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Nov 6, 2015

Afghanistan turns to India for military helicopters, likely to rile Pakistan

KABUL/NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Afghanistan is poised to acquire four attack helicopters from India to help it fight a growing Taliban insurgency, a small but significant deal marking a shift in Kabul’s search for allies that is likely to anger Pakistan.

Soon after he took over, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani held off military assistance from India while he courted Pakistan’s political and military leadership to end years of mutual hostility and steer the Taliban, many of who live in Pakistan, toward negotiations.

Nov 2, 2015

India’s Modi, facing tight election, hits back at ‘intolerance’ criticism

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, battling to win power in the big heartland state of Bihar and push his stalled economic reforms, hit back at his critics on Monday for trying to paint a picture of intolerance in the country.

Rivals say the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party is whipping up religious tensions to win the election in Bihar, the country’s third most populous state and critical to Modi’s plans to improve his party’s strength in the upper house of parliament.

Nov 2, 2015

Modi, facing tight election, hits back at “intolerance” criticism

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Prime Minister Narendra Modi, battling to win power in the big heartland state of Bihar and push his stalled economic reforms, hit back at his critics on Monday for trying to paint a picture of intolerance in the country.

Rivals say the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party is whipping up religious tensions to win the election in Bihar, the country’s third most populous state and critical to Modi’s plans to improve his party’s strength in the upper house of parliament.

Oct 22, 2015

Japan offers India soft loan for $15 bln bullet train in edge over China

NEW DELHI, Oct 22 (Reuters) – Japan has offered to finance
India’s first bullet train, estimated to cost $15 billion, at an
interest rate of less than 1 percent, officials said, stealing a
march on China, which is bidding for other projects on the
world’s fourth-largest network.

Tokyo was picked to assess the feasibility of building the
505-kilometre corridor linking Mumbai with Ahmedabad, the
commercial capital of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state,
and concluded it would be technically and financially viable.

Oct 12, 2015

India, U.S., Japan kick off naval drills likely to annoy China

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India, Japan and the United States will hold joint naval exercises each year, Indian government sources said on Monday, as the three countries kicked off the first such drills in the Bay of Bengal in eight years, a move likely to concern China.

The last time New Delhi hosted multilateral drills in its waters in 2007 prompted disquiet in China where some saw it as a U.S. -inspired security grouping on the lines of NATO in Europe.

Oct 7, 2015

Exclusive: Modi pushes ‘obsolete’ made-in-India plane on reluctant military

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India’s government has turned down the military’s request to expand the acquisition of 36 fighter planes from Dassault Aviation SA to plug vital gaps, officials said, nudging it to accept an indigenous combat plane 32 years in the making.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s decision, in line with his Make-in-India policy to encourage domestic industry, is a blow for not only the French manufacturer but also others circling over the Indian military aviation market worth billions of dollars.

Oct 7, 2015

Modi pushes “obsolete” made-in-India plane on reluctant military

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – The government has turned down the military’s request to expand the acquisition of 36 fighter planes from Dassault Aviation SA to plug vital gaps, officials said, nudging it to accept an indigenous combat plane 32 years in the making.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s decision, in line with his Make-in-India policy to encourage domestic industry, is a blow for not only the French manufacturer but also others circling over the Indian military aviation market worth billions of dollars.

Sep 28, 2015

Sons of Indian haj victims desperate to know how parents perished

JARGAL, India (Reuters) – Firojsha Aiyubsha and his two brothers only found out that their parents had died in last week’s stampede during the haj in Saudi Arabia when a boy from their village deep in western India spotted the names on the Internet.

Now the siblings, all policemen, are desperately seeking information from tour operators, government helplines and their parents’ cell phones about events leading to the tragedy on what was to have been the journey of a lifetime.

Sep 23, 2015

Govt drops plan to give more autonomy to state-run ports

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India will change existing laws governing ports to make them more profitable and efficient, Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari said on Wednesday, putting on hold a plan to turn them into corporate entities under pressure from trade unions and political parties.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley earlier this year announced a plan to corporatise ports, widely seen as an attempt to raise revenues by listing them.

Sep 23, 2015

India govt drops plan to give more autonomy to state-run ports

NEW DELHI, Sept 23 (Reuters) – India will change existing
laws governing ports to make them more profitable and efficient,
the shipping minister said on Wednesday, putting on hold a plan
to turn them into corporate entities under pressure from trade
unions and political parties.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley earlier this year announced a
plan to corporatise ports, widely seen as an attempt to raise
revenues by listing them.