People walk past a chemist shop at a market in Mumbai June 24, 2014. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui/Files

India's universal healthcare rollout to cost $26 billion

India's Universal health plan that aims to offer guaranteed benefits to a sixth of the world's population will cost an estimated 1.6 trillion rupees over the next four years, a health ministry official said.  Article 

Asia shares rise on brightening U.S. prospects, BOJ awaited 8:44am IST

TOKYO - Asian shares ticked higher on Friday as investors cheered upbeat U.S. growth data, while the dollar held near four-week highs against the yen as markets awaited the outcome of the Bank of Japan's monetary policy meeting.

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi waves as he arrives to speak at Madison Square Garden in New York, during a visit to the United States, September 28, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson/Files
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Modi boots officials out of the first class cabin

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has ordered bureaucrats to forgo the luxury of flying first class and start paying for their spouses' air tickets as he tries to deliver on a promise to cut the fiscal deficit to a seven-year low.  Full Article 

Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks at the WSJD Live conference in Laguna Beach, California October 27, 2014. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
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Cook signals front line of new gay rights battle

In his essay coming out as gay, Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook criticized an Arizona proposal that would have given private business owners the ability to deny services to gay people on religious grounds. Cook on Thursday became the most prominent American corporate leader to come out.  Full Article 

The logo for LinkedIn Corporation, a social networking website for people in professional occupations, is pictured in Mountain View, California February 6, 2013. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith/Files

Hiring business drives Linkedin's revenue beat

Corporate networking site LinkedIn Corp reported better-than-expected quarterly profit and revenue as more businesses used its services to hire staff.  Full Article 

Mercedes Formula One drivers Nico Rosberg (L) of Germany and Lewis Hamilton of Britain attend a publicity event to unveil watches that they co-designed in Singapore September 17, 2014. REUTERS/Edgar Su/Files

Mercedes rivals warm up with burgers and bling

Mercedes title rivals Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton limbered up for the U.S. Grand Prix with burgers and bling on Thursday. Rosberg, 17 points behind Hamilton with 100 still to be won from the remaining three races of the Formula One season, was certainly looking forward to the weekend with relish.  Full Article 

Director Roman Polanski attends a news conference for the film "La Venus a la Fourrure" (Venus in Fur) during the 66th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes May 25, 2013. REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier/Files

Polanski questioned over US sex crime warrant

Polish prosecutors interviewed filmmaker Polanski in connection with a U.S. arrest warrant over a 1977 sex crime conviction, then let him go free saying there were no grounds to hold him.  Full Article 

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Views and Expert Opinion with Sankalp Phartiyal
    D H Pai Panandiker

    If Europe gets into a debt crisis

    With the debt crisis building up in Europe, the rupee could possibly go down to the level reached in 2013 due to repatriation of FII investment. That is enough for the stock market to plunge. While the ECB will use all the tools at its disposal to prevent another debt crisis, one thing is almost certain - weakening of the euro currency, which may help Europe but not India.  Read 

    Limestone funerary reliefs from Syria are on the International Council of Museums Emergency Red List of cultural objects at risk of looting. REUTERS/ICOM

    How the West buys ‘conflict antiquities’ from Iraq and Syria (and funds terror)

    “Many antique collectors unwillingly support terrorists like Islamic State, ” Michel van Rijn, one of the most successful smugglers of antique artifacts in the past century, told German broadcaster Das Erste. And smuggling is booming in Iraq and Syria. In Iraq, 4,500 archaeological sites are reportedly controlled by Islamic State.  Commentary 

    India, Indonesia take different, but similar coal paths

    India, Indonesia take different, but similar coal paths

    India, poised to become the world's largest importer of thermal coal, appears to be opening up its domestic mining sector to foreign competition just as Indonesia, its biggest supplier, is making it harder for exporters.  Full Article 

    Smoke rises over Syrian town of Kobani after an airstrike, as seen from the Mursitpinar border crossing on the Turkish-Syrian border in the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province, October 18, 2014. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

    Sykes-Picot drew lines in Middle East’s sand that blood is washing away

    Iraq, like Syria, was a consequence of World War One and of the infamous, in Arab eyes, agreement between Sir Mark Sykes and Francois-Georges Picot which led to the division of the former Ottoman Turkish domains by Britain and France. That agreement appears in tatters, as both countries are broken, exhausted by years of war and sectarian division.  Commentary