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India NEW DELHI: India's government, which lost its majority in September, faced a test of its ability to marshal support in parliament on Wednesday with a vote on a contentious recent reform of the retail sector.   After two days of stormy debating in the rowdy lower house, lawmakers are set to pass judgement on new rules opening up the highly protected retail sector to foreign supermarkets that are being allowed in for the first time.   While a loss for the left-leaning coalition of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh would not reverse the policy, it would be a severe blow to the government and would set back efforts to push through other pro-market reform measures.   The likelihood of early elections before their scheduled date in 2014 would also rise, but coalition insiders have expressed confidence the government will defeat the non-binding motion against them with the help of outside allies.   "We are in touch with all (parties). ...

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India suspended from IOC: official LAUSANNE: India has had its rights suspended by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) because of its stance of electing tainted officials it was announced after a meeting of the IOC Executive Board here on Tuesday.   Suspension of their IOC rights means India will not receive IOC funding and its officials would be banned from attending Olympic meetings andevents.   India's athletes would also be barred from competing in the Olympics under the national flag, although the IOC could ...

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Indian retail reforms face parliament debate NEW DELHI: The Indian government Tuesday braced itself for a test of strength as parliament debated reforms ahead of a vote on allowing in foreign supermarkets, a policy that has revitalised opposition parties.   The Congress-led government believes it has the numbers to win a vote in the lower house expected on Wednesday, and hopes that victory will enable it to push ahead with further reforms to tackle the slowing economy.   Parliament was deadlocked for days during the ...

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Iran captures US drone over its airspace: media  DUBAI: Iran captured a United States drone that was flying in the country's airspace, its media reported on Tuesday.   The ScanEagle drone was gathering information over Gulf waters and had entered Iranian airspace when it was captured by the naval unit of the Revolutionary Guards force, the Fars news agency reported, without giving details.   Last month the US said Iranian warplanes shot at a US surveillance drone flying in international airspace. Iran said the aircraft had entered ...

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British ministers LONDON: British government banned two ministers from meeting the Dalai Lama during his visit this summer, prompting them to accuse London of bowing to pressure from Beijing, it emerged on Monday.   Tim Loughton and Norman Baker, who both have long-standing ties to Tibet, were barred from attending a private lunch in June with the Tibetan spiritual leader in the London apartment of House of Commons speaker John Bercow.   In a letter in July to Prime Minister David ...

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Maldives president to face no-confidence vote COLOMBO: Maldivian parliament Monday voted to hold a secret vote on a no-confidence motion against President Mohamed Waheed in a move that threatens the leader who took charge during turmoil less than a year ago.   The 75-member parliament voted 41 to 34 in favour of a secret vote against Waheed who took power after the ousting of the country's first democratically elected president in February, the parliament website showed.   No date has been fixed to take up ...

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Clashes as 10,000 workers join Bangladesh fire protest DHAKA: Bangladeshi garment workers clashed with police on Monday as some 10,000 protested over the deaths of 110 people in the country's worst clothing factory fire, with demonstrations entering a second week.   Industrial police deputy director Moktar Ali said a false rumour about another fire in a plant sparked the latest protests as workers gathered in the streets of Ashulia, a manufacturing hub of 500 plants outside the capital Dhaka.   "There were around 10,000 workers. They barricaded ...