Narendra Modi

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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Indian Police Detain Five After Temple Fireworks Blaze Kills 108

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, India, April 11  – Indian police have detained five people after a fireworks display at a Hindu temple set off explosions and fire killing 108 people, an officer said on Monday, in one of the worst accidents at a religious festival. Thousands of people were gathered at the temple at Kollam in the southern

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India-Saudi Arabia: Steady Relations

India’s Prime Minister will discuss security and economic ties on his visit to Saudi Arabia By S Venkat Narayan Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s upcoming official visit to Saudi Arabia is seen by many analysts as a landmark move expected to boost India’s growing ties with the Arab world in general, and the kingdom in

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Modi’s New Growth Recipe: Just Add Water

By Rajendra Jadhav and Mayank Bhardwaj KONDHANE/NEW DELHI, March 16 – Like his father before him, Dattatatraya Kshirsagar, 80, has been looking forward for years to the day when a $65 million dam will be completed in his village, an hour-and-a-half drive southeast of Mumbai. The dam would supply enough water to irrigate 1,000 hectares

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Indian Farmers See Modi’s Budget As All Promise, No Delivery

By Aditya Kalra and Andrew MacAskill KHANJARPUR, India, March 7 – Farmer Ram Pal Singh voted for Narendra Modi’s promise of “better days” in India‘s 2014 general election, but he won’t be backing the prime minister again even after last week’s budget promised more aid to the countryside. Growing discontent in rural India, home to

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Indian Army Recapture Delhi Water Source, Caste Protests Continue

NEW DELHI, Feb 22 – The Indian army has taken control of a canal that supplies three-fifths of Delhi’s water, the state’s chief minister said on Monday, raising hope that a water crisis in the metropolis of more than 20 million people can be averted. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted that the army had regained

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Caste Protests Cut Water to India’s Capital, Hit Industry

By Douglas Busvine NEW DELHI, Feb 21 – India deployed thousands of troops in a northern state on Sunday to quell protests that have severely hit water supplies to Delhi, a city of more than 20 million people, forced factories to close and killed 10 people. The rioting in Haryana by the Jats, a rural

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Modi Urged to Make Reality Match ‘Make in India’ Hype

By Promit Mukherjee and Rafael Nam MUMBAI, Feb 14  – Thousands of people and mascots of lions swarmed the weekend opening of a “Make in India” drive to attract foreign direct investment, pitched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi as “the biggest brand that India has ever created”. The week-long event, the boldest since Modi launched

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