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Falling crude prices helps India control fiscal deficit

NEW DELHI - The finance ministry is increasingly optimistic that it can meet a tough fiscal deficit target, helped by a 12 percent decline in global crude oil prices since Prime Minister Narendra Modi took charge in May.

Easing liquidity may make RBI less hawkish: Deutsche 2:24pm IST

Reuters Market Eye - RBI could adopt a less hawkish stance should liquidity conditions remain easy in India and oil below $100 a barrel, says Deutsche Bank.

A Ukrainian serviceman is pictured next to an armoured vehicle near the village of Debaltseve in eastern Ukraine September 21, 2014. REUTERS/David Mdzinarishvili

More deaths in Ukraine despite ceasefire

Ukraine reported more deaths among its troops and separatists on Sunday despite a ceasefire, but President Petro Poroshenko defended his peace plan, saying a military solution was no option and Western support could have been at risk.  Full Article 

Rafael Nadal of Spain reacts during a match in Melbourne January 26, 2011. REUTERS/Paul Crock/Pool/Files

Injury-plagued Nadal pulls out of tennis league

Fourteen times grand slam winner Rafa Nadal has dealt a big blow to organisers of this year's International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) by pulling out of the inaugural event citing health problems.  Story 

South Korean President Park Geun-hye speaks to family members of missing passengers who were on the South Korean ferry which sank off Jindo April 17, 2014. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji/Files
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Ferry disaster weighs on South Korea president

Park Geun-hye's detached and wary leadership style, which confidants and analysts say seems rooted in her own tragic past in which her father and mother were assassinated, has been a handicap in healing a grieving nation.  Full Article | Reuters interview with Park Geun-hye 

Alibaba Group Holding Ltd founder Jack Ma (C) rings a ceremonial bell to start trading during his company's initial public offering (IPO) under the ticker "BABA" at the New York Stock Exchange in New York September 19, 2014. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Alibaba IPO ranks as world's biggest

Alibaba Group Holding Ltd's initial public offering now ranks as the world's biggest in history at $25 billion, after the e-commerce giant and some of its shareholders sold additional shares. Overwhelming demand saw the IPO initially raise $21.8 billion and then send Alibaba's stock surging 38 percent in its debut on Friday.   Full Article 

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Fans rush to HMT as watchmaker marks time

Fans rush to HMT as watchmaker marks time

Retailers have reported a spike in sales of HMT watches after media reports said last week that the unprofitable unit of HMT Machine Tools Ltd was likely to wind down. Growing competition and the entry of foreign quartz watches and HMT’s failure to adapt to change led to falling sales, a slump from which the company never recovered.  Article 

Ankush Arora

Navtej Sarna on India’s Jerusalem connection

Indian diplomat Navtej Sarna‘s latest book pieces together the history of an Indian “hospice” in Jerusalem. Spread over seven thousand square metres near the Dome of the Rock, the property has its origins in a visit by Sufi saint Baba Farid about 800 years ago. Farid, a pioneer of the Punjabi literary tradition, supposedly meditated for 40 days in an underground chamber in Jerusalem.  Full Article 

Nita Bhalla

India’s greed for dowries lies at heart of many abuses against women

Despite being outlawed more than half a century ago, the custom of dowry continues unabated – promoting the view that girls and women are a liability and resulting in abuse, discrimination and murder. The mental and physical abuse some women face over dowry demands has driven them to suicide.  Full Article 

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 

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