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Modi’s Party Backs “Low-Caste” Leader for President of India

NEW DELHI, June 19 – India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has proposed that a politician from a low caste become the next president, its top strategist said on Monday, in a move to consolidate the party’s support among poorer voters. The BJP’s parliamentary board backed the nomination of Ram Nath Kovind, governor of the

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‘No Place for the Poor’ in India’s Smart Cities, Campaigners Say

By Rina Chandran MUMBAI, June 12 – An ambitious government plan to upgrade India’s cities risks further marginalising poor and minority communities and hastening slum evictions, while failing to address the reasons villagers move to urban areas, campaigners said. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Smart Cities Mission aims to modernise 100 cities by 2020 with high-speed

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Indian PM’s Party Leaders Charged Over 1992 Mosque Demolition

By Rupam Jain NEW DELHI, May 30 – An Indian judge charged a minister in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government and senior leaders from his ruling party with criminal conspiracy on Tuesday in connection with the 1992 destruction of a mosque by a Hindu mob. The demolition of the mosque in northern Uttar Pradesh state

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India Says It Attacked Pakistan Army Posts in Divided Kashmir

NEW DELHI, May 23 – India said on Tuesday it had attacked and damaged Pakistani army posts in Kashmir as it sought to prevent militants infiltrating from the Pakistani side of the disputed region, but Pakistan denied the assertion. The Indian army said its troops had attacked positions in the Nowshera area, but it did

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Less Money, Mo’ Problems

Originally hailed as a victory over tax cheats and swindlers, India’s radical plan to recall much of its currency could end in disaster By Jason Overdorf  On November 8, when Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a surprise recall of more than 80 percent of the country’s cash in circulation, his supporters hailed the measure as

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Narendra Modi and Ashraf Ghani Hold Bilateral Talks

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani held bilateral talks in Amritsar, India. They talked about various issues including cross-border terrorism and the decision to strengthen the cooperation of counter-terrorism between the two countries. The two leaders agreed upon operationalizing $1 Billion for bilateral cooperation for capacity building, skill development, infrastructure building

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India’s Modi Defends Clampdown on Cash Economy

NEW DELHI, Dec 3 – Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday defended his crackdown on the cash economy that has left businesses, farmers and families suffering, saying it was necessary to keep inflation in check and ensure basic amenities for all. Modi’s decision last month to scrap 500 rupee and 1,000 rupee banknotes as

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The Men Behind Modi’s Demonetization Policy

By Arfa Shahid India made a major economic move by demonetizing 500 and 1,000 Rupee notes and introducing a new 2,000 Rupee note, but what many don’t know is that this policy was created and presented to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi by Arthakranti Sansthan, an NGO, founded by social activist and mechanical engineer Anil Bokil.

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Narendra Modi’s Black Money Move

Could India’s demonetization cause more harm than good? By Jyoti Malhotra India is either in the throes of a man-made cash crisis or on the verge of a new economic dawn. Depending on whom you speak to in the days following Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s decision on November 8 to demonetize the Rs 500 and Rs

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India Allows 250,000 Rupee Wedding Cash Withdrawals After Notes Ban

MUMBAI, Nov 21 – India’s central bank said on Monday that people can withdraw up to 250,000 rupees ($3,670) for wedding related expenses, provided they submit adequate proof and the wedding is on or before Dec. 30. The cash withdrawals will be allowed out of the balance in the account as of close of business

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