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High-res mapping and locals join forces in India to restore deforested land

MUMBAI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A mapping exercise to gauge land use in central India with technology and traditional knowledge aims to improve rural livelihoods by restoring forests and grasslands, and stem the flow of migration to the country's overcrowded cities.

Hardline Hindu priest a handful for Modi in heartland Indian state

GORAKHPUR, India/NEW DELHI Since Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi stunned the political establishment by promoting a hardline Hindu priest to one of the country's most powerful positions, Yogi Adityanath has sounded more statesman than rabble-rouser.

Mar 28 2017

Monsanto loses legal battle with Indian seed producer

NEW DELHI Monsanto lost a legal battle with one of India's biggest seed producers over a contract dispute on Tuesday, and was ordered to restore a licensing agreement and cut royalty charges.

Mar 28 2017

Hit by drought and debt, Indian farmers protest with human skulls and rats

NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Indian farmers hit by drought and debt displayed the skulls of fellow farmers believed to have committed suicide, and placed live rats in their mouths at a protest on Monday calling on Prime Minister Narendra Modi to save them from starvation.

Mar 27 2017

Communal strife in home state of India's Modi kills one, 14 hurt

NEW DELHI One person was killed and about 14 injured when violence erupted following a scuffle between Muslim and Hindu school students in Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's home state of Gujarat, a senior administrative official said on Sunday.

Mar 26 2017

Indian vice president defends liberal values, right to dissent

NEW DELHI Indian Vice-President Hamid Ansari said on Saturday universities must uphold liberal values and respect dissent, a month after violent protests erupted at a university in the capital Delhi over a speech by a student accused of sedition. 

Mar 25 2017

Police investigate Indian lawmaker over airline sandal fracas

NEW DELHI Indian police said on Friday they were launching an investigation into a Hindu-nationalist lawmaker a day after he acknowledged hitting an Air India official 25 times with his sandals in a row over a business class seat.

Mar 24 2017

Exclusive: Short of track, Indian Railways eyes private suppliers in blow to state steel firm

NEW DELHI Indian Railways is considering ending state-owned Steel Authority of India Ltd's (SAIL) virtual monopoly on supplying steel for standard rail tracks, opening up annual purchases worth up to $700 million to the private sector, people close to the matter told Reuters.

Mar 24 2017

India's monsoon likely to escape El Nino unscathed: weather office

NEW DELHI India is likely to emerge unscathed from the El Nino weather pattern as it is expected to set in only during the latter part of the four-month monsoon season, a top weather official said, indicating a timely arrival of crop-nourishing rains.

Mar 24 2017

India opens regulatory 'back door' for projects flouting environment law

MUMBAI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The Indian government is giving industrial projects a chance to clear regulatory hurdles they had previously failed to do, in a move analysts say legitimizes projects destroying forests and water sources, and hurting communities dependent on them.

Mar 24 2017

U.S. sees probable role in Mosul blast, probe under way

MOSUL, Iraq/WASHINGTON The senior U.S. commander in Iraq acknowledged on Tuesday that the U.S.-led coalition probably had a role in an explosion in Mosul believed to have killed scores of civilians but said Islamic State could also be to blame. | Video