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Jun 3, 2014

Union minister Gopinath Munde killed in road collision, blow for Modi

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Rural Development Minister Gopinath Munde died on Tuesday after a road collision in New Delhi, depriving Prime Minister Narendra Modi of a key ally just eight days after coming to office with a mandate to revitalise a stalled economy.

India’s roads are among the most dangerous in the world, and the capital, New Delhi, ranks near the top of cities that account for the most fatalities.

Jun 3, 2014

Indian minister killed in road collision, blow for Modi

NEW DELHI, June 3 (Reuters) – India’s minister for rural
development died on Tuesday after a road collision in New Delhi,
depriving Prime Minister Narendra Modi of a key ally just eight
days after coming to office with a mandate to revitalise a
stalled economy.

India’s roads are among the most dangerous in the world, and
the capital, New Delhi, ranks near the top of cities that
account for the most fatalities.

Jun 1, 2014

Eyeing Pakistan and China, Modi bolsters security team

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Prime Minister Narendra Modi has chosen a daring former spy with years of experience in dealing with Pakistan as his national security adviser, a move officials say signals a more muscular approach to New Delhi’s traditional enemy.

The choice of Ajit Doval, alongside former army chief General V.K. Singh as a federal minister for the northeast region, underscores plans to revamp national security that Modi says became weak under the outgoing government.

Jun 1, 2014

Eyeing Pakistan and China, India’s Modi bolsters security team

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India’s new Prime Minister Narendra Modi has chosen a daring former spy with years of experience in dealing with Pakistan as his national security adviser, a move officials say signals a more muscular approach to New Delhi’s traditional enemy.

The choice of Ajit Doval, alongside former Indian army chief General V.K. Singh as a federal minister for the northeast region, underscores plans to revamp national security that Modi says became weak under the outgoing government.

May 27, 2014

Modi prods Pakistan on terror on first day as PM

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivered a blunt warning to traditional neighbouring foe Pakistan on his first day in the job on Tuesday that it must prevent militants on its territory from attacking India.

Despite the directness of his message, both sides said Modi’s meeting with Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in New Delhi was cordial and they agreed to push for a restart of peace talks between the nuclear-armed rivals.

May 27, 2014

India’s Modi prods Pakistan on terror on first days as PM

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivered a blunt warning to traditional neighbouring foe Pakistan on his first day in the job on Tuesday that it must prevent militants on its territory from attacking India.

Despite the directness of his message, both sides said Modi’s meeting with Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in New Delhi was cordial and they agreed to push for a restart of peace talks between the nuclear-armed rivals.

May 27, 2014

Modi’s nationalist foot soldiers take center-stage in India

LUCKNOW India (Reuters) – Standing with Narendra Modi as he was sworn in as prime minister on the majestic forecourt of India’s presidential palace was a cabinet made up almost entirely of ministers whose careers started in a hardline Hindu nationalist movement.

After the stunning majority won by Modi’s party in the general election, the movement that believes multi-faith India should be recognized first and foremost as a Hindu nation feels closer than ever before to achieving its goals.

May 26, 2014

Hindu sages, military bands and fireworks as India PM sworn in

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – A ceremony involving military bands, Hindu holy men and a vegetarian high tea was laid on at the president’s mansion on Monday for Narendra Modi’s swearing-in as prime minister of the world’s largest democracy.

Modi and his ministers took their oaths at Rashtrapati Bhavan, a colonial-era sandstone mansion with 340 rooms in the heart of New Delhi.

May 26, 2014

Hindu sages, military bands and fireworks as Modi sworn in

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – A ceremony involving military bands, Hindu holy men and a vegetarian high tea was laid on at the president’s mansion on Monday for Narendra Modi’s swearing-in as prime minister of the world’s largest democracy.

Modi and his ministers took their oaths at Rashtrapati Bhavan, a colonial-era sandstone mansion with 340 rooms in the heart of New Delhi.

May 26, 2014

Sworn in as India’s PM, Modi speaks of a “glorious future”

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Narendra Modi was sworn in as India’s prime minister in an elaborate ceremony at New Delhi’s resplendent presidential palace on Monday, after a sweeping election victory that ended two terms of rule by the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty.

Millions of Indians watched the inauguration live on television as the 63-year-old Hindu nationalist leader, once thought of as too divisive to lead the world’s largest democracy, took his oath along with his cabinet members in the palace’s forecourt.