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Feb 19, 2015

Israel says security ties with India out of the closet

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Israel’s security relationship with India is out in the open after years of being under wraps, the Israeli defence minister said on Thursday, vowing to play a bigger role in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s drive to build an industrial base.

Israel has emerged as one of India’s top three arms suppliers, delivering items such as ship defence missiles and unmanned aerial vehicles, but such transactions have been unpublicised, largely because of India’s fear of upsetting Arab countries and its own large Muslim population.

Feb 18, 2015

India clears $8 billion warships project to counter Chinese navy

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – The government has cleared a $8 billion plan to build India’s most advanced warships, defence sources said, just months after ordering new submarines to close the gap with the Chinese navy in the Indian Ocean.

Since taking over last year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has signalled his resolve to build a strong military after years of neglect that military planners say has left India unable to fight a two-front war against China and Pakistan.

Feb 16, 2015

India seals nuclear energy pact with Sri Lanka, hopes to push back Chinese influence

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India sealed a nuclear energy agreement with Sri Lanka on Monday, its first breakthrough with the new government of the tiny Indian Ocean island where China has been building ports and highways in a diplomatic push in recent years.

Under the deal, India will help Sri Lanka build its nuclear energy infrastructure, including training of personnel, the Indian foreign ministry said.

Feb 14, 2015

India’s “Common Man” takes office in Delhi, vows to fight divisive politics

NEW DELHI, Feb 14 (Reuters) – A two-year-old anti-graft
party took office in the Indian capital on Saturday, promising
to fight divisive politics in a challenge to the federal
government of Narendra Modi that has faced criticism for attacks
on churches and other minorities.

The Aam Aadmi or Common Man Party handed Modi’s Bharatiya
Janata Party the biggest defeat this week any party has suffered
in decades, promising to protect women in the crime-ridden mega
city and deliver drinking water and power.

Feb 13, 2015

PM Modi sending top diplomat to Pakistan in thawing of ties

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Prime Minister Narendra Modi is sending Foreign Secretary Subrahmanyan Jaishankar to Pakistan as part of a regional tour, the first top-ranking visit since Modi broke off talks last year over the disputed region of Kashmir.

The sign of a thaw in ties comes weeks after a visit to India by U.S. President Barack Obama.

Feb 13, 2015

India PM sending top diplomat to Pakistan in thawing of ties

NEW DELHI, Feb 13 (Reuters) – Indian Prime Minister Narendra
Modi is sending his top diplomat to Pakistan as part of a
regional tour, the first top-ranking visit since Modi broke off
talks last year over the disputed region of Kashmir.

The sign of a thaw in ties comes weeks after a visit to
India by U.S. President Barack Obama.

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.