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Sep 1, 2013

Insight: India’s crisis within a crisis; finance minister fights on two fronts

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Late last month, with their doors shut to the mounting market panic outside as investors fled the country, India’s cabinet ministers gathered to give final approval to a cheap food scheme for the poor.

It was hardly a difficult decision for a government that needs to shore up its sagging popularity before elections due by next May. But officials familiar with the discussion say there was one dissenting voice over what is now destined to become one of the world’s largest welfare programs.

Sep 1, 2013

India’s crisis within a crisis; finance minister fights on two fronts

NEW DELHI, Sept 2 (Reuters) – Late last month, with their
doors shut to the mounting market panic outside as investors
fled the country, India’s cabinet ministers gathered to give
final approval to a cheap food scheme for the poor.

It was hardly a difficult decision for a government that
needs to shore up its sagging popularity before elections due by
next May. But officials familiar with the discussion say there
was one dissenting voice over what is now destined to become one
of the world’s largest welfare programmes.

Aug 27, 2013

India’s ruling party president Sonia Gandhi returns from hospital

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Sonia Gandhi, the president of India’s ruling Congress party who is widely seen as the country’s most powerful politician, was back home from hospital on Tuesday after she took ill during a marathon parliament debate, officials said.

Gandhi, 66, was led limping out of the lower house on Monday evening by her son and colleagues, and then taken by car to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences hospital in New Delhi.

Aug 27, 2013

India’s Gandhi back home from hospital

NEW DELHI, Aug 27 (Reuters) – - Sonia Gandhi, the president
of India’s ruling Congress party who is widely seen as the
country’s most powerful politician, was back home from hospital
on Tuesday after she took ill during a marathon parliament
debate, officials said.

Gandhi, 66, was led limping out of the lower house on Monday
evening by her son and colleagues, and then taken by car to the
All India Institute of Medical Sciences hospital in New Delhi.

Aug 19, 2013

India says Pakistan testing its restraint in Kashmir

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – - India said on Monday it was running out of patience with Pakistan army-backed transgressions across disputed Kashmir as cross-border firing spread further north for the first time since the two armies agreed a ceasefire in 2003.

Tension has been running high along one of the world’s most militarized borders in Kashmir since August 6 when five Indian soldiers were ambushed and killed while on a patrol.

Aug 16, 2013

Indian navy says three bodies found in submarine, no chance of survivors

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – - India’s navy said on Friday divers had found the bodies of three sailors who were on board a submarine badly damaged by a fire and explosions and that it was unlikely any of 15 other missing crew members would be found alive.

Eighteen sailors were missing after weapons stored in the forward section of the Russian-built INS Sindhurakshak exploded in the middle of Tuesday night, causing a fire as it lay berthed in Mumbai, the navy’s worst losses in more than four decades.

Aug 16, 2013

Navy says 3 bodies found in submarine, no chance of survivors

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India’s navy said on Friday divers had found the bodies of three sailors who were on board a submarine badly damaged by a fire and explosions and that it was unlikely any of 15 other missing crew members would be found alive.

Eighteen sailors were missing after weapons stored in the forward section of the Russian-built INS Sindhurakshak exploded in the middle of Tuesday night, causing a fire as it lay berthed in Mumbai, the navy’s worst losses in more than four decades.

Aug 15, 2013

Divers struggle to find victims of blasts on submarine

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Divers struggled in poor visibility inside an Indian navy submarine on Thursday to find 18 sailors who were inside the vessel when some of its weapons detonated and a fire swept through it as it lay berthed in a Mumbai base.

There has been no sign of life from the Russian-built INS Sindhurakshak since it sank late on Tuesday following two big explosions. It was the biggest peacetime loss for the Indian navy since a war with Pakistan in 1971 and turned the spotlight on its ageing submarine fleet.

Aug 15, 2013

Indian divers struggle to find victims of blasts on submarine

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – - Divers struggled in poor visibility inside an Indian navy submarine on Thursday to find 18 sailors who were inside the vessel when some of its weapons detonated and a fire swept through it as it lay berthed in a Mumbai base.

There has been no sign of life from the Russian-built INS Sindhurakshak since it sank late on Tuesday following two big explosions. It was the biggest peacetime loss for the Indian navy since a war with Pakistan in 1971 and turned the spotlight on its ageing submarine fleet.

Aug 13, 2013

As Afghanistan endgame looms, a deadly edge to India-Pakistan rivalry

BARAMULLA/NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Pakistan-based militants are preparing to take on India across the subcontinent once Western troops leave Afghanistan next year, several sources say, raising the risk of a dramatic spike in tensions between nuclear-armed rivals India and Pakistan.

Intelligence source in India believe that a botched suicide bombing of an Indian consulate in Afghanistan, which was followed within days last week by a lethal cross-border ambush on Indian soldiers in disputed Kashmir, suggest that the new campaign by Islamic militants may already be underway.