Divisive politics return as Modi eyes state vote

A year before Uttar Pradesh holds a state election that could make or break Modi's chances of a second term, political opponents, analysts and commentators say his party is re-testing a divisive formula at a by-election in Muzaffarnagar.

India's retail inflation hits 17-month high, industrial output falls again 4:55am IST

NEW DELHI India's retail inflation unexpectedly edged up to a 17-month high in January, while industrial production contracted at a faster-than-expected pace in December, underscoring imbalances lurking in Asia's third-largest economy.

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Facebook India MD Kirthiga Reddy resigns

Facebook Inc's India managing director, Kirthiga Reddy, said she is resigning. Reddy, who joined Facebook in 2010, said she would be relocating to USA in the next 6-12 months.  Full Article 

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Russia keeps bombing despite Syria truce

Major powers agreed to a pause in combat in Syria, but Russia pressed on with bombing in support of its ally President Bashar al-Assad, who vowed to fight until he regained full control of the country.   Full Article | Outlook for talks still 'cloudy' - U.N. 

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Pachauri likely to be charged for harassment

Police are expected to charge renowned climate scientist Rajendra K. Pachauri with crimes related to sexual harassment within the next two weeks after a year-long investigation into the case, a Delhi court heard.  Full Article 

A man carrying a gas cylinder walks out of the research and development centre of Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd in Mumbai May 29, 2014. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui/Files

Sun Pharma to wind down JV with Merck

India's largest drugmaker, Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd, and Merck & Co Inc have agreed to call off their joint venture to develop branded generics for emerging markets due to changes in priorities, the Indian firm said.  Full Article | Quote 

 An Islamic State flag hangs amid electric wires over a street in Ain al-Hilweh Palestinian refugee camp, near the port-city of Sidon, southern Lebanon January 19, 2016. Reuters/Ali Hashisho/Files
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Pakistan denies "organised presence" of IS

Different officials in Pakistan's government have taken seemingly contradictory stands on Islamic State's influence in the country, after a rare warning by an intelligence chief that the Middle East-based militant group posed a domestic threat.  Full Article 

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Zika link to birth defects could be proven

The suspected link between the Zika virus and two neurological disorders, the birth defect microcephaly and Guillain-Barre syndrome, could be confirmed within weeks, WHO said.  Full Article 

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Tabu steers 'Fitoor' with confident performance

Kashmir replaces the marshlands and Hazrat Begum is the Miss Havisham of this tale based on Charles Dickens‘ "Great Expectations". Pip is Noor Nizami, a wisp of a boy who lives with his sister and her husband and paints in his spare time. Katrina Kaif plays Firdaus, the ice maiden who thaws and freezes again depending on circumstances.  Movie Review by Shilpa Jamkhandikar 

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