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May 1, 2015

Soul-searching over quake ends Everest climbing season

LUKLA, Nepal/KATHMANDU (Reuters) – As rescuers lose hope of finding more survivors in Nepal’s earthquake disaster zone, a separate drama has unfolded high above them on Mount Everest where the hopes of a few rich climbers and some of their sherpas have also vanished.

After six days of high emotion and harsh words at Everest Base Camp, climbing firm Himalayan Experience finally decided on Friday to abandon its ascent of the world’s highest peak, becoming the last big team to do so.

May 1, 2015

Insight: Soul-searching over quake ends Everest climbing season

LUKLA, Nepal/KATHMANDU (Reuters) – As rescuers lose hope of finding more survivors in Nepal’s earthquake disaster zone, a separate drama has unfolded high above them on Mount Everest where the hopes of a few rich climbers and some of their sherpas have also vanished.

After six days of high emotion and harsh words at Everest Base Camp, climbing firm Himalayan Experience finally decided on Friday to abandon its ascent of the world’s highest peak, becoming the last big team to do so.

Apr 23, 2015

Modi land bill delayed amid rising anger in rural India

NEW DELHI, April 23 (Reuters) – Prime Minister Narendra
Modi’s government has delayed a bill that will make it easier
for industry to buy farmland, following anger over rising rural
distress and the suicide of a farmer in India’s capital.

The death of farmer Gajendra Singh, who hanged himself from
a tree during an opposition rally in New Delhi on Wednesday,
dominated debate in parliament on Thursday.

Apr 20, 2015

Mystery trip over, Gandhi attacks Modi on farm crisis

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Rahul Gandhi accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of failing farmers in a rare speech to parliament on Monday, sharpening an attack on the government after a long vacation that raised questions about the opposition leader’s future.

Looking rested following a mystery two-month break that reportedly included a meditation retreat, Gandhi criticised Modi over a plan to make it easier for industry to buy rural land, at a time when farmers are suffering crop losses and depressed incomes.

Apr 20, 2015

Mystery trip over, India’s Gandhi attacks Modi on farm crisis

NEW DELHI, April 20 (Reuters) – India’s Rahul Gandhi accused
Prime Minister Narendra Modi of failing farmers in a rare speech
to parliament on Monday, sharpening an attack on the government
after a long vacation that raised questions about the opposition
leader’s future.

Looking rested following a mystery two-month break that
reportedly included a meditation retreat, Gandhi criticised Modi
over a plan to make it easier for industry to buy rural land, at
a time when farmers are suffering crop losses and depressed
incomes.

Apr 13, 2015

India order for two Rafale squadrons casts doubt on larger deal

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Any future Indian purchase of Rafale jets will come through direct talks with the French government, the defense minister said on Monday, suggesting that commercial negotiations for a larger deal with Dassault Aviation have been shelved.

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday announced a plan to buy 36 planes from Dassault through the government-to-government route, after three years of price negotiations for local assembly of the aircraft produced no results.

Apr 12, 2015

India rushes to break impasse on Canada investment pact – source

NEW DELHI, April 12 (Reuters) – Indian and Canadian
negotiators are rushing to iron out differences in a
long-stalled foreign investment protection pact in time for
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the north American
nation next week, an Indian government source said.

Modi arrives in Canada on April 14 for a two -ay visit, the
first bilateral visit by an Indian prime minister in 42
years.

Apr 12, 2015

Chinese demands, rebels and Buddhist ruins stall Afghan copper dream

MES AYNAK, Afghanistan (Reuters) – China and Afghanistan remain deadlocked over a stalled $3 billion copper mine five months after Beijing demanded royalties be slashed by almost a half, underlining Kabul’s struggles to support itself as foreign aid dries up.

The copper, lying beneath the ruins of an ancient Buddhist city, is one of the world’s largest untapped deposits. But the project at Mes Aynak has been mired in delays since state-run China Metallurgical Group Corp (MCC) won the contract to develop it in 2007.

Mar 12, 2015

Sonia Gandhi marches to support Manmohan Singh in coal field case

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – The top leadership of the Congress party including its enigmatic president Sonia Gandhi walked to former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s home on Thursday in an unusual display of support after he was summoned to court in a corruption case.

The most recognizable of the ministers who served under Singh strode through the leafy streets of central Delhi to his colonial-era bungalow where he stood outside smiling, his wife by his side.

Mar 12, 2015

India’s Sonia Gandhi marches to support ex-PM Singh in court summons

NEW DELHI, March 12 (Reuters) – The top leadership of
India’s Congress party including its enigmatic president Sonia
Gandhi walked to former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s home on
Thursday in a unusual display of support after he was summoned
to court in a corruption case.

The most recognizable of the ministers who served under
Singh strode through the leafy streets of central Delhi to his
colonial-era bungalow where he stood outside smiling, his wife
by his side.