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PM Modi urges halt to attacks on low-caste Indians NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday urged a halt to attacks on low-caste Indians, seeking to defuse mounting anger among Dalits over the public flogging of four villagers by cow-protection vigilantes.Modi described the ongoing exploitation of Dalits, who lie at the bottom of India's deeply entrenched social hierarchal system, as shameful."Why should we exploit our Dalit brothers? What right do we have for such behaviour?" Modi said to workers of his Hindu nationalist party in the southern city of Hyderabad."It is our responsibility to protect and respect the persons from society's lowest rung."Modi has faced criticism for remaining silent over the attack on the villagers last month by so-called cow-defenders in his home state of Gujarat.Footage showed four half-naked men tied to a car as the activists took turns to thrash them with belts and batons at a crowded marketplace.Video of the beating of the four Dalits -- ...

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Uzbek Airlines plane makes emergency landing in Russia SAINT PETERSBURG: An Uzbekistan Airways passenger plane was forced to make an emergency landing at Saint Petersburg airport in northwest Russia on Sunday after suffering an engine failure, airport authorities said.The Boeing 757-200, with 179 passengers and ten crew members aboard, circled the airport several times to burn off fuel before attempting the emergency landing, Saint Petersburg airport spokesman Igor Laptev told AFP."The aircraft carried out an emergency landing because one of the engines failed," ...

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Foreign tourists attacked in western Afghanistan HEART: Militants attacked foreign tourists escorted by an Afghan army convoy in the western province of Herat on Thursday, officials said, with a military spokesman saying at least six people were wounded."The convoy was ambushed by the Taliban in Chesht-e-Sharif district. The tourists were on their way to Herat from Bamiyan and Ghor provinces," Jilani Farhad, the spokesman for Herat's governor.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2016 ...

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India govt body recommends 10 pct import tax on hot-rolled steel products NEW DELHI: An Indian government body has recommended a safeguard tax on imports of flat sheets and plates of hot-rolled steel, an official statement said on Wednesday, to protect local mills hit by cheaper supplies from overseas.The Directorate General of Safeguards has suggested an import tax of 10 percent in the first year, which will be reduced to 8 percent in the second, and 6 percent for six months of the third year.The taxes will ...

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India's Sonia Gandhi falls ill NEW DELHI: Sonia Gandhi, the head of India's opposition Congress party, fell ill at an election campaign event Tuesday.Gandhi was in Varanasi, the constituency of rival politician and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Uttar Pradesh state, when she suddenly pulled out to fly back New Delhi."I regret that I couldn't complete my trip because of illness," Gandhi said in a statement tweeted by her party."On advice of doctors she had to cut short..but she'll ...

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India in talks to bring home workers stranded in Saudi NEW DELHI: India said Monday it is negotiating with authorities in Saudi Arabia to repatriate thousands of migrant workers after they lost their jobs, leaving them destitute and with no money to return home.Foreign minister Sushma Swaraj told parliament she was sending a junior minister to Riyadh after reports that around 10,000 workers had lost their jobs and been left to starve.Indians are among millions of poor Asians working in the Gulf states, where human ...

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China new home prices rise faster in July BEIJING: Price rises for new homes in China accelerated in July from the previous month, a survey showed Monday, with some buyers possibly prompted by moves in some cities to curb prices.The average price for new homes in 100 major cities increased 1.63 percent month-on-month in June to 12,009 yuan ($1,814) per square metre, the China Index Academy (CIA) said in a statement.That was faster than June's 1.32 percent.Real estate is a key sector for ...