India sought to deepen strategic and economic ties with resource-rich Africa as it held its first summit meeting with African leaders on Tuesday and sweetened the pot by offering financial help. Indian Premier Manmohan Singh, playing host to the African leaders, announced export tariff cuts that he said would benefit 34 of Africa's 53 countries.
India celebrated six decades as an independent nation on Wednesday, but the prime minister warned against over-confidence from the booming economy and laid out tough challenges ahead. In a speech from the ramparts of the capital's 17th-century Red Fort, Singh lauded India's democracy as its greatest achievement.
India's first female President, Pratibha Patil, savoured her election win on Sunday as supporters hailed the victory as a step forward for women. The 72-year-old lawyer defeated Vice-President Bhairon Singh Shekhawat by a landslide on Saturday.
Police on Monday stepped up what they called one of the biggest manhunts to date in the Indian capital, New Delhi, which was cloaked in tight security after a weekend attack claimed by Islamic militants. Another victim succumbed to his injuries from Saturday's coordinated explosions, bringing the death toll to 62.
An Indian health ministry official on Wednesday said local firms could make a generic version of Swiss-based Roche's Tamiflu as an emergency measure for an outbreak of avian flu. ''India could go in for manufacturing of the medicine [Tamiflu] under compulsory licensing if there is a national emergency,'' the senior health ministry officialtold reporters in New Delhi.
Angry Indian cricket fans were finding it difficult on Tuesday to forgive their team for its poor showing at the World Cup tournament as under-fire Saurav Ganguly's squad prepared for its next clash with Zimbabwe.