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Nov 9, 2015

PM Modi urged to engage rivals after Bihar drubbing

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Prime Minister Narendra Modi will have to reverse course and engage with opposition leaders if he is to salvage his economic reform programme, senior aides said on Monday, after he suffered a humiliating state election defeat.

Modi’s nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was hammered in Bihar by a regional alliance, even though the 65-year-old leader addressed more than 30 rallies across the poor eastern state of 104 million people.

Nov 9, 2015

Modi urged to engage rivals after state poll drubbing

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Prime Minister Narendra Modi will have to reverse course and engage with opposition leaders if he is to salvage his economic reform programme, senior aides said on Monday, after he suffered a humiliating state election defeat.

Modi’s nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was hammered in Bihar by a regional alliance, even though the 65-year-old leader addressed more than 30 rallies across the poor eastern state of 104 million people.

Nov 9, 2015

India’s Modi urged to engage rivals after state poll drubbing

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will have to reverse course and engage with opposition leaders if he is to salvage his economic reform program, senior aides said on Monday, after he suffered a humiliating state election defeat.

Modi’s nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was hammered in Bihar by a regional alliance, even though the 65-year-old leader addressed more than 30 rallies across the poor eastern state of 104 million people.

Oct 29, 2015

India’s Modi pitches ‘partnership of prosperity’ to Africa

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi turned on the charm for African leaders on Thursday, promising $10 billion in credit to back a “partnership of prosperity” and pitching a broad alliance for global reform.

Hosting 54 nations for the biggest India-Africa summit, Modi laid on a lavish cultural program with dancers, drummers and videos in a sports arena.

Oct 29, 2015

Modi pitches “partnership of prosperity” to Africa

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Prime Minister Narendra Modi turned on the charm for African leaders on Thursday, promising $10 billion in credit to back a “partnership of prosperity” and pitching a broad alliance for global reform.

Hosting 54 nations for the biggest India-Africa summit, Modi laid on a lavish cultural programme with dancers, drummers and videos in a sports arena.

Oct 27, 2015

Maldives president in control despite crisis: minister

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen is in control of the government and enjoys broad support from his party and allies, the country’s foreign minister said on Tuesday, following rumors that dissidents were trying to unseat the government.

Yameen rose to power in a bitterly contested presidential election in 2013 and launched a crackdown on dissent, leading to further upheaval and protests on the Indian Ocean archipelago of 400,000, best known for its tourist resorts.

Oct 26, 2015

India hosts biggest Africa summit; plays catchup with China

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India hosts its biggest-ever Africa summit this week as Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeks to challenge China’s dominance on a continent that is blessed with vast natural resources and has the world’s fastest-growing population.

New Delhi wants to project its soft power and historical ties to Africa, in contrast to China’s focus on resource extraction and capital investment that has sparked a backlash in some countries against Beijing’s mercantilist expansion.

Oct 23, 2015

India welcomes Pakistan pledge to fight militants, but still talks tough

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India on Friday welcomed a joint pledge by the United States and Pakistan to fight militant groups it suspects of attacking Indian targets, but ruled out any third-party mediation to end a long-running dispute over Kashmir.

Although the Indian foreign ministry accused Pakistan of state-sponsored terrorism, New Delhi’s tough rhetoric did not preclude the possible resumption of peace talks that were derailed by recent tensions.

Oct 5, 2015

Modi and Merkel vow trade talks and 2.25 billion green energy dollars

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India and Germany pledged on Monday to revive efforts to reach an Indo-European free trade pact after talks fell apart this year, and struck deals to promote clean energy and make it easier to do business.

Although Chancellor Angela Merkel and Prime Minister Narendra Modi made no mention in conversations with journalists of resuming talks on a free trade agreement between India and the European Union, it was perhaps the most significant “deliverable” of her trip to New Delhi.

Oct 5, 2015

Modi and Merkel vow trade talks and 2 billion green energy euros

NEW DELHI, Oct 5 (Reuters) – India and Germany pledged on
Monday to revive efforts to reach an Indo-European free trade
pact after talks fell apart this year, and struck deals to
promote clean energy and make it easier to do business.

Although Chancellor Angela Merkel and Prime Minister
Narendra Modi made no mention in conversations with journalists
of resuming talks on a free trade agreement between India and
the European Union, it was perhaps the most significant
“deliverable” of her trip to New Delhi.