Coal crunch gives impetus to India's solar switch

Mar 2, 2014

Coal crunch gives impetus to India's solar switch

For six years in a row, India’s monopoly coal producer has missed its production targets, leading to chronic electricity shortages and sending power producers scrambling to secure pricier imports. But what looks like a looming crisis could turn out to be an almost accidental ...

India's Parliament approves new 29th state

Feb 21, 2014

India's Parliament approves new 29th state

India’s Parliament on Thursday approved a plan to create a 29th state following days of political mayhem, including a melee in which a lawmaker unleashed pepper spray on his colleagues. Members of groups opposed to the division of southern Andhra Pradesh state shouted, “No, ...

Indian court bars release for three of Rajiv Gandhi's killers

Feb 21, 2014

Indian court bars release for three of Rajiv Gandhi's killers

India’s top court on Thursday stopped the Tamil Nadu state government from releasing three of the seven prisoners serving life sentences for the 1991 assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, a lawyer said. The state ruled Wednesday that the seven should be released ...

India minister orders release of Rajiv Gandhi's killers

Feb 19, 2014

India minister orders release of Rajiv Gandhi's killers

The chief minister of an Indian state Wednesday ordered the release of all seven people jailed for plotting the assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, meaning they could walk free in three days. J. Jayalalithaa, chief minister of Tamil Nadu, announced the decision ...

Indian editor says sex assault case is 'a vendetta'

Feb 19, 2014

Indian editor says sex assault case is 'a vendetta'

A prominent Indian magazine editor accused of sexually assaulting a female colleague in a hotel elevator said Tuesday he is innocent and will be vindicated by security cameras. Tarun Tejpal, editor of the weekly investigative magazine Tehelka, suggested the case had been orchestrated by ...

Olympics a test for ambitious developing countries

Feb 18, 2014

Olympics a test for ambitious developing countries

by Joe Mcdonald

Playing host to the Olympics or World Cup can showcase an ambitious country’s rise and cast a harsh light on its weaknesses. In Sochi, the eye-popping cost of Russia’s Winter Games and logistical fumbles have gotten as much attention as figure skaters and snowboarders. ...

Feb 15, 2014

Indian anti-graft crusader resigns

New Delhi’s firebrand chief minister, Arvind Kejriwal, announced his resignation Friday over the blocking of an anti-corruption bill, less than 50 days after taking power in the Indian capital. “My Cabinet has decided that we are quitting. Here is my resignation letter,” Kejriwal told ...

In U-turn, U.S. ambassador to meet Indian opposition candidate

Feb 11, 2014

In U-turn, U.S. ambassador to meet Indian opposition candidate

The U.S. ambassador to India plans to meet Narendra Modi, the main opposition candidate for prime minister, an official said Monday, signaling a turnaround after years of shunning him over anti-Muslim riots. Ambassador Nancy Powell’s encounter with the Hindu nationalist leader would put the ...

New Delhi has done much less than Beijing to reduce smog

Feb 10, 2014

New Delhi has done much less than Beijing to reduce smog

Think twice before taking a deep breath in New Delhi, where worsening air pollution has drawn comparisons with Beijing, the world’s poster child for pollution. On bad days in India’s congested capital, the air is so murky it slows traffic to a crawl. Conversations ...