A window display with different colour models electronic cigarettes is seen in a shop in Paris October 8, 2013. REUTERS/Charles Platiau/Files

Govt mulls ban on e-cigs, sale of single smokes

India is considering a ban on electronic cigarettes over the risks to public health that they may cause, a senior Health Ministry official said. Such devices use battery-powered cartridges to produce a nicotine-laced vapour. The government has also proposed a ban on the sale of single conventional cigarettes.  Article 

Sensex, Nifty rise to second consecutive record high 1:38pm IST

Reuters Market Eye - The BSE Sensex and Nifty on Friday rose to their second consecutive record highs. The 30-share Sensex surged as much as 1.52 percent to an all-time high of 27,762.13.

A worker cleans the facade of the Bank of Japan building in Tokyo April 7, 2014. REUTERS/Yuya Shino/Files

BOJ shocks markets with surprise easing

The Bank of Japan surprised global financial markets on Friday by expanding its massive monetary easing as economic growth and inflation have not picked up as expected. The jolt from the BOJ came as the government signalled its readiness to ramp up spending to boost the economy and as the government pension fund was set to increase purchases of domestic and foreign stocks.  Full Article 

A construction site of public housing for tsunami survivors is pictured in Hebita area on the outskirts of Ishinomaki, where tsunami survivor Keiko Abe has been allocated her flat, Miyagi prefecture September 11, 2014. REUTERS/Antoni Slodkowski/FIles
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Tsunami evacuees in $30 billion money trap

Thirty billion dollars in funding for roads, bridges and thousands of new homes in areas devastated by the tsunami in Japan three and a half years ago is still languishing unspent in the bank. That means many survivors are heading into a fourth winter of sub-zero temperatures in a cramped, temporary dwelling that is succumbing to the elements.  Full Article 

A Minute With: Kalki Koechlin

A Minute With: Kalki Koechlin

Kalki Koechlin is one of the few Bollywood actresses in recent years to build her star power while proving her talent in indie and mainstream cinema. Koechlin, 30, who was born in India to French parents, spoke to Reuters about her role as a disabled girl in "Margarita, With a Straw" and spending two months in a wheelchair for the part.  Full Article 

Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks at the WSJD Live conference in Laguna Beach, California October 27, 2014. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
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Cook signals front line of new gay rights battle

In his essay coming out as gay, Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook criticized an Arizona proposal that would have given private business owners the ability to deny services to gay people on religious grounds. Cook on Thursday became the most prominent American corporate leader to come out.  Full Article 

The logo for LinkedIn Corporation, a social networking website for people in professional occupations, is pictured in Mountain View, California February 6, 2013. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith/Files

Hiring business drives Linkedin's revenue beat

Corporate networking site LinkedIn Corp reported better-than-expected quarterly profit and revenue as more businesses used its services to hire staff.  Full Article 

YouTube's video blogging millionaires

YouTube's video blogging millionaires

YouTube is creating a new breed of media moguls. Known as video bloggers, they're young, rich and famous, with some already building an empire stretching far beyond the realms of the internet.  Video 

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Views and Expert Opinion with Sankalp Phartiyal
    Why Israel doesn’t care what Obama thinks, or what officials call Netanyahu

    Why Israel doesn’t care what Obama thinks, or what officials call Netanyahu

    It is an open secret that the Obama administration is exasperated with the Israeli PM, especially with his disinterest both in making a peace deal with the Palestinians and normalizing relations with Sunni Arab states. Senior aides are also understandably riled by the Israeli government’s confrontational approach toward the administration.  Commentary 

    Edward Hadas

    Fear no robot overlords. They can become our best friends.

    The “konditorei” in Sankt Florian, Austria, offers fine pastries and wonderful hot chocolate. It was the perfect location to interrupt a holiday for a bit of work. Over a slice of strudel, I spent a few minutes last week contemplating my colleague Andy Mukherjee’s well argued article about the danger robots pose for the modern economy. Looking around the bakery-cafe, I saw why Andy should be proven wrong.  Full Article 

    D H Pai Panandiker

    If Europe gets into a debt crisis

    With the debt crisis building up in Europe, the rupee could possibly go down to the level reached in 2013 due to repatriation of FII investment. That is enough for the stock market to plunge. While the ECB will use all the tools at its disposal to prevent another debt crisis, one thing is almost certain - weakening of the euro currency, which may help Europe but not India.  Read 

    Limestone funerary reliefs from Syria are on the International Council of Museums Emergency Red List of cultural objects at risk of looting. REUTERS/ICOM

    How the West buys ‘conflict antiquities’ from Iraq and Syria (and funds terror)

    “Many antique collectors unwillingly support terrorists like Islamic State, ” Michel van Rijn, one of the most successful smugglers of antique artifacts in the past century, told German broadcaster Das Erste. And smuggling is booming in Iraq and Syria. In Iraq, 4,500 archaeological sites are reportedly controlled by Islamic State.  Commentary 

    India, Indonesia take different, but similar coal paths

    India, Indonesia take different, but similar coal paths

    India, poised to become the world's largest importer of thermal coal, appears to be opening up its domestic mining sector to foreign competition just as Indonesia, its biggest supplier, is making it harder for exporters.  Full Article 

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