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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Modi plans jobs quota for India’s ‘upper caste poor’

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government announced plans on Monday to sanction a quota of government jobs for poorer members of India's upper caste, months before what looks set to be a challenging re-election bid. India already “reserves” jobs for impoverished and disadvantaged lower castes for civil service jobs and college places, but this has caused resentment among other communities, who say it is unfair and freezes them out. Modi's plans would help households with an annual income of less than $11,000, the Press…

Japan, India leaders build ties amid trade, security worries

The leaders of Japan and India are reaffirming their ties amid growing worries about trade and regional stability. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who arrived on Saturday, was meeting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at a resort area near Mount Fuji on Sunday. Modi is also visiting a nearby plant of major Japanese robot maker Fanuc. Relations with China are a major issue shared by Modi and Abe, as their cooperation may balance China’s growing regional influence and military assertiveness. “The India-Japan…