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India’s PM expecting a rock-star welcome Down Under

With backup dancers and movie stars, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi makes quite an impression. And his thousands of fans in Australia will be lining up to see the man next month, writes Alys Francis, freelance journalist in Delhi.

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India’s new PM an economic reformer, but will ethnic tensions linger?

Narendra Modi is India’s new prime minister, with his Bharatiya Janata Party winning unprecedented support. Delhi journalist Alys Francis examines the man who “has promised the moon and the stars”.

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Are Wills and Kate worth it?

Crikey readers talk the upcoming visit from Prince William and Princess Shinyhair, plus why we should process our own refugees.

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The Indian solution: how a subcontinent strategy would save lives — and money

The Manus Island and Nauru offshore detention centres are proving to be not feasible. But there is an unlikely solution: a temporary safe haven processing facility in India, writes former detention centre worker and academic Richard Curzon.

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Anti-corruption party gains ground as Indian elections loom

The chief minister of Delhi has resigned, probably to contest the national poll. But is India ready to vote in a brand-new party and take a hard line on corruption? Freelance journalist Alys Francis reports from New Delhi.

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Saville’s shout: colonial cricket … earning a beer … tasting notes …

England, Australia and England seem to be picking on other cricket-playing companies. Plus how long does it take to earn a beer?

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India’s new dawn? A fresh leader captures hearts ahead of poll

There’s a mood for change in India, a sign the long rule of the Indian National Congress is coming to an end. But is the alternative PM up to the task? Freelance correspondent Alys Francis reports from Delhi.

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Indians come from across the seas to join local corruption fight

India’s Aam Aadmi Party is vowing to fight the country’s systemic corruption. Indians living in Australia have made the journey to help give them the chance, writes freelance journalist Alys Francis.

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Love the player, hate the game: even Magnus Carlsen can’t make chess sexy

The world media is waking up to Magnus Carlsen, the chess prodigy and model who has just won the World Championship. But Australian chess grandmaster Ian Rogers says they still can’t figure out what to write about the sport itself.

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Sri Lankan human rights concerns derailing Commonwealth summit

Sri Lanka hoped that hosting the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting would showcase its development since the Tamil war. But it hasn’t quite worked out that way.

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Indian hero v Nordic model: chess’ new world (Oz is just a pawn)

All chess-interested eyes are on Norwegian Magnus Carlsen as he fights to become world champion. Australian grandmaster Ian Rogers says but for a twist of fate, it could have been been an Australian challenger.

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How Leighton Holding’s bosses built their fortunes

The corruption and bribery allegations against Wal King and construction giant Leighton Holdings are damning. Particularly when you consider what some executives were being paid.

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In an unstable region, Bangladesh can’t be ignored

The tragic factory fire in Bangladesh has at least thrown light on a country largely ignored by Australia. In an unstable region, its business and political operations need attention, writes commentator Tanveer Ahmed.

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Promises of safety, but Delhi women still walk in fear

Three months after the notorious gang-rape on a bus in Delhi, women are not heartened by the government’s safety measures, writes India-based freelance journalist Alys Francis.

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Rumblings in middle-class India hit the hungry media

Middle-class India is changing, thanks to the increase of a wide variety of media forms. Dr Sukhmani Khorana examines the social impact of recent game-changing events, including the murder of a female Indian student.

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Back on the brink? India-Pakistan tensions escalate over Kashmir

India and Pakistan are back on war footing after two Indian soldiers were killed on the Kashmir Line of Control. But the ceasefire was always uneasy given the history of conflict.

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Hard yakka for DFAT as we wake to a new place in the world

Australia will have to leave the shade of the US when its sits on the Security Council. Political commentator and retired diplomat Bruce Haigh looks at the tough issues we’ll have to confront in our new role.

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Further great news for lobbyists

It was proved again this morning — put on enough pressure and this Labor government will weaken.

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Australia’s economy is still chugging along nicely

Australia’s GDP continues to make a stunningly good contrast to most of the rest of the developed world.

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Media briefs: Fairfax cuts … The Citizen coming … AFR’s FT boost …

In today;s Media Briefs: AFR + FT still misses PMI … Rundle: the pollies bludging on Twitter … Front Page of the Day … The Department of Corrections … Ratings up for US Olympics broadcaster NBC …

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Housing prices on the way back up?

The Australian Bureau of Statistics today reported an increase in the price of established houses in the June quarter for the first such quarterly rise since December 2010.

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Delegates back Gillard on uranium exports to India

ALP delegates back Julia Gillard on uranium exports to India despite an emotive round of speeches against the proposition. Andrew Crook reports from the national conference floor at The Stump.

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Would uranium sales to India breach a key Labor treaty?

Uranium sales to India may be in breach of a key international treaty established by the Hawke government in 1985, according to one of Australia’s most eminent international lawyers.

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Journalists fail us on nuclear proliferation

Crikey readers have their say.

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Crikey Blogs | FEDERAL|

Uranium sales, arms control fails

NAJ Taylor discusses uranium exports in the context of nonproliferation and disarmament, after Labor yesterday announced its proposal to sell uranium to India.

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