Naga rebels at Hebron Camp, in Nagaland.  REUTERS/Adnan Abidi/Files

India signs peace accord with Naga separatists

India signed a peace agreement on Monday with a leading tribal separatist group in country's northeast that had waged guerrilla war for six decades against central rule from New Delhi.  Full Article 

Hero MotoCorp reports 33 pct rise in Q1 profit 03 Aug 2015

NEW DELHI - Hero MotoCorp Ltd , the world's largest seller of two-wheelers, posted a 33 percent rise in its fiscal first quarter net profit, beating analyst expectations.

A visitor takes pictures of an adult film actress while she performs during the Eros Show in the Bulgarian capital Sofia March 25, 2009.  REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov/Files
Internet Censorship

India orders clampdown on Internet porn

India has blocked hundreds of adult websites to prevent pornography becoming a social nuisance, a government official said on Monday, sparking a debate about censorship and freedom in the world's largest democracy. Service providers have been directed to block 857 websites, N.N. Kaul, a spokesman at the department of telecommunications, told Reuters.   Full Article | Poll 

An employee counts rupee notes at a cash counter inside a bank in Agartala, capital of Tripura December 31, 2010. REUTERS/Jayanta Dey/Files
Monetary Policy

Firms' struggle to recover from borrowing binge

Indian companies are still struggling to recover from years of a borrowing binge, and say that Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Raghuram Rajan's caution in cutting rates despite historically low inflation is making it harder for them to get back on track.  Full Article 

Employees sew in a factory in the city of Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria July 2, 2015. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov/Files

Global factory activity remains muted in July

Global factory activity remained muted in July and with new orders barely accelerating there is unlikely to be much improvement this month, a business survey showed on Monday.  Full Article 

Employees of Snapdeal sort out delivery packages inside their company fulfilment centre in Mumbai October 22, 2014. REUTERS/Shailesh Andrade/Files

Snapdeal to raise $500 mln in latest round

Indian online marketplace Snapdeal is set to raise $500 million from a group of foreign investors including China's Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, three people familiar with the matter said. The latest round of support, from investors also including SoftBank Group Corp and Foxconn, the trading name of Hon Hai Precision Industry Co Ltd, would value Snapdeal at more than $5 billion, another person said.  Read 

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (C) listens during a meeting of foreign ministers of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) in Doha August 3, 2015. REUTERS/Brendan Smialowski/Pool?

Iran deal should bring stability: Arabs to Kerry

Iran's nuclear deal should bring stability and "good neighbourliness" rather than interference, Gulf Arab states told U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday as they began talks on the merits of its historic accord with world powers.  Story | U.S. to defend Syrian rebels 

A pair of militia members prepare to fly drones during a test in Shanghai, China, April 21, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer/Files

China to restrict drone, supercomputer exports

China will restrict the export of drones and supercomputers from Aug. 15 to help protect national security out of fears such equipment could reach militant groups, Xinhua said on Monday.  Full Article 

Spanish actor Antonio Banderas (L) poses with former miner Mario Sepulveda during an official ceremony at the presidential palace in Santiago January 31, 2014. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado/Files

"The 33" to depict trapped Chile miners' ordeal

Antonio Banderas is bringing the ordeal of 33 Chilean miners trapped underground for over two months to the cinema screen, five years after their rescue gripped TV viewers around the world.  Full Article 

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Ketan Desai, the former president of the Medical Council of India, walks after his hearing at a courthouse in Lucknow, June 27, 2015. REUTERS/Pawan Kumar/Files

Why Ketan Desai, accused of crimes, is set to lead the world’s top medical ethics body

Dr. Ketan Desai is slated to head the WMA even as he faces conspiracy allegations in Indian courts. Desai has been facing allegations that he conspired to have the Medical Council recommend that a private medical college be allowed to add more students.  Full Coverage 

David Rohde

Why the West may miss the Taliban’s Mullah Omar

Reports on Wednesday that reclusive Taliban leader Mullah Omar had died will be rightly hailed by some as the demise of an American nemesis. But the death of the one-eyed Afghan commander may also scuttle the most promising peace talks in Afghanistan in a decade. As odd as it may seem to some Americans, Omar’s death could not come at a worse time.   Commentary 

Rupa Rege Nitsure

No economic case for another rate cut soon

Given the fragility of India’s economic recovery, we do not expect an abrupt rise in rates soon, but the probability of rate reduction also looks slim. A bigger concern has to do with the rise of the dollar, which has increased markedly against the rupee over the past year, partly also reflecting its weak external fundamentals.  Full Article