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Feb 15, 2013

India says seeks to cancel Finmeccanica helicopter deal

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India is seeking to cancel a $750 million order for a dozen helicopters from Italian defense group Finmeccanica, the defense ministry said on Friday, responding to growing pressure over kickback allegations.

India has frozen payments for the AgustaWestland helicopters pending an inquiry after Italian police earlier this week arrested the head of Finmeccanica (SIFI.MI: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), Giuseppe Orsi, in connection with the case.

Feb 10, 2013

Protests and sand, but no steel: POSCO’s fading India dream

GOBINDPUR, India, Feb 10 (Reuters) – A few weather-beaten
shipping containers, a swathe of sand and a bitterly divided
village: that is all South Korea’s POSCO has to show seven years
after it announced plans for a $12 billion steel mill on a
fertile strip of India’s east coast.

Last week, the project took a step forward as land was taken
over from farmers for the first time since 2011, and yet Posco
is still a long way from its goal of forging steel there.

Feb 5, 2013

Young Indian rape suspect held alone for own safety, says innocent

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Behind a barbed wire-topped wall by a busy New Delhi highway a teenager sits alone in a locked room, accused of taking part in a gang rape that first sparked nationwide protests and now a debate over whether Indian law is too lenient on juveniles.

Police allege the youth and five men lured a 23-year-old trainee physiotherapist and her male friend onto a bus where they repeatedly raped her and beat her with a metal bar before tossing the bleeding couple onto a road. The woman died of internal injuries two weeks later.

Jan 21, 2013

Enigmatic Rahul Gandhi embraces politics in emotive speech

JAIPUR, India (Reuters) – Rahul Gandhi embraced his role as a leading contender for India’s next prime minister in a speech on Sunday that spoke of his family’s tragic history but yielded few clues about his views on politics and the economy.

Gandhi is heir to a dynasty that began with India’s first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru and is now headed by his mother, Sonia Gandhi, president of the ruling Congress party. His background and relative youth make him the party’s main hope for elections due next year in the world’s largest democracy.

Jan 20, 2013

India’s enigmatic Gandhi embraces politics in emotive speech

JAIPUR, India (Reuters) – Rahul Gandhi embraced his role as a leading contender for India’s next prime minister in a speech on Sunday that spoke of his family’s tragic history but yielded few clues about his views on politics and the economy.

Gandhi is heir to a dynasty that began with India’s first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru and is now headed by his mother, Sonia Gandhi, president of the ruling Congress party. His background and relative youth make him the party’s main hope for elections due next year in the world’s largest democracy.

Jan 20, 2013

India’s old leaders get hip to the young and the restless ahead of elections

JAIPUR, India (Reuters) – Scalded by spontaneous anti-rape and corruption protests near the seat of government in New Delhi, India’s ageing leaders are scrambling to win over an angry and influential young urban population ahead of elections due to be held by early next year.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, 80, and Sonia Gandhi, the 66-year-old leader of the ruling Congress party, grappled with terms like “flash mob” and “Twitter” at a brainstorming meeting this weekend that focused on the new generation and growing social media.

Jan 14, 2013
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Millions of Hindus take to the Ganges at world’s largest religious festival

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(A Sadhu or a Hindu holy man applies ashes on his body after taking a dip during the first ‘Shahi Snan’ (grand bath) at the ongoing “Kumbh Mela”, or Pitcher Festival, in the northern Indian city of Allahabad January 14, 2013. REUTERS/Jitendra Prakash)

Upwards of a million elated Hindu holy men and pilgrims took a bracing plunge in India’s sacred Ganges river to wash away lifetimes of sins on Monday, in a raucous start to an ever-growing religious gathering that is already the world’s largest.

Jan 14, 2013

Millions of Hindus take to the Ganges at Maha Kumbh Mela

ALLAHABAD, India (Reuters) – Upwards of a million elated Hindu holy men and pilgrims took a bracing plunge in India’s sacred Ganges river to wash away lifetimes of sins on Monday, in a raucous start to an ever-growing religious gathering that is already the world’s largest.

Once every 12 years, tens of millions of pilgrims stream to Allahabad from across India for the Maha Kumbh Mela, or Grand Pitcher Festival, at the point where the Ganges and Yamuna rivers meet with a third, mythical river.

Jan 14, 2013

Millions of Hindus take to the Ganges at largest festival

ALLAHABAD, India (Reuters) – Upwards of a million elated Hindu holy men and pilgrims took a bracing plunge in India’s sacred Ganges river to wash away lifetimes of sins on Monday, in a raucous start to an ever-growing religious gathering that is already the world’s largest.

Once every 12 years, tens of millions of pilgrims stream to the small northern city of Allahabad from across India for the Maha Kumbh Mela, or Grand Pitcher Festival, at the point where the Ganges and Yamuna rivers meet with a third, mythical river.

Jan 13, 2013

Defendants’ lawyers in the spotlight in Delhi gang rape case

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – In a grubby room, one wall lined with legal tomes, a father and his son leaf through thick case files in preparation for the trial of their lives – defending the main accused in a gang-rape that outraged India and caused shock waves around the world.

The small New Delhi legal firm, with its headquarters in a cramped office above a local bank, has been thrust into the international spotlight after being appointed to represent bus driver Ram Singh.