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Nov 2, 2010

India ruling party chief worried about high prices

NEW DELHI, Nov 2 (Reuters) – The powerful chief of India’s
ruling Congress party called on Tuesday for more steps to
control stubbornly high prices and promised more social
programmes that could rally voters in a season of crucial state
elections.

Sonia Gandhi’s statements come as Congress is trying to
strengthen itself in politically key states to win a majority
on its own in federal elections in 2014 and push through
economic reforms that are being held up by coalition allies.

Nov 1, 2010

PM urges oil companies to expand overseas

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday said India was urging its oil companies to flex their muscle overseas to meet an expected fuel demand spike of over 40 percent in the next decade to power its rapidly growing economy.

India imports around four-fifths of its crude oil needs and, like its resource- and energy-hungry neighbour China, is looking abroad to help fuel a near double-digit economic boom as it pulls away from the global financial slowdown.

Nov 1, 2010

India PM urges oil companies to expand overseas

NEW DELHI, Nov 1 (Reuters) – Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
on Monday said India was urging its oil companies to flex their
muscle overseas to meet an expected fuel demand spike of over
40 percent in the next decade to power its rapidly growing
economy.

India imports around four-fifths of its crude oil needs
and, like its resource- and energy-hungry neighbour China, is
looking abroad to help fuel a near double-digit economic boom
as it pulls away from the global financial slowdown.

Nov 1, 2010

Nigeria may pass oil industry bill by end December

NEW DELHI, Nov 1 (Reuters) – Nigeria’s parliament may pass
a Petroleum Industry Bill before the end of December, paving
the way for a new exploration licensing round, the country’s
presidential advisor on energy Emmanuel Egbogah said on Monday.

“It is likely to be passed by the year end,” Egbogah told
Reuters in New Delhi where he is attending an energy
conference.

Oct 20, 2010

Development rivals caste in Bihar election

PATNA (Reuters) – Bihar, one of India’s most politically important states, holds an election from Thursday that could return to power a leader who has won support on a platform of infrastructure and development over traditional caste ties.

The turnaround of the state, known as one of India’s poorest and most lawless regions, is touted as an example of how India can shake off caste politics and promote new roads and power, as well as providing security, to win votes.

Oct 11, 2010
via India Insight

What’s in a (Gandhi) name?

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For the past 63 years in India, it wasn’t too difficult for most ministers to think up a name for a highway, a nuclear plant or a scheme to crank up the production of solar energy.

They just picked one of the Nehru-Gandhi dynasts who had ruled the country for most of the years since Independence and whose members are widely seen as the power behind the present Congress party-led federal government.

Oct 1, 2010

Muslims angry with mosque verdict, but India calm

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Indian Muslim clerics and leaders rallied on Friday against a court ruling over a disputed religious site that largely favored Hindus, raising fears of further alienation of the minority community.

A court in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh said in a judgment on Thursday that the site of a demolished mosque be should be split between Hindus and Muslims. The 1992 demolition of the mosque by Hindu mobs triggered some of India’s worst riots, killing 2,000 people.

Oct 1, 2010

Muslims angry with Ayodhya verdict, but India calm

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Indian Muslim clerics and leaders rallied on Friday against a court ruling over the disputed Ayodhya site that largely favoured Hindus, raising fears of further alienation of the minority community.

A court in Uttar Pradesh said in a judgment on Thursday that the site of a demolished mosque should be split between Hindus and Muslims. The 1992 demolition of the mosque by Hindu mobs triggered some of India’s worst riots, killing 2,000 people.

Sep 29, 2010

Games turn glare on millions of India’s working children

NEW DELHI, Sept 29 (Reuters) – Outside the stadium to host
the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games, Pramod, 6, and
his younger brother play football with a sponge, oblivious to
the uproar sparked by their role in building the sites for the
$6 billion sporting extravaganza.

The children of labourers are the rear of the army of
workers that over two years have erected stadia, sidewalks and
apartment blocks for the Games.

Sep 23, 2010

Supreme Court orders Ayodhya mosque verdict postponed

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – The Supreme Court on Thursday ordered the Allahabad High Court to delay a potentially explosive verdict on whether Hindus or Muslims own land around the demolished Babri mosque in Ayodhya.

The deferral of the verdict, which many fear could have sparked off religious riots, will be a relief for the government, which already has its hands full dealing with a rebellion in Kashmir and rushing against the clock to set right preparations for the Commonweath Games.