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Dec 19, 2013

As Modi storms into election, a quiet alternative emerges

BHOPAL, India (Reuters) – Five months before general elections are due, there is already an air of victory around Narendra Modi as he strides from one jam-packed rally to the next. And yet, a regional leader from his Hindu nationalist fold is quietly emerging as an alternative to lead the country.

The main opposition party’s candidate for prime minister, Modi is unquestionably the man to beat as the ruling Congress, led by the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty, stumbles towards a vote that opinion polls show it will lose.

Dec 19, 2013

As Modi storms into India’s election, a quiet alternative emerges

BHOPAL, India (Reuters) – Five months before India’s next elections are due, there is already an air of victory around Narendra Modi as he strides from one jam-packed rally to the next. And yet, a regional leader from his Hindu nationalist fold is quietly emerging as an alternative to lead the country.

The main opposition party’s candidate for prime minister, Modi is unquestionably the man to beat as the ruling Congress party, led by the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty, stumbles towards a vote that opinion polls show it will lose.

Dec 17, 2013

Indian parliament approves landmark anti-graft bill as elections near

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – - India’s parliament voted on Tuesday for the appointment of a powerful anti-graft ombudsman to investigate wrongdoing in government, ending years of dithering, as public anger has mounted over a string of corruption scandals.

The ruling Congress party, which suffered big losses in state elections over the past month in part over allegations of a pervasive culture of corruption, rushed through the Lokpal or ombudsman bill in the upper house of parliament.

Dec 17, 2013

Parliament approves landmark Lokpal bill as elections near

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Parliament voted on Tuesday for the appointment of a powerful anti-graft ombudsman to investigate wrongdoing in government, ending years of dithering, as public anger has mounted over a string of corruption scandals.

The Congress party, which suffered big losses in state elections over the past month in part over allegations of a pervasive culture of corruption, rushed through the Lokpal or ombudsman bill in the Rajya Sabha.

Dec 14, 2013

Afghan president says U.S. indulging in brinkmanship over security deal

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Saturday shrugged off U.S. talk of a total military withdrawal from Afghanistan if he didn’t sign a security agreement as brinkmanship and said he wouldn’t back down on his conditions for the deal.

Karzai was in New Delhi in a burst of regional diplomacy as his ties with Washington have come under renewed strain over his refusal to sign the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) that will shape U.S. military presence in Afghanistan beyond 2014 when most international troops will leave.

Dec 11, 2013

Karzai heads to India waving wish list of military hardware

NEW DELHI, Dec 11 (Reuters) – - Afghanistan is pressing
India to supply military helicopters, tanks and artillery as it
tries to shore up security through regional alliances before the
withdrawal of most NATO-led foreign troops by the end of 2014.

President Hamid Karzai will use a visit to India at the end
of this week to push for progress on a “wish list” of military
equipment he handed New Delhi in May.

Dec 9, 2013

BJP aims to ride momentum for 2014 after big state wins

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) vowed on Monday to seize the momentum from a string of big state poll victories and smooth the tough job of broadening its appeal beyond traditional northern strongholds in time for a national election next year.

A group led by the BJP aims to tap into a wave of anger against the ruling Congress, a leader said, after India’s grand old party lost vote counts on Sunday in four of five states that have held elections over the past month.

Dec 9, 2013

India’s opposition aims to ride momentum for 2014 after big state wins

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – - India’s Hindu nationalist opposition party vowed on Monday to seize the momentum from a string of big state poll victories and smooth the tough job of broadening its appeal beyond traditional northern strongholds in time for a national election next year.

A group led by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) aims to tap into a wave of anger against the ruling Congress, a leader said, after India’s grand old party lost vote counts on Sunday in four of five states that have held elections over the past month.

Nov 29, 2013

India accelerates Iranian port project after U.S.-Iran thaw

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – - India is sending a team to Iran to speed up work on a port that will provide access to resource-rich Central Asia and Afghanistan, officials said, moving quickly to take advantage of a thaw in Iran’s relations with the West.

The port of Chabahar in southeast Iran is central to India’s efforts to circumvent Pakistan and open up a route to landlocked Afghanistan where it has developed close security ties and economic interests.

Nov 18, 2013

Nepal’s revolutionary leader Prachanda loses his appeal as nation limps to the polls

CHAPAGAUN, Nepal (Reuters) – - Widow Narayan Kumari Ghimire has lost faith in Nepal’s powerful Maoists: the only reason they will get her vote in Tuesday’s election is because her son died fighting for them during the insurrection that ended seven years ago.

For Ghimire, 62, the one-time guerrillas have turned out to be no better than the rest of Nepal’s grasping and ever-bickering politicians since they took off their red bandanas, gave up arms and tasted power in a 2008 election.