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By Ashok Sharma The Associated Press

India’s tiger population rises to nearly 3,000

NEW DELHI — India’s tiger population has grown to nearly 3,000, making the country one of the safest habitats for the endangered animals.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi released the tiger count for 2018 on Monday and said it’s a “historic achievement” for India, whose big cat population had dwindled to 1,400 about 14-15 years ago.

Indian prime minister mocked for Pakistan airstrike gaffe

NEW DELHI — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been skewered by the opposition for going ahead with an airstrike in Pakistan on the mistaken belief that cloudy skies would help India’s air force avoid radar detection.

In a television interview broadcast Saturday, Modi said he used his “raw wisdom” in the operation, believing Indian aircraft would benefit from the cloud cover.