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India Signs Deal to Buy 36 French Rafale Fighter Jets

India signed a formal agreement Friday to buy 36 Rafale fighter jets from France's Dassault for 7.9 billion euros ($8.8 billion), one of its biggest defence deals in decades.

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Saudi Vows 'Urgent' Action for Stranded Indian Workers

Saudi Arabia has promised "urgent" action to resolve the plight of some 2,500 Indian workers stranded without money in the kingdom after a plunge in oil prices sparked construction layoffs.

Labor Minister Mufarrej al-Haqbani issued orders to allow the Indian workers "to immediately transfer their kafala (sponsorship) and renew their residencies," the Okaz daily reported on Wednesday.

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Death Penalty Sought for 24 Indian Hindus over Massacre

Indian prosecutors sought the death penalty on Monday for 24 Hindus convicted over a massacre during religious riots in 2002 when Prime Minister Narendra Modi was chief minister of the state where it happened.

Judge P.B Desai heard submissions from the prosecution as well as lawyers representing the 24 convicted over the killings, before adjourning final sentencing until Thursday.

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Clashes in Indian Kashmir after Three Militants Killed

Hundreds of villagers clashed with police in restive Indian-administered Kashmir Saturday after three armed militants were killed in an early morning gunbattle with government forces, the army and witnesses said.

Soldiers and special operations officers cordoned off Panzgam village, about 35 kilometers (22 miles) south of the main city of Srinagar, before dawn after receiving a tip off that militants were hiding inside a house.

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India Police File Charges over Temple Fireworks Disaster

Indian police said Monday they have filed initial charges against six people over a massive explosion during a banned fireworks display that killed over 100 people and left many more with horrific burns.

Thousands had packed into a Hindu temple in the southern state of Kerala on Saturday night for the show when a stray firework apparently landed on a stockpile of them, triggering a huge blast that tore through concrete buildings.

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Clashes in Indian Kashmir after Two Militants Killed

Thousands of protesters clashed with police in Indian Kashmir Thursday after two militants were killed in a gun battle with government forces, the army and witnesses said.

Protesters torched a police armored vehicle as masked militants fired automatic rifles into the air in honor of the dead men, a police officer at the scene told AFP on condition of anonymity.

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Tough Battle for India's Modi in Key State Polls

Millions of voters head to the polls Monday in two Indian states, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's party facing a tough fight as it tries to tighten its grip on power nationally.

Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) must win state elections to gain more seats in the nation's upper house of parliament, which has been blocking reforms seen as crucial to fueling economic growth.

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Indian State Put on High Alert amid Fears of Militant Attack

India has rushed elite security forces to its western state of Gujarat after an intelligence report that some 10 militants may have crossed over from Pakistan, police said Sunday.

Security has been strengthened at all major installations in the coastal state following a warning from the central intelligence authorities, the state police director-general said.

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Death Toll Hits 28 in India's Caste Riots

The death toll from caste unrest in northern India has risen to 28 but violence has subsided, officials said Thursday, as a court asked authorities to investigate reports of rape during the riots.

Large-scale violence gripped northern Haryana state at the weekend after the Jat caste led protests to demand preferential treatment in government jobs and education.

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Gunbattle in Indian Kashmir Ends with Nine Dead

Troops and police on Monday killed three militants holed up in a government building in Indian Kashmir, ending a three-day gunbattle in which five soldiers and a civilian also died, police said.

The fighting broke out when rebels ambushed a paramilitary convoy on Saturday, killing two troopers before taking refuge in the building on the outskirts of the state capital Srinagar.

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