Asian shares mixed; election results buoy India, Australia

Business 05/20/19, 02:00

Shares were mixed in Asia on Monday, with India and Australia leading gains for the region following elections that looked set to keep incumbents in office.In Australia, the S&P ASX 200 rose 1.7% to 6,476.10, boosted by a shock election victory for Prime Minister Scott Morrison. His conservative, pro-business government ...

Asian shares mixed; election results buoy India, Australia

World 05/19/19, 23:56

Shares were mixed in Asia on Monday, with India and Australia leading gains for the region following elections that looked set to keep incumbents in office.Japan's Nikkei 225 index edged up 0.3% to 21,343.09 after the government reported Monday that the economy grew at a better-than-expected 2.1% annual pace in ...

Final round of voting underway in India’s marathon elections

World 05/18/19, 21:02

Indians are voting in the seventh and final phase of national elections, wrapping up a 6-week-long long, grueling campaign season with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist party seeking reelection for another five years.The voting on Sunday also covers Modi's constituency of Varanasi, a holy Hindu city where he was ...

PHOTOS: Indians set to vote in final phase of election

World 05/18/19, 09:08

India's marathon general election, known as the world's largest democratic exercise, is nearing the finish line.The first of the election's seven staggered phases was held on April 11. On Sunday, the final phase will take place, with voting to be held for the remaining 60 seats in the 543-member Lower ...

India’s ruling party takes election battle to West Bengal

World 05/17/19, 05:35

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi has taken his ruling party's fight to the state of West Bengal, where it hopes to retain a majority in staggered general elections concluding this week by diluting the strength of a formidable opponent, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.The battle pitting the Bharatiya Janata Party's divisive ...

Voting in Indian elections reaches next-to-last phase

World 05/11/19, 21:27

Indians are voting in the next-to-last round of 6-week-long national elections, marked by a highly acrimonious campaign with Prime Minister Narendra Modi flaying the opposition Congress party rival Rahul Gandhi for the country's ills.Sunday's voting in 59 constituencies, including seven in the Indian capital, will complete polling for 483 of ...

Photos: Editor selections from the past week in Asia

World 05/10/19, 03:08

Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw She Oo walk out of Myanmar prison after 511 days in detention on charges of illegally possessing official documents for a story they wrote about a massacre of Rohingya Muslims by government forces. In other images from the Asia-Pacific region this week, Kashmiri Muslims offer ...

Gandhi scion comes into his own as India polls near finish

World 05/07/19, 02:00

With India's general election inching toward the finish line, the battle for one seat in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh is being examined to see whether the scion of India's most important modern political dynasty can retain his seat and revive his party's fortunes.After 15 years in politics, Rahul ...

Modi flexes muscles in Kashmir to woo India’s Hindu voters

World 05/06/19, 00:37

Shortly before India's mammoth elections began in April, New Delhi did something unprecedented: It banned civilian traffic on the only major highway connecting the heart of disputed Kashmir with the rest of the country.The government cited unspecified security threats for the twice weekly ban, but the move is indicative of ...

Gandhis hope to keep seats in 5th phase of India’s elections

World 05/05/19, 23:28

Polling has opened for the fifth phase of India's marathon elections including in two constituencies in the vote-rich state of Uttar Pradesh where opposition Congress party president Rahul Gandhi and his mother Sonia Gandhi hope to retain their seats.Voting began Monday amid tight security in Uttar Pradesh, where more than ...

Indians vote in 4th phase of mammoth national election

World 04/29/19, 01:57

Indians were voting Monday in the fourth phase of a staggered national election, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist party facing a major test as it looks to govern for another five years.Voting was being held in nine states. The remaining three phases will be completed by May 19, ...

Voting begins in 3rd phase of India’s national elections

World 04/22/19, 20:58

Indians are voting in the third phase of the general elections with campaigning by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist party and the opposition marred by bitter accusations and acrimony.The voting for 117 parliamentary seats in 13 states and two Union Territories on Tuesday means polls are half done for ...

India’s millions of young voters can swing national election

World 04/18/19, 04:41

Young Indians could play a crucial role in the ongoing general election in the world's largest democracy.With nearly two-thirds of India's population below 35, and more than 15 million first-time voters aged 18 and 19, young men and women have the power to swing the national vote in any direction.Ambitious, ...

2nd phase of voting begins in India’s general election

World 04/17/19, 22:09

Voting has begun in the second phase of India's general elections amid massive security and a lockdown in parts of the main city in Indian-controlled Kashmir.The city of Srinagar is one of 97 constituencies across 13 Indian states where voting was scheduled Tuesday.The election is taking place in seven phases ...

Polls open in 1st phase of India’s lengthy general election

World 04/10/19, 21:20

Polls have opened in the first phase of India's general elections.Voters in 18 Indian states and two Union Territories began casting ballots on Thursday, the first day of a seven-phase election staggered over six weeks in the country of 1.3 billion people.The election, the world's largest democratic exercise, is seen ...

India stops release of biopic on PM Modi ahead of polls

Entertainment 04/10/19, 04:39

Indian election authorities have stopped the release of a Bollywood biopic on Prime Minister Narendra Modi with national elections scheduled to begin on Thursday.The Election Commission accepted arguments from the Congress party and other opposition parties that the release of the film, "PM Narendra Modi," would give an unfair advantage ...

Jobs, caste and giveaways: Indian voters go to the polls

World 04/09/19, 21:03

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi came to power in 2014 promising big-ticket economic reforms. But with unemployment rising and signature policies getting panned, Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party has adopted a nationalist pitch ahead of a general election that begins this week.The last time the BJP sought a second term was ...

India’s ruling party releases manifesto days before election

World 04/08/19, 06:49

India's ruling party released its election manifesto on Monday, three days before the start of a multi-phase general election in the world's largest democracy.Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party hoping to return to power for a second five-year term laid out their platform, emphasizing ...

For India’s prime minister, symbolism is political strategy

World 04/07/19, 01:40

In the Indian city Hindus consider the center of the world, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has commissioned a grand promenade connecting the sacred Ganges River with the centuries-old Vishwanath temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, the god of destruction.It's a project dripping with equal parts symbolism — Modi, the devout Hindu, ...

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