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Sep 1, 2014

Afghan talks for unity government collapse; crisis deepens

KABUL (Reuters) – Talks on a power sharing deal between Afghanistan’s rival presidential candidates, Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah, have collapsed, a top leader said on Monday, rekindling fears of ethnic unrest over the disputed vote.

Under the terms of a deal brokered by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, the runner-up in the election would name a “chief executive” in a unity government conceived to keep the lid on political tensions.

Aug 27, 2014

India’s Modi eyes breakthrough nuclear pact on Japan trip

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India is hoping to win Japanese backing for a nuclear energy pact during a visit by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and lure investment into its $85 billion market while addressing Japan’s concern about doing business with a nuclear-armed country.

India has been pushing for an agreement with Japan on the lines of a 2008 deal with the United States under which India was allowed to import U.S. nuclear fuel and technology without giving up its military nuclear program.

Aug 27, 2014

Modi eyes breakthrough nuclear pact on Japan trip

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India is hoping to win Japanese backing for a nuclear energy pact during a visit by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and lure investment into its $85 billion market while addressing Japan’s concern about doing business with a nuclear-armed country.

India has been pushing for an agreement with Japan on the lines of a 2008 deal with the United States under which India was allowed to import U.S. nuclear fuel and technology without giving up its military nuclear programme.

Aug 17, 2014

RSS tightens grip over BJP in party reshuffle

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Several members of India’s most powerful right-wing Hindu group were named to positions within the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), officials said on Sunday, signalling a more overt role for the party’s ideological parent that usually operates in the shadows.

The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) provides the backbone to the BJP and other Hindu groups in the country, its members are known for their austerity and a life-long commitment to building a militarily strong and economically prosperous India.

Aug 17, 2014

India’s Hindu nationalists tighten grip over ruling party

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Several members of India’s most powerful right-wing Hindu group were named to positions within the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), officials said on Sunday, signaling a more overt role for the party’s ideological parent that usually operates in the shadows.

The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) provides the backbone to the BJP and other Hindu groups in the country, its members are known for their austerity and a life-long commitment to building a militarily strong and economically prosperous India.

Aug 15, 2014

Modi vows to fix government muddle

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Prime Minister Narendra Modi voiced dismay on Friday at the government in-fighting he found on assuming office in May and vowed to fire up the bureaucracy to deliver results in a country desperately in need of growth and development.

Delivering his first Independence Day speech, Modi emphasised the need for better governance but announced none of the sweeping market reforms that many who handed him India’s biggest election mandate in three decades have been awaiting.

Aug 15, 2014

India’s Modi vows to fix government muddle

NEW DELHI, Aug 15 (Reuters) – Indian Prime Minister Narendra
Modi voiced dismay on Friday at the government in-fighting he
found on assuming office in May and vowed to fire up the
bureaucracy to deliver results in a country desperately in need
of growth and development.

Delivering his first Independence Day speech, Modi
emphasised the need for better governance but announced none of
the sweeping market reforms that many who handed him India’s
biggest election mandate in three decades have been awaiting.

Aug 12, 2014

For some fans of Modi, so far, so disappointing

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – As an election campaigner, Narendra Modi promised sweeping market reforms to revive India’s economy and put the country to work. As prime minister, he has dismayed admirers, apparently reverting to the script of the hapless government he defeated.

To some of the economists and business leaders who as his campaign cheerleaders dared to dream of a Thatcherite revolution, he seems not to be listening. Three months after his win, it is dawning on them that their views count for little.

Aug 12, 2014

For some fans of new Indian leader, so far, so disappointing

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – As an election campaigner, Narendra Modi promised sweeping market reforms to revive India’s economy and put the country to work. As prime minister, he has dismayed admirers, apparently reverting to the script of the hapless government he defeated.

To some of the economists and business leaders who as his campaign cheerleaders dared to dream of a Thatcherite revolution, he seems not to be listening. Three months after his win, it is dawning on them that their views count for little.

Aug 7, 2014

India offers to buy more U.S. helicopters, hopes to drive down costs

NEW DELHI, Aug 7 (Reuters) – India has offered to increase
an order for U.S. Apache helicopters to drive down costs as the
two sides race to close a $1.4 billion deal, officials said, the
first big military contract since a new government took office
in New Delhi.

The Apache gunships and a deal for Chinook helicopters, both
built by Boeing, top the agenda for visiting U.S. Defense
Secretary Chuck Hagel’s talks on Friday with India’s incoming
administration led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.