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Jan 9, 2014

In worsening row, India orders club closure, U.S. delays trip

NEW DELHI/WASHINGTON, Jan 8 (Reuters) – The U.S. energy
secretary on Wednesday postponed a visit to India, while New
Delhi ordered the U.S. Embassy to close a club for expatriate
Americans, as a worsening diplomatic row exposed fault lines
between the world’s two most populous democracies.

Furious at the arrest, handcuffing and strip search of its
deputy consul in New York last month, India has reacted by
curtailing privileges offered to U.S. diplomats. The officer,
Devyani Khobragade, was accused by prosecutors of underpaying
her nanny and lying on a visa application,

Jan 8, 2014

India tells U.S. to close embassy club; dispute exposes flaws in ties

NEW DELHI/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – India ordered the United States on Wednesday to close down an embassy club for expatriate Americans in New Delhi, escalating a diplomatic row that has brought faultlines in ties between the nations out in the open.

Furious at the arrest, handcuffing and strip search of its deputy consul in New York last month, India initially reacted by curtailing privileges offered to U.S. diplomats. The officer, Devyani Khobragade, was accused by prosecutors of underpaying her nanny and lying on a visa application,

Jan 8, 2014

India tells US to close embassy club; anger exposes flaws in ties

NEW DELHI/WASHINGTON, Jan 8 (Reuters) – India ordered the
United States on Wednesday to close down an embassy club for
expatriate Americans in New Delhi, escalating a diplomatic row
between the two nations that has brought faultlines in their
ties out in the open.

Furious at the arrest, handcuffing and strip search of its
deputy consul in New York last month, India initially reacted by
curtailing privileges offered to U.S. diplomats. The officer,
Devyani Khobragade, was accused by prosecutors of underpaying
her nanny and lying on a visa application,

Jan 8, 2014

India targets American expatriate club as diplomatic row escalates

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India has told the United States it cannot permit non-diplomats to visit a club at its Delhi embassy, escalating a row over the arrest of an Indian diplomat in New York.

Hundreds of expatriate Americans use the American Community Support Association club, which has a bar, swimming pool, restaurant and a beauty parlor within the embassy premises. The club has been in existence for decades.

Dec 18, 2013

India trims perks for U.S. staff in row over New York envoy arrest

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India took retaliatory measures against the United States on Wednesday in a row over an Indian diplomat who complained of being stripped and forced to undergo “cavity searches” while in U.S. detention.

The measures included a revision of work conditions of Indians employed at U.S. consulates and a freeze on the import of duty-free alcohol.

Dec 17, 2013

India removes security barriers outside U.S. Embassy in row over diplomat’s arrest

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Indian authorities removed concrete security barriers in front of the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi on Tuesday in apparent retaliation for the arrest and allegedly heavy-handed treatment of an Indian diplomat in New York.

New Delhi police used tow trucks and a backhoe loader to drag away long concrete blocks from roads running past the embassy and leading up to gates of the compound, a Reuters witness said. The barriers had prevented vehicles from approaching the compound at high speeds.

Dec 17, 2013

India removes barriers to U.S. embassy as anger grows over diplomat’s arrest

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Indian authorities removed concrete security barriers in front of the U.S. embassy in New Delhi on Tuesday in apparent retaliation for the arrest and allegedly heavy-handed treatment of an Indian diplomat in New York.

New Delhi police used tow trucks and a backhoe loader to drag away long concrete blocks from roads running past the embassy and leading up to gates of the compound, a Reuters witness said. The barriers had prevented vehicles approaching at high speeds.

Dec 6, 2013

Christie’s turns to India to expand art auction network

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Christie’s will hold its debut art auction in India later this month, hot on the heels of its first major sale in China, as it seeks to tap into Asian buyers’ growing importance in the global art marketplace.

The auction, to be held in Mumbai on December 19, showcases Indian modern masters such as M.F. Husain and includes works considered national treasures by Rabindranath Tagore and Amrita Sher-Gil as well as some contemporary pieces.

Dec 4, 2013

Delhi’s rubble-strewn Connaught Place mirrors Congress’ election struggle

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – The broken paving stones and exposed cables that mar the neo-Georgian grandeur of India’s prime shopping precinct give a glimpse into why the ruling Congress party might struggle to hold on to the capital Delhi in a local election on Wednesday.

Work is still unfinished on a costly face lift to Connaught Place that was meant to showcase Delhi to the world for the 2010 Commonwealth Games and businesses located in what is some of the world’s most costly office real estate are furious.

Dec 4, 2013

Delhi’s rubble-strewn Connaught Place mirrors ruling party’s election struggle

NEW DELHI, Dec 4 (Reuters) – The broken paving stones and
exposed cables that mar the neo-Georgian grandeur of India’s
prime shopping precinct give a glimpse into why the ruling
Congress party might struggle to hold on to the capital Delhi in
a local election on Wednesday.

Work is still unfinished on a costly face lift to Connaught
Place that was meant to showcase Delhi to the world for the 2010
Commonwealth Games and businesses located in what is some of the
world’s most costly office real estate are furious.