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Sep 12, 2013

Delhi gang rape trial puts focus on death penalty paradox

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – A judge will announce on Friday whether four men should hang for fatally raping a young woman on a bus last December, in one of the biggest tests in years of India’s paradoxical attitude towards the death penalty.

Indian judges hand down on average 130 death sentences every year, but India has executed just three people in the past 17 years. Despite its apparent reluctance to carry out the sentences, last year India voted against a U.N. draft resolution calling for a global moratorium on executions.

Sep 12, 2013

Rape trial puts focus on India’s death penalty paradox

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – An Indian judge will announce on Friday whether four men should hang for fatally raping a young woman on a bus last December, in one of the biggest tests in years of India’s paradoxical attitude towards the death penalty.

Indian judges hand down on average 130 death sentences every year, but India has executed just three people in the past 17 years. Despite its apparent reluctance to carry out the sentences, last year India voted against a U.N. draft resolution calling for a global moratorium on executions.

Sep 9, 2013

Court to rule in landmark Delhi gang rape, murder trial

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – In one of the most highly anticipated verdicts in Indian legal history, a judge will rule on Tuesday whether four men are guilty of raping a woman on a bus in New Delhi and also murdering her, a charge that could see them hanged if convicted.

The verdicts cap a seven-month trial, often held behind closed doors, that was punctuated dramatically by a fifth defendant hanging himself in his jail cell. Outside the court, the case has sparked a national debate about the treatment of women in the world’s second most populous country.

Sep 9, 2013

Indian judge to rule in landmark gang-rape, murder trial

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – In one of the most highly anticipated verdicts in Indian legal history, a judge will rule on Tuesday whether four men are guilty of raping a woman on a bus in New Delhi and also murdering her, a charge that could see them hanged if convicted.

The verdicts cap a seven-month trial, often held behind closed doors, that was punctuated dramatically by a fifth defendant hanging himself in his jail cell. Outside the court, the case has sparked a national debate about the treatment of women in the world’s second most populous country.

Sep 5, 2013

Meet “The Guv”: Rock star welcome for RBI chief Rajan

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Less than 24 hours in the job and he has already been dubbed “The Guv” by a gushing Indian media and portrayed as a suave James Bond-like figure coming to the rescue of the country’s crashing currency.

With the ink of his signature still drying on the oath that made him the 23rd governor of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Wednesday, Raghuram Rajan, stunned investors by announcing a raft of measures aimed at shoring up the beleaguered rupee. His statement triggered a rally in the rupee and a surge in shares.

Sep 5, 2013

Meet “The Guv”: India’s new central bank chief gets rock star welcome

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Less than 24 hours in the job and he has already been dubbed “The Guv” by a gushing Indian media and portrayed as a suave James Bond-like figure coming to the rescue of the country’s crashing currency.

With the ink of his signature still drying on the oath that made him the 23rd governor of India’s central bank on Wednesday, Raghuram Rajan, stunned investors by announcing a raft of measures aimed at shoring up the beleaguered rupee. His statement triggered a rally in the rupee and a surge in shares.

Aug 8, 2013

India accuses Pakistan army of killing soldiers in ambush

NEW DELHI, Aug 8 (Reuters) – India for the first time
directly accused the Pakistan army of involvement in an ambush
that killed five Indian soldiers, and hinted on Thursday at
retaliation for possibly the worst such attack since the
neighbours signed a ceasefire in 2003.

“This incident will have consequences on our behaviour on
the Line of Control and for our relations with Pakistan,”
Defence Minister A.K. Antony told parliament on Thursday,
referring to the de facto border dividing the disputed Himalayan
territory of Kashmir.

Aug 5, 2013

PM’s well-worn plea gets familiar rejoinder from MPs

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Standing outside parliament, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh appealed to opposition parties to allow the legislature to function without disruption so that it could pass key bills.

His appeal, delivered in his usual quiet monotone, fell on deaf ears. Opposition lawmakers disrupted proceedings with demands for Singh to quit over corruption allegations. With parliament effectively stalled, the government gave up and adjourned the session, two days earlier than scheduled. Just two out of 38 bills had been passed.

Aug 5, 2013

From Indian PM a well-worn plea, and from lawmakers a familiar rejoinder

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Standing outside India’s parliament, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh appealed to opposition parties to allow the legislature to function without disruption so that it could pass key bills.

His appeal, delivered in his usual quiet monotone, fell on deaf ears. Opposition lawmakers disrupted proceedings with demands for Singh to quit over corruption allegations. With parliament effectively stalled, the government gave up and adjourned the session, two days earlier than scheduled. Just two out of 38 bills had been passed.

Jul 29, 2013

India, Pakistan edge toward talks but old distrust remains

NEW DELHI/ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Nuclear-armed rivals Pakistan and India are edging closer to restarting peace talks that stalled in January after two Indian soldiers were killed and their bodies mutilated in a clash in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir.

Pakistan has proposed dates for resuming the talks, officials in Islamabad and New Delhi said on Monday, but the path to the negotiating table is littered with familiar obstacles that have bedeviled progress in the past.