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Feb 2, 2014

Corporates cheer as India’s oil minister takes charge of green clearances

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Veerappa Moily has two seemingly incompatible jobs.

As oil minister, he has overseen India’s petroleum and natural gas needs. But now he also runs the environment ministry, where he has issued permits for 100 stalled projects in a month-long spree that has delighted industry but shocked green activists.

Since taking the additional environment portfolio on December 24, he has given his go-ahead to projects worth some $40 billion, including Posco’s $12.6 billion steel plant and forest clearances for India’s first major hydropower projects in the wilderness state of Arunachal Pradesh, near a contested border with China.

Jan 30, 2014

After stunning debut, AAP scrambles to dispel doubts

GHAZIABAD (Reuters) – Anti-corruption crusader Arvind Kejriwal has shaken up India’s political landscape with promises to change a rotten system: Now he is scrambling to dispel fears that his populism and rabble rousing could be a liability for Asia’s third-largest economy.

Barely a year after founding the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), the former tax collector made a stunning debut in Delhi legislative elections last month, crushing the ruling Congress party and preventing the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) from taking control of the city.

Jan 30, 2014

After stunning debut, India’s anti-graft party scrambles to dispel doubts

GHAZIABAD, India (Reuters) – Anti-corruption crusader Arvind Kejriwal has shaken up India’s political landscape with promises to change a rotten system: Now he is scrambling to dispel fears that his populism and rabble rousing could be a liability for Asia’s third-largest economy.

Barely a year after founding the Aam Aadmi – or Common Man – Party (AAP), the former tax collector made a stunning debut in Delhi legislative elections last month, crushing the ruling Congress party and preventing the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) from taking control of the city.

Jan 27, 2014

Anti-graft party to field dozens of candidates in India general election

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – The young anti-graft party that stormed to power in India’s capital Delhi last month plans to field at least 73 candidates in national elections due by May to stand against politicians accused of crimes, its founder said on Monday.

Following its strong performance in Delhi, interest in the year-old Aam Aadmi – Common Man – Party has surged. Since an announcement earlier this month that it would contest the general election, its membership has passed 10 million.

Jan 27, 2014

Aam Aadmi Party to field dozens of candidates in general election

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – The young anti-graft party that stormed to power in India’s capital last month plans to field at least 73 candidates in national elections due by May to stand against politicians accused of crimes, its founder said on Monday.

Following its strong performance in Delhi, interest in the year-old Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has surged. Since an announcement earlier this month that it would contest the general election, its membership has passed 10 million.

Jan 21, 2014

Delhi chief minister ends his anti-police protest after clashes

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Delhi’s chief minister Arvind Kejriwal told his supporters to end anti-police protests that erupted in violence on Tuesday, saying the force had promised to take action over his accusations of negligence by officers.

A two-day sit-in led by Kejriwal in the heart of the capital triggered clashes between demonstrators and police and drew attention to the radical street politics of the former activist who is now shaking up a national election.

Jan 21, 2014

Violence erupts at Delhi chief minister’s anti-police protest

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Police clashed with protesters led by Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday, the first violence during a two-day rally in the heart of India’s capital that has put a focus on the radical politics of the man shaking up a national election.

Television images showed a group of police punching and kicking one man after protesters toppled a barricade and surged through police lines at the rally. Other officers beat fallen protesters with sticks.

Jan 21, 2014

Protest against police inaction indefinite: Kejriwal

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Sleeping on the pavement, conducting official duties from a parked car and calling himself an anarchist in a sit-in protest against the police, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal has taken an unconventional approach to governing the capital.

On Tuesday, a shivering Kejriwal emerged from under a blanket after sleeping outside in the cold January weather.

Jan 21, 2014

Chief minister of India’s capital spends cold night on streets in police protest

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Sleeping on the pavement, conducting official duties from a parked car and calling himself an anarchist in a sit-in protest against the police, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal has taken an unconventional approach to governing India’s capital.

On Tuesday, a shivering Kejriwal emerged from under a blanket after sleeping outside in the cold January weather.

Jan 11, 2014

India says U.S. could have avoided “mini-crisis”

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India on Saturday blamed the United States for a “mini crisis” over the arrest and strip search of an Indian envoy, and said more work was needed to repair ties a day after the withdrawal of diplomats seemed to draw a line under the row.

Devyani Khobragade, 39, who was India’s deputy consul-general in New York, was arrested in December on charges of visa fraud and lying to U.S. authorities about what she paid her housekeeper. Khobragade’s arrest and strip-search provoked protests in India and dealt a serious blow to U.S. efforts to strengthen ties.