Pranab Mukherjee tells parliament government will encourage foreign investment and engage energetically with neighbours.
Al Jazeera, June 9
India’s new government will pursue an economic reform agenda that foresees introducing a general sales tax, encouraging foreign investment and speeding approvals for major business projects, the president has told parliament.
Pranab Mukherjee also said on Monday [...]
Reuters, By Nandita Bose & Rajesh Kumar Singh, June 4
Mumbai, New Delhi – India could allow global online retailers such as Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) to sell their own products as early as next month, removing restrictions that have held back competition in one of the world’s biggest, and most price-sensitive, retail markets.
The decision, [...]
AP, May 16
New Delhi — Indian opposition leader Narendra Modi and his party won national elections in a landslide Friday, preliminary results showed, driving the long-dominant Congress party out of power in the most commanding victory India has seen in more than a quarter century.
The Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party captured a commanding [...]
Washington Post, By Annie Gowen & Rama Lakshmi, April 6
New Delhi – One recent Sunday morning, volunteers for India’s main opposition party fanned out through a middle-class apartment building in the capital. They were knocking on doors, guided by the most sophisticated set of analytical voter data that India has ever seen.
When a [...]
Russia Today, March 20
Pakistani leaders hope to convince the United Nations Human Rights Council to pass a resolution that would force US drone strikes to adhere to international law – a request that inspired the US to boycott the talks altogether, according to a new report.
The draft of a Pakistani resolution, first reported [...]
BBC, February 6
The first formal meeting between the Pakistan government and a Taliban-nominated team has begun at an “undisclosed location”, officials say.
They are due to start charting a “roadmap” for peace talks to end a decade-long insurgency.
The government side has entered the talks “wholeheartedly”, the interior ministry tells the BBC.
Militants from [...]
The Christian Post, By Anugrah Kumar, November 30
An influential aboriginal tribal group in southern India has lodged a formal police complaint seeking penal action against missionaries for allegedly converting more than 1,000 original indigenous families to Christianity by “allurement” and “brainwashing.”
The Girijana Kriya Koota, a tribal welfare group in Karnataka state, has filed [...]
TIME – Pakistan’s government will request the Supreme Court to try former President Pervez Musharraf for treason, the Interior Minister said Sunday.
Government officials are accusing Musharraf of treason for declaring a state of emergency and suspending the constitution while he was in power, the Associated Press reports. Musharraf rose to power after a 1999 [...]
Over the past few days in Sri Lanka, the heads of the British Commonwealth met. Except some chose to boycott it. Some had even left such as Gambia. Roger Boyes in the Times stated that it is a“a country club for corrupt leaders”
Sri Lanka was hoping hosting CHOGM would infer legitimacy for its government [...]
You may or may not be aware, but World War III has already started. We just haven’t gotten caught up in it. Yet.
Raw Story, By George Chidi, October 12
Malala Yousafzai may have missed out on the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday, but she did get a chance to talk to the president about education, human rights … and drone strikes in Pakistan.
Obama invited Yousafzai to the White House “to thank her for her inspiring and [...]
RawStory/CleanTechnica, By Mridul Chadha, September 30
In a startling revelation, Greenpeace India has claimed that the world’s largest coal miner, and essentially India, could run out of recoverable coal reserves within 17 years. Coal India Limited is the world’s largest coal mining company and enjoys a monopoly in the Indian coal sector.
The Indian government [...]
(IHT) – A powerful 7.7-magnitude earthquake hit southwestern Pakistan on Tuesday, killing hundreds in Balochistan, besides creating a new island off the Gwadar coastline in its wake, Express News reported.
Tremors were felt as far as the Indian capital New Delhi.
The Deputy Speaker Balochistan Assembly stated that at least 150 people had died [...]
(The Guardian) – Shahzad Akbar says visa hold-up means he cannot take his clients to Capitol Hill to testify on CIA drone strikes in Pakistan
Russia Today, September 24
An earthquake measuring 7.8 has struck southwest Pakistan, with tremors felt across the region and as far as New Delhi. The quake struck in Balochistan, just 69 km north-northeast of Arawan, the nearest city.
The US Geological Survey has measured the quake at 7.8 magnitude. A “RED” alert has been issued [...]