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Sep 16, 2014

India says to defend China border after standoff ahead of Xi visit

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India said on Tuesday it would firmly defend its 3,500-km- (2,200- mile-) long border with China after domestic media reported a new face-off on the disputed frontier, just days ahead of a visit by President Xi Jinping.

More than 200 soldiers of the People’s Liberation Army crossed into what India considers its territory in Ladakh in the western Himalayas last week, and used cranes, bulldozers and a Hummer vehicle to build a 2-km (1.2-mile) road within it, the Hindustan Times said.

Sep 15, 2014

Govt mulls closing some loss-making state firms

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Government officials will meet on Tuesday to discuss proposals to shut down some loss-making state-owned companies, risking a conflict with powerful trade unions.

After two decades of halting privatisations, the central government still owns about 260 firms and thousands more at the state level, involved in activities ranging from generating nuclear power to making condoms.

Sep 15, 2014

India considers closing some loss-making state firms

NEW DELHI, Sept 15 (Reuters) – Indian government officials
will meet on Tuesday to discuss proposals to shut down some
loss-making state-owned companies, risking a conflict with
powerful trade unions.

After two decades of halting privatisations, the central
government still owns about 260 firms and thousands more at the
state level, involved in activities ranging from generating
nuclear power to making condoms.

Sep 14, 2014

China on track to develop Indian railways as Xi heads to S.Asia

NEW DELHI/BEIJING, Sept 14 (Reuters) – China will pledge to
invest billions of dollars in India’s rail network during a
visit by President Xi Jinping this week, bringing more than
diplomatic nicety to the neighbours’ first summit since Narendra
Modi became prime minister in May.

The leaders of Asia’s three biggest economies – China, India
and Japan – have crisscrossed the region this month, lobbying
for strategic influence, building defence ties, and seeking new
business opportunities.

Sep 4, 2014

Afghan candidates’ unity pledge eases NATO’s worries

NEWPORT, Wales/KABUL Sept 4 (Reuters) – Afghanistan’s rival
presidential candidates pledged to NATO leaders on Thursday that
they would form a government of national unity and sign legal
agreements allowing foreign troops to stay on next year.

The message to a NATO summit from Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah
Abdullah was meant to reassure allies concerned that a lengthy
deadlock over the disputed presidential election could force
NATO to pull all its troops out of Afghanistan this year.

Sep 3, 2014

Afghan election contenders in last-ditch bid to rescue power-sharing deal

KABUL (Reuters) – Afghanistan’s rival presidential campaigns were holding last-ditch talks on Wednesday to rescue a deal on a national government after a disputed election raised fears of exacerbating ethnic divisions.

Presidential contender Abdullah Abdullah extended a Tuesday deadline to disengage from the political process to allow international efforts to salvage the U.S-brokered deal under which the two sides also agreed to accept the results of a U.N.-supervised vote audit, his camp said.

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.