U.S. President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Narendra Modi talk at the National Martin Luther King Memorial on the National Mall in Washington September 30, 2014. REUTERS/Larry Downing

Obama, Modi work to deepen improving ties

U.S. President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi worked to deepen improving ties between their countries on Tuesday, but emerged from their second meeting in two days with little in the way of major agreements.  Full Article | Modi pays tribute to Gandhi 

India's 2014 monsoon ends with double-digit rain deficit 30 Sep 2014

NEW DELHI - India's worst monsoon season in five years ended on Tuesday and despite a large rainfall deficit, a delayed finish is expected to improve soil moisture and sowing prospects for winter crops.

Protesters stand in the rain as they block the areas around the government headquarters building in Hong Kong, September 30, 2014. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Hong Kong approaches potential flashpoint

Thousands of pro-democracy protesters thronged the streets of Hong Kong early on Wednesday, ratcheting up pressure on the pro-Beijing government that has called the action illegal and vowed to press ahead with National Day celebrations.  Full Article | Related Story 

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Raghuram Rajan listens to a question during a news conference after the bi-monthly monetary policy review in Mumbai September 30, 2014. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui
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RBI keeps rates on hold, warns on inflation

The Reserve Bank of India sent a strong signal that it will refrain from cutting interest rates until it is confident that consumer inflation can be reduced to a target of 6 pct by January 2016.  Story | Expert views 

An actor, playing the role of Ebola, prepares before a performance during an awareness campaign against the virus at Anono school in Abidjan September 25, 2014. REUTERS/Luc Gnago

First Ebola case diagnosed in the United States

U.S. health officials said on Tuesday the first patient infected with the deadly Ebola virus had been diagnosed in the country, in a new sign of how the outbreak ravaging West Africa can spread globally.  Full Article 

A Pakistani soldier is seen silhouetted while posing for the media during an operation organized by the army, on top of a mountain near Sherwangi Tor village in South Waziristan, October 29, 2009. REUTERS/ Faisal Mahmood/Files

Lines between Pakistan military, militants blur

Months after Owais Jakhrani was sacked from the Pakistan navy, he led a mission to take over a warship and turn its guns on a U.S. naval vessel in the open seas. The attack, claimed by al Qaeda , has highlighted the threat of militant infiltration into Pakistan's military.  Full Article 

Tai Cheau Xuen's picture taken from the Icheon Games website.

Doping takes spotlight at Asian Games

The ugly spectre of drugs in sport took centre stage at the Asian Games on Tuesday when two athletes, including a gold medal winner, were kicked out of the region's biggest multi-sports competition for doping offences.  Story | Full Coverage: Asiad 

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks at Madison Square Garden in New York, during a visit to the United States September 28, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Can Modi deliver more than a great show?

“They used to think of us as snake charmers!” boomed Narendra Modi, shortly after receiving an electrifying welcome at New York City’s Madison Square Garden this Sunday. “Now they know we play with mice, not snakes,” he said, in a well-received reference to India’s booming IT industry.  Commentary 

Robert Beckhusen

U.S. doesn’t face threat from Syria’s air power – rebels aren’t so lucky

The White House is in a difficult spot when it comes to Syria. Not only is the United States at war with Islamic State, one of President Bashar al-Assad’s foes, but U.S. aircraft are also flying through the same airspace, and focused on part of the same mission, as the Syrian Air Force. Even stranger, Obama came close to ordering airstrikes against Assad last year.  Read 

Actor Naseeruddin Shah

And Then One Day: Naseeruddin Shah on his memoirs and life

It’s difficult to hold back your surprise when Naseeruddin Shah, one of India’s foremost art house actors, says the film industry doesn’t interest him greatly. In a career spanning almost four decades, Shah won acclaim for his movie roles and continues to dabble in theatre. He discussed his autobiography and his life in an interview with India Insight.  Full Article 

Mukesh Agarwal

The benefits of falling oil prices for India

The fall in global oil prices couldn’t have come at a more opportune time for India. In August, oil imports dropped 15 percent year-on-year, driven primarily by a fall of $10 per barrel in prices. Brent has fallen below $100 over the past month, and could slip further. Increasing supplies from the United States and slowing demand are contributing to the weakness in prices.  Full Article 

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