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Mar 31, 2014

Modi targets Sonia Gandhi over Italian marines case

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Narendra Modi launched a direct attack on rival Sonia Gandhi on Monday, suggesting she had sought to shield Italian marines accused of killing two Indian fishermen in a case that has strained ties with Italy.

Gandhi is Italian-born and Modi’s Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) party has in the past questioned her credentials to lead the country. Such attacks have since ceased and the powerful head of the Congress is accepted as an Indian.

Mar 31, 2014

India’s Modi targets Gandhi over Italian marines case

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Indian opposition leader Narendra Modi launched a direct attack on rival Sonia Gandhi on Monday, suggesting she had sought to shield Italian marines accused of killing two Indian fishermen in a case that has strained ties with Italy.

Gandhi is Italian-born and Modi’s Hindu nationalist party has in the past questioned her credentials to lead the country. Such attacks have since ceased and the powerful head of the Congress party is accepted as an Indian.

Mar 30, 2014

If Modi wins election, neighbours can expect a more muscular India

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India will get tougher on territorial disputes with China and in its old rivalry with Pakistan if opposition leader Narendra Modi becomes the prime minister in May after a general election, two of his aides said.

Modi, a Hindu nationalist who is the front-runner to win the five-week election starting on April 7, has taken an aggressive tone against the two neighboring nations. On the campaign trail, he has warned Beijing to shed its “mindset of expansionism” and in the past he has railed against Pakistan, an Islamic state, for attacks by Muslim militants in India.

Mar 18, 2014

BJP targets Congress over 1962 China war report

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Hindu nationalist opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has seized upon a secret report about how the government bungled a war with China more than 50 years ago to batter the ruling party days before an election.

India, led by its first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, was defeated in the 1962 conflict that was painted at home as Chinese aggression across the Himalayas.

Mar 18, 2014

India BJP targets ruling party over China war report

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India’s Hindu nationalist opposition has seized upon a secret report about how the government bungled a war with China more than 50 years ago to batter the ruling party days before an election.

India, led by its first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, was defeated in the 1962 conflict that was painted at home as Chinese aggression across the Himalayas.

Mar 17, 2014

Pakistan, India, Taliban say know nothing about missing plane

NEW DELHI/PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) – Aviation officials in Pakistan, India and Central Asia as well as Taliban militants said they knew nothing about the whereabouts of a missing Malaysian jetliner on Monday after the search for Flight MH370 extended into their territory.

Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 vanished on March 8 about an hour into its flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people aboard and investigators are now increasingly convinced it was diverted thousands of miles off course.

Mar 7, 2014

U.S. says ready to do business with BJP’s Narendra Modi

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – The United States would welcome Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi if he wins the upcoming election, a U.S. official said, in the clearest sign Washington will drop a travel ban on Modi imposed after anti-Muslim riots in 2002.

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Nisha Biswal told a television interviewer that Washington was ready to do business with Modi, the front runner ahead of the April-May general election who is best placed to form a coalition government.

Mar 7, 2014

U.S. says ready to do business with Indian front runner Modi

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – The United States would welcome Indian opposition leader Narendra Modi if he wins the upcoming election, a U.S. official said, in the clearest sign Washington will drop a travel ban on Modi imposed after anti-Muslim riots in 2002.

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Nisha Biswal told a television interviewer that Washington was ready to do business with Modi, the front runner ahead of the April-May general election who is best placed to form a coalition government.

Mar 6, 2014

Kashmir students in India in trouble after cheering Pakistani cricketers

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – A group of Kashmiri university students who cheered for Pakistan during a cricket match against India have been charged with disturbing communal harmony, police in India’s Uttar Pradesh state said on Thursday.

Cricket games between rivals India and Pakistan tend to be high-voltage events, played out in a charged atmosphere with millions of people watching on television.

Mar 6, 2014

Kashmir students in Meerut in trouble after cheering Pakistani cricketers

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – - A group of Kashmiri university students who cheered for Pakistan during a cricket match against India have been charged with disturbing communal harmony, police in Uttar Pradesh said on Thursday.

Cricket games between rivals India and Pakistan tend to be high-voltage events, played out in a charged atmosphere with millions of people watching on television.