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Apr 4, 2013

Rahul Gandhi bemuses with ‘beehive’ speech to India Inc

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Rahul Gandhi, scion of the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty and a contender for prime minister in 2014, on Thursday offered a broad vision of 21st century India in his first major speech to business leaders that critics called vague and rambling.

Addressing a gathering of Indian business tycoons in New Delhi, Gandhi did not touch on any of the issues bedevilling Asia’s third-largest economy such as high inflation, decelerating investment, a ballooning current account deficit and red tape that ties up infrastructure projects for years.

Apr 4, 2013

India’s Rahul Gandhi bemuses with “beehive” speech to business leaders

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Rahul Gandhi, the scion of India’s Nehru-Gandhi dynasty and a contender for prime minister in 2014, on Thursday offered a broad vision of 21st century India in his first major speech to business leaders that critics called vague and rambling.

Addressing a gathering of Indian business tycoons in New Delhi, Gandhi did not touch on any of the issues bedeviling Asia’s third-largest economy such as high inflation, decelerating investment, a ballooning current account deficit and red tape that ties up infrastructure projects for years.

Mar 28, 2013

Lawmakers invite divisive Indian Hindu nationalist to visit

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – A visiting U.S. congressional delegation on Thursday invited the chief minister of India’s Gujarat state, Narendra Modi, to the United States, despite the fact that Washington has denied him a visa since 2005 because of deadly religious riots.

The invitation was a symbolic victory for Modi, a popular but divisive Hindu nationalist leader who is widely seen as harboring ambitions to become prime minister in 2014 and has been trying to win greater international acceptance.

Mar 28, 2013

U.S. lawmakers invite Narendra Modi to visit

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – A visiting U.S. congressional delegation on Thursday invited the chief minister of Gujarat, Narendra Modi, to the United States, despite the fact that Washington has denied him a visa since 2005 because of deadly religious riots.

The invitation was a symbolic victory for Modi, a popular but divisive Hindu nationalist leader who is widely seen as harbouring ambitions to become prime minister in 2014 and has been trying to win greater international acceptance.

Mar 28, 2013

U.S. lawmakers invite divisive Indian Hindu nationalist to visit

NEW DELHI, March 28 (Reuters) – A visiting U.S.
congressional delegation on Thursday invited the chief minister
of India’s Gujarat state, Narendra Modi, to the United States,
despite the fact that Washington has denied him a visa since
2005 because of deadly religious riots.

The invitation was a symbolic victory for Modi, a popular
but divisive Hindu nationalist leader who is widely seen as
harbouring ambitions to become prime minister in 2014 and has
been trying to win greater international acceptance.

Mar 22, 2013

Marines’ return to India stirs anger in Italy

ROME/NEW DELHI (Reuters) – A decision to return two Italian marines accused of murdering fishermen to stand trial in India stirred anger in Italy on Friday and calls for Foreign Minister Giulio Terzi to resign.

Mario Monti’s caretaker government on Thursday reversed a March 11 decision not to send the marines back from a home visit after Rome secured a promise from New Delhi that the two would not face the death penalty if convicted, officials said.

Mar 22, 2013

India, Italy end stand-off with surprise deal on marines

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Italy’s surprise decision to return two marines accused of murdering two Indian fisherman followed intense negotiations over 24 hours in which Rome secured a vow from New Delhi the two would not face the death penalty if convicted, officials said.

The marines, part of a military security team protecting a tanker from piracy in February last year, are accused of shooting the fishermen off the southern Indian state of Kerala.

Mar 17, 2013

India wrestles with dilemma of blacklisting AgustaWestland

NEW DELHI, March 17 (Reuters) – Indian Defence Minister A.K.
Antony is leaning toward barring Anglo-Italian helicopter firm
AgustaWestland from doing business in the country because of a
corruption scandal, but he could be outvoted by cabinet
colleagues, several government sources said.

Some cabinet ministers and even officials within the defence
ministry fear such a move could set back India’s efforts to
modernise its military, the sources told Reuters. India plans to
spend $100 billion in the next decade on military hardware.

Mar 13, 2013

CBI launches raids in Finmeccanica deal probe

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) team probing the AgustaWestland bribery case raided homes and business premises in New Delhi and two other cities on Wednesday after formally launching a probe into the helicopter firm and its parent company, Finmeccanica.

The government will take the “strongest possible action” if the CBI finds wrongdoing, junior defence minister Jitender Singh told parliament as the raids were under way.

Mar 13, 2013

Indian police launch raids in Finmeccanica defense deal probe

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Indian police investigating the AgustaWestland bribery case raided homes and business premises in the New Delhi area and two other cities on Wednesday after formally launching a probe into the helicopter firm and its parent company, Finmeccanica.

The government will take the “strongest possible action” if the investigation by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) finds wrongdoing, junior defense minister Jitender Singh told parliament as the raids were under way.