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Sugar mills seek govt help to dispose of supply surplus

DUBAI - Struggling sugar mills in India should benefit from a fixed-pricing mechanism for fuel ethanol but still need government support to export surplus sugar, the Director General of the Indian Sugar Mills Association said on Sunday.

Deadly clashes rage in east Ukraine after peace talks fail 12:06am IST

KIEV/DONETSK, Ukraine - Fighting raged in eastern Ukraine on Sunday as Russian-backed separatists used artillery fire to try to dislodge government forces from a strategic rail hub after peace talks collapsed.

A woman holds a portrait of Japanese journalist Kenji Goto on a placard during a rally against Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in front of Abe's official residence in Tokyo February 1, 2015. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

IS says beheads second Japanese hostage

Islamic State militants said they had beheaded a second Japanese hostage, journalist Kenji Goto, prompting Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to vow to step up humanitarian aid to the group's opponents in the Middle East and help bring his killers to justice.  Full Article | Video 

Brokers trade at their computer terminals at a stock brokerage firm in Mumbai January 6, 2015. IREUTERS/Shailesh Andrade

Caution advised in a trader’s market

I would advise caution for investors as it continues to remain a trader’s market. Corrections as well as bounce-backs could be steep. International developments would keep pressure on markets but the govt will continue to provide goodies to balance it, writes Ambareesh Baliga.  Full Article 

Two men make phone calls while standing near a Reserve Bank of India (RBI) crest at the RBI headquarters in Mumbai January 29, 2013. REUTERS/Vivek Prakash/Files

RBI seen holding rates steady - Reuters Poll

The Reserve Bank of India, having cut interest rates on Jan. 15, is likely to keep them steady at a policy review next week, according to economists in a Reuters poll who said future moves could depend on the government's annual budget.  Full Article 

An Ebola trials notebook is seen in a laboratory during trials for an Ebola vaccine at The Jenner Institute in Oxford, southern England January 16, 2015. REUTERS/Eddie Keogh
Ebola Outbreak

In pursuit of next-generation stockpile vaccines

As West Africa's devastating Ebola outbreak begins to dwindle, scientists are looking beyond the endgame at the kind of next-generation vaccines needed for a vital stockpile to hit another epidemic hard and fast. Researchers say the shots, as well as being proven to work, must be cheap, easy to handle in Africa and able to hit multiple virus strains.  Full Article 

French movie director Jean-Jacques Annaud speaks while standing in front of a large poster advertising the internationally best selling Chinese novel "Wolf Totem" during a media conference in Beijing August 18, 2009.  REUTERS/David Gray/Files

China censors gave "carte blanche": Annaud

The French director of "Wolf Totem" says he had complete freedom from Chinese censors in his adaptation of the Chinese novel.  Read 

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Bowlers put pressure on team India, batting holds key in World Cup

Bowlers put pressure on team India, batting holds key in World Cup

The India cricket team’s opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan has spent more time in the dressing room than the crease lately. The extended poor form of the left-hander, who saw a dream run with his batting back in 2013, is one of the major concerns as India embarks on a journey to defend their cricket world cup title.  Full Article 

D H Pai Panandiker

Why the RBI’s 25 bps rate cut was too little

The 25 bps reduction is not a motivating force and will not revive industrial growth. What is relevant, however, is the change in the RBI’s thinking. If inflation weakens further, more rate cuts will follow. Had the January rate cut been significant, it would have revived India’s stagnant industries. Therefore, the RBI should cut the repo rate by at least 50 bps on Feb.3.  Full Article 

Girish Vanvari

Budget 2015: How reforms can help Modi’s “Make in India” campaign

The government’s “Make in India” initiative is being closely followed by Indian companies and foreign investors. A lot of hope rests on the BJP government’s first full-year budget following its victory in last year’s general election as the announcements made by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will impact the investment cycle.  Full Article 

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India's lone male tenor aims to sing opera in local key

When Anando Mukerjee tells people in India that he's an opera singer, they are intrigued - and impressed. Mukerjee wants to change that. As India's only male tenor performing on the global stage, Mukerjee has made it his mission to demystify opera through live shows, social media and by adapting opera to an Indian context.  Full Article