Workers walk past a coal port at Mundra in Gujarat September 24, 2012. REUTERS/Amit Dave/Files

Modi takes first bite at coal to end India's power mess

India could allow commercial coal mining by foreign companies if they set up units in the country, opening the door for global giants like Rio Tinto to access the world's fifth-largest coal reserves, a source familiar with the matter said.  Full Article | Factbox 

Wipro posts 8 pct rise in quarterly profit 5:20pm IST

REUTERS - Wipro Ltd, India's third-biggest software services exporter, posted about an 8 percent rise in quarterly profit as clients in North America and Europe spent more on technology.

A worker fills diesel in a vehicle at a fuel station in Ahmedabad January 17, 2013. REUTERS/Amit Dave/Files
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Indian consumers respond to cheaper oil, food

A sharp drop in Brent crude prices since June is a boon for Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his fight to revive an economy growing at its slowest rate since the 1980s. Signs of a strong pickup in hiring by companies are adding to the rosier outlook for Indian households.  Story | Decision to deregulate diesel is 'credit positive' - Moody's 

A policeman walks past a logo of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) during a governing council meeting of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at BCCI headquarters in Mumbai April 26, 2010.  REUTERS/Arko Datta/Files

ICC 'concerned' by India-West Indies dispute

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has expressed its concern about the dispute between the Indian and West Indian cricket boards but says it is powerless to intervene.  Full Article 

Afsar Miae, 20, of Bangladesh, who was held captive on a ship before being abandoned on a remote island, receives food at a government shelter in Takua Pa district of Phang Nga October 17, 2014. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

Abductions, prison ships feed Asian slave trade

In a shift of tactics, people are being abducted or tricked and taken to larger ships that act as floating prisons as they anchor in international waters just outside Bangladesh’s maritime boundary. Smuggling, done initially with the consent of those involved, differs from trafficking, which involves entrapment, coercion and deceit.  Full Article 

Firecracker market up in flames in India
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Firecracker market up in flames in India

At least five people were injured when a massive fire broke out in a firecracker market, gutting more than 150 shops in Faridabad, near Delhi, on Tuesday. At least 10 vehicles were burnt in the inferno on the eve of Diwali, eyewitnesses said.   Video 

A masked man speaking in what is believed to be a North American accent in a video that Islamic State militants released in September 2014 is pictured in this still frame from video obtained by Reuters October 7, 2014. REUTERS/FBI/Handout via Reuters

Why Israel loses no sleep over Islamic State

Unlike many militant groups and states, Islamic State has declared itself emphatically disinterested in intervening in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, preferring instead to draw its support from Sunni revanchism, writes D. Reider.  Opinion | Why U.S. countermoves are doomed 

Robots to fly planes where humans can't

Robots to fly planes where humans can't

Researchers in South Korea are developing a robotic pilot that could potentially replace humans in the cockpit. Unlike drones and autopilot programs which are configured for specific aircraft, the robots' humanoid design will allow it to fly any type of plane with no additional sensors. Ben Gruber reports.  Video 

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Peace Laureate's Call

Children's right activist Kailash Satyarthi laughs at his office in New Delhi October 10, 2014. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

Spend less on arms, more on schools, says Nobel laureate Satyarthi

Countries around the world should cut their defence budgets and invest in education if child labour is to be eradicated, said Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi. Satyarthi founded the charity Bachpan Bachao Andolan (Save the Childhood Movement) in 1980 and has helped rescue over 80,000 children - many of whom were trafficked from poor rural villages.  Full Article 

John Lloyd

Lessons of Ebola: Unequal in life, unequal in death

Dr. Margaret Chan, who leads the WHO, sent her chief of staff to a WHO regional conference in Manila to spotlight something we rarely keep in our conscious mind and don’t, collectively, do much about: Inequalities can be a matter of ever-longer life, or a most miserable death: Inequalities can be a matter of ever-longer life, or a most miserable death.   Commentary 

Being the ‘indispensable nation’ is killing American democracy

Being the ‘indispensable nation’ is killing American democracy

America — proudly dubbed the “indispensable nation” by its national-security managers — is now the entangled nation enmeshed in conflicts across the globe. The indispensable nation is permanently engaged across the globe. But endless war undermines the Constitution.   Commentary 

Oil pumping machine.

Cheap oil is no tonic for Asian economies

Cheaper oil won’t be much of a tonic for Asian economies. While painful for exporters, sliding prices should benefit consumers of crude. For most in the region, though, less expensive oil is mainly a sign that growth is stalling. The big exceptions are India and Indonesia. For them, the price slide over the past 4 months translates into significant budgetary savings.  Full Article