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Sep 16, 2014

India should be more proactive on Tibet: Dalai Lama aide on eve of China Xi visit

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India should be more proactive when it comes to the issue of Tibetan autonomy, an aide to the Dalai Lama said, after the spiritual leader was asked to reschedule an event to avoid it clashing with Chinese leader Xi Jinping’s visit to India.

Tempa Tsering, the Dalai Lama’s representative in New Delhi, said Tibetan exiles were grateful to India for years of refuge, but that it was time the country took a stronger stance with its neighbor China.

Sep 15, 2014

India tightens Vietnam defence, oil ties ahead of China Xi’s visit

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India extended a $100 million export credit to Vietnam for defence deals and tightened energy ties on Monday, signaling a more confident foreign policy ahead of a visit this week by China’s President Xi Jinping.

India’s new accords with one of China’s rivals for influence in the South China Sea came as Xi visited the nearby islands of Sri Lanka and the Maldives, a reminder of the geostrategic jostling that is becoming an increasing feature in Asia.

Sep 5, 2014
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‘Love Jihad’ and religious conversion polarize in Modi’s India

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(People take part in a religion conversion ceremony from Christianity to Hinduism at Hasayan town in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh August 29, 2014. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi )

Fired up and full of vitriol, Hindu activist Rajeshwar Singh is on a mission to end centuries of religious diversity in India, one conversion at a time.

Sep 4, 2014

Insight – ‘Love Jihad’ and religious conversion polarise in Modi’s India

HASAYAN India (Reuters) – Fired up and full of vitriol, Hindu activist Rajeshwar Singh is on a mission to end centuries of religious diversity in India, one conversion at a time.

His voice echoing off the walls of a Protestant church across a narrow street, Singh railed against foreign faiths at an event last week to convert a Christian family to Hinduism in the rural town of Hasayan, 140 km (87 miles) south of Delhi.

Jul 25, 2014

India threatens to derail WTO deal, prompts angry U.S. rebuke

NEW DELHI/GENEVA (Reuters) – India threatened on Friday to block a worldwide reform of custom rules, which some estimates say could add $1 trillion to the global economy and create 21 million jobs, prompting a U.S. warning that its demands could kill global trade reform efforts.

Diplomats from the 160 World Trade Organization member countries meeting in Geneva had been meant to rubber stamp a deal on “trade facilitation” that was agreed at talks in Bali last December in the WTO’s first ever global trade agreement.

Jul 25, 2014

India seeks ‘visible outcomes’ on food subsidies as WTO deadline looms

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India will find it difficult to support new global customs rules without “an assurance and visible outcomes” that a permanent solution is being negotiated over its concerns about public food stockholdings, the trade minister said on Friday.

Diplomats from the 160 World Trade Organisation member countries were supposed to rubber stamp a deal on “trade facilitation” on Thursday that was agreed at talks in Bali last December in the WTO’s first ever global trade agreement.

Jul 9, 2014

First budget test of India Modi’s reform mettle

NEW DELHI, July 10 (Reuters) – India’s Prime Minister
Narendra Modi faces the first major test of his reform
credentials on Thursday, when his fresh-faced government
presents its maiden budget amid early doubts about his
willingness to make unpopular decisions.

Modi, 63, won a landslide general election victory in May
with a pledge to boost growth and create jobs for the 1 million
people who enter India’s workforce every month.

Jun 29, 2014

Eyes on defence deals, Western powers rush to court Modi

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Western governments are rushing to visit new Prime Minister Narendra Modi, drawn by the prospect of multi-billion-dollar deals as the government prepares to open the nascent defence industry to foreign investment.

Senior politicians from France, the United States and Britain arrive over the next few weeks as Modi prepares to accelerate the modernisation of the country’s mostly Soviet-era weaponry.

Jun 29, 2014

Eyes on defence deals, Western powers court Modi

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Western governments are rushing to visit Prime Minister Narendra Modi, drawn by the prospect of multi-billion-dollar deals as the Indian government prepares to open the nascent defence industry to foreign investment.

Senior politicians from France, the United States and Britain arrive in quick succession over the next 10 days as Modi prepares to accelerate the modernisation of the country’s mostly Soviet-era weaponry.

Jun 29, 2014

Eyes on defence deals, Western powers rush to court India’s Modi

NEW DELHI, June 29 (Reuters) – Western governments are
rushing to visit India’s new Prime Minister Narendra Modi, drawn
by the prospect of multi-billion-dollar deals as the government
prepares to open the nascent defence industry to foreign
investment.

Senior politicians from France, the United States and
Britain arrive in quick succession over the next 10 days as Modi
prepares to accelerate the modernisation of the country’s mostly
Soviet-era weaponry.