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New PM Modi plans to bring solar to 400 million, electrify rural India

India’s new government, led by Narendra Modi, plans to use solar power to bring electricity to the homes of 400 million people who currently do not have access to it. This announcement comes after BJP’s historic election win last week by securing……

India’s Modi invites Pakistan PM to his swearing-in ceremony

Indian prime minister-elect Narendra Modi has invited Pakistan's premier Nawaz Sharif as well as other South Asian leaders to his swearing-in ceremony next Monday, a spokeswoman for his party told AFP. Nirmala Sitharaman, from the Bharatiya Janata Party……

India’s PM-elect Narendra Modi holds talks on new right-wing government

Prime minister-elect Narendra Modi summoned senior figures from his Hindu nationalist party on Sunday for talks on building a new government that is set to steer India sharply to the right. Modi was holding meetings in New Delhi with his closest aides……

India’s new PM Narendra Modi vows to clean up Ganges River

India's prime minister-elect Narendra Modi on Saturday vowed to clean up the holy river Ganges, sacred to millions of Hindus but seeped in filth due to years of apathy and neglect. The Hindu nationalist leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party -- who is……

Hero’s welcome for India PM-elect Modi as he arrives in Delhi

Prime minister-elect Narendra Modi headed to Delhi Saturday to bask in the glory of an election landslide for his Hindu nationalists, promising to improve the lives of all Indians in spite of his polarising image. As world leaders congratulated the……

Modi seeks crowning victory in India election climax

Voters headed to the polls on Monday in the climax of India's marathon election, with frontrunner Narendra Modi seeking a crowning victory in the holy city of Varanasi for his right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party. Modi is standing in the famed pilgrimage……

U.S. ambassador to India quits after rift over diplomat’s arrest

The U.S. ambassador to India resigned Monday in the wake of a bitter rift between the usually friendly countries following a diplomat’s arrest in New York. The announcement by Nancy Powell, a veteran diplomat with extensive experience in South Asia, comes days before India heads into elections in which the…

The rise of the Hindu fundamentalists

Change is in the air here in the world’s largest democracy. Later this year, Narendra Modi, the charismatic Hindu nationalist, is likely to become India’s next prime minister. Investors overwhelmingly support him. Even the Obama……

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