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  • Climate change sparks tension in India's tea gardens
    Climate change sparks tension in India's tea gardens

    By Krishna N. Das JORHAT, India (Reuters) - Usha Ghatowar smiles wryly when asked about the pay she earns picking leaves at a colonial-era tea garden in Assam. Tea tribe votes can swing results in about a quarter of the seats in Assam, the country's main growing area, and the BJP has been making inroads. …

  • Urbanising India best bet for Chinese steel
    Urbanising India best bet for Chinese steel

    By Krishna N. Das NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India will be the lone bright spot for Chinese steelmen trying to cut bloated inventories as Asia's third-largest economy embarks on a once-in-a-generation urbanisation drive under Prime Minister Narendra Modi.  GRAPHIC: Indian steel use: http://link.reuters.com/qer64w Urban dwellers will double to more than 800 million by 2050, a scale of mass urbanisation only seen before in China. As India build new roads, office blocks and cities, its steel …

  • China says Prime Minister Modi to visit next week
    China says Prime Minister Modi to visit next week

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit China next week, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday, his first trip to India's northern neighbour since being elected last year. Modi will be in China from May 14-16, the ministry said in a brief statement. China and India have growing commercial links and deep historical ties, but their recent history has been overshadowed by suspicion and the two have yet to sort out a festering border dispute. Underscoring the lack of trust, Modi's …

  • About 100 bodies found in Nepal trekking village
    About 100 bodies found in Nepal trekking village

    By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepali police and local volunteers found the bodies of about 100 trekkers and villagers buried in an avalanche set off by last month's devastating earthquake and were digging through snow and ice for signs of dozens more missing, officials said on Monday. The government began asking foreign teams to wrap up search and rescue operations, as hope of finding people alive in the rubble receded. If they are also specialists in clearing the rubble, they can …

  • Aberdeen launches legal challenge to tax demand
    Aberdeen launches legal challenge to tax demand

    By Himank Sharma MUMBAI (Reuters) - Aberdeen Asset Management has filed a legal challenge against a tax claim in India, the latest twist in a dispute between foreign fund management groups and the government over retrospective taxes. Uncertainty around the so-called minimum alternative tax on foreign asset managers' past income has unsettled investors, contributing to sharp falls in India's stock market. It has also dampened hopes that Prime Minister Narendra Modi would usher a period of …

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