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INDIA POLITICS: Landmark Indian Child Bride Verdict May Curb Traffickers: Experts

INDIA POLITICS: Landmark Indian Child Bride Verdict May Curb Traffickers: Experts

India’s Supreme Court struck down a decades-old clause in the country’s rape laws permitting a man to have sex with his wife if she is aged 15 to 18 – ruling that it was rape, and therefore a criminal offense.

“For the longest time, traffickers have been using marriage with minors as an alibi to rape girls in the first instance, to break them, before selling them to pimps and brothel owners,” said Adrian Phillips, an advocate from Justice and Care, which fights trafficking.

“This judgment, which criminalizes intercourse with minors even in the garb of marriage, will be a huge deterrent for traffickers. We are extremely happy with the judgment.”

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INDIA POLITICS: Jim Mattis US Defense Secretary Seeks Indian Role in Afghanistan

INDIA POLITICS: Jim Mattis US Defense Secretary Seeks Indian Role in Afghanistan

The two sides will also discuss Lockheed Martin’s (LMT.N) offer to build F-16 fighter planes in India as part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s drive to build a domestic military industrial base.

“We look forward to sharing some of our most advanced defense technologies,” Mattis said.

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INDIA POLITICS: Modi Re-Allocated Portfolios to His Council of Ministers

INDIA POLITICS: Modi Re-Allocated Portfolios to His Council of Ministers

“I congratulate all those who have taken oath today. Their experience and wisdom will add immense value to the council of ministers,” Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said before leaving for China to attend a summit of the BRICS group of countries – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.

Nirmala Sitharaman, who was promoted from being a junior trade minister, becomes the first female defence minister since Indira Gandhi was in charge of the department when she was prime minister 35 years ago.

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INDIA POLITICS: End of Border Standoff With China Satisfies India, But It Will Not Lower its Guard

INDIA POLITICS: End of Border Standoff With China Satisfies India, But It Will Not Lower its Guard

For India, the lesson is that even though the standoff has been resolved, future flare-ups cannot be ruled out.

“The problem is essentially the aggressive stance that China has adopted on all territorial matters with all countries and here the manner in which it has tried to alter the status quo on the ground by building this road, which we have stopped,” said Jayadeva Ranade, a former China specialist at the Indian government’s National Security Advisory Board. He warned that they might repeat Doklam next year or try something else.

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INDIA POLITICS: Indian Military Withdrawal From Himalayas Border Region Pleases China

INDIA POLITICS: Indian Military Withdrawal From Himalayas Border Region Pleases China

“I am pleased to confirm that trespassing Indian personnel have all pulled back to the Indian side … [and] Chinese troops continue to patrol on the Chinese side of the border,” Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said.

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INDIA POLITICS: Mamata Banerjee, Akhilesh Yadav Share Platform at Lalu Prasad’s Mega Rally

INDIA POLITICS: Mamata Banerjee, Akhilesh Yadav Share Platform at Lalu Prasad’s Mega Rally

Rebel Janata Dal (United) leader Sharad Yadav, who is staring at expulsion from the party for defying orders of not to attend the rally, was greeted warmly by Prasad who embraced him on the dais. Yadav was accompanied by suspended JD(U) Rajya Sabha MP Ali Anwar.

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INDIA POLITICS: Secret and Legacies of India Partition

INDIA POLITICS: Secret and Legacies of India Partition

What issues were left unresolved at the time of India’s partition in 1947, and how have they continued to plague both India and Pakistan since independence?

For both India and Pakistan, the most singular conflict unresolved since partition has concerned the former Princely State of Kashmir, whose fate was left undetermined at the time the British left. Lying as it did on the border, Kashmir was claimed by both countries, which have been to war over this region on numerous occasions.

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INDIA POLITICS: 40,000 Rohingya Muslims Now Face Deportation

INDIA POLITICS: 40,000 Rohingya Muslims Now Face Deportation

“These things are being discussed at [the] diplomatic level with both Bangladesh and Myanmar,” Interior Ministry spokesman K.S. Dhatwalia said. “More clarity will emerge at an appropriate time.” No better conditions would be awaiting the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar and Bangladesh.

