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Jul 17, 2015

India’s Modi senses defeat, shifts tactics on major land reform

NEW DELHI, July 17 (Reuters) – In the first direct blow to
his ambitious economic reform agenda, Indian 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.

Jul 15, 2015

PM Modi battles opposition to key land reform

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Opposition parties boycotted Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s latest attempt to build consensus around a business-friendly land bill on Wednesday, boding badly for his ambitious agenda of economic reform in a parliament session that starts next week.

Almost half of the 31 chief ministers spurned Modi’s invitation to meet him in New Delhi to discuss the proposal to make it easier to buy farmland for development. The meeting ended earlier than expected.

Jul 15, 2015

India’s Modi battles opposition to key land reform

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Opposition parties boycotted Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s latest attempt to build consensus around a business-friendly land bill on Wednesday, boding badly for his ambitious agenda of economic reform in a parliament session that starts next week.

Almost half of India’s 31 chief ministers spurned Modi’s invitation to meet him in New Delhi to discuss the proposal to make it easier to buy farmland for development. The meeting ended earlier than expected.

Jul 12, 2015

Cocaine smugglers turn to South Asia for new routes, markets

DHAKA/NEW DELHI, July 12 (Reuters) – Police who seized
Asia’s largest known shipment of liquid cocaine at a Bangladeshi
port late last month say it was headed for India, the latest
sign that drug cartels are increasingly plying their trade in
South Asia.

It isn’t clear whether India was the final destination for
the cocaine, worth as much as $14 million, or whether it was a
transit point for other markets in Asia and Europe.

Jul 10, 2015

PM Modi chooses silence as opposition attacks

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Prime Minister Narendra Modi is a skilled orator and prolific on social media, so his studied silence about allegations of corruption and influence trafficking affecting his party has set other tongues wagging.

At rowdy election rallies last year, Modi used Hindi to deride his reserved predecessor Manmohan Singh as Maun-mohan, or Silent-mohan, when the then leader slipped from the public eye as his government was engulfed by scandal.

Jul 10, 2015

Indian prime minister chooses silence as opposition attacks

NEW DELHI, July 10 (Reuters) – India’s Prime Minister
Narendra Modi is a skilled orator and prolific on social media,
so his studied silence about allegations of corruption and
influence trafficking affecting his party has set other tongues
wagging.

At rowdy election rallies last year, Modi used Hindi to
deride his reserved predecessor Manmohan Singh as Maun-mohan, or
Silent-mohan, when the then leader slipped from the public eye
as his government was engulfed by scandal.

May 5, 2015

Nepal, aid agencies trade blame as confusion mars quake relief

KATHMANDU/NEW DELHI (Reuters) – A row has broken out between Nepal and some international agencies over the handling of aid that poured into the country after last month’s devastating earthquake, with each side blaming the other for confusion and delays in getting help to victims.

    Relief efforts have been slow to reach many people affected by Nepal’s worst disaster in more than 80 years, leaving an unknown number of people stranded, injured and hungry for days.

May 2, 2015

Customs checks hold up relief for Nepal quake victims – UN

KATHMANDU, May 2 (Reuters) – Customs inspections at
Kathmandu airport are holding up vital relief supplies for
earthquake survivors in Nepal, a U.N. official said on Saturday,
as the death toll from the disaster a week ago passed 6,600.

United Nations Resident Representative Jamie McGoldrick said
the government must loosen its normal customs restrictions to
deal with the increasing flow of relief material now pouring in
from abroad and piling up at the airport.

May 2, 2015

Relief goods for Nepal quake victims held up at customs: U.N.

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Some of the relief material for survivors of Nepal’s devastating earthquake was being held up at the country’s only international airport because of customs bottlenecks, the United Nations said on Saturday, as the death toll from the disaster passed 6,600.

Nepal exempted tarpaulins and tents from import taxes on Friday, but U.N. Resident Representative Jamie McGoldrick told Reuters the government had to loosen customs restrictions further to deal with the increasing flow of relief material.

May 2, 2015

U.S. Marines begin operations in quake-struck Nepal

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – U.S. military aircraft, heavy equipment and air traffic controllers will start arriving in Nepal from Saturday as part of a U.S. relief operation following the devastating earthquake, a senior U.S. officer said.

The 7.8 magnitude quake that struck last Saturday killed at least 6,250 people and left hundreds of thousands homeless when it destroyed parts of the capital Kathmandu and flattened villages across a wide swath of the country.