A labourer works amid rolls of underground telephone cable pipes on the side of a road in Mumbai January 9, 2014. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui/Files

Government makes push to boost revenue

The govt made a push to bolster its strained finances, offering to sell a stake in miner Coal India and more mobile phone airwaves as it aimed to deliver on a promise to trim its fiscal deficit.  Full Article 

Government will not appeal Vodafone tax ruling 7:18pm IST

MUMBAI - The government will not appeal a regional court ruling in favour of Vodafone Group Plc in a long-running tax dispute, the cabinet decided on Wednesday, in a move aimed at boosting investor confidence in Asia's third-largest economy.

Smoke rises from shells fired from Israel over al-Wazzani area in southern Lebanon January 28, 2015. REUTERS/Karamallah Daher

7 Israeli soldiers wounded in violence frontier

The threat of a full-blown conflict between Israel and Hezbollah increased after the Lebanese militant group fired a missile at an Israeli army vehicle along the frontier and wounded seven soldiers.  Full Article 

Customers get their pre-ordered iPhone 6 at an Apple store in Beijing, October 17, 2014. REUTERS/Jason Lee/Files

Apple seen boosting share buybacks

Apple Inc's blockbuster results and a ballooning cash pile may prompt the company to boost share buybacks and dividends this year, with some analysts expecting the iPhone maker to return more than $200 billion to investors.  Full Article 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi (C) gestures as Nirmala Sitharaman (R), Minister of state for Commerce and Industry, Kalraj Mishra, Minister of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises and Anant Geete (L), Minister of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises, look on during the launch of 'Make in India' campaign by Modi in New Delhi September 25, 2014. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi/Files
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How reforms can help “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, writes Girish Vanvari, the Head of Tax at KPMG in India.  Full Article 

A man walks past screens displaying a television news programme showing an image of Kenji Goto, one of two Japanese citizens taken captive by Islamic State militants, on a street in Tokyo January 25, 2015. REUTERS/Yuya Shino
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Mother of IS captive begs PM to save son

The mother of Islamic State captive Kenji Goto appealed for his life on Wednesday after a new video appeared to show the Japanese journalist saying he had 24 hours to live unless Jordan released a would-be suicide bomber.  Full Article | Related Story 

People are silhouetted as they pose with mobile devices in front of a screen projected with a Facebook logo, in this picture illustration taken in Zenica October 29, 2014. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Files

Facebook to sell real-time Super Bowl ads

This Super Bowl Facebook is taking a page from Twitter's playbook, for the first time during a football championship selling ads that target people based on what they are talking about in real time. These include video ads that will play automatically on Facebook's newsfeed, triggered by key words that members mention in their posts as they watch the game on Feb. 1.  Full Article 

Actors Tony Revolori (L) and Suraj Sharma pose at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah January 24, 2015.  REUTERS/Jim Urquhart

Sharma, Revolori discuss 'Umrika' at Sundance

In the midst of the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, actors Suraj Sharma and Tony Revolori found themselves comparing notes on Hollywood's awards season, both having made their breakout in films that stormed into the Oscars race.  Full Article 

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Andy Mukherjee

Obama’s nuclear gift to Modi is shrewd investment

By agreeing to a workaround that protects power station builders from civil liabilities in the event of a meltdown, Obama has effectively unblocked New Delhi’s reactor programme. The bigger bet is on ending India’s energy crisis. The agreement could bring new orders for equipment makers. But a more potent opportunity for U.S. businesses may be the jolt to Modi’s “Make in India” campaign.  Full Article 

Matthew Gault

What does an electronic open-air drug market have to do with bringing down dictators?

A case in which the FBI used questionable tactics to bring down a man it charges is an Internet mega-drug dealer has compromised the safety of many people around the globe fighting for freedom against oppressive regimes. The FBI broke into what many believed was a secure browser that allowed its users to remain anonymous.  Read 

Supporters of Syriza party cheer at exit poll results in Athens, Jan. 25, 2015. REUTERS/Marko Djurica/Files

Greece still unlikely to leave euro zone after Syriza win

Syriza’s election victory has pushed Greece closer to quitting the euro zone. But a so-called Grexit is still not the most probable outcome, as the radical left group should be able to cut a deal with its European creditors to avoid bankruptcy. If everyone was rational, there would be scope for a compromise. After all, a large majority of the Greeks want to stay in the euro.  Read