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    An Indian Haj subsidy that did not exist!

    The Indian government on Tuesday announced ending the subsidy saying the move would help empower Muslims with dignity. Making the announcement, minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi.

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    India: Worry mounts for Assam's Bengali-Speaking Muslims ahead of second NRC list

    Kazi Neel doesn’t go to Jumma, the Friday prayers. The 25-year-old youth from Assam’s Barpeta district calls himself an atheist. None from Kazi's family made it to the first draft of the updated National.

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    India to buy over 160,000 guns worth $553 million for border troops

    The defence acquisition council cleared the purchase of 72,400 assault rifles and 93,895 carbines for 35 billion rupees ($553m) in a meeting chaired by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.

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    India ends decades-old subsidy for Haj pilgrims

    The right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party has accused its opponents in the Congress party — who introduced the Haj assistance scheme in the 1950s — of trying to woo Muslim voters through handouts.

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    Greater India-Israel cooperation needed to eliminate terror: Kovind

    Indian President Ram Nath Kovind on Monday called for greater cooperation between India and Israel in countering terrorism and said a strong global response would defeat the menace in all its manifestations.

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    Indian Army chief's comments will hurt peace: China

    China on Monday expressed anger over Indian Army chief Bipin Rawat's remarks, saying such "unconstructive" comments would hurt peace and tranquility in the border area.

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    Protesters burn Netanyahu effigy in New Delhi ahead of ‘historic’ visit

    Protesters in the Indian capital denounced Benjamin Netanyahu’s “historic” arrival in India – the first by an Israeli leader in 15 years. People burned an effigy with the PM’s picture, urging him to go back home.

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    Netanyahu's India Agenda

    The bonding between Modi and Netanyahu, is acting as a catalyst in forging deeper ties. Hindu nationalists in India revere Israel for the successful domination of its Muslim neighbourhood."

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    Modi To 'balance' Netanyahu visit by a visit to Ramallah

    During his five day trip, Netanyahu will spend three nights in Delhi, and two in Mumbai. He will be accompanied by a delegation representing 75 to 100 firms active in the security, technology, agricul

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    Nepal ends India’s monopoly on internet access with new Chinese link

    Nepal’s information and communication minister Mohan Bahadur Basnet and Chinese ambassador Yu Hong inaugurated the link during a ceremony in Kathmandu, reflecting China’s growing engagement.

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    China is a powerful country but we are not a weak nation: Indian army chief

    Acknowledging that China is exerting pressure on the Indian border, Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat today said that China is a powerful country but India is ‘not a weak nation’.

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    India launches rocket carrying dozens of satellites

    Chairman of the Indian Space Research Organization, A.S. Kiran Kumar, said the satellites successfully reached orbit after the polar satellite launch vehicle took off from Sriharikota, an island off Andhra Pradesh.

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    1984 anti-Sikh riots: Indian Court reopens 186 cases

    The apex court said it would constitute a fresh three-member SIT, to be headed by a former high court judge, to monitor probe into the cases, that followed the assassination of former prime minister Indira Gandhi in 1984

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    India reverses order on national anthem at theatres

    India's Supreme Court has reversed an earlier order that mandated theatres to play the national anthem before film screenings to instil "a sense of committed patriotism and nationalism" in citizens.

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    Key Indian N-submarine damaged

    A Russian-designed Indian nuclear submarine, considered a key platform in the country’s second strike capability, has suffered major damage and has been undergoing repair for over 10.

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    Indian police probe reporter after Aadhaar data leak story

    Indian police are investigating the reporter behind a story on alleged leaks from a government database containing the personal details of more than a billion people, sparking accusations of media censorship.

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    India's Supreme Court to re-examine gay rights

    India's top court on Monday said it will re-examine its earlier decision not to strike down a colonial-era law that makes homosexual acts punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

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    India blind cricketers to play in UAE amid tensions with Pakistan

    The Indian blind cricket team left for the United Arab Emirates on Saturday to take part in the World Cup after failing to secure permission to play in neighbouring Pakistan.

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    Personal data of a billion Indians sold online for $8, report claims

    India on Thursday began investigating a report that access to its database of the identity details of more than 1 billion citizens was being sold for just $8 on social media, in what could be one of the giant.

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    Indian caste protests hit Mumbai

    One member of the Dalit — formerly known as the "untouchable" — caste, was killed in a Mumbai's Maharashtra state on Monday during a ceremony to commemorate a 200-year-old battle.

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    India calls off deal for Israeli anti-tank missiles

    The deal was worth about $500 million and the announcement of its termination came a couple of weeks before Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is due to visit India.

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    Over 100 Indian soldiers commit suicide every year:Report

    The Indian armed forces continue to lose around 100 personnel to suicides every year despite successive governments holding that several measures have been taken to reduce the stress among soldiers.

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    India buys Israeli missiles ahead of Netanyahu visit

    India is going to buy 131 surface-to-air missiles from Israel in a $70 million deal, Indian defence ministry announced on Tuesday ahead of a visit by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

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    Indian state leaves 13 million citizens off register,fear grips Muslims

    Around 13 million people living in northeastern India’s largest state have been left off a controversial draft list of citizens released on Monday by authorities, who are under pressure to identify.

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