Narendra Modi

India’s Shock Bank Note Ban Sparks Cash Chaos

By Sankalp Phartiyal and Neha Dasgupta MUMBAI/NEW DELHI, Nov 10  – Indians struggled to pay for basics goods like food and fuel on Wednesday and fretted about their savings, after the government withdrew 500 and 1,000 rupee notes from circulation in a bid to flush out money hidden from the tax man. The shock measure

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India Abolishes Larger Banknotes in Fight Against Graft, “Black Money”

By Neha Dasgupta and Nidhi Verma NEW DELHI, Nov 8 – Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday announced that 500 and 1,000 rupee banknotes would be withdrawn from circulation at midnight, saying it was part of a crackdown on rampant corruption and counterfeit currency. The surprise step appears designed to bring billions of dollars

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India’s Modi Expresses Concern Over Australia Bus Death

SYDNEY, Oct 31 – Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed concern over the death of an Indian-origin bus driver killed by an incendiary device thrown into his bus in Brisbane, Australia, last week. Modi called Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull late on Sunday to discuss the death of Manmeet Alisher, 29, who was the

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Modi Sees Election Danger in India’s “Dalit Queen”

By Tommy Wilkes and Rupam Jain LUCKNOW, India, Oct 25 – When Amit Shah, president of Narendra Modi’s ruling party, meets with the Indian prime minister, he is sometimes asked a question he struggles to answer: “What is behenji thinking?” By “behenji”, or “older sister”, Modi means Mayawati, the enigmatic politician and former ruler of

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India’s Modi Wades into Political Battle Over Muslim Divorce Law

By Rupam Jain NEW DELHI, Oct 24  – Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday waded into a controversy over a Muslim divorce law he said was destroying women’s lives, drawing criticism from rivals that he was fishing for minority votes in a major state election next year. Modi criticised the so-called “triple talaq”, that

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India Hospital Fire Kills At Least 19

By Jatindra Dash BHUBANESHWAR, India, Oct 18 – At least 19 people were killed when a fire broke out at a private hospital in India‘s eastern state of Odisha on Monday, officials said. The fire erupted in the dialysis ward of the SUM hospital’s critical-care unit in the state capital, Bhubaneswar, public health officials said.

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China Defends Pakistan After “Mother-Ship of Terrorism” Comment

BEIJING, Oct 17 –  China sprang to long-time ally Pakistan’s defence on Monday after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi branded Pakistan a “mother-ship of terrorism” at a summit of BRICS nations. Modi’s remarks to a meeting of leaders from BRICS – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – escalated his diplomatic drive to isolate Pakistan,

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Trump Pledges Strong U.S. Ties with India if Elected President

By Steve Holland EDISON, N.J., Oct 16 – U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump pledged that the United States and India would be “best friends” if he is elected and that he would boost intelligence sharing with India in the battle against Islamic militants. Trump spoke at an event sponsored by the Republican Hindu Coalition

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Trump’s Indian-American Fan Spreads the Word Back Home

By Douglas Busvine NEW DELHI, Oct 9 – Donald Trump sympathises with India in its recent escalation of tensions with Pakistan and supports skilled immigration, an adviser said on Friday, portraying the U.S. presidential hopeful as a friend of India and Indian Americans. Trump, a real estate billionaire, has earned a reputation of hostility towards

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