People wait at Delhi station as railways resume some operations | AFP

People wait outside a New Delhi train station as India’s railways resume partial operations. The country of 1.3 billion imposed a strict shutdown in late March, which Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government has credited with keeping cases to a modest 70,000, with around 2,000 deaths. IMAGES

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Police disperse migrant workers at Mumbai train station as India lockdown extended | AFP

Police in India’s financial capital Mumbai use wooden sticks to disperse hundreds of migrant workers gathered outside a train station, hours after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the extension of a nationwide lockdown to stem the spread of coronavirus.

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Coronavirus: Boris Johnson is taken into intensive care — 6th April | AFP

Millions of people in India lit lamps and candles for nine minutes answering PM Narendra Modi’s call to “defeat the deep darkness”of the coronavirus crisis during the country’s second week of lockdown. In a broadcast address on Sunday, Queen Elizabeth II reassured Britons: “Together we are tackling this disease, and I want to reassure you that if we remain united and resolute, then we will overcome it.” It is only her fourth address at a time of crisis in her 68-year reign. And on Monday night, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson was taken into intensive care after being hospitalised with “persistent symptoms” of coronavirus. The latest news on the pandemic from around the world.

Panic-buying as India goes under total lockdown | AFP

New Delhi and Mumbai residents queue up outside stores to buy essentials, minutes after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that the country’s 1.3 billion people will go under “total lockdown” for 21 days to combat the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

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India holds one-day curfew to test coronavirus defences | AFP

Millions of Indians went into lockdown Sunday as the country brought most of its vast railway network to a halt in a bid to slow the spread of the deadly coronavirus. While the lockdown was not mandatory, Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged the population of 1.3 billion to help prepare for the challenges ahead.

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Stick em’ up! Indian women ‘beat’ men during Holi festival | AFP

Thousands of Indians welcome spring in a rainbow of colours at the annual festival of Holi, despite Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying he will not attend the festivities due to the coronavirus. Women “beat” men with sticks as part of the festivities in Nandgaon village. According to Hindu mythology, Lord Krishna is said to have teased a woman and was chased away with sticks by the local women.

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Spectators dance, cheer at mega Trump rally in India | AFP

Spectators inside the world’s biggest cricket stadium cheer and dance for US President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the pair hold a rally in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad. The “Namaste Trump” event is part of Trump’s first official visit to India, although some in the stadium crowd, unable to bear the afternoon heat, chose to leave midway through the president’s address.

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Trump visits Gandhi’s former home on India visit | AFP

Donald Trump and wife Melania tour Mahatma Gandhi’s former home in Ahmedabad alongside Prime Minister Narendra Modi, as the US president and first lady are welcomed to the western Indian city on their whistle-stop, 36-hour official visit.

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Modi party heads for defeat in key New Delhi election | AFP

Followers of an upstart Indian political party dance in the streets as early results from a key election in the capital show they are inflicting a crushing defeat on Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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Polling station open for Delhi state election | AFP

Voters arrive at a polling station in Delhi as Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s party battles to take back power in Dehli state elections. IMAGES

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India aims to boost arms exports | AFP

India is targeting defence exports worth $5 billion in the next five years in a bid to boost local manufacturing, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said. The country is the world’s second-largest arms importer after Saudi Arabia, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, but Modi wants to turn that around under an ambitious “Made in India” initiative.

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Economic burnout: India’s struggling workforce | AFP

India’s government releases its 2020 budget on Saturday, facing stuttering growth and record unemployment and a jump in inflation that has further widened India’s wealth gap. AFP spoke to Indians from different sections of society about the impact of the economic slowdown, which has put Prime Minister Narendra Modi under considerable pressure

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Is India becoming a Hindu nation? | AFP

On 11 December 2019, India’s Parliament approved a controversial law, making it easier for persecuted religious minorities from three neighbouring countries to obtain citizenship, but not if they are Muslim. Since the vote, hundreds of thousands have rallied across the country challenging the bill. This legislation is the latest in a series of moves by the government that have stoked fears that Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants to remould the world’s largest democracy as a Hindu nation.

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India celebrates 71st Republic Day | AFP

Indian President Narendra Modi welcomes chief guest Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro as India holds a grand parade in the capital to celebrate its 71st Republic Day which marks the beginning of the Indian Constitution coming into effect.

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India’s road-block women vow to fight on against citizenship law | AFP

Women in New Delhi brave the freezing cold to help block one of the main roads into the capital of India, in a protest that is at the forefront of a rising challenge to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. For nearly four weeks, more than 200 women have sat and slept across the four-lane road between Delhi and the satellite city Noida, gaining nationwide attention as protests erupted across India over a controversial citizenship law that critics say is anti-Muslim.

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Attack at elite India university injures dozens | AFP

Dozens were hurt at a prestigious Indian university on Sunday in what police said were clashes between rival student groups but which an opposition politician blamed on a student organisation linked to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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‘Anti-Muslim’ law protests continue as India marks New Year | AFP

Over a thousand people in New Delhi turn up to demonstrate against a controversial citizenship law and a proposed national register of citizens – both branded as ‘anti-Muslim’ – as protests continue into 2020 despite attempts by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to quell them since they broke out almost three weeks ago.

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Protests continue despite police clampdown in New Delhi | AFP

Police officers detain protesters in buses and police vans as they demonstrate in New Delhi against a citizenship law considered anti-Muslim. Twenty-seven people have died in two weeks of at times violent demonstrations after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government made it easier for non-Muslims from three countries to be naturalised.

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Demonstrations in Guwahati against controversial citizenship law | AFP

Hundreds gather in Guwahati, in the Indian state of Assam to protest against the controversial Indian citizenship law deemed as anti-muslim. The law — making it easier for persecuted minorities from three neighbouring countries to gain citizenship, but not if they are Muslim — has stoked fears Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants to remould the world’s biggest democracy India as a Hindu nation, which he denies. IMAGES

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