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Jul 2, 2014

India finance minister UFO Facebook post angers “common men”

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – With many Indians worrying about the threat of tough measures in their new government’s first budget next week, a Facebook post suggesting the finance minister might be pondering less earthly matters quickly roused anger on Wednesday.

Arun Jaitley, a key confidante of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, published a message celebrating “World UFO Day” on his Facebook page, which is one of the main forums in which he publishes official information.

Jul 2, 2014

Arun Jaitley’s UFO Facebook post angers “common men”

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – With many Indians worrying about the threat of tough measures in their new government’s first budget next week, a Facebook post suggesting the finance minister might be pondering less earthly matters quickly roused anger on Wednesday.

Arun Jaitley, a key confidante of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, published a message celebrating “World UFO Day” on his Facebook page, which is one of the main forums in which he publishes official information.

Jun 19, 2014

India moves to tighten controls on foreign funding for Greenpeace

NEW DELHI, June 19 (Reuters) – India has asked the central
bank to tighten controls on moving funds from abroad into
Greenpeace’s accounts, intensifying concerns that the new
government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be tough on
foreign-funded activist groups.

Modi scored a landslide election victory last month, vowing
to kickstart the country’s slowing economy, but his critics see
him as unfriendly to opponents of big business.

Jun 19, 2014

Modi’s push for Hindi struggles to translate in some states

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Since taking office as India’s prime minister last month, Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi has taken a clear stand in support of Hindi, pushing for it to replace English as the preferred language of the capital’s urbane and golf-playing bureaucrats.

Hindi and English are India’s two official languages for federal government business, although India’s constitution recognises a total of 22 languages.

Jun 19, 2014

Indian PM’s push for Hindi struggles to translate in some states

NEW DELHI, June 19 (Reuters) – Since taking office as
India’s prime minister last month, Hindu nationalist Narendra
Modi has taken a clear stand in support of Hindi, pushing for it
to replace English as the preferred language of the capital’s
urbane and golf-playing bureaucrats.

Hindi and English are India’s two official languages for
federal government business, although India’s constitution
recognises a total of 22 languages.

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 tells Pakistani PM to prevent terrorism against India

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India’s new prime minister, Narendra Modi, told his Pakistani counterpart on Tuesday that Pakistan must prevent militants from using its soil to attack India, suggesting a tough approach that will undermine hopes in Pakistan for more substantial talks.

Modi invited Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and other regional leaders for his inauguration on Monday, a move aimed at improving ties with neighbors that have in the past held back economic growth in South Asia.

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

Five big challenges for Modi’s new government in India

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi was sworn in as India’s prime minister on Monday, taking charge of the world’s largest democracy as it struggles with an economic slowdown and a severe shortage of jobs for its booming young population.

Indian voters and foreign investors alike have high hopes for Modi, whose slick campaign presented him as a business-friendly leader who would jump-start investment. Yet his critics say he is an autocrat who harbors Hindu supremacist views.

    • About Shyamantha

      "Shyamantha Asokan is a political and general news correspondent based in New Delhi. Since joining Reuters in 2013, she has covered subjects ranging from India's mammoth general election to its space rockets, as both a text and video reporter. She was previously a correspondent for The Economist in West Africa and India. She won the Washington Post's Laurence Stern Fellowship in 2011."
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