Narendra Modi

India OKs AstraZeneca and locally-made COVID-19 vaccines

India authorized two COVID-19 vaccines on Jan. 3, paving the way for a huge inoculation program to stem the coronavirus pandemic in the world's second most populous country.

India's drugs regulator gave an emergency authorization for the vaccines developed by Oxford University and U.K.-based drugmaker AstraZeneca and another developed by the Indian company Bharat Biotech.

India's 1.3 billion locked down as US reaches virus aid deal

The world's largest democracy went under the world's biggest lockdown on March 25, with India's 1.3 billion people ordered to stay home in a bid to stop the coronavirus pandemic, while in the U.S., lawmakers and the White House agreed on a massive $2 trillion domestic aid package to help those impacted by the outbreak.

Indian police detain hundreds after Hindu-Muslim clashes in New Delhi

Indian police said on Feb. 28 they had detained hundreds of people and were keeping a heavy presence in northeast New Delhi, days after the worst bout of sectarian violence in the capital in decades.

At least 38 people were killed in Hindu-Muslim violence this week, police said, amid mounting international criticism that authorities failed to protect minority Muslims.

New Delhi votes with Modi's popularity on the line

Voting began for a crucial state election in India's capital on Feb. 8 with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist party trying to regain power after a 22-year gap and major victories in a national vote.

Residents lined up in long queues across New Delhi neighborhoods, where a total of 14.6 million voters are registered to cast ballots.

India's Prime Minister: Pakistan May Sisappear in 10 Days

India is already able to defeat Pakistan in less than 10 days in every new war with its rival, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, AFP reported.

The neighbouring country's nuclear-weapon nations have fought three wars and last February came close to a fourth with tit-for-tat airstrikes sparked by an attack on Indian troops in Kashmir.

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