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India cenbank says linking national ID number to bank accounts mandatory

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MUMBAI India's central bank on Saturday dismissed media reports that it was not necessary to link national identity card numbers, known as Aadhar numbers, to bank accounts.

India says ready for stronger U.S. ties after Tillerson endorsement

NEW DELHI India stood ready to further strengthen ties with the United States, the government said on Friday, after U.S. Secretary of State Tillerson vowed to dramatically expand cooperation as a way to counter China's influence in Asia.

Oct 20 2017

Toxic firecracker haze darkens Indian capital after festival of lights

NEW DELHI Air pollution in New Delhi hit 18 times the healthy limit on Friday under a thick, toxic haze after a night of fireworks to celebrate the Hindu festival of Diwali - despite a court-ordered ban on their sales. | Video

Oct 20 2017

Death of 11-year-old in India sparks debate on tying welfare to identity card

MUMBAI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The death of an 11-year-old girl in India, who campaigners say died of hunger because her family's ration card was canceled, has sparked debate about linking welfare to identity cards.

Oct 18 2017

Blaze in firecracker workshop kills six in eastern India

BHUBANESWAR, India Flames swept through an illegal firecracker workshop in the eastern Indian state of Odisha on Wednesday, killing at least six people, police said.

Oct 18 2017

Facebook evidence and new laws set free child brides in India

MUMBAI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Campaigners are using social media and lobbying for special laws to annul child marriages in India, which has one of the world's highest rates of women married as children.

Oct 18 2017

India orders Delhi power plant, generator shutdown as air worsens

NEW DELHI The Indian government ordered diesel generators and a power plant in Delhi to be shut down on Tuesday as air quality in the capital deteriorated ahead of the Hindu festival of lights, when a night of firecrackers sends pollution levels rocketing.

Oct 17 2017

India likely to stick to deficit target, may step up bank reform: Modi adviser

NEW DELHI India is likely to stick to its fiscal deficit target of 3.2 percent of GDP, and may accelerate sales of government stakes in lenders and other companies as part of an effort to recapitalize banks, an adviser to the prime minister said on Tuesday.

Oct 17 2017

India's Andhra Pradesh investigates planting of Monsanto's unapproved GM cotton

GUNTUR, India One of India's biggest cotton-growing states has formed a panel to investigate how 15 percent of the state's cotton acreage has been planted with a non-approved genetically modified strain developed by Monsanto and may bring criminal charges.

Oct 17 2017

New policy could give India's often exploited domestic workers minimum wage, benefits

MUMBAI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Domestic workers in India will soon be entitled to a minimum wage and social security benefits, according to a draft proposal that activists say does not go far enough to protect these workers and lets employers off the hook.

Oct 17 2017
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Abe to push reform of Japan's pacifist constitution after election win

TOKYO Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling bloc was headed for a big win in Sunday's election, bolstering his chance of becoming the nation's longest-serving premier and re-energizing his push to revise the pacifist constitution.