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Class Crisis: Why Does Caste still Exist in Modern India?

Members of the Jat caste in a northern Indian state have staged riots and arson attacks to demand preferential access to jobs and education, and at least 19 people have been killed.

Here are key questions about India's caste system:

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Five Dead in 24-Hour Gunbattle in Indian Kashmir

A second soldier was killed Sunday in a continuing gunbattle between militants and troops and police in Indian Kashmir, taking the overall death toll in the day-long clashes to five.

The attackers, thought to number three or four, ambushed a paramilitary convoy on the outskirts of the restive region's main city of Srinagar on Saturday, killing two soldiers and wounding another 13, officials have said.

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10 Dead in Caste Riots in North India

Ten people have died in caste protests which triggered widespread arson and looting in a north Indian state, police said Sunday, as New Delhi faced a water crisis after mobs shut down a key supply.

Thousands of troops with shoot-on-sight orders were deployed on Saturday in Haryana state, a day after week-long protests turned violent with rioters setting fire to homes and railway stations and blocking highways.

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37 Dead in India after Bus Plunges into River

A packed passenger bus plunged off a bridge into a river in western India Friday killing at least 37 people, an official said, in one of the deadliest road accidents in recent years.

The incident happened when the driver lost control and veered off the road into Purna river in Navsari district, some 285 kilometers (180 miles) from Ahmedabad, the main city of Gujarat state.

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Thirteen Students on Picnic Drown in India Beach Tragedy

A college picnic to the beach turned into a tragedy on Monday when at least thirteen students drowned off India's west coast after they went swimming, police and officials said.

The tragedy was the latest drowning incident in India, where many people are unable to swim and lax safety standards mean beaches are often without lifeguards.

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India Arrests Three 'Islamists' Deported from Abu Dhabi

Indian counter-terror police have arrested three alleged Islamist radicals suspected of conspiring to stage an attack on India, after they were deported from the United Arab Emirates, an official said Friday.

The three Indian nationals were arrested on arrival at New Delhi airport from Abu Dhabi by investigators from the National Investigation Agency (NIA), a federal police unit that probes terror offences.

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France, India to Strengthen Counter-Terror Cooperation

French President Francois Hollande vowed Monday not to weaken his resolve against terrorism as he held talks with India's leader on security cooperation and a long-delayed defense deal.

Hollande said he and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had agreed to step up cooperation on counter-terrorism after deadly attacks on Paris in November that recalled the 2008 assault on Mumbai.

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Hollande Starts India Visit, Says Jet Deal Will 'Take Time'

France's President Francois Hollande played down the prospect of a swift conclusion to a drawn-out deal for New Delhi to buy 36 French jet fighters as he began a three-day visit to India Sunday.

The invitation for Hollande to be chief guest at India's Republic Day military parade on Tuesday had raised expectations the multi-billion dollar agreement for the Rafale jets would finally be sealed.

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India Arrests Islamists ahead of Republic Day

Indian counter-terror police arrested a group of suspected Islamist radicals and seized bomb-making material in a series of nationwide raids ahead of next week's Republic Day celebrations, officials said Friday.

A home ministry official said the National Investigation Agency (NIA), a federal police unit that probes terror offenses, formally arrested five suspects, while nine more men are being interrogated over their links to a local militant leader after the overnight raids in four different states.

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India, Pakistan Delay Talks after Air Base Attack

India and Pakistan said Thursday they have postponed talks after a fatal attack on an Indian air base that New Delhi blames on a banned Pakistan-based group.

Islamabad said the talks were being "rescheduled", a day after it announced the arrest of several Jaish-e-Mohammed militants in an apparent effort to mollify its neighbor.

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