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Aug 1, 2014

Doubts surface about India’s Modi after trade deal scuppered

NEW DELHI, Aug 1 (Reuters) – India’s Prime Minister Narendra
Modi came to office with a reputation as a business-friendly
leader ready to open up one of the world’s biggest markets and
sweep away the remnants of the country’s socialist past.

Now potential investors, some of them foreign firms hoping
to exploit new opportunities in India’s vast consumer market,
are scratching their heads after Modi’s party walked away from a
major deal to reform customs rules and make global trade easier.

Jul 30, 2014

Kerry presses India on global trade deal as deadline looms

NEW DELHI, July 30 (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John
Kerry, who arrived in India on Wednesday for an official visit,
has pressed New Delhi to drop its opposition to global trade
reforms, saying it was a test of the country’s commitment to
advance economic liberalisation.

Kerry made the call in a newspaper article, penned along
with U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker, published hours
ahead of his arrival for talks aimed at revitalising ties that
have been mired in disputes over trade, intellectual property
rights and climate change.

Jul 30, 2014

Kerry presses India on WTO deal ahead of arrival

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, on his way to India for an official visit, has pressed New Delhi to drop its opposition to global trade reforms, saying it was a test of the country’s commitment to advance trade and investment liberalization.

Kerry made the call in a newspaper article, penned along with U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker, hours ahead of his arrival for talks aimed at revitalizing ties that have been mired in disputes over trade, intellectual property rights and climate change.

Jul 23, 2014

India bids to reassert influence in Nepal with power pact

NEW DELHI/KATHMANDU (Reuters) – India is set to offer Nepal a landmark pact to help develop its huge hydro-electric power potential as the South Asian giant takes another step to re-assert influence among smaller neighbours where China has been forging closer ties.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who went to Bhutan last month on his first overseas trip since coming to power, will soon visit Nepal, which has recently been questioning its position in India’s sphere of influence.

Jul 16, 2014

States seek easier land sales in reform challenge for Modi

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – States eager to kick-start major infrastructure projects have proposed radical changes to land acquisition laws that are blamed for stalling billions of dollars’ worth of roads, railways, ports and power installations.

According to a confidential government paper seen by Reuters, several states want to do away with obtaining landowners’ consent altogether in some cases and to cut through red tape which they say holds up development.

Jul 16, 2014

Indian states seek easier land sales in reform challenge for Modi

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Indian states eager to kick-start major infrastructure projects have proposed radical changes to land acquisition laws that are blamed for stalling billions of dollars’ worth of roads, railways, ports and power installations.

According to a confidential government paper seen by Reuters, several states want to do away with obtaining landowners’ consent altogether in some cases and to cut through red tape which they say holds up development.

Jul 9, 2014

Modi tightens grip on BJP, names close aide Amit Shah as party chief

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s closest political associate was named the president of his ruling Bharatiya Janata Party on Wednesday as the leader tightened his grip on the party he carried to its biggest election victory this summer.

Amit Shah is a controversial former minister from Modi’s home state of Gujarat. He faces three counts of murder and was banned briefly during the election campaign this year for delivering hate speeches.

Jul 9, 2014

India’s Modi tightens grip on ruling party, naming close aide as chief

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s closest political associate was named the president of his ruling Bharatiya Janata Party on Wednesday as the leader tightened his grip on the party he carried to its biggest election victory this summer.

Amit Shah is a controversial former minister from Modi’s home state of Gujarat in western India. He faces three counts of murder and was banned briefly during the election campaign this year for delivering hate speeches.

Jul 8, 2014

India asks UN team on Kashmir to leave Delhi premises

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India has asked a United Nations military observer group on Kashmir to vacate a government-provided bungalow in New Delhi, in a toughening stance against a mission that Indians have long opposed.

New Delhi considers the whole of Kashmir as an integral part of the country and has bristled against external involvement in the region including the U.N. Military Observers Group on India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) that was set up in 1949 after their first war.

Jun 16, 2014

Modi secures support from Bhutan in neighbourhood push

THIMPHU (Reuters) – Bhutan promised on Monday it will not allow its territory to be used against India, an early success for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s region-wide drive to shore up diplomatic relations with neighbours in return for stronger economic ties.

In a joint statement issued during Modi’s first foreign visit since he took office in May, Bhutan and India agreed to not allow each other’s territory to be used “for interests inimical to the other”, without giving further details.