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Nov 20, 2012
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Heat guaranteed in parliament’s winter session

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(Any opinions expressed here are those of the author, and not necessarily those of Thomson Reuters)

It is getting colder by the day in New Delhi but the winter session of parliament, which starts on Thursday, promises to be a heated one.

Oct 31, 2012
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Narendra Modi, why shoot yourself in the foot?

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I usually don’t spend too much time contemplating the bizarre pronouncements, snide comments and muddy slings of India’s political figures.

I’m talking about:

- The village elders who consider themselves the law, declaring that Indian girls should marry young to avoid getting raped.

Oct 11, 2012
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Kejriwal needs different approach to win hearts and votes

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The Arvind Kejriwal-Robert Vadra faceoff has finally reached the place where it should be — in court instead of in the press.

An activist named Nutan Thakur filed a public interest litigation (PIL) in the Allahabad High Court on Oct. 9, and it has now been admitted. The government must respond within three weeks. Thakur wants the court to explore allegations by social activist Kejriwal that Vadra, son-in-law of Congress Party chief Sonia Gandhi, has been involved in shady land deals.

Oct 6, 2012
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The news this weekend: LPG, Kejriwal, toilets, politicians… and Somali pirates

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It’s shaping up as a busy weekend for India’s politicians…

The price of LPG — liquefied petroleum gas cylinders, or cooking gas — has risen 11.42 rupees per cylinder because dealers are getting higher commissions. TV channels attacked the government because this “shocker” comes right after the imposition of a cap on subsidized cylinder sales was imposed.

Bharatiya Janata Party politician Smriti Irani said the party will hold a nation-wide protest on Oct. 12, saying the higher prices are “anti-women”. This is presumably because they do more of the daily cooking than men, whose potential inversely proportional waistline shrinkage could be in their favour.

Oct 3, 2012

MFs favour construction, financials: Reuters Poll

MUMBAI/NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Fund managers have responded quickly to New Delhi’s economic reform drive, selling expensive consumer stocks in favour of the construction-related shares they expect to benefit most from new government initiatives to bolster India’s sagging infrastructure, a Reuters poll showed.

Fund managers are also increasing their allocations to financial companies on expectations the central bank will lower interest rates after India recently announced fiscal and economic reforms, the survey found.

Oct 3, 2012

India fund managers favour construction, financials

MUMBAI/NEW DELHI, Oct 3 (Reuters) – Fund managers have
responded quickly to New Delhi’s economic reform drive, selling
expensive consumer stocks in favour of the construction-related
shares they expect to benefit most from new government
initiatives to bolster India’s sagging infrastructure, a Reuters
poll showed.

Fund managers are also increasing their allocations to
financial companies on expectations the central bank will lower
interest rates after India recently announced fiscal and
economic reforms, the survey found.

Sep 18, 2012
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Political crisis in India: Mamata Banerjee moves out, UPA should move forward

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It wasn’t unexpected. After more than three long years of association with the UPA II coalition government, key ally Mamata Banerjee is taking her name off the lease, packing up her things and getting ready to move out. Whether she has taken Congress’ chances for holding power in India with her depends on how strong — and willing — the party’s other friends are.

This move, precipitated by her anger at urgent government moves to fix India’s economy, is a case of better late than never. There is no point being part of a coalition if you don’t like how it works or the decisions that it makes.

Sep 14, 2012
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Bold move on diesel, but hold the rollback

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Sometimes the government does what it promises. India raised diesel prices by 5 rupees per litre on Thursday in a move guaranteed to alienate the common man, but please foreign investors, oil marketing companies and ratings agencies.

Opposition parties and key government ally Mamata Banerjee expressed their expected disappointment with the decision. The BJP called it a “cruel joke” and “mortal blow,” while West Bengal Chief Minister Banerjee planned a street rally on Saturday and said she was “shocked“.

Sep 5, 2012
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Forget CRR cut, Subbarao should cut down his humour

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Is Duvvuri Subbarao, governor of the Reserve Bank of India, considering an alternative career in stand-up comedy? In July, Subbarao tried to lighten the usually grey world of central banking with a self-deprecating wisecrack, linking rising prices and his receding hairline.

“I must admit that even at a personal level, I do not know how to interpret inflation. Twenty years ago when I had a thick mop of hair, I used to pay 25 rupees for a haircut … and now, when I have virtually no hair left, I am paying 150 rupees for a haircut,” he said at a conference.

Jul 3, 2012

Diversified equity funds post best month since Jan

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India’s diversified stock funds posted their strongest gains in five months in June, reversing a bleak performance in May on improving global sentiment and domestic reform hopes, scoring big gains in the capital goods and financial sectors.

Fresh measures to ease the euro zone crisis, signs the government may revisit economic reforms and efforts to provide clarity on a tax proposal that had panicked foreign investors helped push the benchmark BSE Sensex up 7.5 percent in June to a near two-month closing high.

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      "Aditya drives content strategy for the Reuters.com India edition. As deputy editor of the news desk, he jointly oversees the 10-member team in New Delhi that delivers real-time news to Reuters media clients, web audiences and social media networks. Aditya joined Reuters in July 2008 and is now closely involved in developing the website’s India Insight platform, where he writes and edits stories on topics ranging from business and politics to stocks and mutual funds. Follow him on Twitter @adityayk"
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