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Krishna N. Das

India's Modi to get a test in state votes as general election looms

Nov 12 2018

NEW DELHI India began on Monday the first of five state elections to be held in coming weeks, important tests for Prime Minister Narendra Modi as he plots a course that he hopes will ensure him victory in a general election due by May.

India's ruling BJP turns up Hindu nationalist heat with renamings, statue plan

Nov 09 2018

NEW DELHI From getting rid of some Muslim names of places to promising a "grand" statue of the Hindu god Ram, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ruling party is making passionate appeals to its hard-core Hindu nationalist base in the most politically important state ahead of a national election next year.

India's ruling BJP turns up Hindu nationalist heat with renamings, statue plan

Nov 09 2018

NEW DELHI From getting rid of some Muslim names of places to promising a "grand" statue of the Hindu god Ram, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ruling party is making passionate appeals to its hard-core Hindu nationalist base in the most politically important state ahead of a national election next year.

India's finance minister says Mastercard, Visa losing out to local players

Nov 08 2018

NEW DELHI India's finance minister said on Thursday that Mastercard and Visa were losing market share to domestic payments networks, months after Mastercard complained to the U.S. government that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was using nationalism to promote a local rival.

India's Modi unveils aid for small businesses as elections near

Nov 02 2018

NEW DELHI India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday unveiled a dozen measures to support small- and medium-sized businesses, as he aims to woo a large voting bloc ahead of a national election next year.

Indian politician says had consensual relations with journalist accusing him of rape

Nov 02 2018

NEW DELHI An Indian politician who resigned from the government last month after more than a dozen women accused him of sexual harassment, said on Friday he had a consensual relationship with a New York-based journalist who has accused him of raping her.

Killings in India's northeast raise tension over citizenship survey

Nov 02 2018

NEW DELHI Suspected Indian militants shot dead five Bengali-speaking Hindu men in a sensitive border state late on Thursday, police said, as tension grows over a controversial citizenship test to identify illegal immigrants from neighboring Bangladesh.

Gloves off: India's ruling party underlines Hindu ambitions as elections near

Oct 30 2018

NEW DELHI Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ruling Hindu nationalist party has been turning up the heat on some controversial and potentially highly divisive religious issues in recent days, with crucial state elections only weeks away and a general election due by next May.

Haze hovers over Indian capital as peak pollution season arrives

Oct 27 2018

NEW DELHI India's capital was covered in a blanket of choking grey air and pollution on Saturday, with government data showing air quality slumping to "severe" or "very poor" levels in almost all parts of Delhi.

Amnesty India says raid, frozen accounts aimed at silencing government critics

Oct 26 2018

NEW DELHI Indian authorities have frozen the bank accounts of Amnesty International after a raid on its country office, the human rights watchdog said on Friday, accusing the government of treating rights groups "like criminal enterprises".

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