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Jeff Mason is a White House Correspondent for Reuters and the 2016-2017 president of the White House Correspondents’ Association. He was the lead Reuters correspondent for President Barack Obama's 2012 campaign and interviewed the president at the White House in 2015. Jeff has been based in Washington since 2008, when he covered the historic race between Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain. Jeff started his career in Frankfurt, Germany, where he covered the airline industry before moving to Brussels, Belgium, where he covered the European Union. He is a Colorado native, proud graduate of Northwestern University and former Fulbright scholar.

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19 Sep 2017

India's cotton regions forecast to get much needed rain

NEW DELHI Key cotton producing regions in central India are set for a recovery in rainfall levels, the country's weather office chief told Reuters on Tuesday, easing concerns for farmers who are betting on the fibre amid rising demand.

17 Aug 2017

Exclusive: Taking aim at China, India tightens power grid, telecoms rules

NEW DELHI India is tightening the rules for businesses entering its power transmission sector and making stringent checks on both power and telecoms equipment for malware - moves that government and industry officials say aim to check China's advance into sensitive sectors.

31 Jul 2017

India seizes ship with 1,500 kg of heroin off Gujarat coast

NEW DELHI India's navy seized a ship carrying about 1,500 kg of heroin worth 35 billion rupees ($545 million) on Sunday in what it said was its biggest ever drugs haul. | Video

28 Jul 2017

Indian coal utilities seek state funds or tariff hike to cut emissions

NEW DELHI Indian power companies are seeking billions of dollars of federal funding to retrofit coal-fired plants to cut emissions, saying hefty tariff increases would otherwise be needed to pay for the technology, according to internal documents.

10 Jul 2017

Monsoon rains have covered most of India, rainfall within expectations - weather office

NEW DELHI The seasonal monsoon rains have covered most of India and the amount of precipitation so far is within expectations, the head of the country's weather office said, raising hopes for higher farm output after increased sowing of rice and soybean crops.

05 Jul 2017

Exclusive: NTPC bets $10 billion on coal power despite surplus, green concerns

NEW DELHI NTPC plans to invest $10 billion in new coal-fired power stations over the next five years despite the electricity regulator's assessment that thermal plants now under construction will be able to meet demand until 2027.

29 Jun 2017

Cabinet approves plan to privatise Air India

NEW DELHI India approved plans on Wednesday to privatise debt-laden Air India, the first step of a process that could see the government offload an airline struggling to turn a profit in the face of growing competition from low-cost rivals.

28 Jun 2017

NITI Aayog proposes break-up of Coal India into seven firms

NEW DELHI India should split the seven units of state-controlled Coal India Ltd into independent companies to make it more competitive, the government's policy think-tank said on Tuesday in a draft of a new energy policy.

07 Jun 2017

IMD sees 2017 monsoon rains at 98 percent of long-term average

NEW DELHI India's crucial monsoon rains are expected to reach 98 percent of the long-term average this year, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Tuesday, 2 percentage points higher than its previous forecast, potentially boosting farm incomes and economic growth.

05 Jun 2017

Solar energy boom turns to bust for Indian manufacturers

NEW DELHI Some of India's biggest solar equipment makers are facing financial collapse, priced out by Chinese competitors as Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government prioritises cheap power over local manufacturing despite his 'Make in India' push.

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