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Feb 28, 2013

BUDGET 2013: P. Chidambaram faces moment of truth

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Finance Minister P. Chidambaram will present one of the most highly anticipated budgets of recent years on Thursday, a blueprint for austerity that forms the centrepiece of India’s efforts to stave off a damaging credit ratings downgrade.

The 2013/14 budget caps an intensive seven-month campaign by the energetic Chidambaram, who was appointed last August, to turn around the fortunes of Asia’s third-largest economy after years of policy drift and global economic turmoil.

Feb 27, 2013

P. Chidambaram faces budget moment of truth

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Finance Minister P. Chidambaram will present one of the most highly anticipated budgets of recent years on Thursday, a blueprint for austerity that forms the centrepiece of India’s efforts to stave off a damaging credit ratings downgrade.

The 2013/14 budget caps an intensive seven-month campaign by the energetic Chidambaram, who was appointed last August, to turn around the fortunes of Asia’s third-largest economy after years of policy drift and global economic turmoil.

Feb 27, 2013

India’s reformist finance minister faces budget moment of truth

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Finance Minister P. Chidambaram will present one of the most highly anticipated Indian budgets of recent years on Thursday, a blueprint for austerity that forms the centerpiece of India’s efforts to stave off a damaging credit ratings downgrade.

The 2013/14 budget caps an intensive seven-month campaign by the energetic Chidambaram, who was appointed last August, to turn around the fortunes of Asia’s third-largest economy after years of policy drift and global economic turmoil.

Feb 8, 2013

Quiet lunch shatters EU boycott of India’s Modi

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – A quiet lunch between European Union ambassadors and Indian prime ministerial contender Narendra Modi has shattered what remained of a decade-old informal boycott of the Hindu nationalist political leader.

The January 7 lunch at the German ambassador’s residence in New Delhi will likely be seen as a major boost to Modi’s quest for mainstream acceptance. The meeting went unpublicized until an Indian newspaper reported on it on Friday.

Jan 24, 2013

India debates raising taxes on the rich ahead of budget

NEW DELHI/MUMBAI (Reuters) – India should consider the argument for higher taxes on the “very rich”, Finance Minister P. Chidambaram said in comments likely to fuel speculation about steps he may take in next month’s budget to boost tax flows and narrow a yawning fiscal gap.

In an off-the-record pre-budget meeting with Chidambaram and Finance Ministry officials on January 7, some economists pressed for higher taxes on the rich to make sure they are paying their fair share, alarming business lobby groups that warn such a move would stifle growth.

Jan 17, 2013

Suicide of Punjab rape victim puts spotlight on inaction

BADSHAHPUR, India/NEW DELHI (Reuters) – On the evening of December 26, as a government-chartered jet was heading to Singapore with a critically injured New Delhi gang rape victim on board, the teenage survivor of another gang rape was taking her own life.

After writing a suicide note on a page torn from a notebook that named her alleged attackers and accused them of destroying her life, the 17-year-old schoolgirl drank pesticide typically used on the wheat fields surrounding her village in Punjab.

Jan 16, 2013

Suicide of another rape victim puts spotlight on inaction

BADSHAHPUR, India/NEW DELHI (Reuters) – On the evening of December 26, as an Indian government-chartered jet was heading to Singapore with a critically injured New Delhi gang rape victim on board, the teenage survivor of another gang rape was taking her own life.

After writing a suicide note on a page torn from a notebook that named her alleged attackers and accused them of destroying her life, the 17-year-old schoolgirl drank pesticide typically used on the wheat fields surrounding her village in Punjab.

Jan 16, 2013

In India, suicide of another rape victim puts spotlight on inaction

BADSHAHPUR, India/NEW DELHI (Reuters) – On the evening of December 26, as an Indian government-chartered jet was heading to Singapore with a critically injured New Delhi gang rape victim on board, the teenage survivor of another gang rape was taking her own life.

After writing a suicide note on a page torn from a notebook that named her alleged attackers and accused them of destroying her life, the 17-year-old schoolgirl drank pesticide typically used on the wheat fields surrounding her village in the northern state of Punjab.

Dec 30, 2012

Death of India rape victim stirs anger, promises of action

NEW DELHI/SINGAPORE (Reuters) – A woman whose gang rape provoked protests and rare national debate about violence against women in India died from her injuries on Saturday, prompting promises of action from a government that has struggled to respond to public outrage.

The unidentified 23-year-old medical student suffered a brain injury and massive internal damage in the attack on December 16 and died in hospital in Singapore where she had been taken for treatment.

Dec 29, 2012

Delhi gang rape victim dies; peaceful protests in various cities

NEW DELHI/SINGAPORE (Reuters) – The 23-year-old woman whose gang rape sparked protests and a national debate about violence against women in India died of her injuries on Saturday, prompting a security lockdown in New Delhi and an acknowledgement from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh that social change is needed.

The six suspects held in connection with the December 16 attack on the medical student on a New Delhi bus were charged with murder following her death, police said. The maximum penalty for murder is death.