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Nov 25, 2014

China looms over SAARC summit in the Himalayas

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – When eight South Asian leaders gather for a summit in Kathmandu on Wednesday, they will meet in a conference centre donated by China to its cash-strapped Himalayan neighbour Nepal 27 years ago.

In the decades since it built the modernist brick and glass hall, China has massively stepped up its presence in South Asia, supplying ports, power stations and weapons.

Nov 25, 2014

China looms over South Asian summit in the Himalayas

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – When eight South Asian leaders gather for a summit in Kathmandu on Wednesday, they will meet in a conference center donated by China to its cash-strapped Himalayan neighbor Nepal 27 years ago.

In the decades since it built the modernist brick and glass hall, China has massively stepped up its presence in South Asia, supplying ports, power stations and weapons.

Nov 25, 2014
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Modi gives Buddha a miss as South Asian leaders flock to Nepal

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(Peace temple in Lumbini, birthplace of Buddha,  23 Oct 2012/Nilsu31)

Visiting Nepal for a South Asia summit, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has dropped plans to hold rallies at the birthplaces of the Buddha and a Hindu goddess, after controversy over whether he was gaining too much prominence inside Nepal.

Suspicion of India is common among South Asia’s smaller nations, and the sensitivies shown in Nepal would be a small reminder for Modi as he seeks to show leadership in a region scarred by ethnic and religious divides.

Nov 25, 2014

Modi gives Buddha a miss as SAARC leaders flock to Nepal

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Visiting Nepal for a South Asia summit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has dropped plans to hold rallies at the birthplaces of the Buddha and Hindu goddess Sita, after controversy over whether he was gaining too much prominence inside Nepal.

Suspicion of India is common among South Asia’s smaller nations, and the sensitivities shown in Nepal would be a small reminder for Modi as he seeks to show leadership in a region scarred by ethnic and religious divides.

Nov 21, 2014

Long “to do” list for Modi as clock ticks on reform

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Prime Minister Narendra Modi has a long list of pro-growth measures to implement over the next four months, but time may have already run out to breathe enough life into the economy to meet the tough 2014/15 fiscal deficit target.

Modi’s election victory in May unleashed a rush of money from foreign portfolios betting the reformist prime minister would drive a quick recovery. That has yet to materialise, with both factory utilisation and capital spending low.

Nov 21, 2014

Long ‘to do’ list for India’s Modi as clock ticks on reform

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi has a long list of pro-growth measures to implement over the next four months, but time may have already run out to breathe enough life into the economy to meet the tough 2014/15 fiscal deficit target.

Modi’s election victory in May unleashed a rush of money from foreign portfolios betting the reformist prime minister would drive a quick recovery. That has yet to materialize, with both factory utilization and capital spending low.

Nov 13, 2014

Insight – With new team in place, India’s Modi tightens grip on power

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Anil Swarup is just the kind of man Prime Minister Narendra Modi is relying on to fix India – a high-flying civil servant with a taste for complex policy and swift decisions.

Modi has drawn trusted bureaucrats into a tight embrace. Interviews with two dozen sources, including close aides, reveal that key decisions are now thrashed out between his office and civil servants, often at the expense of ministerial authority.

Nov 13, 2014

Insight – With new team in place, Modi tightens grip on power

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Anil Swarup is just the kind of man Prime Minister Narendra Modi is relying on to fix India – a high-flying civil servant with a taste for complex policy and swift decisions.

Modi has drawn trusted bureaucrats into a tight embrace. Interviews with two dozen sources, including close aides, reveal that key decisions are now thrashed out between his office and civil servants, often at the expense of ministerial authority.

Nov 13, 2014

With new team in place, India’s Modi tightens grip on power

NEW DELHI, Nov 13 (Reuters) – Anil Swarup is just the kind
of man Prime Minister Narendra Modi is relying on to fix India -
a high-flying civil servant with a taste for complex policy and
swift decisions.

Modi has drawn trusted bureaucrats into a tight embrace.
Interviews with two dozen sources, including close aides, reveal
that key decisions are now thrashed out between his office and
civil servants, often at the expense of ministerial authority.

Nov 10, 2014

With an eye on economy and defence, PM Modi expands cabinet

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Prime Minister Narendra Modi beefed up his cabinet on Sunday, appointing a separate defence minister to spur military modernization and free Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to focus on the budget and reforms to revive the economy.

Jaitley had run both defence and finance since Modi took office six months ago, leading to criticism that neither of the key departments could be properly led.