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INDIA POLITICS: Venkaiah Naidu Garu Biography

INDIA POLITICS: Venkaiah Naidu Garu Biography

Venkaiah Naidu Garu Biography: “I was immensely inspired by the selfless sacrifice and the principled politics of the leaders who had fought during the freedom struggle and also those who had valiantly opposed the emergency.”

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INDIA POLITICS: Venkaiah Naidu Garu Elected New Vice President and Greetings Pouring in

INDIA POLITICS: Venkaiah Naidu Garu Elected New Vice President and Greetings Pouring in

Prime Minister Narendra Modi: “Congratulations to Venkaiah Naidu Garu on being elected India’s Vice President. My best wishes for a fruitful & motivating tenure. I am confident @MVenkaiahNaidu will serve the nation as a diligent & dedicated Vice President, committed to the goal of nation building.”

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INDIA POLITICS: India Must Prevent China From Grabbing Bhutan

INDIA POLITICS: India Must Prevent China From Grabbing Bhutan

The recent standoff between India and China over the Doka La area is one of the many tactical attempts by China at a strategic containment of India.

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INDIA POLITICS: ‘Isolate Corrupt Politicians’: Narendra Modi

INDIA POLITICS: ‘Isolate Corrupt Politicians’: Narendra Modi

“When law takes its course against those who loot the nation, we have to unite against those who seek an escape route,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi says.

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INDIA POLITICS: Ram Nath Kovind Biography

INDIA POLITICS: Ram Nath Kovind Biography

Ram Nath Kovind born 1 October 1945 entered politics in 1994 when he was elected as Rajya Sabha member from Uttar Pradesh. Read Ram Nath Kovind Biography.

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INDIA POLITICS: Ram Nath Kovind With Hindu Nationalist Roots to Become Next President

INDIA POLITICS: Ram Nath Kovind With Hindu Nationalist Roots to Become Next President

“Ever since I took over as governor, I have no political affiliation. The president of India is above politics,” Ram Nath Kovind said.

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INDIA POLITICS: India Places Kashmir Under High Security Order, Deploys Thousands of Government Forces

INDIA POLITICS: India Places Kashmir Under High Security Order, Deploys Thousands of Government Forces

India and Kashmir News: “I have never seen restrictions of this magnitude before,” said one local speaking on condition of anonymity.

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INDIA POLITICS: US Lawmakers to Trump: Press Modi on Trade, Investment

INDIA POLITICS: US Lawmakers to Trump: Press Modi on Trade, Investment

Modi is due to meet with Trump on Monday at the White House, when he will seek to revitalize ties that have appeared to drift, in spite of the priority they were afforded under former President Barack Obama.

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INDIA POLITICS: Darjeeling Separate Statehood Agitation Takes Center Stage

INDIA POLITICS: Darjeeling Separate Statehood Agitation Takes Center Stage

“I appeal to people in Darjeeling and nearby areas to remain calm and peaceful. Nobody should resort to violence,” Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said.

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INDIA POLITICS: Jayaram Jayalalitha Death Takes Center Stage

INDIA POLITICS: Jayaram Jayalalitha Death Takes Center Stage

Jayaram Jayalalitha was one of India’s most colourful and controversial politicians, adored by some and condemned by others.

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INDIA POLITICS: Madhya Pradesh Farmers’ Protest: Rahul Gandhi Takes Center Stage

INDIA POLITICS: Madhya Pradesh Farmers’ Protest: Rahul Gandhi Takes Center Stage

Gandhi: “Modi could waive loans worth Rs 1.50 lakh crore of the richest people, but can’t pay heed to the plight of farmers. He can give bullets to them.”

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INDIA POLITICS: India Imposes Curfew in Kashmir

INDIA POLITICS: India Imposes Curfew in Kashmir

Government forces in riot gear set up barricades in the main city, Srinagar, and other towns in southern Kashmir to prevent people from reaching Bhat’s funeral in his hometown.

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