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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.

Jun 16, 2014

India’s Modi secures support from Bhutan in neighborhood push

THIMPHU (Reuters) – Bhutan promised on Monday it will not allow its territory to be used against India, an early success for Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s region-wide drive to shore up diplomatic relations with neighbors 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 not allow each other’s territory to be used “for interests inimical to the other”, without giving further details.

Jun 15, 2014

India’s Modi visits Bhutan on first step of bid to reassert regional sway

THIMPHU, June 15 (Reuters) – - Indian Prime Minister
Narendra Modi begins on Sunday his first visit abroad since
taking office, arriving in Bhutan to launch a drive to reassert
Indian influence in the region, offering financial and technical
help and the lure of a huge market.

The tiny Buddhist nation, wedged in the Himalayas between
India and China, is the closest India has to an ally in South
Asia, a region of bristling rivalry where China is making
inroads.

Jun 15, 2014

Modi’s Bhutan visit first step to reassert regional sway

THIMPHU (Reuters) – Prime Minister Narendra Modi begins on Sunday his first visit abroad since taking office, arriving in Bhutan to launch a drive to reassert Indian influence in the region, offering financial and technical help and the lure of a huge market.

The tiny Buddhist nation, wedged in the Himalayas between India and China, is the closest India has to an ally in South Asia, a region of bristling rivalry where China is making inroads.

Jun 13, 2014

India’s Modi kicks into gear with defense, dam projects

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India’s new government kicked into gear this week, clearing billions of dollars worth of long-delayed defense projects, including a big navy base, as well as approving the scaling-up of one of the country’s biggest dams.

The decision to give the projects the go-ahead despite concern about their environmental and social impact signals Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s no-nonsense approach to issues he considers to be important for national security.

Jun 13, 2014

Modi kicks into gear with defence, dam projects

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – The new government kicked into gear this week, clearing billions of dollars worth of long-delayed defence projects, including a big navy base, as well as approving the scaling-up of one of the country’s biggest dams.

The decision to give the projects the go-ahead despite concern about their environmental and social impact signals Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s no-nonsense approach to issues he considers to be important for national security.

Jun 13, 2014

hold-India’s Modi kicks into gear with defence, dam projects

NEW DELHI, June 13 (Reuters) – India’s new government kicked
into gear this week, clearing billions of dollars worth of
long-delayed defence projects, including a big navy base, as
well as approving the scaling-up of one of the country’s biggest
dams.

The decision to give the projects the go-ahead despite
concern about their environmental and social impact signals
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s no-nonsense approach to issues he
considers to be important for national security.