Onlookers stand at the site where two teenage girls, who were raped, were hanged from a tree at Budaun district in Uttar Pradesh May 31, 2014. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee

Forensic report complicates double rape, murder case

The Central Bureau of Investigation is analysing a forensic report that found that two teenage girls, earlier believed to have been raped before they were murdered, were not sexually assaulted.  Full Article 

Oil ministry to seek Cabinet nod on diesel deregulation - sources 22 Aug 2014

NEW DELHI - Oil Ministry will approach Cabinet regarding the possible deregulation of domestic diesel pricing as local prices could soon reach parity with global levels, two ministry sources told Reuters.

Trucks of a Russian convoy carrying humanitarian aid for Ukraine, drive in the direction of the Ukrainian border near the town of Donetsk, in Russia's Rostov Region, August 22, 2014. REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk
Ukraine

U.S. says Russia must pull convoy from Ukraine

The United States demanded Moscow remove an aid convoy it sent into rebel-held eastern Ukraine without permission on Friday, accusing Russia of a flagrant violation of the sovereignty of its former Soviet neighbour and threatening more sanctions.  Full Article 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi waves as he leaves after the commissioning ceremony of warship, INS Kolkata at a naval base in Mumbai August 16, 2014.  REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui
Governance

Indians keep faith with PM Narendra Modi

More than 70 percent of Indians are satisfied with the leadership of PM Narendra Modi since he took office, an opinion poll showed, seeing in him the best hope to put the economy back on track. The poll by India Today-Hansa Research stands out in contrast with the disappointment that top political economists, including those who advised the Modi campaign, have voiced over his failure to announce big reforms.  Read 

Members of Kurdish security forces take part during an intensive security deployment after clashes with militants of the Islamic State, formerly known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), in Jalawla, Diyala province August 22, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer
World

Shi'ite militia kill Sunnis in mosque shooting

Iraqi Shi'ite militiamen machine gunned minority Sunni Muslims in a village mosque on Friday, killing dozens just as Baghdad was trying to build a cross-community government to fight Sunni militants whose rise has alarmed Western powers.  Full Article 

A broker monitors share prices while trading at a brokerage firm in Mumbai May 13, 2014. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui/Files
Markets

Nifty touches record high; software stocks gain

The Nifty rose on Friday to a record high for the fourth time this week as software stocks gained after upbeat U.S. and German data raised optimism about the sector's business outlook, while higher global shares also helped.  Full Article 

Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski (L-R), Thomas Mueller, Juan Bernat, Arjen Robben and Mario Goetze celebrate a goal during their German Bundesliga first division soccer match against Wolfsburg in Munich August 22, 2014. REUTERS/Michaela Rehle
Soccer

Robben, Mueller score as Bayern start with win

Champions Bayern Munich made a winning start in the Bundesliga on Friday, beating ambitious VfL Wolfsburg 2-1 with Dutchman Arjen Robben scoring one goal and setting up the other for World Cup winner Thomas Mueller.  Full Article 

Subcontinent's pictures from 1850-1910

Subcontinent's pictures from 1850-1910

From the first pictures of the Taj Mahal to the 'Hairy family of Burma', a new exhibition in India’s capital showcases some of the earliest photographs from South Asia, taken between 1850 and 1910. Around 250 images from India, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Nepal are on display at the “Drawn from Light: Early Photography and the Indian Sub-continent” exhibition.  Full Article 

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Anatole Kaletsky

A market roller-coaster is due – just not yet

In the not-too-distant future, investors are certain to suffer some big and painful losses - even if I am right in expecting equity prices to continue rising in the long term. What kind of event is most likely to end this bull run, or at least interrupt it with a setback of 20 percent or more? The answer is a major economic crisis. Another possible trigger would be a substantial interest rate increase.  Commentary 

Anatomy of an air strike: Three intelligence streams working in concert

Anatomy of an air strike: Three intelligence streams working in concert

In a fast-moving war with an elusive foe like the Islamic State militants, information is as important as guns, jet fighters and bombs. U.S. spies, eavesdroppers and airstrike controllers now have a lot of work to do together to catch up to the situation on the ground in northern Iraq, writes David Axe and Robert Beckhusen of Medium.com.  Commentary 

OPINION

Did America’s policy on ransom contribute to James Foley’s killing?

Did U.S. policy on ransom contribute to Foley’s killing?

James Foley’s execution is a wake-up call for U.S. and European policymakers, as well as U.S. news outlets and aid groups. It shows how different responses to kidnappings by U.S. and Europe save European hostages but can doom the Americans.  Full Article 

Deepak Yohannan

Long-term motor insurance might work

The insurance regulator has allowed three-year insurance policies for two-wheelers. The good part for consumers is that premiums would not change within the three years. Insurance companies on their part would be happy as the claims in this segment are not too high. If the move is successful, we may even see four-wheeler insurance being offered for a longer duration.  Opinion 

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What’s Scotland’s problem with a United Kingdom?

What’s Scotland’s problem with a United Kingdom?

Though Scotland remains a great creator of myths about itself, it has strained to make a case that it has suffered much under English domination. In the late 1990s, it hooked itself to the Braveheart phenomenon – the surge of anti-English nationalism unleashed by Mel Gibson’s piece of adolescent fantasy – but even nationalists are now embarrassed by that.  Article 

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