Narendra Modi

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When the Omicron coronavirus variant spread through India late in December, prime minister Narendra Modi urged the nation to be vigilant and follow me(...)

Filling water containers from a hand pump well in Kamod, India on December 1st, 2021. Photograph: Saumya Khandelwal/The New York Times

India, one of the world’s most water-stressed countries, is halfway through an ambitious drive to provide clean tap water by 2024 to all of the roughl(...)

Homeless children stand in a queue to receive a morning meal from Missionaries of Charity, the order founded by Saint Teresa, at its headquarter in Kolkata, India,  Photograph: Bikas Das/AP

India has refused to renew the foreign-funding licence for the Missionaries of Charity, the Christian order founded by Mother Teresa famous for its wo(...)

A man stands next to the crash site in Coonoor, Tamil Nadu, where  a helicopter carrying India’s defence chief Gen Bipin Rawat crashed on Wednesday. Photograph: Surya Narayanan/AFP via Getty Images

The head of India’s armed forces, Gen Bipin Rawat, was among 13 people killed on Wednesday when the military helicopter they were travelling in crashe(...)

Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, is greeted by Indian prime minister  Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Monday. Photograph: T Narayan/Bloomberg

Russia and India signed a flurry of trade and arms deals during President Vladimir Putin’s visit to New Delhi for talks with prime minister Narendra (...)

A healthcare worker at a Covid-19 vaccine clinic in Johannesburg. A South African study has found that the risk of reinfection from the Omicron coronavirus variant is three times higher than for any previous strain.  Photograph: Joao Silva/New York Times

South Africa South Africa’s daily number of confirmed Covid-19 cases almost quadrupled since Tuesday as the Omicron variant spread across the country(...)

Indian farmers celebrate at the Delhi-Uttar Pradesh border after prime minister Narendra Modi announced all three farm laws will be repealed. Photograph: Harish Tyagi

Narendra Modi will abandon contentious agricultural market reforms that sparked year-long protests from Indian farmers and a major challenge to his au(...)

The BJP banned  the street sale of all non-vegetarian fare  in four major cities   as it ’offended’ Hindu religious sentiments. Photograph: Punit Paranjpe/ AFP via Getty Images

The Hindu nationalist party of Indian prime minister Narendra Modi has banned the street sale of all non-vegetarian fare, including eggs and fish, in (...)

Prince Charles and former French prime minister and climate negotiator Laurent Fabius meet at the Cop26 climate summit. Photograph: Phil Noble/WPA Pool/Getty Images

The prospect of limiting global heating to 1.8 degrees on the back of new commitments made at Cop26 is only “a hypothesis”, according to Laurent Fabiu(...)

Taoiseach Micheál Martin greets British foreign secretary Liz Truss as leaders arrive for the Cop26 UN Climate Summit in Glasgow, Scotland, on Monday. Photograph: Robert Perry/EPA

World leaders are expected to agree ambitious deals to protect forests and cut methane emissions on Tuesday after the Cop26 climate summit in Glasgow (...)

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