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Dec 19, 2014

Exclusive: India looks to sway Americans with nuclear power insurance plan

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India is offering to set up an insurance pool to indemnify global nuclear suppliers against liability in the case of a nuclear accident, in a bid to unblock billions of dollars in trade held up by concerns over exposure to risk.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government is hoping the plan will be enough to convince major U.S. companies such as General Electric to enter the Indian market ahead of President Barack Obama’s visit at the end of next month.

Dec 19, 2014

India looks to sway Americans with nuclear power insurance plan

NEW DELHI, Dec 19 (Reuters) – India is offering to set up an
insurance pool to indemnify global nuclear suppliers against
liability in the case of a nuclear accident, in a bid to unblock
billions of dollars in trade held up by concerns over exposure
to risk.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government is hoping the plan
will be enough to convince major U.S. companies such as General
Electric to enter the Indian market ahead of President
Barack Obama’s visit at the end of next month.

Dec 17, 2014

India goes on security alert weeks before Obama trip

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India has put security agencies on nationwide alert for a militant strike in the lead-up to a visit by U.S. President Barack Obama next month, citing an assault on a Pakistani school this week as a warning signal.

An advisory sent out on Tuesday to law enforcement agencies after the Pakistan Taliban stormed the Peshawar school, calls for increased security at vulnerable installations such as public transport, including railways, and schools.

Dec 15, 2014

Indian pro-Islamic State Twitter account back up as police seek clues

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – A popular pro-Islamic State Twitter account traced to an Indian engineer was back up on Monday as police combed through tens of thousands of followers to identify sympathizers of the militant group.

Mehdi Masoor Biswas, who police said was behind the @ShamiWitness Twitter handle, has cooperated with investigators since he was picked up from his one-room apartment in Bengaluru city on Saturday, the government said.

Dec 13, 2014

India police detain man said to be behind pro-Islamic State Twitter posts

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Indian police on Saturday arrested a company executive suspected of operating a pro-Islamic State Twitter account that pumped out a stream of updates on the violent group’s military campaign from his base in Bengaluru.

Mehdi Masroor Biswas’s arrest at home came days after Britain’s Channel Four identified him as the man behind “Shami Witness”, the Twitter handle followed by thousands of people including most foreign fighters for the Islamic State.

Dec 13, 2014

Police detain man said to be behind pro-Islamic State Twitter posts

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Police on Saturday arrested a company executive suspected of operating a pro-Islamic State Twitter account that pumped out a stream of updates on the violent group’s military campaign from his base in Bengaluru.

Mehdi Masroor Biswas’s arrest at home came days after Britain’s Channel Four identified him as the man behind “Shami Witness”, the Twitter handle followed by thousands of people including most foreign fighters for the Islamic State.

Dec 10, 2014
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Indian opposition politicians criticize conversion of Muslims

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(Muslims offer Eid al-Adha prayers in front of the historic Taj Mahal in the northern Indian city of Agra October 6, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer)

Indian Hindu groups are luring poor Muslims to convert with offers of cheap food, opposition politicians said on Wednesday, accusing the groups of a “diabolical agenda” to undermine religious diversity.

Dec 4, 2014

Modi seeks to draw line under row over minister’s pro-Hindu comments

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Prime Minister Narendra Modi sought on Thursday to draw a line under a row sparked by a minister’s derogatory comments about non-Hindus, urging angry parliament deputies to accept her apology and move on.

But opposition lawmakers in the Rajya Sabha held firm on their demand that Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti be fired for the speech, threatening to derail Modi’s plans to pass a raft of legislation including a long-delayed insurance reform. The opposition commands a majority in the Rajya Sabha.

Dec 4, 2014

India’s Modi seeks to draw line under row over minister’s pro-Hindu comments

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi sought on Thursday to draw a line under a row sparked by a minister’s derogatory comments about non-Hindus, urging angry parliament deputies to accept her apology and move on.

But opposition lawmakers in the upper house held firm on their demand that Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti be fired for the speech, threatening to derail Modi’s plans to pass a raft of legislation including a long-delayed insurance reform. The opposition commands a majority in the upper house.

Dec 2, 2014

Rattled by Chinese submarines, India joins other nations in rebuilding fleet

NEW DELHI, Dec 3 (Reuters) – India is speeding up a navy
modernisation programme and leaning on its neighbours to curb
Chinese submarine activity in the Indian Ocean, as nations in
the region become increasingly jittery over Beijing’s growing
undersea prowess.

Just months after a stand-off along the disputed border
dividing India and China in the Himalayas, Chinese submarines
have shown up in Sri Lanka, the island nation off India’s
southern coast. China has also strengthened ties with the
Maldives, the Indian Ocean archipelago.