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India nuke deals still thorny for US despite 'breakthrough'

NEW DELHI (AP) — India and America's declaration of a breakthrough in contentious nuclear energy cooperation has been met with a lukewarm response from industry and analysts. Few expect the potentially lucrative Indian market to suddenly become less complicated for U.S. nuclear companies.

President Barack Obama's three-day visit to New Delhi raised hopes for concrete plans to tackle India's fossil fuel dependency and to resolve a four-year standoff over liability that prevented U.S. and Japanese nuclear energy development on Indian soil. Instead, there were vague commitments and public displays of chumminess between Obama and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Obama takes in parade after reaching deals in India

NEW DELHI (AP) — President Barack Obama on Monday took in a grand display of Indian military hardware, marching bands and elaborately dressed camels, becoming the first American leader to be honored as chief guest at India's annual Republic Day festivities.

The crowd erupted in cheers as Obama, along with first lady Michelle Obama, emerged from his armored limousine and took his place on the rain-soaked parade route in the capital of New Delhi. The parade was the centerpiece of Obama's three-day visit to India, which is aimed at strengthening a relationship between the world's largest democracies that has at times been fraught with tension and suspicion.

Hazy skies the backdrop for Obama's climate talks in India

NEW DELHI (AP) — When President Barack Obama arrives in New Delhi on Sunday he will join the Indian capital's masses in breathing some of the world's filthiest air.

Hazy skies will serve as the backdrop to meetings with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other officials who are expected to discuss India's biggest environmental woes: Heavy reliance on fossil fuels that has transformed New Delhi into the planet's most polluted capital and made India the third biggest national emitter of greenhouse gases.

India hopes to get renewable help from Obama

Source: 
Reuters

India is hoping its drive to expand its renewable energy sector will get a boost – in the form of technology and private sector partnerships – when President Barack Obama visits this weekend, and the fight against climate change will also be on the table in discussions with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Reuters reports.

Big solar panel factory in India to be built by SunEdison, Adani

Source: 
The Wall Street Journal

SunEdison plans to join forces with Adani Group to build India’s biggest solar panel factory at a cost of $4 billion, the companies announced Sunday, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Kerry urges rapid growth in US-India trade, commercial ties

AHMEDABAD, India (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday called for a rapid expansion of U.S.-India trade and commercial ties as he attended an international investment conference ahead of visit by President Barack Obama later this month.

Kerry led the U.S. delegation to the investment summit in Ahmedabad, the main financial city in Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's home state of Gujarat. Kerry said it was imperative that economic ties between the two countries grow for the sake of Indian development, reducing poverty and fighting climate change.

Thousands of Indian coal workers end strike

NEW DELHI (AP) — Around half a million coal workers in India called off their strike following an assurance by the government it wouldn't sell state-run Coal India Ltd. to private investors.

They ended their protest late Wednesday after Coal and Power Minister Piyush Goyal assured them that Coal India, which accounts for 80 percent of India's coal production, would not be privatized and the interests of workers would be protected.

India's coal workers vow to continue strike

NEW DELHI (AP) — Around half a million coal workers in India vowed Wednesday to continue their strike after inconclusive talks with the government, possibly jeopardizing power supplies.

Wednesday was the second day of a five-day strike called by five coal industry trade unions.

Oil

Cash-strapped Indian airline SpiceJet grounded

NEW DELHI (AP) — Low-cost Indian airline SpiceJet grounded all flights Wednesday after oil companies stopped supplies of jet fuel to the financially beleaguered carrier.

No SpiceJet flights had taken off Wednesday and passengers were making arrangements to shift to other airlines, a Delhi airport official said speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.

Putin turns to India to clinch new deals

NEW DELHI (AP) — Facing a stumbling economy at home and increasingly biting Western sanctions, Russian President Vladimir Putin sought Thursday to strengthen once-close relationship with India through an ambitious plan to help New Delhi build at least 12 new nuclear reactors.

Putin and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi ended a day of talks by announcing a clutch of agreements in energy and defense, including a plan to manufacture advanced Russian military helicopters in India, and the possibility of exporting them to other countries.

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