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Feb 28, 2012

India’s Sonia Gandhi travels abroad for medical checks

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Sonia Gandhi, the head of India’s ruling Congress party, has travelled abroad for routine medical checks six months after undergoing surgery in the United States, a spokesman for the party said on Tuesday.

Gandhi will return in four to five days, Janardan Dwivedi said in a statement.

The Congress party has never disclosed 65-year-old Gandhi’s condition. Some media reports said she had received treatment at New York’s Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

Feb 28, 2012

Sonia Gandhi travels abroad for medical checks

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Congress party leader Sonia Gandhi has travelled abroad for routine medical checks six months after undergoing surgery in the United States, a spokesman for the party said on Tuesday.

Gandhi will return in four to five days, Janardan Dwivedi said in a statement.

The Congress party has never disclosed 65-year-old Gandhi’s condition. Some media reports said she had received treatment at New York’s Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

Feb 16, 2012

Tibetans’ misery worse than in 2008 crackdown, says exiled PM

NEW DELHI, Feb 16 (Reuters) – The plight of Tibetans
has deteriorated since a wave of deadly protests shook the
region in 2008, as soldiers, spies and constant checkpoints put
the Chinese region into a “lockdown”, the Tibetan prime
minister-in-exile said.

Relations between exiled Tibetan leaders and Beijing had
also deteriorated in the past four years as the Chinese
government shunned talks with Tibetan envoys, Lobsang Sangay
told Reuters in an interview on Thursday.

Feb 15, 2012

British MP says more attacks like Delhi bombing likely

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Third countries will increasingly get caught in the crossfire of other nations’ conflicts, the head of a key British parliament committee said on Wednesday, after a bomb was planted on the car of an Israeli diplomat in New Delhi this week.

“An attack in broad daylight in the capital city of the world’s largest democracy, by what appears to be one group of people against the other, is totally unacceptable,” said Keith Vaz, the head of Britain’s influential Home Affairs Committee that has dealt extensively with the issue of militant threats.

Feb 15, 2012

British MP Vaz says more attacks like India bombing likely

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Third countries will increasingly get caught in the crossfire of other nations’ conflicts, the head of a key British parliament committee said on Wednesday, after a bomb was planted on the car of an Israeli diplomat in New Delhi this week.

“An attack in broad daylight in the capital city of the world’s largest democracy, by what appears to be one group of people against the other, is totally unacceptable,” said Keith Vaz, the head of Britain’s influential Home Affairs Committee that has dealt extensively with the issue of militant threats.

Feb 14, 2012
Feb 13, 2012

Insight – India’s sour food safety record

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Bhim can’t understand what he’s done wrong.

Before dawn every day he joins hundreds of wholesale traders at Delhi’s Azadpur Mandi, a sprawling, chaotic market where trucks blare Bollywood music, porters haul huge brown sacks of fruit and vegetables and hawkers ply tea and cigarettes.

His own trade is in rosy red apples, laced with calcium carbide.

Bhim says he’s been adding chemicals to his apples for years to artificially ripen them after a long journey from the Himalayan foothills, despite being told that it causes cancer.

Feb 13, 2012

Insight: Soapy milk, toxic apples: India’s sour food safety

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Bhim can’t understand what he’s done wrong.

Before dawn every day he joins hundreds of wholesale traders at Delhi’s Azadpur Mandi, a sprawling, chaotic market where trucks blare Bollywood music, porters haul huge brown sacks of fruit and vegetables and hawkers ply tea and cigarettes.

His own trade is in rosy red apples, laced with calcium carbide.

Bhim says he’s been adding chemicals to his apples for years to artificially ripen them after a long journey from the Himalayan foothills, despite being told that it causes cancer.

Feb 13, 2012

Soapy milk, toxic apples: India’s sour food safety record

NEW DELHI, Feb 13 (Reuters) – Bhim can’t understand
what he’s done wrong.

Before dawn every day he joins hundreds of wholesale traders
at Delhi’s Azadpur Mandi, a sprawling, chaotic market where
trucks blare Bollywood music, porters haul huge brown sacks of
fruit and vegetables and hawkers ply tea and cigarettes.

His own trade is in rosy red apples, laced with calcium
carbide.

Bhim says he’s been adding chemicals to his apples for years
to artificially ripen them after a long journey from the
Himalayan foothills, despite being told that it causes cancer.

Feb 9, 2012

Iran turns to India for wheat as palm oil dries up

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Iran has turned to India for wheat supplies as other sellers divert grain cargoes away from the Middle East country because of sanctions-related payments problems that have caused palm oil imports to grind to a halt.

Indian tea was also added on Thursday to a growing list of Iran’s food imports that are being disrupted by U.S. and European Union sanctions aimed at forcing Tehran to scrap a suspected nuclear weapons program.