hidden under a motorbike in the southwestern

  • Snap financial ties with Myanmar military: UN investigators

    The world must cut off financial and other support for Myanmar's armed forces, a UN fact-finding mission said today, repeating a call for top generals to be prosecuted for abuses against the Rohingya Muslim minority.

  • CPJ urges Myanmar not to harass local top journo

    The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) urges the Myanmar authorities to stop harassing and threatening to arrest Aung Marm Oo, editor-in-chief of the privately-owned Rakhine state-based news agency Development Media Group.

  • Sri Lankan software engr under Indian surveillance

    A Sri Lankan software engineer suspected by authorities in Sri Lanka of having provided technical and logistical support to the Easter Sunday suicide bombers was monitored by Indian intelligence agencies three years ago for links with Islamic State suspects, investigators say.

  • New Delhi hit by rare summer air pollution alert

    New Delhi suffered a rare summer air pollution alert yesterday as dust storms and heat over northern India took smog to hazardous

  • Lanka under night curfew after anti-Muslim riots

    Sri Lanka imposed a nationwide night curfew yesterday, after anti-Muslim riots spread to at least three districts just north of the capital in a violent new backlash against the Easter suicide bombings.

  • ‘No laughing matter’

    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been roundly mocked for suggesting that radars are affected by clouds and boasting that he sent an email attachment years before the technology to do so was invented.

  • Biman resumes Dhaka-Delhi flights

    Biman Bangladesh Airlines resumes Dhaka-Delhi direct flights.

  • Lanka town under curfew after anti-Muslim attacks

    Sri Lankan troops in a northern town fired shots into the air and police imposed a curfew yesterday after mobs attacked a mosque, in renewed religion tensions in the wake of the Easter terror attacks.

  • A bid to ‘sabotage prosperity’ of Pak

    An attack on a luxury hotel in the southwestern city of Gwadar was a bid to “sabotage prosperity”, Pakistani prime minister Imran Khan said yesterday, as police confirmed all the attackers had been killed.

  • Record 378 people eye to summit Everest this year

    The tented city at the foot of Mount Everest is bustling as mountaineers brace for potentially the busiest year yet on the world’s highest