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'Good days ahead' for UK and India

Chancellor George Osborne said "good days are coming" for the UK's relationship with India as he joined Foreign Secretary William Hague on a mission to strengthen trade links.

The two Cabinet ministers are on a two-day visit to India during which they will meet with key players in the administration in New Delhi - including recently elected prime minister Narendra Modi - as well as leading business figures.

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Osborne speech to business leaders in Mumbai

Chancellor George Osborne will use a speech to business leaders in Mumbai to hail the turn-around in views about the prospects for the Indian economy since his election.

It's great to be here at a time when the excitement about the Indian economy, and the optimism about the prospects for future growth, are palpable.

And the excitement here is matched by new confidence among international investors abroad in the future of the Indian economy.

It is a measure of the ambition and drive and pace of the new government of prime minister Modi, that this complete turn-around in sentiment about the Indian economy has been achieved in just seven short weeks, since that stunning election victory.

– The Chancellor's expected speech

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Osborne and Hague on trade mission in India

Chancellor George Osborne and Foreign Secretary William Hague will set out to forge links with the new Indian government of prime minister Narendra Modi as they seek to strengthen Britain's trade with the powerhouse Asian economy.

Osborne and Hague on trade mission in India. Credit: PA

The two Cabinet ministers are embarking on a two-day visit to India during which they will meet with key players in the administration in New Delhi - including Mr Modi - as well as leading business figures.

They are following in the footsteps of a series of foreign visitors - including the French foreign minister and the Russian deputy prime minister - who have arrived to pay court to the new premier since his landslide election victory in May.

Two 'detained' over building collapses in India

Police in India detained two construction company directors as rescuers searched for workers believed buried in the rubble of a building that collapsed during monsoon rains. It was one of two weekend building collapses that killed at least 20 people.

According to the Associated Press, police said 28 construction workers had been pulled out so far and the search was continuing for more than a dozen others.

Police officer Kanan said two directors of the construction company, Prime Sristi, have been detained for questioning as authorities began investigating the cause of the collapse.

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Two buildings topple in India killing 'at least 19'

Rescuers using gas cutters and shovels were searching in construction rubble for more than a dozen workers feared trapped in the second of two building collapses in India that together have killed at least 19 people, according to the Associated Press.

Rescue workers conduct a search operation for survivors at the site of a collapsed 11-storey building Credit: Reuters

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Rescuers scour debris after India buildings collapse

Rescuers were searching in rubble after two buildings collapsed in India killing at least 16 people. Two of the workers died on the spot and another three succumbed to injuries later in a hospital, said police officer George Fernandes.

Fifteen injured workers are being treated in hospital, while six others were allowed to go home after medical attention last night, Mr Fernandes said.

Nearly 300 policemen and fire service workers worked overnight, scouring the debris for survivors. They used gas cutters, iron rods and shovels to reach those trapped in the rubble.

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'16 dead' as two buildings collapse in India

Rescuers were searching in rubble for more than a dozen workers feared trapped in the second of two building collapses in India that together have killed at least 16 people.

Rescue workers conduct a search operation for survivors at the site of a collapsed 11-storey building in India Credit: Reuters

According the Associated Press, the 12-storey structure the workers were building, collapsed late yesterday while heavy rains were pounding the outskirts of Chennai, the capital of southern Tamil Nadu state.

Police said 26 construction workers had been pulled out so far and the search was continuing for more than a dozen others.

Extraordinary sword fight breaks out at holy Sikh shrine

Sikhs wielding ceremonial swords and spears clashed at the holy Sikh shrine, the Golden Temple, in the northern Indian city of Amritsar today.

Fights broke out after groups disagreed over who should speak first at a prayer ceremony to mark the 30th anniversary of a controversial military raid that cleared separatist militants holed up in the temple.

Several people were injured in the scuffles.

Indian state minister: Rape is 'sometimes right'

An Indian state minister has said that rape is a "social crime" and "sometimes it's right, sometimes it's wrong".

Protests have continued against the recent rape and hanging of two girls in India. Credit: REUTERS/Pawan Kumar

"Until there's a complaint, nothing can happen," Babulal Gaur also told reporters.

The comments come after two cousins, aged 12 and 14, were raped and hanged in northern India last week.

Police forces and the government have faced criticism for failing to visit the scene and for accusing the media of hyping the story, as well as not doing enough to help rape victims in the country.

Narendra Modi, who was sworn in as prime minister last week after a landslide election victory, has so far remained silent over the issue.

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Suspects 'confess' to gang-rape and hanging of girls

Three detained suspects have confessed to the gang-rape and slaying of two teenage cousins who were found hanging from a tree in northern India last week, according to local police.

The killing of the 14 and 15-year-old girls in Uttar Pradesh state caused outrage across India, with angry demonstrators taking to the streets.

Locals stand at the site where the two teenage girls were found hanged.
Locals stand at the site where the two teenage girls were found hanged. Credit: REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee

Officer Atul Saxena said today that police were preparing identity sketches of two missing suspects based on descriptions provided by the arrested men.

Authorities also arrested two police officers for failing to investigate when the father of one of the teenagers reported them missing.

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