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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.

Oct 7, 2013

Exclusive: India to stick with austerity despite looming election

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – The Indian government will have to rein in spending and cut subsidies to meet its fiscal deficit target, the country’s finance minister said on Monday, underlining that an austerity drive will not be blown off course by an election due next year.

P. Chidambaram told Reuters ahead of a trip to the United States – where one stop will be to woo investors on the West Coast – that he will not allow the deficit to cross a “red line” set at 4.8 percent of gross domestic product this fiscal year.

Oct 7, 2013

India to stick with austerity despite looming election

NEW DELHI, Oct 7 (Reuters) – The Indian government will have
to rein in spending and cut subsidies to meet its fiscal deficit
target, the country’s finance minister said on Monday,
underlining that an austerity drive will not be blown off course
by an election due next year.

P. Chidambaram told Reuters ahead of a trip to the United
States – where one stop will be to woo investors on the West
Coast – that he will not allow the deficit to cross a “red line”
set at 4.8 percent of gross domestic product this fiscal year.

Sep 27, 2013

Rahul slams move to shield convicted politicians

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Nehru-Gandhi dynasty scion Rahul Gandhi on Friday slammed a cabinet move to protect politicians found guilty of crimes, embarrassing the government led by his own party just months from a general election.

About 30 percent of lawmakers in parliament and state assemblies have criminal charges against them.

Sep 27, 2013

India’s Rahul Gandhi slams move to shield convicted politicians

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India’s Nehru-Gandhi dynasty scion Rahul Gandhi on Friday slammed a cabinet move to protect politicians found guilty of crimes, embarrassing the government led by his own party just months from a general election.

About 30 percent of lawmakers across federal and state assemblies have criminal charges against them.

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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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