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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.

Dec 13, 2014

India police detain man said to be behind pro-Islamic State Twitter posts

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Indian police on Saturday arrested a company executive suspected of operating a pro-Islamic State Twitter account that pumped out a stream of updates on the violent group’s military campaign from his base in Bengaluru.

Mehdi Masroor Biswas’s arrest at home came days after Britain’s Channel Four identified him as the man behind “Shami Witness”, the Twitter handle followed by thousands of people including most foreign fighters for the Islamic State.

Dec 13, 2014

Police detain man said to be behind pro-Islamic State Twitter posts

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Police on Saturday arrested a company executive suspected of operating a pro-Islamic State Twitter account that pumped out a stream of updates on the violent group’s military campaign from his base in Bengaluru.

Mehdi Masroor Biswas’s arrest at home came days after Britain’s Channel Four identified him as the man behind “Shami Witness”, the Twitter handle followed by thousands of people including most foreign fighters for the Islamic State.

Dec 10, 2014
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Indian opposition politicians criticize conversion of Muslims

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(Muslims offer Eid al-Adha prayers in front of the historic Taj Mahal in the northern Indian city of Agra October 6, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer)

Indian Hindu groups are luring poor Muslims to convert with offers of cheap food, opposition politicians said on Wednesday, accusing the groups of a “diabolical agenda” to undermine religious diversity.

Dec 4, 2014

Modi seeks to draw line under row over minister’s pro-Hindu comments

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Prime Minister Narendra Modi sought on Thursday to draw a line under a row sparked by a minister’s derogatory comments about non-Hindus, urging angry parliament deputies to accept her apology and move on.

But opposition lawmakers in the Rajya Sabha held firm on their demand that Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti be fired for the speech, threatening to derail Modi’s plans to pass a raft of legislation including a long-delayed insurance reform. The opposition commands a majority in the Rajya Sabha.