New Delhi (Sputnik): India imports about 700-800 tonne of gold annually. In 2018, the country’s demand for the precious metal stood at 760.4 tonnes, according to the World Gold Council.
New Delhi (Sputnik): Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al Said of Oman, the longest-serving ruler in the Arab world passed away on 11 January at the age of 79. He was buried within hours, according to Islamic tradition. Sultan Qaboos had a strong connection with India, both at a political level and because he studied in the western city of Pune.
New Delhi (Sputnik): India’s Walmart-owned e-commerce player Flipkart, which already has a 39 percent market share in the online shopping sector in India, is expanding its supply-chain infrastructure in the country amid controversies over its business practices.
New Delhi (Sputnik): A team of international researchers has warned that the global revolution to develop green, low-carbon tech could be at risk unless countries adopt sustainable practices in the mining of critical minerals.
New Delhi (Sputnik): Police in New Delhi have arrested the leader of a group of “untouchables” or Dalits who were protesting a controversial citizenship law outside the historic Jama Masjid Mosque.
New Delhi (Sputnik): Two Pakistani teenagers Sajjad Haider and Mubshar Bilal entered Indian territory in February and December of 2018 respectively, and were subsequently detained in Punjab and Delhi.
New Delhi (Sputnik): The appointment of the Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) Deputy Governor comes six months after the resignation of Viral Acharya from the post. He had stepped down from his position months before the end of his tenure in the wake of his differences with the Government over the institution's policies and independence.
New Delhi (Sputnik): Bollywood superstar Salman Khan is liked by many for giving chance to newcomers in his films. The actor, last seen receiving mixed reviews for his film “Dabangg 3”, is currently shooting for his next project “Radhe: Your Most Wanted Bhai” which will see him doing some killer stunts.
New Delhi (Sputnik): India’s economic malaise has been deepening with growth declining and inflation rising, and the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) hitting a six-year low of 4.5 per cent in the July-September 2019 quarter against 5 per cent in April-June 2019.
New Delhi (Sputnik): India has a rich culture of traditions and festivals: every year over 30 major festivals marking significant days from diverse religions are observed across the nation.
New Delhi (Sputnik): The former Chief of India’s Uttar Pradesh state faced criticism for misbehaving with a doctor on duty, and arrogantly demanding him to leave the hospital ward as he was a government employee.
New Delhi (Sputnik): On Sunday night, clashes broke out between two groups from different communities, leaving 19 people including eight police personnel injured in India’s Telangana state. Police said 13 houses and 26 vehicles were torched in the violence, which continued on Monday as well.
New Delhi (Sputnik): As India continues to witness widespread protests over the new Citizenship law, passed by the federal government in December 2019, and granting citizenship to persecuted immigrants from three neighbouring countries; "police action" against protestors has come into question.
New Delhi (Sputnik): Late Bollywood legend Raj Kapoor’s daughter Ritu was also linked to megastar Amitabh Bachchan’s family as mother-in-law of his daughter Shweta. She also owned a firm - Ritu Nanda Insurance Services (RNIS) and had entered the Guinness Book of Records for selling 17,000 pension policies in a day.
New Delhi (Sputnik): Last week, an Indian court handed down death sentence to four men found guilty of the rape and grievous injury to a 23-year-old woman in 2012. India’s Supreme court has confirmed the sentence, describing the brutality of the crime committed against the girl as “humanly inconceivable”.
New Delhi (Sputnik): The Corps of Military Police has become the first in the Indian Army to recruit women to its rank and file. The training of the first batch of women Military Police commenced on January 6, 2020. From basic military training to advanced provost training, the training program for the women will span over 61 weeks.
New Delhi (Sputnik): Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov along with a 42-member delegation is on an official two-day visit to the island nation of Sri Lanka. He held a joint press conference with Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena on their bilateral military and economic cooperation on Tuesday.
New Delhi (Sputnik): “Gul Makai” is a story about the life and struggle of Pakistani Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai and how she stood up against all odds to make education possible for every girl in her country. Director Amjad Khan has showcased her life through his story that moved Malala’s family to tears during its screening.
New Delhi (Sputnik): India’s ace tennis player Sania Mirza married Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik in a traditional Hyderabadi Muslim wedding ceremony on 12 April 2010. The star player had to take a break from her successful journey on the court, when she announced her pregnancy and had a baby boy in October 2018.
New Delhi (Sputnik): Sri Guru Raghavendra Cooperative Bank in India’s Karnataka state has been restricted from granting or renewing any loans and advances, making any investments, incurring any liabilities including borrowed funds and the acceptance of fresh deposits by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) from 10 January.