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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.

Dec 4, 2014

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

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Indian 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 upper house 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 upper house.

Dec 2, 2014

Rattled by Chinese submarines, India joins other nations in rebuilding fleet

NEW DELHI, Dec 3 (Reuters) – India is speeding up a navy
modernisation programme and leaning on its neighbours to curb
Chinese submarine activity in the Indian Ocean, as nations in
the region become increasingly jittery over Beijing’s growing
undersea prowess.

Just months after a stand-off along the disputed border
dividing India and China in the Himalayas, Chinese submarines
have shown up in Sri Lanka, the island nation off India’s
southern coast. China has also strengthened ties with the
Maldives, the Indian Ocean archipelago.

Nov 28, 2014

India says no contact with 39 men held by Islamic State in Iraq

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India has had no contact with 39 men missing in Iraq since June, but believes them to be alive, the foreign minister said on Friday, distancing herself from a report that suggested they had been killed by Islamic State militants.

India has grown concerned about the fate of the construction workers believed to have been kidnapped from the militant-controlled city of Mosul, along with a group of 46 nurses.

Nov 24, 2014

Congress signals it could back Modi’s insurance reform plan

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – The main opposition Congress party signalled on Monday it could support government legislation to liberalise the insurance industry, a long-delayed reform expected to help improve investor confidence.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi proposed in August to lift the cap on foreign investment in insurance ventures from 26 percent to 49 percent, but the opposition blocked the move in the Lok Sabha, where he lacks a majority.

Nov 24, 2014

India’s Congress signals it could back Modi’s insurance reform plan

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India’s main opposition Congress party signaled on Monday it could support government legislation to liberalize the insurance industry, a long-delayed reform expected to help improve investor confidence.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi proposed in August to lift the cap on foreign investment in insurance ventures from 26 percent to 49 percent, but the opposition blocked the move in the upper house of parliament, where he lacks a majority.

Nov 21, 2014

Long “to do” list for Modi as clock ticks on reform

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Prime Minister Narendra Modi has a long list of pro-growth measures to implement over the next four months, but time may have already run out to breathe enough life into the economy to meet the tough 2014/15 fiscal deficit target.

Modi’s election victory in May unleashed a rush of money from foreign portfolios betting the reformist prime minister would drive a quick recovery. That has yet to materialise, with both factory utilisation and capital spending low.