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Dec 17, 2013

India removes barriers to U.S. embassy as anger grows over diplomat’s arrest

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Indian authorities removed concrete security barriers in front of the U.S. embassy in New Delhi on Tuesday in apparent retaliation for the arrest and allegedly heavy-handed treatment of an Indian diplomat in New York.

New Delhi police used tow trucks and a backhoe loader to drag away long concrete blocks from roads running past the embassy and leading up to gates of the compound, a Reuters witness said. The barriers had prevented vehicles approaching at high speeds.

Dec 6, 2013

Christie’s turns to India to expand art auction network

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Christie’s will hold its debut art auction in India later this month, hot on the heels of its first major sale in China, as it seeks to tap into Asian buyers’ growing importance in the global art marketplace.

The auction, to be held in Mumbai on December 19, showcases Indian modern masters such as M.F. Husain and includes works considered national treasures by Rabindranath Tagore and Amrita Sher-Gil as well as some contemporary pieces.

Dec 4, 2013

Delhi’s rubble-strewn Connaught Place mirrors Congress’ election struggle

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – The broken paving stones and exposed cables that mar the neo-Georgian grandeur of India’s prime shopping precinct give a glimpse into why the ruling Congress party might struggle to hold on to the capital Delhi in a local election on Wednesday.

Work is still unfinished on a costly face lift to Connaught Place that was meant to showcase Delhi to the world for the 2010 Commonwealth Games and businesses located in what is some of the world’s most costly office real estate are furious.

Dec 4, 2013

Delhi’s rubble-strewn Connaught Place mirrors ruling party’s election struggle

NEW DELHI, Dec 4 (Reuters) – The broken paving stones and
exposed cables that mar the neo-Georgian grandeur of India’s
prime shopping precinct give a glimpse into why the ruling
Congress party might struggle to hold on to the capital Delhi in
a local election on Wednesday.

Work is still unfinished on a costly face lift to Connaught
Place that was meant to showcase Delhi to the world for the 2010
Commonwealth Games and businesses located in what is some of the
world’s most costly office real estate are furious.

Nov 26, 2013

As WTO deal teeters, some blame Indian electioneering

GENEVA/NEW DELHI, Nov 26 (Reuters) – India may hold the key
to the credibility of the World Trade Organization and to a
trillion-dollar trade deal that apparently was derailed this
week, diplomats in Geneva said on Tuesday.

WTO chief Roberto Azevedo said negotiations by ambassadors
in Geneva had gone as far as they could. Specific difficulties
and last-minute backtracking now can only be overcome by trade
ministers at a biennial meeting on Dec 3-6, he said.

Nov 17, 2013

Sri Lanka escapes Commonwealth censure after fractious summit

COLOMBO (Reuters) – Sri Lanka’s human rights record was glaringly absent from a communiqué issued by Commonwealth leaders on Sunday at the end of a fractious summit dominated by allegations of war crimes during the bloody climax of the island’s 26-year civil war.

The normally sedate two-yearly meeting of mostly former British colonies ran into controversy this year before it had even begun after some members objected to it being hosted by a government accused of shelling civilians just four years ago.

Nov 15, 2013

Britain’s Cameron faces protests in former Sri Lanka war zone

COLOMBO/JAFFNA, Sri Lanka (Reuters) – Crowds of protesters met British Prime Minister David Cameron in the north of Sri Lanka on Friday, some surging towards his vehicle brandishing photos of relatives lost in the country’s long civil war that ended four years ago.

Cameron visited the city of Jaffna in the ethnic Tamil- dominated region of the island after attending the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth summit in the capital Colombo. The biennial meeting of mainly former British colonies has this year brought intense scrutiny of Sri Lanka’s human rights record.

Nov 15, 2013

Sri Lanka rights under scrutiny as Commonwealth leaders meet

COLOMBO/JAFFNA, Sri Lanka, Nov 15 (Reuters) – Leaders of the
Commonwealth of mostly former British colonies met in Colombo on
Friday for a biennial summit that has brought with it intense
scrutiny of Sri Lanka’s human rights record four years after the
civil war ended.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa had hoped the Nov. 15-17
meeting, which two heads of state have boycotted, would prove an
advertisement for progress and economic growth in the island
state of 21 million off India’s southern tip.

Nov 15, 2013

Clothes, suitcases on Sri Lanka beach recall war’s bloody endgame

PUTHUMATHALAN, Sri Lanka (Reuters) – Scraps of clothes, rusting cooking pots and broken medicine bottles are scattered across Puthumathalan beach, the litter of 300,000 civilians who crowded into the hamlet in the final days of Sri Lanka’s civil war.

Ethnic minority Tamil rebels made their last stand on the beach in 2009, after 26 years of fighting to set up a separate Tamil state in Sri Lanka’s north and east.

Nov 15, 2013

Commonwealth leaders meet, Sri Lanka human rights under scrutiny

COLOMBO/JAFFNA, Sri Lanka (Reuters) – Leaders of the Commonwealth of mostly former British colonies gathered in Colombo on Friday for a biennial summit that has brought with it intense scrutiny of Sri Lanka’s human rights record four years after the civil war ended.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa had hoped the November 15-17 meeting, which two heads of state have boycotted, would prove an advertisement for progress and economic growth in the island state of 21 million off India’s southern tip.