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Sep 25, 2010

India to review Kashmir deployment to tackle unrest

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India said on Saturday it would consider scaling back security in the disputed Kashmir region, aiming to calm months of protests against Indian rule in which over 100 people have been killed, most of them by police.

Home Minister Palaniappan Chidambaram said the government would soon announce a team to begin a dialogue with a broad cross-section of Kashmiris, including political parties, and that all protesters held for throwing stones would be freed.

Sep 25, 2010

India says will review Kashmir security deployment

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India will consider scaling back security in the disputed Kashmir region, the government said on Saturday, in a bid to calm public anger after months of anti-India protests that have killed more than 100 people.

Palaniappan Chidambaram also said the government will soon announce a team to begin a dialogue with a broad section of Kashmir, including political parties and groups.

Sep 25, 2010

Games chief says all countries will take part

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – The Commonwealth Games Federation chief said on Saturday there was still work to be done amid concerns about security before India’s showcase event starts next week, but that it would go ahead with all countries taking part.

Several athletes have pulled out of an event plagued by filthy accommodation, shoddy construction and security fears. The Indian government is rushing against time to ensure all is ready before the opening on October 3.

Sep 25, 2010

Games chief Fennell says more work needed

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Commonwealth Games Federation President Michael Fennell said on Saturday there was still a considerable amount of work to be done and there was great concern about the security and safety of athletes and officials.

“There is still a lot of work to be done and it’s not over yet,” Fennell told a news conference a day after he visited the Games Village.

Sep 6, 2010

PM wants to cut average age of his cabinet

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – The prime minister said on Monday he wanted to lower the average age of his cabinet, a remark that could signal a greater role for young and reformist ministers in a team dominated by a socialist old guard.

Prime Minister Manmohan’s Singh’s comments came ahead of a possible cabinet reshuffle before the winter parliament session begins in November.

Sep 6, 2010

India PM wants to cut average age of his cabinet

NEW DELHI, Sept 6 (Reuters) – India’s prime minister said
on Monday he wanted to lower the average age of his cabinet, a
remark that could signal a greater role for young and reformist
ministers in a team dominated by a socialist old guard.
Prime Minister Manmohan’s Singh’s comments came ahead of a
possible cabinet reshuffle before the winter parliament session
begins in November.

Several elderly and powerful ministers have been criticised
for scuttling new thinking in the government, frustrating
Singh’s efforts toward rapid reforms, like opening up retail to
foreign investors, after last year’s resounding election
victory.

Aug 31, 2010

China’s growing focus on Indian Ocean irks India

NEW DELHI, Aug 31 (Reuters) – India expressed concerns on
Tuesday about China’s influence in the Indian Ocean region, the
latest sign of tension between the Asian giants who are
competing for resources and geopolitical power in the region.

Indian Foreign Minister S.M. Krishna’s comments to
parliament follows a row between the two countries over China’s
denial of a visa to an Indian army general that angered New
Delhi and clouded their slowly improving military ties.
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Aug 27, 2010

Kashmir visa row stokes India, China tensions

NEW DELHI (Reuters) -India has protested to China after Beijing refused a visa to an Indian army general from the disputed Kashmir region, the latest diplomatic spat between two Asian giants jostling for global influence and resources.

A defense ministry source and some local media said defense ties, which have so far been limited to visits by military officials and the occasional exercises, were suspended, but the Indian government did not confirm this.

Aug 26, 2010

Farmers’ protest in Delhi underscores India’s land woes

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Thousands of farmers marched to India’s parliament on Thursday to protest against a government takeover of land to build a new highway, underlining a wider problem of land acquisition in the rapidly-growing Asian giant.

The protest follows the death of three farmers in northern Uttar Pradesh state this month, when police fired at protesters demanding more compensation for land taken to build a $2 billion highway connecting the Taj Mahal city of Agra with New Delhi.

Aug 26, 2010

Big farmers’ protest underscores India’s land woes

NEW DELHI, Aug 26 (Reuters) – Thousands of farmers marched
to India’s parliament on Thursday to protest against a
government takeover of land to build a new highway, underlining
a wider problem of land acquisition in the rapidly-growing
Asian giant.

The protest follows the death of three farmers in northern
Uttar Pradesh state this month, when police fired at protesters
demanding more compensation for land taken to build a $2
billion highway connecting the Taj Mahal city of Agra with New
Delhi.