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Jan 6, 2013

Indian rape victim’s father says he wants her named

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – The father of an Indian student whose brutal rape provoked a global outcry said he wanted her name made public so she could be an inspiration to victims of sexual assault, in comments that may pressure authorities to allow her identity to be revealed.

The 23-year-old physiotherapy student died on December 28 in a Singapore hospital, two weeks after a gang rape on a moving bus in New Delhi that ignited protests across India and neighboring countries, and prompted government promises for tougher punishments for offenders.

Jan 4, 2013

“Nobody helped us for an hour:” Indian rape witness

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Police and passers-by left a gang-raped Indian student lying unclothed and bleeding in the street for almost an hour, a male friend who was attacked with her said on Friday in his first public comments on the case that provoked a global outcry.

The 23-year-old student died in hospital two weeks after she was attacked on December 16 in a private bus in New Delhi, a city dubbed India’s ‘rape capital’.

Dec 19, 2012

Amid China tensions, Southeast Asia looks to India

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – The dozens of vehicles that roared into northeast India this week on a rally from Indonesia symbolize deeper ties between the South Asian giant and Southeast Asia, but the dreadful roads along several parts of the 8,000 km (5,000 mile) journey also show how much remains to be done.

The caravan crossed jungles and mountains in eight nations before reaching the remote Indian state of Manipur, bordering Myanmar, in an event promoting a high-level meeting between India and leaders from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in New Delhi on Thursday and Friday.

Dec 17, 2012

Fight over caste threatens economic reform plans

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – A battle over affirmative action for low castes threw parliament into disarray on Monday, threatening to derail the government’s ambitious timetable for passing reforms this week that are aimed at opening up Asia’s third-largest economy.

The Lok Sabha was due to vote on a bill to attract more foreign investment to banking, but proceedings were repeatedly disrupted by members of parliament angry at a plan to allow lower castes preferential promotions in government jobs.

Dec 17, 2012

Fight over caste threatens India’s economic reform plans

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – A battle over affirmative action for low castes threw the Indian parliament into disarray on Monday, threatening to derail the government’s ambitious timetable for passing reforms this week that are aimed at opening up Asia’s third-largest economy.

The lower house of parliament was due to vote on a bill to attract more foreign investment to banking, but proceedings were repeatedly disrupted by members of parliament angry at a plan to allow lower castes preferential promotions in government jobs.

Dec 14, 2012

Iran negotiator says not optimistic on nuclear talks with West

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – A member of Iran’s nuclear negotiation team said talks between Iran and big Western powers were unlikely to yield results and it doesn’t make sense for Tehran to stop enriching uranium to 20 percent fissile purity.

“Personally speaking, I am not optimistic,” Mostafa Dolatyar told reporters at the Iranian embassy in New Delhi on Friday.

Dec 5, 2012

Key political risks to watch in India

NEW DELHI, Dec 5 (Reuters) – India’s economy is likely to
grow at the slowest rate in a decade this year despite a spurt
of economic reforms, and a busy electoral calendar will make
managing a gaping fiscal deficit increasingly difficult to
manage over the next few months.

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Following is a summary of key political risks in India:

ELECTIONS AND ECONOMY

India’s economy is set for its worst performance in a decade
after three consecutive quarters of growth near 5.5 percent.
High government spending has led to a fiscal deficit that
economist say is likely to hit 5.6 percent this year,
exacerbated worse by a fall in revenues.

Nov 30, 2012

India’s GDP growth languishes, headed for decade low

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India’s economy extended its long slump in the last quarter, with lower-than-expected growth keeping it on track for its worst year in a decade and underscoring the urgency of politically difficult reforms to spur a revival.

The economy grew 5.3 percent from a year earlier in the July-September period, provisional gross domestic product (GDP) data showed on Friday, below the 5.5 percent posted for the three months ending in June.

Nov 24, 2012

China puts Himalayan claims on passport map

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India is stamping its own map on visas it issues to holders of new Chinese passports that contain a map depicting disputed territory within China’s borders, the latest twist in tension in Asia over China’s territorial claims.

China’s new microchip-equipped passports contain a map that marks its claims over disputed waters and also show as its territory two Himalayan regions that India also claims.

Nov 23, 2012

China puts Himalayan claims on passport map, India maps its own

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India is stamping its own map on visas it issues to holders of new Chinese passports that contain a map depicting disputed territory within China’s borders, the latest twist in tension in Asia over China’s territorial claims.

China’s new microchip-equipped passports contain a map that marks its claims over disputed waters and also show as its territory two Himalayan regions that India also claims.