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India to Boost Iran Port Project, Links to Afghanistan

BEIRUT, May 23 – Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday pledged up to $500 million to develop the southern Iran port of Chabahar, in a move to give his country trade access to Iran, Afghanistan and central Asia. The route is currently all-but blocked by Pakistan, long at odds politically with India. The deal,

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Kashmir Militants Wage Selfie War Against Indian Crackdown

By Douglas Busvine and Fayaz Bukhari TRAL, India, May 23 – Rebels like Burhan Wani, more adept at spreading their message via smartphone than wielding an assault rifle, are becoming a rallying point in disputed Kashmir for youth who reject the authority of India’s federal government. Wani, a 22-year-old commander of Islamic separatist group Hizb-ul

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Obama, India’s Modi to Meet Next Month in Washington: White House

WASHINGTON, May 20 – U.S. President Barack Obama will meet with India’s Narendra Modi at the White House next month to discuss security and other issues when the prime minister visits Washington, the White House said on Friday. In a statement, the White House said Obama and Modi will discuss economic growth, climate change, clean

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India’s Ruling BJP Wins Power in Northeast, Expands Influence

By Tommy Wilkes NEW DELHI, May 19 – Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ruling party declared victory on Thursday in the northeastern state of Assam, an election boost that will help his right-wing nationalist government rebuild some momentum after poll losses last year. Grabbing power in Assam, one of five states electing new assemblies, would

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Expansion an Elusive Dream for Indian Industry

By Patturaja Murugaboopathy April 18 – Expansion is a distant dream for many Indian manufacturers as they grapple with under-utilised factories and towering debts, putting pressure on Prime Minister Narenda Modi to count on government spending instead of private investment to boost Asia’s third-biggest economy. There is a renewed manufacturing push under Modi’s flagship ‘Make

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Modi’s Party Vows to Strip Muslim Immigrants of Vote in Eastern India

By Krishna N. Das JALESWAR, India, March 11 – Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist party has vowed to disenfranchise millions of Muslim immigrants in a volatile frontier state, waging a polarising election campaign in a bid to form its first government there. In campaign rallies in the remote state of Assam, officials of

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India Denies Visas to U.S. Religious Freedom Body

By David Brunnstrom WASHINGTON, March 4- India has denied visas for a delegation from the U.S. government agency charged with monitoring international religious freedom, the agency said on Thursday. The delegation from the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom had been scheduled to leave for India on Friday for a long-planned visit with the support

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JNU Protests: To Create a Nation

India’s state apparatus is getting personal—and dissidents are bearing the brunt BY Meena Kandasamy The suicide of Dalit research scholar and student leader, Rohith Vemula, on January 17 marked a watershed moment in the anti-caste struggle in India. The factors that led to his suicide make it increasingly clear that what came to pass was an

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India Unveils Budget to Help Rural Poor, Rein in Deficit

By Rajesh Kumar Singh and Manoj Kumar NEW DELHI, Feb 29 – India unveiled a budget for the poor on Monday, announcing new rural aid schemes and skimping on a bank bailout, in a strategy shift that seeks to boost Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ruling party in coming state elections. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s spending

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India – U.A.E: Leaning in

India and the UAE must address the challenges in their relationship by S. Venkat Narayan Prime Minister Narendra Modi personally greeted him at the airport—the third dignitary honored in such a way after U.S. President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The visit on February 10 signaled the strong ties between both countries.

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