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Apr 7, 2014

India’s BJP puts ‘no first use’ nuclear policy in doubt

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India’s opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), widely tipped to form the next government, pledged on Monday to revise the country’s nuclear doctrine, whose central principle is that New Delhi would not be first to use atomic weapons in a conflict.

Unveiling its election manifesto, the party gave no details,

but sources involved in drafting the document said the “no-first-use” policy introduced after India conducted a series of nuclear tests in 1998 would be reconsidered.

Apr 6, 2014

Smooth Afghan poll raises questions about Taliban strength

KABUL, April 6 (Reuters) – A bigger-than-expected turnout in
Afghanistan’s presidential election and the Taliban’s failure to
derail the vote has raised questions about the capacity of the
insurgents to tip the country back into chaos as foreign troops
head home.

The Taliban claimed that they staged more than 1,000 attacks
and killed dozens during Saturday’s election, which they have
branded a U.S.-backed deception of the Afghan people, though
security officials said it was a gross exaggeration.

Apr 6, 2014

Smooth Afghan election raises questions about Taliban’s strength

KABUL (Reuters) – A bigger-than-expected turnout in Afghanistan’s presidential election and the Taliban’s failure to significantly disrupt the vote has raised questions about the capacity of the insurgents to tip the country back into chaos as foreign troops head home.

The Taliban claimed that they staged more than 1,000 attacks and killed dozens during Saturday’s election, which they have branded a U.S.-backed deception of the Afghan people, though security officials said it was a gross exaggeration.

Apr 3, 2014

Risks of violence and fraud haunt landmark Afghan election

KABUL (Reuters) – Even if the Taliban fail to hobble the Afghan presidential election on Saturday, it could take months for a winner to be declared at a time when the country desperately needs a leader to stem rising violence as foreign troops prepare to leave.

Most people expect the election will be better run than the chaotic 2009 vote that handed President Hamid Karzai a second term amid massive fraud and ballot stuffing.

Dec 28, 2013

Taking power in New Delhi, ‘common man’ leader talks of revolution

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – There was no motorcade, and none of the traditional trappings of power: the leader of India’s upstart “common man party” arrived on a crowded metro train on Saturday to be sworn in as chief minister of Delhi, India’s capital.

Tens of thousands of jubilant supporters watched as Arvind Kejriwal, a mild-mannered former tax official, was anointed after a stunning electoral debut that has jolted the country’s two main parties just months before a general election.

Dec 28, 2013

Taking power in New Delhi, ‘common man’ Kejriwal talks of revolution

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – There was no motorcade, and none of the traditional trappings of power: the leader of India’s upstart Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) or “common man party”, arrived on a crowded metro train on Saturday to be sworn in as chief minister of Delhi.

Tens of thousands of jubilant supporters watched as Arvind Kejriwal, a mild-mannered former tax official, was anointed after a stunning electoral debut that has jolted the country’s two main parties just months before a general election.

Dec 19, 2013

India says U.S. must drop case against diplomat to defuse row

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India urged the United States to withdraw a visa fraud case against one of its diplomats in New York on Thursday, suggesting that Secretary of State John Kerry’s expression of regret over her treatment in custody was not enough.

The arrest of Devyani Khobragade on charges of underpaying her nanny and her subsequent strip-search has caused a furore in India and put an unexpected strain on U.S-Indian relations.

Nov 28, 2013

Afghanistan’s Karzai stands alone in high-stakes game with U.S.

KABUL (Reuters) – President Hamid Karzai’s stubborn refusal to sign a pact that would keep thousands of U.S. troops in Afghanistan after 2014 is a high-risk gamble that Washington will give in to his demands, one that has left him isolated as the clock runs down on his presidency.

Diplomats said he may have over-played his hand, raising the risk of a complete U.S. withdrawal from the insurgency-plagued country where Western troops have fought Taliban militants for the past 12 years. It also risks a backlash at home by critics who believe he is playing a dangerous game with the country’s future security.

Nov 13, 2013

India warns US over food stockpiling as WTO deal goes down to wire

NEW DELHI, Nov 13 (Reuters) – India has told the United
States it must give ground in negotiations over food stockpiling
to secure a global trade deal next month, a step widely seen as
vital for the credibility of the World Trade Organization.

In a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman,
India’s Trade Minister Anand Sharma emphasised the “social
significance” of allowing a change in the WTO rules to let poor
countries stockpile subsidised food.

Oct 15, 2013

India sees telecoms consolidation as Vodafone lines up $2 bln investment

NEW DELHI, Oct 15 (Reuters) – Vodafone Group Plc has
told the Indian government it plans to invest more than $2
billion in the country, a victory for a policy change designed
to boost foreign interest and thin out the crowd of a dozen
players in the mobile phone market.

The investment plan by Britain’s Vodafone follows the
removal in August of a cap on foreign firms investing in
telecoms companies which the government believes can spur
consolidation in an industry executives have long believed ripe
for it.

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      "John Chalmers is the Reuters' Bureau Chief for South Asia. He was previously a correspondent in London, Paris, Hanoi, New Delhi and Brussels."
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