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Sep 8, 2011

India’s Gandhi returns to government in crisis

NEW DELHI, Sept 8 (Reuters) – Sonia Gandhi, the head of
India’s ruling Congress party, returned home on Thursday after a
month of medical treatment in the United States which left the
government rudderless to deal with the biggest protests in
decades.

“She came back this morning and she is fine,” Congress party
spokesman Janadhan Dwivedi told Reuters.

Sep 8, 2011

Sonia Gandhi returns home after surgery in U.S.

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Sonia Gandhi, the head of Congress party, returned to New Delhi early on Thursday, a spokesman said, after receiving surgery in the United States for an undisclosed illness.

The absence for a month of the 64-year-old, India’s most powerful politician who runs the country behind the scenes, has caused serious problems for the coalition government, accused of mishandling the biggest protests in decades and worsening ties with parliamentary allies.

Sep 8, 2011

India ruling party leader Gandhi returns home

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Sonia Gandhi, the head of India’s ruling Congress party, returned to New Delhi early on Thursday, a spokesman said, after receiving surgery in the United States for an undisclosed illness.

The absence for a month of the 64-year-old, India’s most powerful politician who runs the country behind the scenes, has caused serious problems for the coalition government, accused of mishandling the biggest protests in decades and worsening ties with parliamentary allies.

Sep 6, 2011

Sonia Gandhi to return soon

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Sonia Gandhi, the head of India’s ruling Congress party, is expected home soon after surgery in the United States, providing welcome news for a government accused of mishandling the biggest protests in decades and worsening ties with parliamentary allies.

Indian media said Gandhi, 64, India’s most powerful politician who has been absent for a month with an undisclosed illness, could be back in Delhi by Tuesday night. The Congress party denied this.

Aug 22, 2011

From taste to yields, hybrid rice’s many hurdles in India

CHENNAI, India, Aug 22 (Reuters) – India needs to boost rice
yields by nearly a third by 2025 to feed its growing 1.2 billion
population, but hybrid technology that could increase
productivity faces challenges — from sharply varying yield
advantages to a fastidious Indian palate.

Although a crop that is grown round-the-year and which helps
meet almost half the calorie needs of 70 percent of Indians,
rice yields in the world’s second-biggest producer remain low at
2.17 tonnes a hectare, less than half the global average.

Aug 18, 2011

Meat-eating to push India to double corn yields in 10 yrs

CHENNAI, India, Aug 18 (Reuters) – Corn yields in India,
Asia’s second-largest grower, could double over the next decade,
a top industry official said, possibly compensating growing
domestic animal feed demand and maintaining the country’s
position as a cheap supplier to Asian customers.

India’s corn acreage is the fifth highest in the world at
more than eight million hectares, but its yields are among the
lowest — ranging from 1 to 4.5 tonnes a hectare, compared with
about an average 10 tonnes in the United States.

Aug 8, 2011

As gold prices zoom, Indian buyers hold back

NEW DELHI/MUMBAI, Aug 8 (Reuters) – Global price disruptions
will keep Indians, the world’s biggest gold buyers, away from
jewellery stores for at least the next few weeks until demand is
likely to rise with the onset of the traditional festival and
wedding seasons.

Zaveri Bazaar, India’s biggest bullion market in the
financial hub Mumbai, drew only a trickle of buyers on Monday as
the country’s benchmark gold futures hit a new peak of 25,180
rupees ($562.87) per 10 grams . Gold prices in India
have gained 21 percent so far this year.

Aug 3, 2011

India and Iran buy time to find other oil partners

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India and Iran’s mechanism to end a seven-month-old stalemate over oil payments could keep U.S. pressure at bay long enough for the two countries to work out a long-term separation that would change oil routes through Asia and the Middle East.

Refiners, which have been importing oil from Iran without paying since India’s central bank scrapped a clearing mechanism in December 2010, have started to clear over $5 billion (3.05 billion pounds) of debts for 400,000 barrels per day (bpd) through Turkey’s Halkbank.

Jul 20, 2011

Warming India-U.S. ties hit speed bump over nuclear trade

NEW DELHI, July 20 (Reuters) – It was meant to be the
cornerstone of relations between the world’s two biggest
democracies, but a lucrative nuclear deal that was to welcome
U.S. firms into India’s $150 billion atomic power market is
clouding otherwise warming bilateral ties.

While the 2008 U.S.-India civil nuclear agreement backed by
then President George W. Bush elevated relations and ended
India’s nuclear isolation, it has yet to benefit private U.S.
firms which have kept away, deterred by a stringent Indian law
on accident liability that could force such firms to pay out
billions in the event of a nuclear accident.

Jul 20, 2011

China WTO row spotlights nations clamping down on resources

NEW DELHI, July 20 (Reuters) – Countries from India and
Indonesia to Russia are tightening their grip on natural
resources as they limit exports to build up domestic industry in
a trend that will spawn many challenges to World Trade
Organisation rules.

Export barriers are tightening on commodities ranging from
food and coal to iron ore and coveted rare earths that have
critical roles in high-tech devices as countries harden
positions on what they see as a sovereign right to development.