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Sep 29, 2014

Modi orders officials to clean loos on Gandhi’s birthday

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Prime Minister Narendra Modi has ordered government officers to work on Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday, a national holiday, to clean ministries – including toilets – in a nationwide cleanliness drive.

Modi plans to honour the independence hero by launching on Thursday the Clean India campaign, which aims to solve the country’s sanitation and rubbish problems within five years to mark the 150th anniversary of Gandhi’s Oct 2 birthday.

Sep 29, 2014

Modi orders Indian officials to clean loos on Gandhi’s birthday

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India’s new Prime Minister Narendra Modi has ordered government officers to work on Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday, a national holiday, to clean ministries – including toilets – in a nationwide cleanliness drive.

Modi plans to honor the independence hero by launching on Thursday the Clean India campaign, which aims to solve the country’s sanitation and rubbish problems within five years to mark the 150th anniversary of Gandhi’s Oct 2 birthday.

Sep 29, 2014

India’s Jaitley in isolation ward, may skip U.S. trip

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India’s Finance Minister Arun Jaitley may have to cancel a trip to the United States in October after he was moved to an isolation ward of a government-run hospital to help him recover from an infection that followed a stomach operation to treat diabetes.

Jaitley is due to attend a World Bank meeting on Oct. 10-12 in Washington, where he is also expected to meet senior government officials. He was due to leave on Oct. 8.

Sep 29, 2014

Finance Minister Jaitley in isolation ward, may skip U.S. trip

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Finance Minister Arun Jaitley may have to cancel a trip to the United States in October after he was moved to an isolation ward of a government-run hospital to help him recover from an infection that followed a stomach operation to treat diabetes.

Jaitley is due to attend a World Bank meeting on Oct. 10-12 in Washington, where he is also expected to meet senior government officials. He was due to leave on Oct. 8.

Sep 26, 2014

India cuts H2 government borrowing to $39 bln in 2014/15

NEW DELHI, Sept 26 (Reuters) – India will cut borrowing for
the second half of the fiscal year ending in March and expects
to remain on track to meet its target for the fiscal deficit,
Finance Secretary Arvind Mayaram said on Friday.

The government will borrow 2.4 trillion rupees ($39.25
billion) in October-March, less than the 2.48 trillion rupees
called for in the government budget announced in July, Mayaram
said.

Sep 22, 2014

Falling crude prices helps India control fiscal deficit

NEW DELHI, Sept 22 (Reuters) – India’s finance ministry is
increasingly optimistic that it can meet a tough fiscal deficit
target, helped by a 12 percent decline in global crude oil
prices since Prime Minister Narendra Modi took charge in May.

Lower crude prices mean less government outlay for India,
which imports 80 percent of its oil needs – at a cost of $168
billion last year – and subsidizes oil products such as diesel
and fertilizer.

Sep 18, 2014

China not warlike, says Xi, as border standoff dominates India trip

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – China is not a warlike nation, President Xi Jinping said on Thursday, during a rare trip to neighbor India that was dominated by a standoff on a barren Himalayan plateau between soldiers from the world’s two most populous nations.

Robust comments from India’s new prime minister Narendra Modi about the dispute in territory claimed by both Asian giants overshadowed Xi’s pledge of $30 billion investments in South Asia over five years, including $20 billion in India.

Sep 17, 2014

Interview – EPFO chief urges green light to buy stocks

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – The head of the Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) says it has “no option” but to change its rules and put money into riskier investments by buying stocks for the first time to seek higher returns.

K.K. Jalan, chief of the EPFO, said that to get better returns, the fund with about $125 billion in assets needs to diversify investments, the bulk of which are in government debt.

Sep 17, 2014

India’s state pension fund chief urges green light to buy stocks

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – The head of India’s state social security fund says it has “no option” but to change its rules and put money into riskier investments by buying stocks for the first time to seek higher returns.

K.K. Jalan, chief of the Employees’ Provident Fund Organization (EPFO), said that to get better returns, the fund with about $125 billion in assets needs to diversify investments, the bulk of which are in government debt.

Sep 15, 2014

Govt mulls closing some loss-making state firms

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Government officials will meet on Tuesday to discuss proposals to shut down some loss-making state-owned companies, risking a conflict with powerful trade unions.

After two decades of halting privatisations, the central government still owns about 260 firms and thousands more at the state level, involved in activities ranging from generating nuclear power to making condoms.