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Atal Bihari Vajpayee, prime minister who made India a nuclear power, dies at 93

“Weeks into his second stint as prime minister, Vajpayee shocked the world in May 1998 with five underground nuclear tests, prompting international sanctions, rattling neighbors and setting off an arms race with archrival Pakistan” writes Rama Lakshmi for sun-sentinel.com. Pakistan followed with its own nuclear tests, prompting fears from analysts who began describing the Indian subcontinent as the world’s likeliest nuclear flash point.NEW DELHI — Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the Indian prime minister who oversaw nuclear tests that ushered in a new arms race in South Asia starting in the late…

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Dreaded fall armyworm pest that devastated African crops found for the first time in India

“The moth pest, which devours crops during the caterpillar phase of its lifecycle, has already spread at an alarming rate to neighbouring states” writes Fraser Nelson for telegraph.co.uk. A feared crop pest which has caused billions of dollars of agricultural devastation in Africa has been spotted in India for the first time, raising fears it will harm millions of farmers.The Indian state of Karnataka has reported the continent’s first infestation of fall armyworm which can spread at up to 60 miles a day and has a voracious appetite for maize…

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UN accused of hindering inquiry into alleged sexual assault by India official

“The UN has been accused of obstructing a police investigation in India following claims of sexual assault against one of its senior officials” writes Hannah Summers for theguardian.com. Tiwari said: “The agency had no jurisdiction to assess these criminal allegations yet, in sending its findings to the authorities, my case could be prejudiced.After an internal investigation, the UNFPA concluded on Friday that the allegations were unsubstantiated. Source: theguardian.com Share This:

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India Grabs Headlines; Ripple Makes Waves In X-Border Efforts                             

“As Bitsonline noted, the State Bank of India is ready to start with instant cross-border payments in conjunction with Ripple” reports pymnts.com. Movement into China, for Ripple, would come two months after Banco Santander linked with the company to offer the first mobile cross-border payments service.The service, as has been noted in this space, helps corporations track cross-border payments in real time.To that end, DBS India this week became the latest financial firm to embrace SWIFT’s global payments innovation service, which is known as gpi for short.Known as Santander One…

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Modi says India will send manned flight into space by 2022

“India is the sixth-largest economy in the world and Modi said international institutions see India as giving strength to the world economy for the next three decades” writes Ashok Sharma for seattletimes.com. He said India will become a growth engine for the world economy as the “sleeping elephant” has started to run on the back of structural economic reforms. Source: seattletimes.com Share This:

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India’s Modi announces space mission, health scheme as election nears

“NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India will launch its first manned space mission by 2022 and roll out a health insurance scheme from September, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Wednesday in his last Independence Day speech ahead of next year’s general election” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. In his 80-minute speech, Modi said the pace of building highways, electrifying villages and building toilets has increased since his landslide 2014 election win that devastated the main opposition Congress party.Congress, which had ruled India for decades, is now trying to unify…

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India is rolling out a healthcare plan for half a billion people. But are there enough doctors?

“Even with the new public health care plan, however, India simply does not have the doctors and hospitals to serve so many hundreds of millions” reports washingtonpost.com. First announced in February, the National Health Protection Mission will give poor families health coverage of up to $7,100 every year — which could go a long way in reducing crippling health care costs for half a billion people.The shortages in the public sector mean that around 70 percent of Indians turn to private health care when they are unwell, Bhushan said.India spends…

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The world’s biggest tech companies are at serious risk of losing a $32 billion market

“India’s ecommerce market will be worth $32 billion in 2018, according to statistics from eMarketer” writes Shona Ghosh for businessinsider.com. In India, major ecommerce firm Flipkart was acquired by Walmart for $16 billion.Adobe stats peg US ecommerce growth this year at around 18% year on year so far.China, another potential source of major growth, has created safeguards for its homegrown firms.Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said in 2016 that the company would funnel $5 billion into its Indian ecommerce operation. Source: businessinsider.com Share This:

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Infosys to build software development center in eastern India

“(Reuters) – Indian information technology company Infosys Ltd said on Monday it would open a software development center in the eastern state of West Bengal, with an investment of about 1 billion rupees ($14.28 million)” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. The first phase is expected to be completed within 15 months from the date of obtaining regulatory clearances, the company said. Source: 95kqds.com Share This:

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Is India Creating Its Own Rohingya?

“Throughout the 20th century, the fear of being reduced to a minority has repeatedly been invoked to consolidate an ethnic Assamese identity” reports nytimes.com. The Rohingya, like a huge number of those affected by the N.R.C. in Assam, are Muslims of Bengali ethnicity.The N.R.C. embodies both the ethnic prejudices of the Assamese majority against those of Bengali origin and the widespread hostility toward Muslims in India. Source: nytimes.com Share This:

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