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How Indians will 'vote their caste' in huge state election


NEW DELHI/SINGAPORE The Indian state of Uttar Pradesh is voting in the biggest democratic election anywhere in the world this year. If it were a country, Uttar Pradesh - with a population of nearly 220 million - would be the world's fifth-largest. | Video

Chief minister wins stormy confidence vote in India's carmaking state

NEW DELHI The chief minister of India's southern state of Tamil Nadu won a confidence vote on Sunday after a brawl in the state assembly, triggered when the speaker rejected opposition calls for a secret ballot.

18 Feb 2017

Under enigmatic Patel, Indians failing to decode central bank policy

MUMBAI Denny Jose, a small-town caterer in the southern Indian state of Kerala, was closely watching the Indian central bank meeting last week.

17 Feb 2017

Exclusive - India may cut potash subsidy in potential blow to demand

MUMBAI An Indian government ministry has proposed slashing potash subsidies by 17 percent in the next financial year to reduce the fiscal deficit, officials said, a move that would hit demand in one of the world's largest importers of the fertiliser.

16 Feb 2017

Banks fight for $40 million fee pot in advising on Vodafone India merger

HONG KONG/MUMBAI BofA Merrill Lynch, UBS and Standard Chartered are among banks scrambling to win advisory roles in a potential merger involving Vodafone in India, sources said, as they chase a rare big deals-related payday in the country.

15 Feb 2017

Four Indian soldiers, four militants dead in Kashmir gun battles

SRINAGAR, India Four Indian soldiers and four militants were killed on Tuesday in gunbattles in Kashmir, in the second outbreak of violence between security forces and separatists in three days.

14 Feb 2017

Pretender to India's Tamil Nadu leadership jailed for corruption

NEW DELHI India's Supreme Court convicted a confidante of the late chief minister of Tamil Nadu on Tuesday in a corruption case that will put her behind bars and effectively end her bid to become chief minister of the southern state.

14 Feb 2017

Seven killed in militant battle in India's Kashmir

SRINAGAR Four militants and two Indian soldiers were among seven people killed in a gun battle in Kashmir on Sunday, a police spokesman said, the latest sign of increasing tension in the Himalayan region disputed by nuclear-armed neighbours India and Pakistan.

12 Feb 2017

India's PM Modi faces election test as voting begins in Uttar Pradesh

KAIRANA, India More than 13 million Indians voted in the first stage of state assembly elections on Saturday, the biggest electoral test for Prime Minister Narendra Modi since coming to power in 2014.

11 Feb 2017

India rates seen on hold until late 2018 as RBI shifts to neutral - Reuters poll

BENGALURU The Reserve Bank of India will likely keep interest rates on hold until at least the second half of next year, according to a Reuters snap poll taken after the central bank's shock decision to shift its policy stance to neutral.

10 Feb 2017

Airport killing seen on CCTV, probe strains Malaysia-North Korea ties

KUALA LUMPUR Footage from airport cameras purportedly showing the assault on the half-brother of the North Korean leader emerged on Monday as a diplomatic row between Malaysia and North Korea escalated over the handling of a probe into the killing of Kim Jong Nam.