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Oct 30, 2013

India’s Modi aims at history and Gandhis with world’s tallest statue

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Indian opposition leader Narendra Modi is building the world’s tallest statue at a cost of almost $340 million in honor of one of the country’s founding fathers, a project he is using to undermine his chief rivals, the Gandhi-Nehru political dynasty.

The statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, who was first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru’s deputy and his interior minister but often at odds with him, is to be built on a river island in Gujarat, the home state of both Patel and Modi.

Oct 29, 2013
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India police say Islamists behind attack on Hindu nationalist opposition rally

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(Smoke rises after a bomb exploded near a public ground where Gujarat’s chief minister and Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi was to address a rally in the eastern Indian city of Patna October 27, 2013. REUTERS/Krishna Murari Kishan )

An Islamist militant group is believed to be behind an attack on a rally by Indian Hindu nationalist politician Narendra Modi that killed six people and wounded more than 80, police said on Tuesday.

Oct 29, 2013

Indian Mujahideen behind attack on Modi rally: police

BHUBANESWAR/NEW DELHI, India (Reuters) – An Islamist militant group is believed to be behind an attack on a rally by Narendra Modi that killed six people and wounded more than 80, police said on Tuesday.

Modi, who has a good chance of becoming India’s next prime minister, is seen as a target of militants who hold him responsible for riots a decade ago during his first term as chief minister of Gujarat. At least 1,000 people, most of them Muslims, were killed in the rioting.

Oct 29, 2013

India police say Islamists behind attack on opposition rally

BHUBANESWAR/NEW DELHI, India (Reuters) – An Islamist militant group is believed to be behind an attack on a rally by Indian Hindu nationalist politician Narendra Modi that killed six people and wounded more than 80, police said on Tuesday.

Modi, who has a good chance of becoming India’s next prime minister, is seen as a target of militants who hold him responsible for riots a decade ago during his first term as chief minister of Gujarat state. At least 1,000 people, most of them Muslims, were killed in the rioting.

Oct 28, 2013

BJP urges tighter safety for Narendra Modi after blasts

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – The main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) demanded on Monday protection for its candidate for prime minister, Narendra Modi, after a series of small blasts killed six people shortly before he addressed a weekend rally.

While Modi was not in the immediate vicinity of any of the blasts in on Sunday, they were a reminder of India’s bloody political history, that includes the assassination of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi at an election rally in 1991.

Oct 28, 2013

India opposition urges tighter safety for top candidate Modi after blasts

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India’s main opposition party demanded on Monday protection for its candidate for prime minister, Narendra Modi, after a series of small blasts killed six people shortly before he addressed a weekend rally.

While Modi was not in the immediate vicinity of any of the blasts in the state of Bihar on Sunday, they were a reminder of India’s bloody political history, that includes the assassination of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi at an election rally in 1991.

Oct 7, 2013

A billionaire and a ghost trading floor – the tale of Nepal’s paralysis

KATHMANDU, Oct 8 (Reuters) – Nepal’s only billionaire made
his name selling instant noodles. Now he’s got an eye on running
the young Himalayan republic.

Binod Chaudhary, recently valued by Forbes at a billion
dollars, says he would give up business for a shot at governing
one of the world’s poorest countries. But not yet. Nepal’s
politics are just too messy, even for a man who was able to
build a business empire during a civil war.

Oct 7, 2013

EXCLUSIVE: India must tackle higher subsidy spending soon – Chidambaram

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India must tackle a jump in spending on fuel and food subsidies sooner rather than later, Finance Minister P. Chidambaram said, part of a series of steps aimed at stabilising the economy to be announced ahead of an election due within seven months.

Asia’s third largest economy is suffering its longest and deepest slump in at least a decade. Rating agencies have threatened to downgrade its sovereign debt to “junk” status, and the government is racing to revive growth in a bid to return to power for a third consecutive time.

Oct 7, 2013

Exclusive: India must tackle higher subsidy spending soon – finance minister

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India must tackle a jump in spending on fuel and food subsidies sooner rather than later, Finance Minister P. Chidambaram said, part of a series of steps aimed at stabilizing the economy to be announced ahead of an election due within seven months.

Asia’s third largest economy is suffering its longest and deepest slump in at least a decade. Rating agencies have threatened to downgrade its sovereign debt to “junk” status, and the government is racing to revive growth in a bid to return to power for a third consecutive time.

Oct 7, 2013

India must tackle higher subsidy spending soon – finance minister

NEW DELHI, Oct 7 (Reuters) – India must tackle a jump in
spending on fuel and food subsidies sooner rather than later,
Finance Minister P. Chidambaram said, part of a series of steps
aimed at stabilising the economy to be announced ahead of an
election due within seven months.

Asia’s third largest economy is suffering its longest and
deepest slump in at least a decade. Rating agencies have
threatened to downgrade its sovereign debt to “junk” status, and
the government is racing to revive growth in a bid to return to
power for a third consecutive time.