U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen arrives for a luncheon at the Federal Reserve in San Francisco, California March 27, 2015. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

Fed's Yellen sees gradual rate hikes starting this year

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen signalled that the U.S. central bank will likely start raising borrowing costs later this year, even before inflation and wages have returned to health, but emphasised the return to normal interest rates will be gradual.  Full Article 

Vedanta to file notice of claim in Cairn India tax case 27 Mar 2015

REUTERS - Vedanta Resources Plc said it would file a notice of claim related to a tax demand of about 205 billion rupees ($3.29 billion) its unit Cairn India Ltd received from the Indian government this month.

A French Gendarmerie rescue helicopter flies over the debris of the Airbus A320 at the site of the crash, near Seyne-les-Alpes, French Alps March 27, 2015. REUTERS/Emmanuel Foudrot
Germanwings Plane Crash

Pilot tore-up sick notes to avoid being banned

German authorities found torn-up sick notes showing that the pilot who crashed a plane into the French Alps was suffering from an illness that should have grounded him on the day of the tragedy, which he apparently hid from the airline.  Full Article | Video 

People sit on ammunition boxes they took from army depots in Yemen's southern port city of Aden March 27, 2015. REUTERS/Anees Manousr

Yemen rebels advance despite Saudi air strikes

Yemen's Houthi rebels made broad gains in the country's south and east despite a second day of Saudi-led air strikes meant to check the Iranian-backed militia's efforts to overthrow President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.  Full Article | Video 

Police tape surrounds a house where the bodies of five people were found by police in Birmingham, Alabama January 29, 2012.  REUTERS/Peggy Gargis/Files
Civil Rights Complaint

U.S. cop indicted for throwing Indian to ground

A U.S. federal grand jury has indicted an Alabama police officer captured on video throwing an Indian man to the ground on a charge related to the use of unreasonable force, federal prosecutors said. Eric Parker, then an officer with the Madison Police, was seen on video recorded from inside a patrol vehicle on Feb. 6 throwing Sureshbhai Patel to the ground after attempting to question him.  Full Article 

R. N. Sahoo (C), a senior scientist at the Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), walks with field assistants in a wheat field at the IARI in New Delhi March 20, 2015. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee
Agriculture

India turns to 'satellite god' for crop mapping

Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants to promote a "per drop, more crop" approach to farming to make better use of scarce water, and aims to have a new satellite crop monitoring system working in time for the peak of this year's monsoon in July. Using remote analysis to assess soil moisture and crop development has the potential to cut input costs and raise yields, say experts.   Full Article 

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks during an energy summit in New Delhi March 27, 2015. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
Heathcare

PM Modi puts brakes on universal health plan

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked for a drastic cutback of an ambitious health care plan after cost estimates came in at $18.5 billion over five years, several government sources said, delaying a promise made in his election manifesto. Modi has had to make difficult choices to boost economic growth, leaving less funding immediately available for social sectors.  Full Article 

IAEA urges India to do more for nuclear safety

IAEA urges India to do more for nuclear safety

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) urged India on Friday to further tighten its nuclear safety regulations by assuring the legal independence of its atomic watchdog and allowing more outside inspections. The deal came after Prime Minister Narendra Modi agreed last year to tighter checks of India's civilian nuclear programme by the IAEA.  Full Article 

New Zealand team mates celebrate after South Africa's Faf du Plessis was caught behind during their Cricket World Cup semi final match in Auckland, March 24, 2015.  REUTERS/Anthony Phelps

New Zealand seeking to one-up 'big brother'

New Zealand's cricketers grew up playing backyard battles against imaginary Australia sides and will be eager to get one over their "big brothers" in the World Cup final, paceman Tim Southee said.  Story 

A vigil guard stands by the coffin of the first prime minister of Singapore Lee Kuan Yew at the Parliament House where he will lie in state until Saturday, in Singapore March 25, 2015. REUTERS/Edgar Su
Asia

After Lee, no sign of welcome for dissidents

Some dissidents and opponents of Lee Kuan Yew believe that, with the death of modern Singapore's iron-handed founding father this week, the political restrictions he imposed in the name of security will begin to ease.  Full Article | Video: Singapore in mourning 

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Vikas Purohit

Indian designers will create new products for online shoppers: Amazon India fashion head

The e-commerce industry in India is expected to cross $100 billion in the next four years. Can designer wear be successful in the medium that attracts many of its users because of discounts? Vikas Purohit, head of fashion at Amazon India, foresees the country’s top designers creating products especially suited to online retail.  Full Article 

Cinderella

Cinderella’s new moral: Be rich or be a pumpkin

Cinderella marriages are getting to be as rare as golden coaches. Economist Jeremy Greenwood has found that your chances of marrying outside your income bracket have been dropping since the 1950s because of something called assortive mating, which means that we are increasingly drawn to people in similar circumstances. Inequality has grown and mobility has stalled.  Commentary 

Fashion

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Hospital beds, nurses and IV drips at Amazon India Fashion Week

Nine hospital beds in a row and imaginary patients hooked up to intravenous drips. Not the usual setting for a fashion catwalk. But designer Rajesh Pratap Singh returned to his roots for the inaugural show of the Amazon India Fashion Week in New Delhi. Singh, who grew up in a family of doctors, said his show was a tribute to healthcare professionals.  Full Article 

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