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Pakistan envoy 'encouraged' by Modi's remarks on India relations

Pakistan said Wednesday it was "encouraged" by comments from arch rival India's election frontrunner Narendra Modi who stressed cooperation with foreign governments if he was elected prime minister. Hindu nationalist hardliner Modi and his opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) party are expected to vault to power at mammoth elections underway in India after a decade of centre-left Congress party rule. Critics fear Modi will adopt a tough foreign policy that could see relations deteriorate with traditional rival Pakistan and neighbouring emerging market giant China.

India anti-graft champion accuses rivals of sell-out

Firebrand anti-corruption champion Arvind Kejriwal accused his rivals in India's elections on Wednesday of selling out to big business by accepting hundreds of millions of dollars to bankroll their campaigns. As he arrived in Varanasi to file his nomination papers and line up a contest against frontrunner Narendra Modi, Kejriwal said India's democratic future was at stake in the ongoing elections.

India's Modi slams anti-Muslim remarks, ally remains defiant

By Rajesh Kumar Singh NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Indian opposition leader Narendra Modi sought to calm fears for religious minorities under his rule on Tuesday, saying he would represent all Indians if they voted for him or not in the current general election. Modi, prime ministerial candidate for the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and favorite to become India's next leader, is running on a platform of reviving an economy going through its worst slowdown since the 1980s.

India's Modi condemns anti-Muslim remarks; colleague remains defiant

By Rajesh Kumar Singh NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Indian opposition leader Narendra Modi on Tuesday sought to calm fears about the future of religious minorities under his rule, saying his government would represent all Indians whether they voted for him or not in an ongoing general election. Modi, prime ministerial candidate for the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and favorite to become India's next leader, is running on a platform of reviving an economy going through its worst slowdown since the 1980s.

With awards, Bollywood shows growing imprint in US

Bollywood this week throws its premier awards event for the first time in the United States, which has quietly become the leading overseas market for India's prolific film industry. The International Indian Film Academy on Wednesday kicks off four days of festivities in Tampa culminating in an awards ceremony Saturday that will bring out Bollywood's glitterati and Hollywood legend John Travolta.

India's Modi condemns anti-Muslim remarks; colleagues remain defiant

By Rajesh Kumar Singh NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Indian opposition leader Narendra Modi on Tuesday distanced himself from colleagues on the Hindu far right, saying they must focus on development issues in the election campaign, rather than rail against minority Muslims and liberals. Modi, the prime ministerial candidate of the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), is running on a platform to revive an economy going through the worst slowdown since 1980s.

India lifts campaign ban on scandal-hit Modi aide

Authorities have lifted a campaigning ban imposed on a key aide to India's likely next prime minister Narendra Modi after he allegedly told Hindu community leaders to seek "revenge" in the country's elections. Amit Shah, who has been running the campaign for Modi's opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the pivotal Uttar Pradesh state, has been in the eye of a public storm after allegedly making the comments in an area where Hindu-Muslim clashes left some 50 people dead in September.

India passes halfway mark in election with Hindu nationalists gaining strength

By Ashutosh Pandey and Swetha Gopinath BANGALORE (Reuters) - India called a quarter of its 815 million voters to polls on Thursday, the biggest day of its staggered election, in areas ranging from Himalayan passes to a southern IT hub and western sugarcane farms. The country is now over halfway through its nine days of voting for a new parliament in the world's biggest ever election, with the ruling Congress party struggling to hold ground against the Hindu nationalist opposition.

India goes to polls in biggest voting day

India hosted its biggest day of voting on Thursday with the ruling Congress party battling to stem a further slide in the polls against the opposition Hindu nationalists after another week of damaging headlines. Voters lined up at 7:00 am (0130 GMT) in 121 constituencies across a dozen states on the sixth day of staggered voting in the election extravaganza which ends with results on May 16.

India goes to polls in biggest voting day

India hosted its biggest day of voting Thursday in its marathon election, with the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty battling to save the ruling Congress party from defeat to opposition Hindu nationalist leader Narendra Modi. Voters lined up at 7:00 am (0130 GMT) in 121 constituencies across a dozen states where more than 195 million voters are eligible to cast ballots in the largest single day of polling in the five-week election which ends May 12. "The polling has started at 7 am on a peaceful note," said Umesh Sinha chief electoral officer of key battleground state Uttar Pradesh.
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