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Oct 4, 2011

Anna Hazare vows anti-govt drive in UP polls

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Anna Hazare, who led India’s largest street protests against corruption in decades, said on Tuesday he plans a hunger strike against the ruling Congress party during state elections in Uttar Pradesh next year if the anti-graft Jan Lokpal Bill is not quickly passed.

Millions of mainly middle class Indians supported a near two-week fast in August by veteran self-styled Gandhian campaigner, forcing the centre-left government to bow to many of his demands for tougher laws to fight graft.

Oct 4, 2011

Popular India activist vows anti-government drive in key vote

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – An anti-corruption activist, who led India’s largest street protests in decades, said on Tuesday he plans a hunger strike against the ruling Congress party during a bellwether state election next year if an anti-graft law is not quickly passed.

Millions of mainly middle class Indians supported a near two-week fast in August by veteran self-styled Gandhian campaigner Anna Hazare, forcing the centre-left government to bow to many of his demands for tougher laws to fight graft.

Sep 30, 2011
via India Insight

Report indicates India’s shores danger zone for turtles

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A recent study by an environmental group, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, has identified the 11 most threatened sea turtle populations from around the world. And five of these so-called danger zones for sea turtles are in the Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZs) of India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

The Olive Ridley and Hawksbill turtles, which nest on Indian shores, are an endangered species and there was a drive by environmentalists against the poaching and killing of these sea reptiles. The study also reveals that the turtles face other dangers.

Sep 23, 2011
via India Insight

Advani’s “withdrawal” may come back to haunt BJP

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As soon as former Bharatiya Janata Party president and political veteran Lal Krishna Advani announced that his role in the party and the Sangh Parivar “is much more than the post of prime minister” — he made it pretty clear that he may not be the preferred BJP candidate for the prime minister’s post in the 2014 general elections.

And soon the media and most political analysts made a pretty safe guess that the party would back current Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi as its next PM candidate. Yet others named Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley as strong contenders.

Sep 21, 2011

I won’t run for PM again, says Advani

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Lal Krishna Advani, the 83-year-old veteran of opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), said on Wednesday he did not want to run for prime minister again in elections due by 2014, a move that frees up younger candidates to challenge the government.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s coalition has struggled to contain anger against high food prices and graft scandals since winning a second term in 2009. But the BJP-led opposition has often looked weak, plagued by infighting and lacking a credible leader.

Sep 21, 2011

I won’t run for PM again, says India opposition veteran

NEW DELHI, Sept 21 (Reuters) – An 83-year-old veteran of
India’s main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) said on
Wednesday he did not want to run for prime minister again in
elections due by 2014, a move that frees up younger candidates
to challenge the government.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s coalition has struggled to
contain anger against high food prices and graft scandals since
winning a second term in 2009. But the BJP-led opposition has
often looked weak, plagued by infighting and lacking a credible
leader.

Sep 15, 2011

Sonia Gandhi chairs first party meeting since surgery

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Sonia Gandhi, the head of Congress party, chaired on Thursday her first party meeting since travelling to the United States more than a month ago for undisclosed surgery and leaving behind a rudderless government.

The 64-year-old’s absence coincided with a plunge in popularity for the centre-left party, buffeted by high inflation and the biggest national protests against corruption since the 1970s.

Sep 15, 2011

India’s Sonia Gandhi chairs first party meeting since surgery

NEW DELHI, Sept 15 (Reuters) – Sonia Gandhi, the head of
India’s ruling Congress party, chaired on Thursday her first
party meeting since travelling to the United States more than a
month ago for undisclosed surgery and leaving behind a
rudderless government.

The 64-year-old’s absence coincided with a plunge in
popularity for the centre-left party, buffeted by high inflation
and the biggest national protests against corruption since the
1970s.

Sep 15, 2011

India relaxes overseas borrowing rules, allows yuan debt

NEW DELHI, Sept 15 (Reuters) – India has relaxed its
overseas borrowing rules allowing firms to raise Chinese
yuan-denominated debt and raising the borrowing limit for
companies in an attempt to woo capital inflows amid heightened
global uncertainty.

The move will help Indian firms, suffocated by high local
interest rates, to raise cheaper debt. Rising cost of credit in
the domestic market has impacted investment demand in Asia’s
third-largest economy.

Sep 9, 2011

Govt should help exporters as growth slows – trade secy

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India’s exports grew 44 percent in August but a sharp slowdown in growth trends in a turbulent global economic climate should prompt the government to support exporters with stimulus measures, Trade Secretary Rahul Khullar said on Friday.

Indian exporters enjoyed record growth in the last fiscal year and have notched high double digit growth in recent months, buoyed by demand for the country’s cars, petroleum products and precious stones. July’s reading was more than 80 percent growth.

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