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Mar 5, 2014

India to kick off world’s biggest election on April 7

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India’s mammoth parliamentary election will start on April 7, authorities announced on Wednesday, kicking off a race that will pit charismatic Hindu nationalist leader Narendra Modi against the unpopular Nehru-Gandhi family’s ruling Congress party.

Chief Election Commissioner V.S. Sampath said 814 million people will be eligible to vote, a number larger than the population of Europe, making this the biggest election the world has ever seen. Results are due to be announced on May 16.

Mar 3, 2014
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Indian Hindu nationalist Modi visits Lucknow to woo Muslim voters

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(Vistors to Lucknow’s 1784 Bara Imambara, or tomb of a Shi’ite Muslim
holy man, March 10, 2002. REUTERS/Jason Reed)

Narendra Modi, the Hindu nationalist leader tipped as India’s next prime minister, appealed to Muslim voters on Sunday and hit out at rivals accusing him of bias against the country’s largest religious minority.

Mar 2, 2014

Murder charges dog right-hand man of Narendra Modi

AHMEDABAD, India (Reuters) – Amit Shah is charged with three counts of murder. He is also a key election campaign manager and close aide of Narendra Modi, the frontrunner to become India’s next prime minister.

To supporters, Shah’s proven talent in winning elections makes him the obvious choice to run Modi’s campaign in Uttar Pradesh, a swing state that holds the key to national power.

Feb 27, 2014

Modi signals shift in favour of big retail

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) Narendra Modi – who polls suggest may be elected prime minister this year – said on Thursday small retailers must learn to work with large modern stores and online companies, signaling a shift in policy on a key electoral issue.

The BJP opposes the government’s move to let foreign supermarkets open in India, saying they are a threat to millions of grocery stores and traders who form a pillar of party support.

Feb 27, 2014

India’s Modi signals shift in favour of big retail

NEW DELHI, Feb 27 (Reuters) – India’s opposition leader -
who polls suggest may be elected prime minister this year – said
on Thursday small retailers must learn to work with large modern
stores and online companies, signaling a shift in policy on a
key electoral issue.

Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) opposes the
government’s move to let foreign supermarkets open in India,
saying they are a threat to millions of grocery stores and
traders who form a pillar of party support.

Feb 13, 2014

U.S. envoy meets Modi, signalling end of boycott

GANDHINAGAR (Reuters) – With flowers, smiles and handshakes, the U.S. ambassador to India on Thursday met Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, who could be India’s next prime minister – a big step towards ending Washington’s shunning of him over sectarian violence in 2002.

Ambassador Nancy Powell met Modi in Gujarat’s capital Gandhinagar. It was the highest-profile encounter between U.S. officials and Modi since the State Department revoked his visa in 2005 over the bloodshed there three years previously.

Feb 13, 2014

US envoy meets India’s Modi, signaling end of boycott

GANDHINAGAR, India (Reuters) – With flowers, smiles and handshakes, the U.S. ambassador to India met the Hindu nationalist leader who could be India’s next prime minister on Thursday – a big step towards ending Washington’s shunning of him over sectarian violence in 2002.

Ambassador Nancy Powell met Narendra Modi in Gandhinagar, the capital of Gujarat state, where he is chief minister. It was the highest-profile encounter between U.S. officials and Modi since the State Department revoked his visa in 2005 over the bloodshed there three years previously.

Feb 12, 2014

U.S. ambassador to meet Modi, ending isolation

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – The U.S. ambassador to New Delhi is to meet Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi who could be India’s next prime minister, softening Washington’s stance towards a man denied a U.S. visa nearly a decade ago.

The Bharatiya Janata Party, or BJP, is considered the favourite to form a government after a general election due by May. He is also the chief minister of Gujarat, where in 2002, Hindu mobs killed at least 1,000 people, most of them Muslims.

Feb 11, 2014

U.S. launches new trade action against India over solar program

WASHINGTON/NEW DELHI, Feb 10 (Reuters) – The United States
on Monday said it would take India to the World Trade
Organization to gain a bigger foothold for U.S. manufacturers in
its fast-growing solar products market, adding another irritant
to an already strained relationship.

The Obama administration said it was filing its second case
at the WTO over the domestic content requirements in India’s
massive solar program, which aims to ease chronic energy
shortages in Asia’s third-largest economy.

Feb 11, 2014

India warns U.S. about dumping investigation in solar trade spat

WASHINGTON/NEW DELHI (Reuters) – The United States on Monday said it would take India to the World Trade Organization to gain a bigger foothold for U.S. manufacturers in its fast-growing solar products market, adding another irritant to an already strained relationship.

The Obama administration said it was filing its second case at the WTO over the domestic content requirements in India’s massive solar program, which aims to ease chronic energy shortages in Asia’s third-largest economy.