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Jul 23, 2014

India bids to reassert influence in Nepal with power pact

NEW DELHI/KATHMANDU (Reuters) – India is set to offer Nepal a landmark pact to help develop its huge hydro-electric power potential as the South Asian giant takes another step to re-assert influence among smaller neighbours where China has been forging closer ties.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who went to Bhutan last month on his first overseas trip since coming to power, will soon visit Nepal, which has recently been questioning its position in India’s sphere of influence.

Jul 16, 2014

States seek easier land sales in reform challenge for Modi

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – States eager to kick-start major infrastructure projects have proposed radical changes to land acquisition laws that are blamed for stalling billions of dollars’ worth of roads, railways, ports and power installations.

According to a confidential government paper seen by Reuters, several states want to do away with obtaining landowners’ consent altogether in some cases and to cut through red tape which they say holds up development.

Jul 16, 2014

Indian states seek easier land sales in reform challenge for Modi

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Indian states eager to kick-start major infrastructure projects have proposed radical changes to land acquisition laws that are blamed for stalling billions of dollars’ worth of roads, railways, ports and power installations.

According to a confidential government paper seen by Reuters, several states want to do away with obtaining landowners’ consent altogether in some cases and to cut through red tape which they say holds up development.

Jul 9, 2014

Modi tightens grip on BJP, names close aide Amit Shah as party chief

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s closest political associate was named the president of his ruling Bharatiya Janata Party on Wednesday as the leader tightened his grip on the party he carried to its biggest election victory this summer.

Amit Shah is a controversial former minister from Modi’s home state of Gujarat. He faces three counts of murder and was banned briefly during the election campaign this year for delivering hate speeches.

Jul 9, 2014

India’s Modi tightens grip on ruling party, naming close aide as chief

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s closest political associate was named the president of his ruling Bharatiya Janata Party on Wednesday as the leader tightened his grip on the party he carried to its biggest election victory this summer.

Amit Shah is a controversial former minister from Modi’s home state of Gujarat in western India. He faces three counts of murder and was banned briefly during the election campaign this year for delivering hate speeches.

Jul 8, 2014

India asks UN team on Kashmir to leave Delhi premises

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India has asked a United Nations military observer group on Kashmir to vacate a government-provided bungalow in New Delhi, in a toughening stance against a mission that Indians have long opposed.

New Delhi considers the whole of Kashmir as an integral part of the country and has bristled against external involvement in the region including the U.N. Military Observers Group on India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) that was set up in 1949 after their first war.

Jun 16, 2014

Modi secures support from Bhutan in neighbourhood push

THIMPHU (Reuters) – Bhutan promised on Monday it will not allow its territory to be used against India, an early success for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s region-wide drive to shore up diplomatic relations with neighbours in return for stronger economic ties.

In a joint statement issued during Modi’s first foreign visit since he took office in May, Bhutan and India agreed to not allow each other’s territory to be used “for interests inimical to the other”, without giving further details.

Jun 16, 2014

India’s Modi secures support from Bhutan in neighborhood push

THIMPHU (Reuters) – Bhutan promised on Monday it will not allow its territory to be used against India, an early success for Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s region-wide drive to shore up diplomatic relations with neighbors in return for stronger economic ties.

In a joint statement issued during Modi’s first foreign visit since he took office in May, Bhutan and India agreed not allow each other’s territory to be used “for interests inimical to the other”, without giving further details.

Jun 15, 2014

India’s Modi visits Bhutan on first step of bid to reassert regional sway

THIMPHU, June 15 (Reuters) – - Indian Prime Minister
Narendra Modi begins on Sunday his first visit abroad since
taking office, arriving in Bhutan to launch a drive to reassert
Indian influence in the region, offering financial and technical
help and the lure of a huge market.

The tiny Buddhist nation, wedged in the Himalayas between
India and China, is the closest India has to an ally in South
Asia, a region of bristling rivalry where China is making
inroads.

Jun 15, 2014

Modi’s Bhutan visit first step to reassert regional sway

THIMPHU (Reuters) – Prime Minister Narendra Modi begins on Sunday his first visit abroad since taking office, arriving in Bhutan to launch a drive to reassert Indian influence in the region, offering financial and technical help and the lure of a huge market.

The tiny Buddhist nation, wedged in the Himalayas between India and China, is the closest India has to an ally in South Asia, a region of bristling rivalry where China is making inroads.