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Apr 7, 2015

Police kill 20 stone-throwing sandalwood smugglers – officials

BHUBANESWAR, India (Reuters) – Police shot dead 20 stone-throwing sandalwood smugglers on Tuesday during the biggest operation for years to stamp out trafficking of the rare commodity, law-enforcement authorities said.

Opposition politicians and human rights activists challenged the report, maintaining that those killed in the incident in Andhra Pradesh were only unarmed labourers and calling for an investigation.

Apr 7, 2015

Indian police kill 20 stone-throwing sandalwood smugglers: officials

BHUBANESWAR, India (Reuters) – Indian police shot dead 20 stone-throwing sandalwood smugglers on Tuesday during the biggest operation for years to stamp out trafficking of the rare commodity, law-enforcement authorities said.

Opposition politicians and human rights activists challenged the report, maintaining that those killed in the incident in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh were only unarmed labourers and calling for an investigation.

Feb 5, 2015

South Korea’s POSCO faces another setback in India

NEW DELHI/BHUBANESWAR, India (Reuters) – South Korea’s POSCO (005490.KS: Quote, Profile, Research) will have to bid for an iron ore licence to feed its planned $12 billion steel plant in India, a minister said, in a setback for the company that was expecting the government to allocate it a mine without any competition.

The project to be set up by the world’s sixth-largest steelmaker has been caught up in a regulatory maze for the past decade, but the company had waited in the hope of getting preferential access to iron ore in Odisha.

Jan 23, 2015

Arrested Indian accused of passing secrets to Pakistan’s ISI

BHUBANESWAR, India (Reuters) – The police arrested a 35-year-old man on Friday in Odisha, accusing him of passing military secrets to Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency.

Police said Ishwar Chandra Behera was passing on information about missile activities conducted at a unit of India’s Defence Research & Development Organisation, where he worked as a cameraman.

Jan 7, 2015

Coal India unions call off strike in relief for govt

NEW DELHI/BHUBANESWAR (Reuters) – Coal India Ltd (COAL.NS: Quote, Profile, Research) unions, protesting against a move to open up the industry to private firms, called off a five-day strike on its second day on Wednesday after a meeting with the coal and power minister, staving off a looming power crisis.

The company accounts for about 80 percent of India’s total output and strikes have previously crippled power plants, hampering government efforts to reform the coal industry. Coal fuels 60 percent of the country’s power production.

Jan 7, 2015

Coal India unions call off strike in relief for Modi government

NEW DELHI/BHUBANESWAR, India, Jan 7 (Reuters) – Coal India
Ltd unions, protesting against a move to open up the
industry to private firms, called off a five-day strike on its
second day on Wednesday after a meeting with the coal and power
minister, staving off a looming power crisis.

The company accounts for about 80 percent of India’s total
output and strikes have previously crippled power plants,
hampering government efforts to reform the coal industry. Coal
fuels 60 percent of the country’s power production.

Nov 25, 2014

Sterilisation targets remain in all but name, critics say

BARUAN, Odisha (Reuters) – India officially abandoned targets for its mass sterilisation programme in the 1990s, accepting they had put undue pressure on people to undergo surgery and failed to curb population growth sufficiently.

Twenty years on and targets remain in all but name, say doctors, healthcare workers and family planning experts, meaning that, although below peak numbers, more than four million people underwent surgery in 2013-14.

Nov 25, 2014

Indian sterilization targets remain in all but name, critics say

BARUAN, India (Reuters) – India officially abandoned targets for its mass sterilization program in the 1990s, accepting they had put undue pressure on people to undergo surgery and failed to curb population growth sufficiently.

Twenty years on and targets remain in all but name, say doctors, healthcare workers and family planning experts, meaning that, although below peak numbers, more than four million people underwent surgery in 2013-14.

Nov 12, 2014

Instruments “rusty” at Indian sterilisation camp where 13 died

BHUBANESWAR, India, Nov 12 (Reuters) – Nem Bai was told
getting a tubectomy would be an easy process -that she’d be home
by sunset, a few hundred rupees richer and back to work in the
fields within two days.

Instead, the 35-year-old mother-of-five was incapacitated
within hours of having the surgery at a mass sterilisation camp
in the Indian state of Chhattisgarh on Saturday, her widower
told Reuters. She was one of 13 women who have died since.

Nov 12, 2014

“Rusty” instruments used at Chhattisgarh sterilisation camp where 13 died

BHUBANESWAR (Reuters) – The number of women who died after operations performed by a doctor accused of using rusty equipment at a mass sterilisation “camp” in India rose to 13 on Wednesday, highlighting the dangers of the world’s largest surgical contraception programme.

The women, among more than 80 to undergo surgery, fell ill at a so-called family planning camp at a village in Chhattisgarh on Saturday. Such camps are held regularly in India as part of a long-running effort to control its booming population.