Indian opposition party holds street protest demanding jobs

NEW DELHI (AP) — Youth members of India’s main opposition Congress party clashed with police during a street protest Friday demanding jobs as the country’s economy recovers from a coronavirus lockdown last year that triggered massive unemployment. They also urged people not to celebrate Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s 71st birthday on Friday. About 150 Congress… Continue reading Indian opposition party holds street protest demanding jobs

India COVID-19 cases hold close to record highs as calls widen for national lockdown

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Coronavirus infections and deaths held close to record daily highs on Monday, increasing calls for the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to lock down the world’s second-most populous country. The 366,161 new infections and 3,754 deaths reported by the health ministry were off a little from recent peaks, taking India’s… Continue reading India COVID-19 cases hold close to record highs as calls widen for national lockdown

Former Indian President Pranab Mukherjee dies at age 84

NEW DELHI (AP) — Former President Pranab Mukherjee, a senior leader of India’s opposition Congress party, has died. He was 84. Mukherjee had emergency surgery for a blood clot in his brain on Aug. 10 at New Delhi’s Army Hospital Research and Referral. The hospital said he tested positive for COVID-19 after the surgery and… Continue reading Former Indian President Pranab Mukherjee dies at age 84