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Jan 27, 2015

Obama ends day of Indian pageantry with $4 billion pledge

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama ended a landmark day in India on Monday with a pledge of $4 billion in investments and loans, seeking to release what he called the “untapped potential” of a business and strategic partnership between the world’s largest democracies.

Earlier in the day, at the invitation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Obama was the first U.S. president to attend India’s annual Republic Day parade, a show of military might that has been associated with Cold War anti-Americanism.

Jan 26, 2015

U.S. sees role for India in battle against Islamic State

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India could play a role in battling Islamic State, the White House said on Monday during a visit to New Delhi by President Barack Obama, underlining Washington’s confidence that India is increasingly prepared to engage on global security issues.

U.S. Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes said India’s involvement could focus on intelligence on the flow of money and militants to the radical Islamist group active in Syria and Iraq rather than deploying troops on the ground.

Jan 26, 2015

Rain on India’s parade, but Obama visit keeps spirits high

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Rain threatened to dampen the excitement around U.S. President Barack Obama’s landmark visit to India as thousands of troops prepared on Monday for a dazzling military parade where he will be the chief guest.

The first U.S. president to attend the annual show of military might that was long associated with the anti-Americanism of the Cold War, Obama spent the first day of his visit on Sunday bonding with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and sealing a clutch of deals.

Jan 25, 2015

Bear hug with Modi gets Obama’s India trip off to warm start

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Signalling his determination to take relations with the United States to a higher level, Prime Minister Narendra Modi broke with protocol to meet and bear-hug U.S. President Barack Obama as he landed in New Delhi on Sunday.

Obama’s visit is a fresh bid to make India an enduring strategic partner and will nurture his friendship with a prime minister who a year ago was persona non grata in Washington.

Jan 23, 2015

Uber back in Delhi; govt says must await approval

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – U.S. taxi-hailing app maker Uber Technologies Inc has restarted services in India’s capital after a ban following rape allegations against one of its drivers, but a government official said the company remains blacklisted.

Uber’s app showed taxis available in New Delhi on Friday after the company applied for a radio taxi licence, a spokesman said. Just last month, the company said traditional radio taxi regulations were incompatible with a disruptive technology company that connects passengers with drivers.

Jan 23, 2015

Uber restarts service in Delhi; government says must await approval

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – U.S. taxi-hailing app maker Uber Technologies Inc has restarted services in India’s capital after a ban following rape allegations against one of its drivers, but a government official said the company remains blacklisted.

Uber’s app showed taxis available in New Delhi on Friday after the company applied for a radio taxi license, a spokesman said. Just last month, the company said traditional radio taxi regulations were incompatible with a disruptive technology company that connects passengers with drivers.

Jan 23, 2015

Uber restarts service in Delhi; govt says must await approval

NEW DELHI, Jan 23 (Reuters) – U.S. taxi-hailing app maker
Uber Technologies Inc has restarted services in India’s capital
after a ban following rape allegations against one of its
drivers, but a government official said the company remains
blacklisted.

Uber’s app showed taxis available in New Delhi on Friday
after the company applied for a radio taxi licence, a spokesman
said. Just last month, the company said traditional radio taxi
regulations were incompatible with a disruptive technology
company that connects passengers with drivers.

Jan 22, 2015

India, US trying to get nuclear deal over line during Obama trip

NEW DELHI, Jan 22 (Reuters) – India and the United States
were trying to narrow differences on nuclear trade on Thursday
ahead of President Barack Obama’s visit, but New Delhi ruled out
a change in its liability law that has choked off U.S.
investment.

Nuclear commerce worth billions of dollars was meant to be
the centrepiece of a new strategic relationship between the
United States and India, allowing New Delhi access to nuclear
technology and fuel without giving up its weapons programme.

Jan 22, 2015

India, Russia advance arms talks days before Obama trip

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India and Russia have agreed to speed work on a fifth-generation military aircraft, Indian officials said on Thursday, in a vote of confidence in an old defence partner days before U.S. President Barack Obama arrives to advance ties.

India and Russia signed a deal in 2010 to jointly develop and produce a stealth jet for both their militaries, as well as third countries, in what India said at the time would become the biggest defence programme in its history.

Jan 18, 2015

Insight – Indian spy’s role alleged in Sri Lankan president’s election defeat

COLOMBO/NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Sri Lanka expelled the Colombo station chief of India’s spy agency in the run-up to this month’s presidential election, political and intelligence sources said, accusing him of helping the opposition oust President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

An Indian foreign ministry spokesman denied any expulsion and said that transfers were routine decisions. Rajapaksa, voted out of office in the Jan 8 election, told Reuters he did not know all the facts while the new government in Colombo has said it is aware of the reports but cannot confirm them.