New Delhi (Sputnik): Stories and videos of elephants bathing each other with trunky showers or sliding down jungle slopes just to splash into water often make it to the viral headlines. This time, however, there is a twist to the story.
New Delhi (Sputnik): Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan misses no occasion to take a shot at his Indian counterpart Prime Minister Narendra Modi about the latter's actions in Jammu and Kashmir. Khan uses terms such as Hindutva supremacist and Nazi-inspired to refer to the Modi-led government.
New Delhi (Sputnik): Just when India began to witness relief in terms of the locust menace, a fresh wave of gigantic swarms of locusts entered an agricultural field in the desert state of Rajasthan. The new swarms have resulted in further agricultural losses for farmers.
New Delhi (Sputnik): While addressing the Brussels Forum in a virtual format, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stressed that "China's expansionist policies" are the real challenge in the contemporary world.
New Delhi (Sputnik): Monsoons in India between June-September typically turn out to be nasty for low-lying and coastal areas, often resulting in death and destruction. This year, at the outset of the season, at least 110 people have already been killed and 32 injured in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.
New Delhi (Sputnik): India’s Kashmir Valley has been witnessing heightened gunfire between militants and security forces, with stepped up counter-terror operations since April of this year. Most of these encounters have taken place in southern Kashmir.
New Delhi (Sputnik): Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday took credit for holding successful peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban on behalf of the US, stating that the world has acknowledged Islamabad’s efforts toward reconciliation in the region.
New Delhi (Sputnik): On Wednesday, the Indian army claimed to have agreed to disengage its troops along the Line of Actual Control after several diplomatic and military level talks with China. However, alleged satellite images show that China has moved thousands of troops, artillery units, and armoured vehicles to a new area of northern Ladakh.
New Delhi (Sputnik): With the onset of the monsoon season, several districts in the northern Indian states of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh were struck by lightning during a thunderstorm on Thursday. Most of the victims were out working in the fields at the time of the incident.
New Delhi (Sputnik): The recent killing of 20 Indian soldiers in the Galwan Valley in the Ladakh region has boosted the “Boycott China” campaign. People from different sectors are planning to boycott Chinese products and are deleting China-made apps from their gadgets.
New Delhi (Sputnik): Three opposition parliamentarians in Nepal had earlier put forth a motion in the House of Representatives asking to restore territory encroached upon by China through dialogue. There were also media reports quoting a "Nepali government department doc" that China had occupied 36 hectares in 4 of the nation's northern districts.
New Delhi (Sputnik): The entertainment world and fans in India are yet to come to terms with the death of Sushant Singh Rajput, who ended his life by hanging inside his room in Mumbai. The reason behind the actor's drastic step is yet to be determined.
New Delhi (Sputnik): Diesel costs more than petrol in Delhi for the first time as state-owned oil companies raised prices for the 19th day on Thursday. Diesel has now breached the INR 80.20 ($1.06 ) a litre mark, while petrol reached INR 79.92 ($1.056) per litre, as per revised rates.
New Delhi (Sputnik): The future of 5G-dependent tech infrastructure in India seems lost in uncertainty because of the coronavirus pandemic as the country was scheduled to conduct its 5G trials at the beginning of this year, but was forced to delay due to the critical global health, economic, and political situation for a year, reports say.
New Delhi (Sputnik): In November 2019, Pakistan and China signed a number of projects under the multi-billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, including the Gwadar Master Plan. Pakistan sought $9 billion from China to finance the Main Railway Line (ML-1) and other infrastructure projects.
New Delhi (Sputnik): Fair & Lovely has remained the most loved and purchased product among Indian beauty brands for promising a lighter skin tone to people with a fixation on fairness. It has, however, faced criticism for setting "discriminatory beauty standards and systemic racism" which has gained momentum with the Black Lives Matter protests.
New Delhi (Sputnik): Media outlets earlier reported that Indian authorities have decided to "pressure" Russia into expediting the delivery of its S-400 air defence missile system to New Delhi amid the latter's ongoing border face-off with China.
New Delhi (Sputnik): India and Pakistan, at odds over Jammu and Kashmir since independence, have been accusing each other of constant ceasefire violations across the Line of Control (LoC). While India claimed that Pakistan has violated the ceasefire over 2,000 times in 2020, Islamabad accused New Delhi of breaking the pact over 957 times.
New Delhi (Sputnik): The Indian economy has been slowing down since 2018, courtesy of the US-China trade war and instability in domestic financial markets. From over 8 percent in 2018, growth has more than halved to 3.1 percent in Jan-March 2020.
New Delhi (Sputnik): India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared a nationwide lockdown from 25 March to combat COVID-19. Many companies, restaurants, and shops were forced to shut down. The prolonged lockdown led to a number of people becoming unemployed and some of them resorting to drastic measures for easy money.