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Jun 26, 2014

New government accused of interfering with judicial independence

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Prime Minister Narendra Modi faces accusations his government ran a campaign to block the appointment of a Supreme Court judge it believed was biased against it, fuelling a debate about judicial independence in the world’s largest democracy.

Gopal Subramanium, a former solicitor-general who was invited in May to join the court, accused the government of undermining his appointment through malicious leaks to the media because of his involvement in murder cases brought against a key aide of Modi.

Jun 18, 2014

Forty Indian construction workers kidnapped in Iraq

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Unknown assailants have kidnapped 40 Indian construction workers from Iraq’s second largest city of Mosul, which fell to Sunni insurgents last week, India’s foreign ministry said on Wednesday.

The identity of the kidnappers and the whereabouts of the workers is unknown, foreign ministry spokesman Syed Akbaruddin told a news briefing. No ransom demand has been received.

Jun 9, 2014

Government sets out investor-friendly reform agenda

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – The new government will pursue a broad economic reform agenda focused on job creation through public and private investment that makes containing inflation its top priority, President Pranab Mukherjee told parliament on Monday.

The president told lawmakers elected in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s landslide victory last month that the government would introduce a general sales tax, encourage foreign investment and speed up approvals for major business projects. It would also tackle bottlenecks that make India’s food inflation the highest among major economies.

Jun 9, 2014

Indian government sets out investor-friendly reform agenda

NEW DELHI, June 9 (Reuters) – India’s new government will
pursue a broad economic reform agenda focused on job creation
through public and private investment that makes containing
inflation its top priority, President Pranab Mukherjee told
parliament on Monday.

The president told lawmakers elected in Prime Minister
Narendra Modi’s landslide victory last month that the government
would introduce a general sales tax, encourage foreign
investment and speed up approvals for major business projects.
It would also tackle bottlenecks that make India’s food
inflation the highest among major economies.

Jun 8, 2014

China talks trade, economic potential on visit to new India government

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi promised on Sunday to help India’s economic development and emphasised that the two countries see eye-to-eye of most issues, playing down difference over a trade deficit and a festering border dispute.

Wang was visiting India as a special envoy of China’s president on a two-day trip designed to show Beijing’s interest in improving cooperation between the world’s two most populated nations on issues including regional security.

Jun 8, 2014

China talks trade, economic potential on visit to new government

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi promised on Sunday to help India’s economic development and emphasised that the two countries see eye-to-eye of most issues, playing down difference over a trade deficit and a festering border dispute.

Wang was visiting India as a special envoy of China’s president on a two-day trip designed to show Beijing’s interest in improving cooperation between the world’s two most populated nations on issues including regional security.

Jun 6, 2014
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New PM Modi’s nationalist foot soldiers take center-stage in India

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(Activists from the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), a Hindu hardline group, march in the central Indian city of Bhopal February 23, 2014. REUTERS/Raj Patidar)

Standing with Narendra Modi as he was sworn in as prime minister on the majestic forecourt of India’s presidential palace was a cabinet made up almost entirely of ministers whose careers started in a hardline Hindu nationalist movement.

Jun 5, 2014

Back-channel talks with China go on, says Tibetan leader-in-exile

DHARAMSALA India (Reuters) – China has kept open informal channels of dialogue with the exiled Tibetan leadership even though official talks have been stalled since 2010, the prime minister of Tibet’s self-proclaimed government-in-exile said on Thursday.

“Track two or track three, informal channels, some Buddhists, or business people, scholars, journalists, they keep coming to … seek our views,” Lobsang Sangay told Reuters.

May 27, 2014

Modi’s nationalist foot soldiers take center-stage in India

LUCKNOW India (Reuters) – Standing with Narendra Modi as he was sworn in as prime minister on the majestic forecourt of India’s presidential palace was a cabinet made up almost entirely of ministers whose careers started in a hardline Hindu nationalist movement.

After the stunning majority won by Modi’s party in the general election, the movement that believes multi-faith India should be recognized first and foremost as a Hindu nation feels closer than ever before to achieving its goals.

May 26, 2014

Sworn in as India’s PM, Modi speaks of a “glorious future”

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – South Asia’s bitterest rivals have an opportunity to turn a page in their history of troubled relations, Pakistan’s prime minister said on Monday after he and other regional leaders arrived for the swearing-in ceremony of Narendra Modi.

Modi’s invitation to leaders from across the region means his inauguration as prime minister in New Delhi is as much a show of his determination to be a key player on the global stage as a celebration of his stunning election victory.