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Aug 23, 2015

NATO contractors killed by Kabul car bomb identified as U.S. citizens

KABUL (Reuters) – Three U.S. contractors were among those killed by a Kabul bomb that targeted their NATO convoy, the U.S.-led coalition said, making the attack that killed 12 people one of the most lethal for U.S. citizens in Afghanistan in recent years.

The blast destroyed several vehicles, including a school van and an armored pick-up truck belonging to contractor DynCorp International which was left twisted and blackened.

Aug 23, 2015

NATO contractors killed by Kabul car bomb identified as U.S. citizens

KABUL, Aug 23 (Reuters) – Three U.S. contractors were among
those killed by a Kabul bomb that targeted their NATO convoy,
the U.S.-led coalition said, making the attack that killed 12
people one of the most lethal for U.S. citizens in Afghanistan
in recent years.

The blast destroyed several vehicles, including a school van
and an armoured pick-up truck belonging to contractor DynCorp
International which was left twisted and blackened.

Aug 21, 2015

Afghanistan’s strongman vice-president fights off Taliban ambush

KABUL (Reuters) – A Taliban ambush on Afghan Vice-President Abdul Rashid Dostum’s convoy backfired on Friday when the war-hardened leader’s men fought back, killing at least four militants and capturing a dozen more on a remote highway.

Dostum, an ethnic Uzbek who led a personal army fighting the Taliban regime before the 2001 U.S. military intervention and who is accused by rights groups of involvement in war crimes, joined the political mainstream last year as President Ashraf Ghani’s running mate.

Aug 19, 2015

Ties with Pakistan tense as Afghanistan celebrates independence

KABUL (Reuters) – Afghanistan has summoned Pakistan’s ambassador to explain fighting between the two countries’ security forces that killed up to eight Afghan border police, the latest blow in ties that took a plunge this month during a surging Taliban offensive.

Cooperation between the turbulent neighbors both battling fierce militant insurgencies is seen as key to peace in Afghanistan, since Pakistan is widely believed to wield considerable influence over the Taliban and allied militants.

Aug 15, 2015

Modi says pro-poor, stays quiet on big business in key address

NEW DELHI, Aug 15 (Reuters) – Indian Prime Minister Narendra
Modi on Saturday sought to shed an image that he governs for big
business, vowing to help the poor and create jobs in a speech
aimed at bolstering popularity rather than tackling setbacks to
economic reform plans.

Modi took office just over a year ago on a wave of optimism
that he would quickly revive India’s economic fortunes but
despite a number of victories, opposition to land and tax
shake-ups has slowed his progress.

Aug 15, 2015

Modi says pro-poor, quiet on big business in independence day address

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Prime Minister Narendra Modi sought to shed an image that he governs for big business on Saturday, vowing to help the poor in his independence day speech aimed at bolstering popularity rather than tackling setbacks to his economic reform plans.

Modi took office just over a year ago on a wave of optimism that he would quickly revive India’s economic fortunes but despite a number of victories, opposition to land and tax shake-ups has slowed his progress.

Aug 15, 2015

Modi says pro-poor, quiet on big business in key annual address

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi sought to shed an image that he governs for big business on Saturday, vowing to help the poor in an annual speech aimed at bolstering popularity rather than tackling setbacks to his economic reform plans.

Modi took office just over a year ago on a wave of optimism that he would quickly revive India’s economic fortunes but despite a number of victories, opposition to land and tax shake-ups has slowed his progress.

Aug 12, 2015

India Inc pleads with lawmakers as time runs short for tax reform

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Top Indian tycoons on Wednesday begged feuding lawmakers to shed differences and approve a tax shake-up that will create one of the world’s largest single markets and drive economic growth, as time ran short in a summer parliament sitting.

The chances of approving the Goods and Services Tax (GST) in the “monsoon” sitting of parliament faded after opposition politicians yelled slogans and the speaker adjourned proceedings until Thursday, the last day of the session.

Aug 11, 2015

Drama as Modi makes final push to pass GST bill

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – The government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi is making a last push before the end of a stormy sitting of parliament to pass a major tax reform aimed at boosting economic growth, but an opposition party has dug in its heels to stop the bill.

Aimed at creating a customs union for India’s 1.2 billion people, the Goods and Service Tax (GST) is the biggest revenue shake-up since independence from Britain in 1947. Supporters say it will add up to two percentage points to economic growth.

Aug 11, 2015

Drama as India’s Modi makes final push to pass tax reform

NEW DELHI, Aug 11 (Reuters) – The government of Indian Prime
Minister Narendra Modi is making a last push before the end of a
stormy sitting of parliament to pass a major tax reform aimed at
boosting economic growth, but an opposition party has dug in its
heels to stop the bill.

Aimed at creating a customs union for India’s 1.2 billion
people, the Goods and Service Tax (GST) is the biggest revenue
shake-up since independence from Britain in 1947. Supporters say
it will add up to two percentage points to economic growth.