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Aug 13, 2013

As Afghanistan endgame looms, a deadly edge to India-Pakistan rivalry

BARAMULLA/NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Pakistan-based militants are preparing to take on India across the subcontinent once Western troops leave Afghanistan next year, several sources say, raising the risk of a dramatic spike in tensions between nuclear-armed rivals India and Pakistan.

Intelligence source in India believe that a botched suicide bombing of an Indian consulate in Afghanistan, which was followed within days last week by a lethal cross-border ambush on Indian soldiers in disputed Kashmir, suggest that the new campaign by Islamic militants may already be underway.

Aug 13, 2013

Insight: As Afghanistan endgame looms, a deadly edge to India-Pakistan rivalry

BARAMULLA/NEW DELHI, India (Reuters) – Pakistan-based militants are preparing to take on India across the subcontinent once Western troops leave Afghanistan next year, several sources say, raising the risk of a dramatic spike in tensions between nuclear-armed rivals India and Pakistan.

Intelligence source in India believe that a botched suicide bombing of an Indian consulate in Afghanistan, which was followed within days last week by a lethal cross-border ambush on Indian soldiers in disputed Kashmir, suggest that the new campaign by Islamic militants may already be underway.

Jul 10, 2013

In Pakistan, army adamant on fighting the other Taliban

KALAM, Pakistan (Reuters) – In the past few years, Pakistan’s Swat valley has been occupied by Islamic insurgents, undergone a bruising counter-offensive by the army and then flooded by waters that washed away acres of fruit orchards and steeply terraced fields.

In October last year, the valley which lies about 250 km (155 miles) north of the capital Islamabad was again in the global spotlight when Islamic gunmen shot schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai.

Jul 9, 2013

India looks to US in struggle to boost FDI, revive rupee

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Finance Minister P Chidambaram is in the United States this week to drum up investment from the likes of Lockheed Martin, leaving behind a cabinet far from convinced about his plans to revive the economy and a record low rupee.

Chidambaram won investor approval last year for plans to rein in fiscal deficit but he is struggling to push through proposals to relax rules on foreign direct investment (FDI) in defence, telecoms, pharmaceuticals and retail.

Jul 9, 2013

India looks to U.S. in struggle to boost FDI and revive rupee

NEW DELHI, July 9 (Reuters) – India’s finance minister is in
the United States this week to drum up investment from the likes
of Lockheed Martin, leaving behind a cabinet far from convinced
about his plans to revive the economy and a record low rupee.

The minister, P Chidambaram, won investor approval last year
for plans to rein in India’s fiscal deficit but he is struggling
to push through proposals to relax rules on foreign direct
investment (FDI) in defence, telecoms, pharmaceuticals and
retail.

Jul 3, 2013

India launches huge cheap food scheme

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – The government launched a $22 billion welfare scheme on Wednesday to give cheap food to hundreds of millions of people, a centrepiece of the ruling Congress party’s plan to win a third term in elections due by May 2014.

The minority government sidestepped the unruly parliament and resorted to an executive order to implement the programme, hoping to take the credit for a vote-winning plan.

Jul 3, 2013

With eye on election, India launches huge cheap food scheme

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – The Indian government launched a $22 billion welfare scheme on Wednesday to give cheap food to hundreds of millions of people, a centerpiece of the ruling Congress party’s plan to win a third term in elections due by May 2014.

The minority government sidestepped India’s unruly parliament and resorted to an executive order to implement the program, hoping to take the credit for a vote-winning plan.

Jun 24, 2013

Himalayan massacre spells end for Pakistan mountaineering

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistan’s once thriving mountaineering industry is reeling from the killing by militants of 10 foreign climbers, a massacre likely to drive away all but the hardiest adventurers from some of the world’s tallest and most pristine peaks.

A tour company present during the attack said gunmen dressed as police ordered tourists out of tents at the 4,200-meter (13,860-foot) base camp of Nanga Parbat, the country’s second highest peak, late on Saturday night, then shot them and a Pakistani guide.

Jun 24, 2013

(OFFICIAL)-UN says Pakistan has food “emergency”, but donors look elsewhere

PESHAWAR, Pakistan, June 23 (Reuters) – Hunger in Pakistan
is at emergency levels after years of conflict and floods, but
funding has dwindled as new crises such as Syria grab donors’
attention, the United Nations food aid chief said on Sunday.

Fighting in tribal areas bordering Afghanistan compounded
problems caused by three consecutive years of floods that
destroyed crops and forced millions of people to temporarily
abandon their homes.

Jun 23, 2013

U.N. says Pakistan has food ‘emergency’, but donors look elsewhere

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) – Hunger in Pakistan is at emergency levels after years of conflict and floods, but funding has dwindled as new crises such as Syria grab donors’ attention, the United Nations food aid chief said on Sunday.

Fighting in tribal areas bordering Afghanistan compounded problems caused by three consecutive years of floods that destroyed crops and forced millions of people to temporarily abandon their homes.