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Dec 27, 2013

India seeks possible US tax violations as stand hardens in row

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India has sought details about staff in American schools in the country for possible tax violations and revoked ID cards of U.S. consular officials and their families, retaliatory steps for the arrest of an Indian diplomat in New York.

The measures suggest that the two countries are no closer to a resolution of a diplomatic dispute over the treatment of Deputy Consul General Devyani Khobragade this month on charges of visa fraud and underpayment of her housekeeper.

Dec 27, 2013

India’s Modi says shaken to core by Gujarat’s religious riots

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – - Indian prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi said on Friday he had been deeply pained by religious violence during his time as chief minister of Gujarat state, seeking closure on a deeply divisive issue that has dogged him for more than a decade.

Modi’s remarks on his blog were the furthest the powerful Hindi nationalist has gone to commiserate with the victims of the 2002 religious bloodshed, one of India’s worst since the 1947 partition of the subcontinent.

Dec 27, 2013

India seeks possible U.S. tax violations as stand hardens in diplomat row

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – - India has sought details about staff in American schools in the country for possible tax violations and revoked ID cards of U.S. consular officials and their families, retaliatory steps for the arrest of an Indian diplomat in New York on criminal charges.

The measures suggest that the two countries are no closer to a resolution of a diplomatic dispute over the treatment of Deputy Consul General Devyani Khobragade this month on charges of visa fraud and underpayment of her housekeeper.

Dec 27, 2013

India seeks possible U.S. tax violations in diplomat row

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – - India has sought details about staff in American schools in the country for possible tax violations and revoked ID cards of U.S. consular officials and their families, retaliatory steps for the arrest of an Indian diplomat in New York on criminal charges.

The measures suggest that the two countries are no closer to a resolution of a diplomatic dispute over the treatment of Deputy Consul General Devyani Khobragade this month on charges of visa fraud and underpayment of her housekeeper.

Dec 24, 2013

Amid Nepal’s chaos, royalists spy chance for a comeback

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Just a few years ago, Nepal’s royal family looked consigned to the history books.

A palace massacre by an unhinged crown prince in 2001, in which the king and eight members of his family were killed, was followed seven years later by the abolition of the monarchy by a Maoist-dominated special legislative assembly.

Dec 21, 2013

India transfers diplomat to U.N. in bid to defuse row with U.S.

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India said on Saturday that it had transferred the diplomat at the center of a row with the United States to its U.N. delegation, a move that it hopes will give her protection from prosecution for visa fraud and underpaying a maid.

Whether the accreditation of Devyani Khobragade as a member of India’s U.N. mission leads to a way out of the dispute could depend on the U.S. State Department approving her transfer.

Dec 20, 2013

India begins training Afghan commandos as ties deepen ahead of 2014

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – - India is training a group of Afghan special forces in the deserts of Rajasthan, army officials said on Friday, deepening its involvement with Afghanistan as its military prepares to secure the country after NATO’s withdrawal in 2014.

Afghan military officers have been attending courses in India for years, but this is the first time members of its special forces have held joint exercises with Indian commandos.

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.