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Mar 7, 2011

India ally to quit cabinet, coalition safe for now

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Leaders of a key party in India’s ruling coalition travelled to Delhi Monday to formally quit the government, a move that will force a weakened prime minister to find alternative alliances to stay in power.

The move by the DMK party, announced over the weekend, comes at a time when Manmohan Singh is battling rising anger over a raft of corruption scandals and persistently high food inflation.

Mar 7, 2011

DMK to quit cabinet, coalition safe for now

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Leaders of the DMK, a key party in India’s ruling coalition, travelled to Delhi on Monday to formally quit the government, a move that will force a weakened prime minister to find alternative alliances to stay in power.

The move by the DMK party, announced over the weekend, comes at a time when Manmohan Singh is battling rising anger over a raft of corruption scandals and persistently high food inflation.

Mar 6, 2011

India Congress aims to shore up government after ally quits

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India’s Congress party moved to shore up its ruling coalition on Sunday after a key partner said its ministers will formally quit the cabinet on Monday, the latest setback for a government beset by corruption scandals.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s government is not in immediate threat of collapse because the Dravida Munnetra Kazagham (DMK) party has said it will continue to offer conditional support even after its six ministers leave because of a row over local elections.

Mar 6, 2011

India Congress aims to shore up govt after ally quits

NEW DELHI, March 6 (Reuters) – India’s Congress party moved
to shore up its ruling coalition on Sunday after a key partner
said its ministers will formally quit the cabinet on Monday, the
latest setback for a government beset by corruption scandals.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s government is not in
immediate threat of collapse because the Dravida Munnetra
Kazagham (DMK) party has said it will continue to offer
conditional support even after its six ministers leave because
of a row over local elections.

Mar 6, 2011

Congress tries to woo back ally, shore up coalition

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Sunday tried to patch things up with a key ally that said it would quit his cabinet, aiming to avert another crisis for a government shaken by a raft of corruption scandals.

The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagham (DMK) party, which gave the Congress party-led coalition a slim majority in parliament, said on Saturday it was pulling out its ministers because of a dispute over seats to be contested in state assembly elections next month.

Mar 6, 2011

India Congress tries to woo back ally, shore up coalition

NEW DELHI, March 6 (Reuters) – India’s embattled prime
minister on Sunday tried to patch things up with a key ally that
said it would quit his cabinet, aiming to avert another crisis
for a government shaken by a raft of corruption scandals.

The southern Dravida Munnetra Kazhagham (DMK) party, which
gave the Congress party-led coalition a slim majority in
parliament, said on Saturday it was pulling out its ministers
because of a dispute over seats to be contested in state
assembly elections next month.

Mar 2, 2011

India struggles with Libya evacuation, concerns mount

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India’s government is facing criticism at home for failing to evacuate citizens swiftly out of Libya as China did, but it said such a comparison was unfair.

A quarter of about 18,000 Indians, most of them employed in the oil, construction and health sectors in Libya, have been brought out after the government chartered cruise ships, and through special flights of the state carrier Air India.

Feb 28, 2011

With an eye on China, India steps up defence spending

NEW DELHI, Feb 28 (Reuters) – India increased annual defence
spending by about 11.6 percent on Monday, aiming to overhaul the
military to counter the rapidly growing capabilities of giant
neighbour China.

The hefty increase suggests the government plans to move
ahead with some of a slew of planned defence acquisitions,
analysts said, including a $10.5 billion fighter jet contract,
one of the world’s largest on offer.

Feb 25, 2011
via Afghan Journal

Flash, bang, but Afghan night raid comes up empty

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Reuters correspondent Matt Robinson provides a rare glimpse of night raids by U.S. forces in Afghanistan that are again on the rise in an effort to break the back of the insurgency. Here’s his story from a village in Paktika province near the eastern border with Pakistan. (Picture by Matt Robinson)

First the men were separated from the women and children and made to crouch outside on the frozen ground, wrapped in blankets. Then the soldiers went room-to-room, torches shining from raised rifles.

Feb 18, 2011
via Afghan Journal

U.S. drones fall silent in Pakistan; only a brief respite?

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For more than three weeks now, there has been no U.S. drone strike in Pakistan’s northwest, triggering speculation that the pause may be related to the tensions between the two countries over the arrest of an American embassy employee for murder. Washington is seeking the release of Raymond Davis, a former Special Forces soldier who killed two Pakistanis on Jan 27 during what he said was an attempted robbery in a Lahore street, arguing he is covered under diplomatic immunity.

Pakistanis,  deeply resentful of the heavy U.S.  involvement in the country, are refusing to hand over Davis, saying he should face trial in Pakistan as he didn’t have immunity.