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HindustanTimes Sat,29 Nov 2014

PM Modi could have taken more unilateral steps to integrate S Asia

The contradictory pulls of South Asian countries that have stymied regional cooperation in the past are again on view at the Saarc summit in Kathmandu.

Security tops Modi's conversation with Ghani and Hasina

In his first detailed engagement with Afghanistan's newly elected president, Ashraf Ghani, Prime Minister Narendra Modi keenly listened to his views and strategy to deal with terror and the security transition underway.

Saarc: Modi mentions Mumbai attack, urges member nations to combat terrorism together

Addressing the Saarc summit, PM Narendra Modi mentioned the 26/11 terror attack in Mumbai, describing it as a 'horror'. He also urged South Asian countries to join hands and combat terrorism together.

Saarc summit stares at prospect of ending without any agreement

Pakistan has held back its assent to some key pacts at the 18th Saarc summit, which was to witness three agreements --- on road connectivity, railways and a framework for energy cooperation.

Saarc summit salvaged after Modi-Sharif handshake

The handshake showed the utility and weakness of the Saarc platform. It got two leaders who haven’t been on talking terms together. But the fact that a mere handshake draws so much attention is a testament to the long way Delhi and Islamabad, and Saarc, have to go.

Modinomics: Time for walking the talk on big bang reforms

The government will have to move on major issues such as land acquisition, the infrastructure deficit, investment in human capital, the lack of regulatory consistency across states and raising the FDI limit in the insurance sector from 25% to 49%.

New efficiency mantra for ministers: Work as a team, take quick decisions

The PMO has been on overdrive ever since Narendra Modi moved into South Block in May. Within a few months of taking office, he held several meetings with department secretaries, making clear he wanted teamwork and quick decisions.

Putting steel back in the PMO is risky but much-needed

How will history judge Narendra Modi’s first six months as Prime Minister? It is likely history will not bother at all, and will instead place emphasis on the successes and failures, the advances and setbacks, of a longer time frame such as a composite five-year term, writes Ashok Malik.

Too early to judge, but words, actions show mismatch

It’s just six months since the new government took office. You cannot expect any visible outcome or full-blown action in the first six months of a new government. You have to assess it by its words and initial steps and reserve your final judgment, writes Yogendra Yadav.

Six months at the helm, NDA govt evokes conflicting reactions in states

While some praise positives on the foreign policy front, the Jan Dhan and Swachh Bharat initiatives as well as the scheme to get MPs to adopt a village, others are concerned about the slow pace of reforms and rise in communal conflagrations.

From cleaning Ganga, linking rivers to Digital India — govt gets busy

The Narendra Modi government has a considerable amount of work in progress. HT takes a look at some of them.

6 'successful' months in power, Modi govt plans big

When the Bharatiya Janata Party stormed to power at the centre, the question on everybody’s lips was: will the Modi wave help the party sweep state assembly elections over the next two years?

Defence sector poised for growth

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has focused his attention on building a robust indigenous defence industry base, ramping up the military’s capabilities and stitching up alliances to expand strategic cooperation regionally and globally during the last six months.

Modi returns to Nepal riding on 'engine of trust'

Less than 100 days after his first visit to Nepal, Prime Minister Narendra Modi was back in the country for SAARC. But the first day of his visit was devoted to ties with Nepal. Modi plays consensus chord for Nepal constitution

Mending fences: India reaches out to superpowers, neighbours

If there's a prime directive to a Modi doctrine it's that foreign policy is another lever to move the domestic economy. The snail's pace of multilateral fora does not excite him and he much prefers the Big Bilateral.
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