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Wal-Mart to open 50 more wholesale outlets in India after splitting from Indian partner

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Wal-Mart Stores Inc. says it will open 50 more wholesale stores in India over the next four to five years, adding to the current total of 20 in the country. These stores, known as cash-and-carry outlets, cater to retailers, rather than to individuals. Wal-Mart also said Tuesday it plans to launch an online operation for cash-and-carry customers in India.

Toyota shuts 2 India plants in lockout of workers demanding wage hikes; no damages or injuries

MUMBAI, India - Toyota said Monday it has shut down production at its two auto-assembly plants in India, locking out 6,400 workers amid testy wage negotiations and allegations of threats against management. A statement from the Indian unit of the world's largest automaker said that "under the instigation of the union, certain sections of the employees have resorted to deliberate stoppages of the production line, abuse and threatening of supervisors." It said the company had no other option but to declare a lockout "to ensure the safety" of workers and management.

Italian marines will still be tried in India: foreign ministry

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Two Italian marines accused of killing two Indian fishermen will still be tried in India, the foreign ministry said on Tuesday, a day after the government dropped a plan to prosecute the men under a tough anti-piracy law. The decision underscored that the two-year-old case that has frayed ties between the two countries was far from over -- despite Monday's move to drop the more serious charges.

Gov. Gen. David Johnston to visit India at the end of the month

OTTAWA - The Prime Minister's Office says Gov. Gen. David Johnston will make a state visit to India at the end of the month. The visit will run from Feb. 22 to March 2. The trip will include meetings with leading politicians, senior government officials and business and civil leaders. The Prime Minister's Office says the trip aims at strengthening relations with India including commercial and educational ties. Canada and India are negotiating a comprehensive economic partnership in the hope of tripling bilateral trade to $15 billion a year.

Gov. Gen. David Johnston to visit India at the end of the month

OTTAWA - The Prime Minister's Office says Gov. Gen. David Johnston will make a state visit to India at the end of the month. The visit will run from Feb. 22 to March 2. The trip will include meetings with leading politicians, senior government officials and business and civil leaders. The Prime Minister's Office says the trip aims at strengthening relations with India including commercial and educational ties. Canada and India are negotiating a comprehensive economic partnership in the hope of tripling bilateral trade to $15 billion a year.

India defends drug safety as US FDA chief visits

India defended the safety standards of its vast generic drugs industry Monday as the US Food and Drug Administration chief arrived in the capital to discuss quality concerns. FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg's trip follows a string of import restrictions slapped by the body on products made by Indian pharmaceutical heavyweights Wockhardt and Ranbaxy over safety concerns. India's lower cost medicines should not be viewed as "cheap and spurious", Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said in New Delhi as Hamburg opened her eight-day visit.

India defends drug safety as US FDA chief visits

India defended the safety standards of its vast generic drugs industry Monday as the US Food and Drug Administration chief arrived in the capital to discuss quality concerns. FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg's trip follows a string of import restrictions slapped by the body on products made by Indian pharmaceutical heavyweights Wockhardt and Ranbaxy over safety concerns. India's lower cost medicines should not be viewed as "cheap and spurious", Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said in New Delhi as Hamburg opened her eight-day visit.

Global carmakers see small sedans as next hot market in India

By Aradhana Aravindan and Norihiko Shirouzu NEW DELHI/BEIJING (Reuters) - Carmakers including Ford Motor Co <F.N> and Hyundai Motor Co <005380.KS> will showcase compact sedans at India's largest auto show this week, targeting what they think could be the next hot market in a country long dominated by ultra-cheap hatchbacks.

India set to ease visa restrictions

Tourists travelling to India from up to 180 countries will no longer have to queue up at their local consulates to obtain visas under reforms expected to be approved this week, local media reported Sunday. Most foreigners currently have to wait several weeks before learning whether they will be allowed to enter the country after submitting their applications at visa processing centres, a major deterrent for potential visitors.

India set to ease visa restrictions

Tourists travelling to India from up to 180 countries will no longer have to queue up at their local consulates to obtain visas under reforms expected to be approved this week, local media reported Sunday. Most foreigners currently have to wait several weeks before learning whether they will be allowed to enter the country after submitting their applications at visa processing centres, a major deterrent for potential visitors.
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