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Feb 12, 2015

Tough election battles ahead for Modi after Delhi drubbing

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Amit Shah, president of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), spent much of his son’s wedding day this week on the phone to worried colleagues in the capital, where a disastrous election result is prompting those in power to rethink their policies and priorities.

According to two people at the event in Ahmedabad, Shah, who had overseen the New Delhi campaign for the BJP, cut a subdued figure. No firecrackers went off and the marching band did not play.

Feb 12, 2015

Tough election battles ahead for India’s Modi after Delhi drubbing

NEW DELHI, Feb 12 (Reuters) – Amit Shah, president of
India’s ruling party, spent much of his son’s wedding day this
week on the phone to worried colleagues in the capital, where a
disastrous election result is prompting those in power to
rethink their policies and priorities.

According to two people at the event in the western city of
Ahmedabad, Shah, who had overseen the New Delhi campaign for the
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), cut a subdued figure. No
firecrackers went off and the marching band did not play.

Feb 10, 2015

India’s ruling party trounced in Delhi in big blow for Modi

NEW DELHI, Feb 10 (Reuters) – An upstart anti-establishment
party crushed India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party in an
election for the Delhi assembly on Tuesday, smashing an aura of
invincibility built around Prime Minister Narendra Modi since he
swept to power last year.

With the vote of the main national opposition Congress party
collapsing, the Aam Aadmi, or Common Man Party, was set to
capture nine-tenths of the seats in Delhi, in what Modi’s
critics said was a warning against the partisan politics of
Hindu hardliners in his fold.

Feb 10, 2015

BJP heads for election rout in Delhi, first blow for Modi

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party was heading for election defeat in New Delhi at the hands of the anti-corruption Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), a TV projection showed on Tuesday, in the first blow for Prime Minister Narendra Modi since he swept to power last year.

Winning power in India’s states is critical to control of the upper house of parliament, where Modi’s party lacks a majority and has been thwarted in its effort to move reform legislation, including wider opening of the insurance sector.

Feb 5, 2015

Interview: Envoy wants India to do more for Chinese companies

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Some Chinese companies face unusually tough security reviews in India and are further hampered by visa restrictions, Beijing’s ambassador said, slowing the pace of investment despite Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s promise to roll out the red carpet.

Le Yucheng told Reuters that work had begun on a $5 billion industrial park in western India and a feasibility study on a high speed rail link through the heart of India worth up to $50 billion. Chinese companies lead both projects.

Feb 5, 2015

Envoy wants India to do more for Chinese companies

NEW DELHI, Feb 5 (Reuters) – Some Chinese companies face
unusually tough security reviews in India and are further
hampered by visa restrictions, Beijing’s ambassador said,
slowing the pace of investment despite Prime Minister Narendra
Modi’s promise to roll out the red carpet.

Le Yucheng told Reuters that work had begun on a $5 billion
industrial park in western India and a feasibility study on a
high speed rail link through the heart of India worth up to $50
billion. Chinese companies lead both projects.

Feb 4, 2015

India eyes U.S. aircraft carrier technology as arms ties deepen

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India wants to use state-of-the-art U.S. technology to boost the range and potency of a planned aircraft carrier, defence sources said, in a move that would tie their arms programmes closer together and counter China’s military influence in the region.

The proposal, referred to only obliquely in a joint statement at the end of President Barack Obama’s recent visit to New Delhi, is the clearest signal yet that Washington is ready to help India strengthen its navy.

Feb 3, 2015

Modi faces possible Delhi poll defeat, clouding growth prospects

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Prime Minister Narendra Modi is facing his first state election defeat since taking charge last year, opinion polls show, a result that would dent his chances of consolidating power needed to speed up an economic recovery.

The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party has ordered scores of its top national and state leaders to campaign for this weekend’s high-profile election to the Delhi assembly where a small anti-corruption party is threatening to stop its momentum.

Feb 3, 2015

India’s Modi faces possible state poll defeat, clouding growth prospects

NEW DELHI, Feb 3 (Reuters) – Indian Prime Minister Narendra
Modi is facing his first state election defeat since taking
charge last year, opinion polls show, a result that would dent
his chances of consolidating power needed to speed up an
economic recovery.

The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party has ordered scores of its
top national and state leaders to campaign for this weekend’s
high-profile election to the Delhi assembly where a small
anti-corruption party is threatening to stop its momentum.

Jan 26, 2015

Obama ends day of Indian pageantry with $4 billion pledge

NEW DELHI, Jan 26 (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama
ended a landmark day in India on Monday with a pledge of $4
billion in investments and loans, seeking to release what he
called the “untapped potential” of a business and strategic
partnership between the world’s largest democracies.

Earlier in the day, at the invitation of Prime Minister
Narendra Modi, Obama was the first U.S. president to attend
India’s annual Republic Day parade, a show of military might
that has been associated with Cold War anti-Americanism.