The mother of Kaji Sherpa, one of 12 Nepali mountaineering guides who lost his life in an avalanche on Mount Everest, cries as she waits for the body of her son to arrive at Sherpa Monastery in Kathmandu April 19, 2014. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar

Death toll climbs in worst tragedy on Everest

Rescuers recovered the body of one mountain guide on Saturday after an ice avalanche swept the lower slopes of Mount Everest, bringing the death toll to at least 13 in the deadliest accident on the world's highest mountain.  Full Article | Video 

UN peace envoy criticizes Israeli Easter security in Jerusalem 1:24pm IST

JERUSALEM - Israeli police refused to let the U.N.'s peace envoy to the Middle East, other diplomats and a crowd of Palestinians pass through a barricade to attend a pre-Easter ritual in the Jerusalem church that Christians revere as the burial site of Jesus, the U.N. official said on Saturday.

Nitin Gadkari, former president of India's main opposition Hindu-nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), speaks during an interview with Reuters at his party office in New Delhi April 9, 2010. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi/Files

People are going to vote for change: Gadkari

Nitin Gadkari, former president of the Bharatiya Janata Party and a member of the BJP’s manifesto committee, spoke to Reuters at his residence in New Delhi. Here are edited excerpts.  Full Article 

A family member of a passenger missing after the ferry Sewol capsized is placed on a stretcher after fainting during a protest in Jindo calling for a meeting with President Park Geun-hye and demanding the search and rescue operation be speeded up, April 20, 2014. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Death toll mounts in Korea ferry disaster

South Korean prosecutors investigating a ferry disaster said on Sunday they would seek to extend the detention of the ship's captain and two other crew by 10 days as they tried to determine the cause of an accident that may claim more than 300 lives.  Full Article | Video 

Movie Review: 2 States

Movie Review: 2 States

Abhishek Varman’s “2 States”, based on a Chetan Bhagat novel of the same name, is a good example of a movie subject that would appeal to a new, younger Indian audience. However, it ends up being a rather dull and outdated commentary on the misconceptions Indians have about each other, writes Shilpa Jamkhandikar.  Full Article 

Sunderland's Connor Wickham celebrates his goal against Chelsea during their English Premier League soccer match at Stamford Bridge in London, April 19, 2014. REUTERS/Toby Melville

Chelsea's title hopes hit by Sunderland defeat

Chelsea's title ambitions suffered a blow with a 2-1 home defeat by Sunderland, handing the initiative to Premier League leaders Liverpool who visit lowly Norwich City on Sunday.  Full Article | Related Story 

A staff removes dust from a Volkswagen vehicle during a media tour at the opening ceremony of a new Audi China building in Beijing, February 1, 2013. REUTERS/Petar Kujundzic/Files

VW to add capacity in China amid growth

Volkswagen will keep adding capacity in China as the German group is counting on double-digit growth in the biggest auto market, helped by strong economic growth in interior regions. To foster growth, VW will expand its Chinese distribution network as well.  Full Article 

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Shashank Chouhan

Promises and more promises: India’s parties pitch their visions

Campaign season in India means it’s also promise season, and political parties aren’t short on pledges. There has been plenty of coverage of the manifestos from the biggest national parties, Congress and the BJP, so here are some highlights from the others.  Full Article 

Deepak Yohannan

Third party premium for motor insurance increased

The premium for third party insurance is set by the insurance regulator. The problem is that companies know the portfolio will be bleed and hence, avoid taking risks as much as possible. There is also a lack of awareness, especially among owners of two-wheelers, who end up not insuring their vehicle every year.  Full Article 

Diageo throws money at Indian empire-building

Diageo throws money at Indian empire-building

Diageo is engaging in some expensive empire-building in India. An under-powered tender offer meant an earlier attempt to take control of Vijay Mallya’s United Spirits was only partially successful. Now the world’s biggest spirits maker has more than doubled the price it is willing to pay, offering $1.9 billion to raise its stake to 54.8 percent from 28.8 percent.  Commentary 

Paul Donovan

The Reform Club

In one sense, the fact that ambitious global reforms are likely to be more modest in reality is to be welcomed. The most successful reforms tend to be those reforms that are undertaken against a backdrop of economic growth elsewhere in the world. If three-quarters of the world were to try and reform all at once, there would be no external growth left to ease the pain of adjustment, writes Paul Donovan.   Full Article 

Neal Gabler

America: The anecdotal nation

Americans seem to have a greater fondness for anecdotes than citizens of any other nation. Newscasts have human-interest segments; no recent State of the Union address is complete without the president pointing up to the gallery and telling stories of his guests there. Though many anecdotes are harmless, they can be worrisome when it comes to public policy.  Commentary 

Photo Focus

Yakov, a Christian pilgrim from the U.S., who has been visiting Jerusalem on a regular basis for the past four years, poses for a photograph in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem's Old City April 7, 2014. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

Pilgrims in Jerusalem, the Holy Land

Walking through the narrow alleys of Jerusalem’s Old City and visiting its myriad holy sites at this time of year is an even more vibrant and colorful experience than usual, writes our photographer R. Zvulun.  Photoblog