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Apr 30, 2010

Huawei seeking clarity on India security concerns

NEW DELHI, April 30 (Reuters) – China’s Huawei Technologies
[HWT.UL] said on Friday it was seeking clarification from
authorities after reports that India was blocking the purchase
of telecoms gear from Chinese vendors in the booming market.

The world’s second-largest telecommunications equipment
maker had not received any official communication on the issue,
and was willing to cooperate with Indian government agencies to
resolve their concerns on security, an India-based company
spokesman said in a statement.

Apr 28, 2010

After parliament vote win, India to move on nuclear bill

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India’s government is planning to introduce a delayed nuclear liability bill in parliament, officials said Wednesday, a move that will allow entry of U.S. firms into the country’s $150 billion sector.

A 2008 civilian nuclear deal with the United States ended India’s nuclear isolation since its 1974 atomic test, and gave it access to U.S. technology and fuel.

Apr 27, 2010

Govt wins parliament vote; reform doubts remain

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – The Congress-led government sailed through a trial of strength in parliament on Tuesday, with smaller parties giving it a leg up to achieve a surprisingly strong victory despite a recent string of troubles.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s government was backed by 289 MPs in the 545-strong Lok Sabha, while the opposition managed 201 votes against. Two parties walked out on the vote, adding to abstentions.

Apr 27, 2010

India govt wins parliament vote; reform doubts remain

NEW DELHI, April 27 (Reuters) – India’s Congress-led
government sailed through a trial of strength in parliament on
Tuesday, with smaller parties giving it a leg up to achieve a
surprisingly strong victory despite a recent string of
troubles.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s government was backed by
289 lawmakers in the 545-strong lower house, while the
opposition managed 201 votes against. Two parties walked out on
the vote, adding to abstentions.

Apr 27, 2010

India government gathers allies before confidence vote

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India’s government will face a trial of strength on Tuesday with some opposition demanding a parliamentary vote to force it to resign, but support from smaller parties will likely see the Congress-led coalition win.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s margin of victory will signal the government’s ability to push reforms such as opening up its $150-billion (97.5 billion pound) civil nuclear sector and liberalising the pension and insurance sectors.

Apr 27, 2010

Govt gathers allies before confidence vote

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – The government will face a trial of strength on Tuesday with some opposition demanding a parliamentary vote to force it to resign, but support from smaller parties will likely see the Congress-led coalition win.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s margin of victory will signal the government’s ability to push reforms such as opening up its $150-billion civil nuclear sector and liberalising the pension and insurance sectors.

Apr 27, 2010

India govt gathers allies before confidence vote

NEW DELHI, April 27 (Reuters) – India’s government will
face a trial of strength on Tuesday with some opposition
demanding a parliamentary vote to force it to resign, but
support from smaller parties will likely see the Congress-led
coalition win.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s margin of victory will
signal the government’s ability to push reforms such as opening
up its $150-billion civil nuclear sector and liberalising the
pension and insurance sectors.

Apr 27, 2010

India government faces possible confidence vote

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India’s government faces a trial of strength on Tuesday with some opposition demanding a parliamentary vote to force it to resign over a hike in fuel and fertilizer prices, causing unease in the Congress-led coalition.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is expected to survive, but his margin of victory will signal the government’s ability to pass major bills from opening up its $150 billion nuclear sector to allowing greater foreign stakes in the pension and insurance sectors.

Apr 26, 2010

India, Afghanistan discuss Taliban, regional security

NEW DELHI, April 26 (Reuters) – Afghan President Hamid Karzai held talks with Indian leaders on Monday about his efforts to reach out to the Taliban for a negotiated settlement of the nine-year old conflict in his country.

New Delhi fears any Afghan plan to broker a deal with the Taliban will undermine its security and give rival Pakistan greater influence there. Pakistan, one of a handful of countries that recognised the Taliban regime before the U.S. invasion in 2001, is seen as a key player in any plan for reconciliation.

"We discussed… reintegration and reconciling of those elements of the Taliban and others who have accepted the Afghan Constitution, who are not part of al Qaeda, who are not part of any terrorist network," Karzai said after talks with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

Karzai has proposed a plan to reintegrate low-level fighters back into Afghan society and also sought to reconcile with senior insurgents provided they give up weapons.

An immediate breakthrough is unlikely, analysts say, pointing to previous offers to re-integrate fighters that failed to make much progress. The Taliban have also rejected any offer of talks saying foreign forces must first leave Afghanistan.

"The prime minister and I discussed the situation in Afghanistan, the situation in the region and our common struggle against terrorism and extremism," Karzai said reading from a statement.

Karzai will be travelling to Bhutan on Tuesday to attend a regional summit where the prime ministers of India and Pakistan will also be present and could meet, Indian Foreign Minister S.M. Krishna said on Monday.

"I am not ruling it out," the state-run Doordarshan channel quoted him as saying in Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan, of a possible meeting between the leaders of India and Pakistan.

The rivalry between India and Pakistan has extended to Afghanistan where the two are battling for influence.

New Delhi saw a militant attack on a Kabul guest house that killed six Indians in February as a signal of efforts to reduce New Delhi’s influence in Afghanistan. It was the third major attack against Indian interests in two years.

"I conveyed to President Karzai that the perpetrators of such attacks will not succeed in undermining India’s commitment to assist the Afghan people," Singh said in his statement.

Pakistan denies any involvement and in turn accuses India of using Afghan territory to destablise its troubled Baluchistan region.

New Delhi has several developmental projects in Afghanistan, including construction of power lines and highways worth $1.3 billion. (Editing by Raju Gopalakrishnan)





Apr 23, 2010

IAF chief says to have fifth-generation jets in 2018

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – The government will introduce an advanced fighter jet it is building with Russia in 2018, a move that will bring sophistication to its air power but could also spark unease among neighbours China and Pakistan.

New Delhi has watched warily as China has made rapid strides in defence, worried that Beijing’s long-term strategy for the region could involve encircling India.