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Feb 11, 2015

Deserted New Delhi hospitals sour India’s healthcare dream

NEW DELHI, Feb 12 (Reuters) – Two state-of-the-art public
hospitals in New Delhi are barely operational years after they
officially opened – not for lack of funding but because
officials did not spend the millions of dollars allocated to
treat heart and kidney patients.

The empty hospitals in the heart of the Indian capital are
emblematic of the paralysis gripping a public health system
that is responsible for some of the world’s worst health
indicators. Many of the country’s 1.2 billion people have a
choice between expensive private care, or no care at all.

Jan 29, 2015

Uber, other taxi-hailing apps hit new roadblock in Delhi

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – New Delhi’s transport department has written to U.S. taxi hailing company Uber Technologies Inc detailing problems with its application for a licence in the city, further complicating the firm’s ability to operate in India’s capital.

While the letter, or “deficiency memo”, is not a rejection of Uber’s application, the company will have to resubmit a portion of it to be granted a licence, a government official said.

Jan 27, 2015

Uber scraps commissions for its New Delhi taxis

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Uber, the U.S.-based online taxi-hailing company, will not take any commission from its drivers in New Delhi until uncertainty over how it can operate in the country’s capital city is cleared up, it said on Tuesday.

India banned Uber in the city following rape allegations against one of its drivers. But the company restarted services there last week and applied for a radio taxi license. A transport official said on Friday that Uber remained blacklisted.

Jan 23, 2015

Uber restarts cab service in New Delhi after ban

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – U.S. taxi-hailing app maker Uber Technologies Inc has restarted services in India’s capital, after its three apps were banned following allegations of rape by one of its drivers.

Uber’s apps were working in New Delhi on Friday after the company agreed to apply for a radio taxi licence, a spokesman said. The company previously said the licence did not apply to a technology company that connects passengers with drivers.

Jan 22, 2015

Modi to welcome Obama in Fortress Delhi

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India’s capital will turn into a virtual fortress for U.S. President Barack Obama’s visit this weekend, with heightened security measures, including an extended no-fly zone, to protect the world’s most powerful leader.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Obama and other dignitaries from the world’s two largest democracies will attend India’s Republic Day celebrations on Jan. 26, which include a military parade and display of Indian weaponry.

Jan 22, 2015

India to push renewable energy drive during Obama visit

WASHINGTON/NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India will look to the United States for more private sector partnerships and technology to support a drive to expand its use of clean energy, as Washington looks to secure political support for a global climate change deal in 2015.

Efforts to combat climate change will also figure prominently in talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Barack Obama when the U.S. leader begins a landmark visit to New Delhi this weekend.

Dec 30, 2014

India’s capital sets new rules for Uber, other taxi operators

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Taxi firms including Uber, the online cab-hailing company banned in New Delhi, will have to install panic buttons if they are to operate in India’s capital under new rules framed after allegations that a driver for the U.S. firm raped a passenger.

The transport office of Delhi earlier this month ordered San Francisco-based Uber Technologies Inc to stop its services following the incident, which reignited the debate on women’s safety in India.

Dec 30, 2014

Delhi sets new rules for Uber, other taxi operators

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Taxi firms including Uber, the online cab-hailing company banned in New Delhi, will have to install panic buttons if they are to operate in India’s capital under new rules framed after allegations that a driver for the U.S. firm raped a passenger.

The transport office of Delhi earlier this month ordered San Francisco-based Uber Technologies Inc to stop its services following the incident, which reignited the debate on women’s safety in India.

Dec 23, 2014

India slashes health budget, already one of the world’s lowest

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – The Indian government has ordered a cut of nearly 20 percent in its 2014/15 healthcare budget due to fiscal strains, putting at risk key disease control initiatives in a country whose public spending on health is already among the lowest in the world.

Two Health Ministry officials told Reuters on Tuesday that more than 60 billion rupees, or $948 million, has been slashed from their budget allocation of around $5 billion for the financial year ending on March 31.

Dec 22, 2014

Protests over conversions set back reform agenda

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s reform agenda suffered a setback on Monday as protests erupted in parliament and in the streets over a campaign by Hindu hardliners linked to his party to convert Muslims and Christians to Hinduism.

Opposition members threw papers and swarmed to the centre of the upper house of parliament, forcing the suspension of the session and effectively preventing the government from tabling a bill to increase foreign participation in the insurance sector.

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      "Aditya is part of the India politics, economy and general news team at the Reuters bureau in New Delhi. After joining Reuters in July 2008, Aditya spent nearly six years managing content and writing for the Reuters.com India edition. During 2013-14, he was closely involved in developing the website's India Insight platform, writing on topics ranging from business and politics to stocks and mutual funds. Follow him on Twitter @adityakalra"
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