Simon Denyer

Simon Denyer is chief of the China bureau for the Washington Post.

India's mountain of coal problems

Across India, thermal power stations are running below capacity because they can't get enough coal, and factories are running on expensive diesel generators because they can't get enough power.

India's ruling party wants to send direct payments to nation's poor

India's ruling Congress party presented an idea Tuesday that it hopes will win it the next elections: cash handouts sent directly into the bank accounts of poor people, replacing a corrupt and inefficient web of subsidies and rations that often fail to reach the intended beneficiaries.