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Jul 29, 2015

Punjab gunmen expose India’s soft border ahead of Pakistan talks

DINANAGAR, India/NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Three men carrying assault rifles, bombs and a rocket launcher who went on a murderous rampage in a small Punjab farm town this week have shown how vulnerable India is to attacks that challenge tentative peace overtures with neighbor Pakistan.

Monday’s raid in an area that has long been tranquil came weeks after a meeting between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif.

Jul 26, 2015

Insight – India’s reforms target labour anarchy, but too late for some

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Last month, hundreds of workers went on the rampage at a factory belonging to garment exporter Orient Craft, torching vehicles and smashing windows in the gritty industrial fringes of Gurgaon, a Delhi satellite city.

Increasingly common in Indian workplaces, these violent outbursts could become a thing of the past under a bold round of labour reforms planned by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Jul 26, 2015

Insight – India’s reforms target labour anarchy, but too late for some

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Last month, hundreds of workers went on the rampage at a factory belonging to garment exporter Orient Craft, torching vehicles and smashing windows in the gritty industrial fringes of Gurgaon, a Delhi satellite city.

Increasingly common in Indian workplaces, these violent outbursts could become a thing of the past under a bold round of labour reforms planned by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Jul 26, 2015

India’s reforms target labour anarchy, but too late for some

NEW DELHI, July 26 (Reuters) – Last month, hundreds of
workers went on the rampage at a factory belonging to garment
exporter Orient Craft, torching vehicles and smashing windows in
the gritty industrial fringes of Gurgaon, a Delhi satellite
city.

Increasingly common in Indian workplaces, these violent
outbursts could become a thing of the past under a bold round of
labour reforms planned by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Jul 20, 2015

Congress party threatens to block landmark GST bill

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India’s main opposition Congress party will not support a landmark tax reform in a parliamentary session that begins on Tuesday unless Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses its concerns about the measure, a senior lawmaker of the party told Reuters.

After years of political wrangling, India finally managed to bring before parliament a goods and services tax (GST) bill that seeks to transform the country into a common market, harmonising a slew of state and central levies into a national sales tax.

Jul 20, 2015

India’s main opposition party threatens to block landmark tax reform

NEW DELHI, July 20 (Reuters) – India’s main opposition party
will not support a landmark tax reform in a parliamentary
session that begins on Tuesday unless Prime Minister Narendra
Modi addresses its concerns about the measure, a senior lawmaker
of the party told Reuters.

After years of political wrangling, India finally managed to
bring before parliament a goods and services tax (GST) bill that
seeks to transform the country into a common market, harmonising
a slew of state and central levies into a national sales tax.

Jul 20, 2015

Stung by opposition, India’s Modi seeks consensus on reform

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi began work with unions and employers on Monday to build support for the biggest shake-up of labor laws in decades, in an attempt to revive a reform agenda that has suffered setbacks ahead of a key parliamentary session.

It is a change of tack for Modi, who is smarting from widespread opposition to business-friendly land purchase rules he has tried, and so far failed, to push through parliament following an executive decree.

Jul 20, 2015

Stung by opposition, Modi seeks consensus on reform

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Prime Minister Narendra Modi began work with unions and employers on Monday to build support for the biggest shake-up of labour laws in decades, in an attempt to revive a reform agenda that has suffered setbacks ahead of a key parliamentary session.

It is a change of tack for Modi, who is smarting from widespread opposition to business-friendly land purchase rules he has tried, and so far failed, to push through parliament following an executive decree.

Jul 17, 2015

Iran says offers India bigger role in strategic port

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has asked India to invest in infrastructure projects worth $8 billion, including an expanded role in developing a strategic port that will open up access to Central Asia, Iran’s envoy to New Delhi said on Friday.

The port of Chabahar in southeast Iran is central to India’s efforts to circumvent arch-rival Pakistan and open up a route to landlocked Afghanistan where it has developed close security ties and economic interests.

Jul 17, 2015

Modi senses defeat, shifts tactics on major land reform

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – In the first direct blow to his ambitious economic reform agenda, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government has had to row back on a business-friendly land bill amid fierce parliamentary opposition.

The government has not given up on making it easier to acquire land needed to kick-start hundreds of billions of dollars in stalled projects, but after failing to win support in parliament may ask states to pass their own laws.