Vedanta to file notice of claim in Cairn India tax case

REUTERS - Vedanta Resources Plc said it would file a notice of claim related to a tax demand of about 205 billion rupees ($3.29 billion) its unit Cairn India Ltd received from the Indian government this month.

SpiceJet running short of planes for scheduled flights 8:13pm IST

NEW DELHI - Low-cost carrier SpiceJet Ltd will have to cancel more than a fifth of its planned daily flights if it cannot reach an agreement with its lessors to bring in more aircraft by the end of this month, a company spokesman said.

R. N. Sahoo, a senior scientist at the Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), prepares to install a high resolution remote sensor used for crop mapping in a wheat field at IARI in New Delhi, March 20, 2015. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee

India turns to 'satellite god' for crop mapping

Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants to promote a "per drop, more crop" approach to farming to make better use of scarce water, and aims to have a new satellite crop monitoring system working in time for the peak of this year's monsoon in July. Using remote analysis to assess soil moisture and crop development has the potential to cut input costs and raise yields, say experts.   Full Article 

A Germanwings plane is seen before departure at Barcelona's El Prat airport March 27, 2015. REUTERS/Albert Gea
Germanwings Plane Crash

Pilot tore-up sick notes to avoid being banned

German authorities found torn-up sick notes showing that the pilot who crashed a plane into the French Alps was suffering from an illness that should have grounded him on the day of the tragedy, which he apparently hid from the airline.  Full Article | Slideshow 

Police tape surrounds a house where the bodies of five people were found by police in Birmingham, Alabama January 29, 2012.  REUTERS/Peggy Gargis/Files
Civil Rights Complaint

U.S. cop indicted for throwing Indian to ground

A U.S. federal grand jury has indicted an Alabama police officer captured on video throwing an Indian man to the ground on a charge related to the use of unreasonable force, federal prosecutors said. Eric Parker, then an officer with the Madison Police, was seen on video recorded from inside a patrol vehicle on Feb. 6 throwing Sureshbhai Patel to the ground after attempting to question him.  Full Article 

IAEA urges India to do more for nuclear safety

IAEA urges India to do more for nuclear safety

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) urged India on Friday to further tighten its nuclear safety regulations by assuring the legal independence of its atomic watchdog and allowing more outside inspections. The deal came after Prime Minister Narendra Modi agreed last year to tighter checks of India's civilian nuclear programme by the IAEA.  Full Article 

A Shi'ite Muslim rebel holds up his weapon during a rally against air strikes in Sanaa March 26, 2015.  REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah

Saudi-led campaign strikes Yemen's Sanaa

Warplanes targeted Houthi forces controlling Yemen's capital and their northern heartland on Friday, the second day of a Saudi-led campaign to stop the Iranian-allied militia establishing its rule across the country.  Full Article | Saudi Arabia's coalition against Yemen's Houthis 

Australia's Steve Smith (R) high-fives with Mitchell Johnson after running out India's Ravindra Jadeja during their Cricket World Cup semi-final match in Sydney, March 26, 2015. REUTERS/David Gray

Form meets pedigree in Australasian final

There's been no place like home for Australia and New Zealand on their respective paths to the World Cup final but just one of the co-hosts will enjoy that particular advantage when they meet in Sunday's title decider.  Full Article | Full Coverage 

A vigil guard stands by the coffin of the first prime minister of Singapore Lee Kuan Yew at the Parliament House where he will lie in state until Saturday, in Singapore March 25, 2015. REUTERS/Edgar Su

After Lee, no sign of welcome for dissidents

Some dissidents and opponents of Lee Kuan Yew believe that, with the death of modern Singapore's iron-handed founding father this week, the political restrictions he imposed in the name of security will begin to ease.  Full Article | Video: Singapore in mourning 

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Vikas Purohit

Indian designers will create new products for online shoppers: Amazon India fashion head

The e-commerce industry in India is expected to cross $100 billion in the next four years. Can designer wear be successful in the medium that attracts many of its users because of discounts? Vikas Purohit, head of fashion at Amazon India, foresees the country’s top designers creating products especially suited to online retail.  Full Article 


Cinderella’s new moral: Be rich or be a pumpkin

Cinderella marriages are getting to be as rare as golden coaches. Economist Jeremy Greenwood has found that your chances of marrying outside your income bracket have been dropping since the 1950s because of something called assortive mating, which means that we are increasingly drawn to people in similar circumstances. Inequality has grown and mobility has stalled.  Commentary 


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Hospital beds, nurses and IV drips at Amazon India Fashion Week

Nine hospital beds in a row and imaginary patients hooked up to intravenous drips. Not the usual setting for a fashion catwalk. But designer Rajesh Pratap Singh returned to his roots for the inaugural show of the Amazon India Fashion Week in New Delhi. Singh, who grew up in a family of doctors, said his show was a tribute to healthcare professionals.  Full Article