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Jan 23, 2015

Uber restarts service in Delhi; government says must await approval

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – U.S. taxi-hailing app maker Uber Technologies Inc has restarted services in India’s capital after a ban following rape allegations against one of its drivers, but a government official said the company remains blacklisted.

Uber’s app showed taxis available in New Delhi on Friday after the company applied for a radio taxi license, a spokesman said. Just last month, the company said traditional radio taxi regulations were incompatible with a disruptive technology company that connects passengers with drivers.

Jan 23, 2015

Uber restarts service in Delhi; govt says must await approval

NEW DELHI, Jan 23 (Reuters) – U.S. taxi-hailing app maker
Uber Technologies Inc has restarted services in India’s capital
after a ban following rape allegations against one of its
drivers, but a government official said the company remains
blacklisted.

Uber’s app showed taxis available in New Delhi on Friday
after the company applied for a radio taxi licence, a spokesman
said. Just last month, the company said traditional radio taxi
regulations were incompatible with a disruptive technology
company that connects passengers with drivers.

Jan 22, 2015

India, US trying to get nuclear deal over line during Obama trip

NEW DELHI, Jan 22 (Reuters) – India and the United States
were trying to narrow differences on nuclear trade on Thursday
ahead of President Barack Obama’s visit, but New Delhi ruled out
a change in its liability law that has choked off U.S.
investment.

Nuclear commerce worth billions of dollars was meant to be
the centrepiece of a new strategic relationship between the
United States and India, allowing New Delhi access to nuclear
technology and fuel without giving up its weapons programme.

Jan 22, 2015

India, Russia advance arms talks days before Obama trip

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India and Russia have agreed to speed work on a fifth-generation military aircraft, Indian officials said on Thursday, in a vote of confidence in an old defence partner days before U.S. President Barack Obama arrives to advance ties.

India and Russia signed a deal in 2010 to jointly develop and produce a stealth jet for both their militaries, as well as third countries, in what India said at the time would become the biggest defence programme in its history.

Jan 18, 2015

Insight – Indian spy’s role alleged in Sri Lankan president’s election defeat

COLOMBO/NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Sri Lanka expelled the Colombo station chief of India’s spy agency in the run-up to this month’s presidential election, political and intelligence sources said, accusing him of helping the opposition oust President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

An Indian foreign ministry spokesman denied any expulsion and said that transfers were routine decisions. Rajapaksa, voted out of office in the Jan 8 election, told Reuters he did not know all the facts while the new government in Colombo has said it is aware of the reports but cannot confirm them.

Jan 15, 2015

French officials to visit India to rescue stalled Rafale jet deal

NEW DELHI, Jan 15 (Reuters) – A French delegation will visit
New Delhi this month to try to salvage an agreement to supply
126 Rafale fighter jets to the Indian Air Force, in one of the
world’s biggest defence deals, which has hit a snag over the
local assembly of the planes.

India is insisting that France’s Dassault Aviation
take full responsibility for the production of the aircraft at a
state-ran facility in Bangalore under the 2012 bid offer, Indian
defence ministry officials said.

Dec 19, 2014

Exclusive: India looks to sway Americans with nuclear power insurance plan

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India is offering to set up an insurance pool to indemnify global nuclear suppliers against liability in the case of a nuclear accident, in a bid to unblock billions of dollars in trade held up by concerns over exposure to risk.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government is hoping the plan will be enough to convince major U.S. companies such as General Electric to enter the Indian market ahead of President Barack Obama’s visit at the end of next month.

Dec 19, 2014

India looks to sway Americans with nuclear power insurance plan

NEW DELHI, Dec 19 (Reuters) – India is offering to set up an
insurance pool to indemnify global nuclear suppliers against
liability in the case of a nuclear accident, in a bid to unblock
billions of dollars in trade held up by concerns over exposure
to risk.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government is hoping the plan
will be enough to convince major U.S. companies such as General
Electric to enter the Indian market ahead of President
Barack Obama’s visit at the end of next month.

Dec 17, 2014

India goes on security alert weeks before Obama trip

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India has put security agencies on nationwide alert for a militant strike in the lead-up to a visit by U.S. President Barack Obama next month, citing an assault on a Pakistani school this week as a warning signal.

An advisory sent out on Tuesday to law enforcement agencies after the Pakistan Taliban stormed the Peshawar school, calls for increased security at vulnerable installations such as public transport, including railways, and schools.

Dec 15, 2014

Indian pro-Islamic State Twitter account back up as police seek clues

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – A popular pro-Islamic State Twitter account traced to an Indian engineer was back up on Monday as police combed through tens of thousands of followers to identify sympathizers of the militant group.

Mehdi Masoor Biswas, who police said was behind the @ShamiWitness Twitter handle, has cooperated with investigators since he was picked up from his one-room apartment in Bengaluru city on Saturday, the government said.