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Mar 16, 2014

Modi picks Varanasi for poll, Kejriwal says ready for fight

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – The frontrunner to become India’s next prime minister has announced he will run for election in the holy city of Varanasi, a decision that could galvanise support among fellow Hindus but may focus attention on accusations of religious bias.

As India heads towards a general election that will start next month, Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) said on Saturday the seat he will contest will be in Varanasi, where pilgrims come to wash away their sins in the sacred Ganges River.

Mar 15, 2014

Malaysian plane saga highlights air defense gaps

LONDON/NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Whatever truly happened to missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370, its apparently unchallenged wanderings through Asian skies point to major gaps in regional – and perhaps wider – air defences.

More than a decade after al Qaeda hijackers turned airliners into weapons on September 11, 2001, a large commercial aircraft completely devoid of stealth features appeared to vanish with relative ease.

Mar 5, 2014

Street fighting as India heads for April-May election

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Street clashes erupted in India after an announcement on Wednesday that parliamentary elections will start on April 7 in a race that pits Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi against the unpopular Nehru-Gandhi family’s ruling party.

Chief Election Commissioner V.S. Sampath said 814 million people had registered to vote, a number exceeding the population of Europe and a world record. Results are due on May 16.

Mar 5, 2014

Violent clashes as India announces world’s biggest election

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Street clashes marred an announcement on Wednesday that India’s general election will start on April 7 as passions run high in a race that pits Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi against the unpopular Nehru-Gandhi family’s ruling party.

Chief Election Commissioner V.S. Sampath said 814 million people had registered to vote, a number larger than the population of Europe, making this the biggest election the world has ever seen. Results are due to be announced on May 16.

Mar 5, 2014

India to kick off world’s biggest election on April 7

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India’s mammoth parliamentary election will start on April 7, authorities announced on Wednesday, kicking off a race that will pit charismatic Hindu nationalist leader Narendra Modi against the unpopular Nehru-Gandhi family’s ruling Congress party.

Chief Election Commissioner V.S. Sampath said 814 million people will be eligible to vote, a number larger than the population of Europe, making this the biggest election the world has ever seen. Results are due to be announced on May 16.

Mar 3, 2014
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Indian Hindu nationalist Modi visits Lucknow to woo Muslim voters

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(Vistors to Lucknow’s 1784 Bara Imambara, or tomb of a Shi’ite Muslim
holy man, March 10, 2002. REUTERS/Jason Reed)

Narendra Modi, the Hindu nationalist leader tipped as India’s next prime minister, appealed to Muslim voters on Sunday and hit out at rivals accusing him of bias against the country’s largest religious minority.

Mar 2, 2014

Murder charges dog right-hand man of Narendra Modi

AHMEDABAD, India (Reuters) – Amit Shah is charged with three counts of murder. He is also a key election campaign manager and close aide of Narendra Modi, the frontrunner to become India’s next prime minister.

To supporters, Shah’s proven talent in winning elections makes him the obvious choice to run Modi’s campaign in Uttar Pradesh, a swing state that holds the key to national power.

Feb 27, 2014

Modi signals shift in favour of big retail

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) Narendra Modi – who polls suggest may be elected prime minister this year – said on Thursday small retailers must learn to work with large modern stores and online companies, signaling a shift in policy on a key electoral issue.

The BJP opposes the government’s move to let foreign supermarkets open in India, saying they are a threat to millions of grocery stores and traders who form a pillar of party support.

Feb 27, 2014

India’s Modi signals shift in favour of big retail

NEW DELHI, Feb 27 (Reuters) – India’s opposition leader -
who polls suggest may be elected prime minister this year – said
on Thursday small retailers must learn to work with large modern
stores and online companies, signaling a shift in policy on a
key electoral issue.

Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) opposes the
government’s move to let foreign supermarkets open in India,
saying they are a threat to millions of grocery stores and
traders who form a pillar of party support.

Feb 13, 2014

U.S. envoy meets Modi, signalling end of boycott

GANDHINAGAR (Reuters) – With flowers, smiles and handshakes, the U.S. ambassador to India on Thursday met Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, who could be India’s next prime minister – a big step towards ending Washington’s shunning of him over sectarian violence in 2002.

Ambassador Nancy Powell met Modi in Gujarat’s capital Gandhinagar. It was the highest-profile encounter between U.S. officials and Modi since the State Department revoked his visa in 2005 over the bloodshed there three years previously.