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Information Minister Ambika Soni denied any threat to the ruling coalition: “Who says the government is in danger? I haven’t heard anyone say that.”

Yet party leaders watered down the new restrictions on cooking-gas subsidies, saying that in Congress-ruled states families should get nine subsidized cylinders a year, up from the limit of six the national government had decided last week.

Congressional officials insisted this was not the start of a rollback on reforms.

Mr. Singh has come under intense criticism in recent months for presiding over a government riddled by corruption scandals and too weak to make any major policy decisions even as the nation’s once enviable economic growth rate plunged.


Karzai pushes for peace as violence continues

KABUL — The Afghan president on Wednesday urged his nation to rally behind the push for peace despite persistent violence, evoking the memory of a former leader who was assassinated while trying to broker negotiations with the Taliban.

“We should all strive for peace,” President Hamid Karzai said, adding that doing so is a way to continue the mission of slain former President Burhanuddin Rabbani, killed by a suicide bomber posing as an emissary from the insurgents.

Mr. Karzai spoke at a memorial marking the one-year anniversary of Mr. Rabbani’s death. The ceremony came a day after a suicide bomber rammed a car packed with explosives into a minibus carrying aviation workers to the airport in Kabul, killing at least 12 people, including nine foreigners.

A militant group said the attack aimed to avenge an anti-Islam film that ridicules the Prophet Muhammad.

• From wire dispatches and staff reports