Nepal clears India’s GMR plan for $1.4 billion hydroelectric plant 12:17am IST

KATHMANDU - Nepal’s centre-left cabinet on Thursday cleared the way for Indian firm GMR to build a $1.4 billion hydroelectric plant in the northwest of the country, a cabinet minister said, the Himalayan republic's biggest foreign investment scheme.

Pro-Basque independence party Bildu supporters hold up posters in favour of the Scottish independence referendum in Bilbao September 18, 2014. REUTERS/Vincent West
Scottish Referendum

Scotland votes on independence

Scotland voted on whether to stay within the UK or end the union with England and become an independent nation in a finely balanced referendum with far-reaching consequences.  Full Article 

Developing world revives nuclear power prospects

Developing world revives nuclear prospects

Developing nations are leading a revival of interest in nuclear power, say atomic plant builders, but orders remain elusive as more safety features post-Fukushima have inflated costs.  Full Article 

Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) Chairman S. K. Roy gestures while speaking during an interview inside his office at their headquarters in Mumbai September 18, 2014. REUTERS/Shailesh Andrade
Interview

LIC takes bullish view of Modi's India

The chairman of India's largest investor, Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC), said on Thursday he saw few red flags ahead, betting on a long-term rally for the country's stock market under a new pro-business government. India's equity market has outperformed emerging market rivals this year, thanks to overseas fund interest fuelled by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.  Full Article 

Members of a UNICEF-supported social mobilization team walk on a street, carrying posters with information on the symptoms of Ebola and best practices to help prevent its spread, in Freetown, Sierra Leone, in this handout photo courtesy of UNICEF taken in August 2014. REUTERS/Issa Davies/UNICEF/Handout via Reuters/Files
Ebola Outbreak

Sierra Leone braces for three-day lockdown

In her free time Isha Turay, an 18-year-old Sierra Leonean student, sells vegetables on Malama Thomas Street in the heart of the bustling capital, Freetown, so that she and her siblings can eat. But for three days her stand will be abandoned during a nationwide lockdown aimed at helping Sierra Leone fight an outbreak of Ebola  Full Article 

Alibaba founder Jack Ma waves as he arrives to speak to investors at an initial public offering roadshow in Singapore September 16, 2014. REUTERS/Edgar Su

Alibaba set to price IPO amid investor frenzy

Underwriters for Alibaba Group Holdings are planning to allocate the bulk of the heavily anticipated offering from the Chinese e-commerce company to a group of 25 to 50 large institutions when pricing is completed after the close of trading Thursday, people familiar with the situation said.  Full Article 

Burberry model Neelam Gill poses on a fire escape outside her modelling agency in London September 12, 2014. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett
Fashion

Burberry's Indian model conquers fashion world

Since making her debut for Burberry in 2013, Neelam Gill, the first Indian model to work for the British heritage brand, is fast becoming a rising star in the fashion world. Kathi Urban reports.  Video 

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India-US Diplomacy

China has not one property problem

China has not one property problem, but many

China’s real estate market is big enough that it can have not one property problem but many. A Breakingviews ranking of the forty biggest cities, according to different kinds of risks, shows there are huge differences between local markets. It’s not much consolation, though. A conflagration of regional problems could be just as bad as one big national one.   Full Article 

Rape myths hide crimes. Just ask these children.

Rape myths hide crimes. Just ask these children.

"Hidden in Plain Sight" is an aptly titled new study by the United Nations International Children’s Fund. It shows that one in 10 girls and young women interviewed reported being sexually abused before age 20. “These are uncomfortable facts,” one UNICEF official said of the report, the largest study on global child abuse to date. “No government or parent will want to see them.”  Commentary 

ECB’s trillion-euro race may start slowly

ECB’s trillion-euro race may start slowly

The latest parlour game in financial markets is guessing the size of the ECB’s upcoming four-year targeted long-term liquidity operations: how many banks will tap the ECB, for how much? Mario Draghi’s stated goal is to grow the ECB balance sheet back to its 2012 level. If banks’ enthusiasm for the first facility is subdued, markets may react by pushing up the euro.   Full Article 

ENVIRONMENT

Give the public a role in Clean Ganga project, says Rajendra Pachauri

Give public a role in cleaning Ganga: Pachauri

India’s holiest river is due for a clean-up, with PM Narendra Modi taking personal responsibility for restoring the Ganga and ridding the river of industrial effluents and untreated sewage. Rajendra Pachauri, chairman of the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, spoke to Reuters on the Ganga project, need for transparency and how the public could help.  Read 

INDIA INSIGHT

Director Danis Tanovic gestures during a photocall to promote the movie "Epizoda u Zivotu Beraca Zeljeza" (An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker) at the 63rd Berlinale International Film Festival in Berlin February 13, 2013.  REUTERS/Tobias Schwarz/FIles

Hashmi is a “calm, decent guy”: Tanovic

When Danis Tanovic chose Bollywood star Emraan Hashmi to play a Pakistani whistle-blower in his new project, the Oscar-winning Bosnian film-maker wasn’t aware of the actor’s notoriety as Indian cinema’s “serial kisser”. Tanovic eventually watched some of Hashmi’s Bollywood hits and found it funny that the actor had such a different image in India.  Article 

C. Uday Bhaskar

China’s WMD cooperation with Pakistan looms over Xi-Modi talks

Over the last few decades, there is a strongly held view in New Delhi that while espousing peaceful relations, Beijing has assiduously sought to ‘contain’ India by entering into a deep and covert strategic relationship with Pakistan. Thus, it was encouraging to note that on eve of Xi’s visit to India, a Beijing official tried to assuage Indian anxieties.  Read 

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