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India administers over 22 million Covid-19 vaccine doses to mark Narendra Modi’s 71st birthday

India administered over 22 million Covid vaccine doses in a record-breaking effort to mark PM Narendra Modi’s 71st birthday on Friday. The effort surpassed the country’s previous daily record of more than 13 million doses on 27 August. India aims to vaccinate all eligible Indians by the end of 2021 but experts say the drive […]

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Indian tax officials raid media outlets critical of Prime Minister Narendra Modi

India’s Income Tax Department conducted raids at offices of two prominent media outlets that have been critical of the government’s response to coronavirus. Officials said they are investigating tax evasion at TV channel Bharat Samachar and newspaper Dainik Bhaskar. The homes of some employees have also been raided, and many have had their mobile phones […]

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Narendra Modi faces heat following revelations of snooping critics, opposition and journalists

India’s right-wing Prime Minister Narendra Modi is facing heat following revelations that dozens of Indians were potential targets of snooping by an Israeli-made spyware. More than 1,000 phone numbers in India were among nearly 50,000 selected worldwide as possibly of interest to clients of the Israel-based NSO Group, maker of the Pegasus spyware, an investigation […]

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Modi reshuffles cabinet ahead of crucial elections, sacks health minister

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced his biggest cabinet reshuffle since he came to power in 2014. He indicated 36 new ministers into his government. At least 12 cabinet members, including IT and health ministers, resigned ahead of the reshuffle to make way for their colleagues. The new cabinet will have 77 ministers, up from […]

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Indians are losing confidence in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic

As India struggles to contain a devastating second wave of the coronavirus pandemic, a survey by data intelligence company Morning Consult’s tracker of a dozen global leaders showed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s overall ratings this week stood at 63 percent, his lowest since the US firm began tracking his popularity in August 2019. Modi, who […]

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India asks Twitter to remove posts critical of Modi government’s handling of Covid-19 crisis

Indian government asked social media giant Twitter to take down dozens of tweets, including some by legislators, that were critical of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi led government’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak, as cases of COVID-19 again hit a world record. Twitter has withheld some of the tweets after the legal request by the […]

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Bangladesh: Death toll in anti-Modi protests rises to 13

Two people died in fresh clashes between protesters and Bangladesh police on Sunday, raising the death toll from protests against the visit of India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi to 13, officials said. The protesters,  mostly from a religious group called Hefazat-e-Islam were angry at the visit of Modi as Bangladesh marked 50 years of independence, […]

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5 dead, dozens injured in anti-Modi protests in Bangladesh

At least five people were killed and dozens injured in police gunfire in Bangladesh as security forces tried to quell protests against the visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Hundreds of students from madrasas, or Islamic religious schools, clashed with police and border troops in the eastern Brahmanbaria district. Police said they had to […]

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Disha Ravi: Court grants bail to climate activist who criticised Modi’s ‘anti-farm laws’

An Indian court granted bail to 22-year-old climate activist who was arrested for sharing a document on the ongoing farmer agitation and agricultural laws passed by Modi’s administration. Police claim Disha Ravi was a “key conspirator” in the “formulation and dissemination” of a protest “toolkit”. They have accused her of sedition and conspiracy charges. Something […]

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India’s former deputy foreign minister loses high profile Me Too defamation case

A former minister in the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s cabinet  lost a defamation suit filed against journalist Priya Ramani, who had accused him of sexual harassment. In 2018, Ramani became the first of a string of women to go public with allegations against MJ Akbar, a former high-profile newspaper editor who went on to […]

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“Saddened by the insult to the national flag,” Narendra Modi says in his monthly radio address

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said protesters that stormed New Delhi’s Red Fort had caused “insult” to the country. Tens of thousands of farmers have camped on the outskirts of India’s capital for more than two months, protesting against new agricultural laws they say benefit private buyers at the expense of growers. A […]

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Modi’s home state renames dragon fruit because of its ‘association with China’

The home state of India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Gujarat, renamed the dragon fruit because of the original name’s “association with China” and this has set off a bunch of jokes and memes on the internet. Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani said the fruit would now be called kamalam, Sanskrit for the lotus flower. The […]