A year before Uttar Pradesh holds a state election that could make or break Modi's chances of a second term, political opponents, analysts and commentators say his party is re-testing a divisive formula at a by-election in Muzaffarnagar.
NEW DELHI India's retail inflation unexpectedly edged up to a 17-month high in January, while industrial production contracted at a faster-than-expected pace in December, underscoring imbalances lurking in Asia's third-largest economy.
Major powers agreed to a pause in combat in Syria, but Russia pressed on with bombing in support of its ally President Bashar al-Assad, who vowed to fight until he regained full control of the country. Full Article | Outlook for talks still 'cloudy' - U.N.
Different officials in Pakistan's government have taken seemingly contradictory stands on Islamic State's influence in the country, after a rare warning by an intelligence chief that the Middle East-based militant group posed a domestic threat. Full Article
Kashmir replaces the marshlands and Hazrat Begum is the Miss Havisham of this tale based on Charles Dickens‘ "Great Expectations". Pip is Noor Nizami, a wisp of a boy who lives with his sister and her husband and paints in his spare time. Katrina Kaif plays Firdaus, the ice maiden who thaws and freezes again depending on circumstances. Movie Review by Shilpa Jamkhandikar
The top court said the Gandhis will have to face trial in a case involving the alleged misuse of party funds, but exempted them from appearing in court. Full Article
Pakistani umpire Asad Rauf was handed a five-year ban by the Board Of Control For Cricket In India (BCCI) on Friday over his involvement in an illegal betting scandal that blighted the 2013 Indian Premier League (IPL) season. Full Article