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India due to unveil reform test budget

India due to unveil reform test budget

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government is due to unveil its first full budget in what is seen as a key test of his appetite for reform. Modi won last year's general elections on a promise to reform the economy and attract foreign investment. Reports say that his government may slash food and fuel subsidies,...

GM crops for second green revolution: Modi

GM crops for second green revolution: Modi

On a fenced plot not far from Prime Minister Narendra Modi's home, a field of mustard is in full yellow bloom, representing his government's reversal of an effective ban on field trials of genetically modified (GM) food crops. The GM mustard planted in the half-acre field in the grounds of the Indian Agricultural Research...

Modi's suit sells for $690,000

Modi's suit sells for $690,000

An Indian diamond trader has agreed to pay 43.1m rupees ($690,000; £450,000) for a suit worn by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Winning bidder Hitesh Patel told BBC Hindi: "We will keep the suit at our factory and it will be a source of inspiration." Critics attacked Modi when it was revealed the suit was decorated...

Mamata due Thursday

Mamata due Thursday

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee arrives in Dhaka on Thursday on a three-day visit which is expected to deepen the bond between the two countries, said an official at the foreign ministry.  Diplomatic sources said New Delhi is sending her considering the importance of Bangladesh and to take the current excellent bilateral relations to a new height. Earlier in September 2011, Mamata had cancelled her visit to Dhaka accompanying the then prime minister Manmohan Singh, as she had claimed that Teesta water-sharing would not protect the interest of West Bengal. The Teesta pact could not be inked at that time. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is giving much priority to Dhaka now. Modi,...

Kejriwal gets cracking, to meet PM Modi today

Kejriwal gets cracking, to meet PM Modi today

A day after winning a historic verdict in Delhi assembly elections, chief minister-designate Arvind Kejriwal and his colleagues wasted no time in getting down to work. Kejriwal and his close aide, Manish Sisodia, raised the issue of full statehood for Delhi at their first meeting with Union home minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday,...

Temple to India PM Modi scrapped

Temple to India PM Modi scrapped

Fans of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi have scrapped plans to open a temple dedicated to him after he said he was "appalled" by the idea. Modi tweeted that it was "shocking and against India's great traditions" and urged those who had built the temple "not to do it". The Hindu temple, with an idol of Modi,...

Arvind Kejriwal's party routs BJP

Arvind Kejriwal's party routs BJP

An anti-corruption party has won a stunning victory in the Delhi state elections in a huge setback for India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The BJP admitted defeat after Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) won 67 of the 70 assembly seats. Modi congratulated the AAP leader, whose career seemed doomed a year ago when he...

10 factors which led to AAP's victory

10 factors which led to AAP's victory

Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party is all set to form the government in Delhi with the party winning 67 of the 70 assembly seats. Here are 10 factors which lead to an AAP wave in the capital, reports the Times of India. Early bird gets the worm: AAP and its chief Kejriwal had been preparing...

Delhi Elections

BJP turns down defeat forecast

Narendra Modi's party staunchly denied yesterday that India's prime minister was facing his first election defeat since storming to power last year, even though exit polls tipped an anti-corruption campaigner to win New Delhi's state polls. Six exit polls released hours after voting ended yesterday indicated the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) of former Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal had comfortably beaten Modi's Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Although the polls have been inaccurate in the past, a loss for Modi...

Delhi votes in test for Modi

Delhi votes in test for Modi

Polling stations have opened in Delhi for state elections billed as the first real test of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's popularity. Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has fielded former policewoman Kiran Bedi as its pick for chief minister. But polls suggest she is likely to lose to Arvind Kejriwal, an anti-corruption activist who heads...

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