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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi set off a social media storm Monday after he praised his Bangladeshi counterpart for having the courage to fight terrorism "despite being a woman."

A fire in a high-rise apartment block in Mumbai has killed seven people after they became trapped on the upper floors, officials said Sunday.
Blaze at Mumbai high-rise apartments kills seven


A Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS, India's "National Volunteer Organization") worker from his youth, Indian Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh proclaims himself to be an "English media-shy" person. Reported to be one of the few in the Indian Cabinet close to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Singh is a workaholic.

Bangladesh and India on Saturday sealed a historic land pact to swap territories, which will finally allow tens of thousands of people living in border enclaves to choose their nationality after decades of stateless limbo.
India, Bangladesh seal 'historic' border pact as Modi visits


India's food safety regulator on Friday banned the sale and production of Nestle's Maggi instant noodles over a health scare after tests found they contained excessive lead levels.
India bans Nestle instant noodles after safety scare


The decision in India to separate the roles of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) chief and the scientific advisor to the Defence Minister has not gone down well among scientists in the organization although the appointment of a director-general to the top defense research establishment after remaining rudderless for three months, has come as a major relief.

A group of rebels using rocket-propelled grenades and automatic weapons ambushed a military convoy in India's insurgency-wracked northeast on Thursday, killing at least 21 soldiers and wounding 14 others in the latest major attack in the region in recent months, police said.

India Wednesday tested packets nationwide of Nestle India's instant noodles after high lead levels were found in batches in the country's north amid a mounting food-safety scare, an official said.

Churning out 1.2 tonn of curry in under an hour, staff running the spotlessly clean, high-tech kitchen are hoping to turn around the shocking reputation of India's free school lunch scheme.
Cooking up a storm for India's school lunch scheme


Suspected rebels tried to storm an Indian military camp in Kashmir, sparking a fierce gunbattle that left a civilian and three militants dead near the border between the Indian and Pakistani-controlled parts of the Himalayan region, officials said Monday.

Scattered rain on Sunday brought much-needed but only temporary relief to parts of India hit by a long heat wave as the death toll from the blistering temperatures crossed 2,200, officials said.
Rain is relief as India heat wave death toll tops 2,200


-A radioactive material leak was detected Friday at New Delhi's international airport on a shipment of nuclear medicine from Turkey before being plugged by emergency teams, officials said.

A suspected occultist beheaded a 5-year-old boy in a ritual sacrifice in northeastern India before being lynched by angry villagers, police and relatives said on Friday.

India has for the first time appointed a transgender person as the principal of a college, a top education official said Wednesday.
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