Varanasi villagers blame Coke for water scarcity

Eighteen village councils in Uttar Pradesh are demanding a local Coca-Cola bottling plant be prohibited from extracting water from the ground, claiming its over usage has led to water scarcity in the area.

Companies boost green bond offerings on government's clean-energy push 12:00am IST

HONG KONG Indian companies are beginning to embrace green finance to fund environmentally friendly projects, as they heed calls from Prime Minister Narendra Modi to boost renewable energy in one of the world's worst polluting nations and tap rising investor demand.

Former PM Manmohan Singh and Congress president Sonia Gandhi (L) greet PM Narendra Modi in New Delhi. Picture: PIB.
Politics & Economy

Modi meets Sonia to discuss new indirect tax

Prime Minister Narendra Modi hosted opposition Congress party leader Sonia Gandhi for talks on Friday to try and break a deadlock over launching a new indirect tax, in a bid to put his economic recovery agenda back on track.  Full Article 

Handout still from "Tamasha".

Opinion - 'Tamasha' is worth a watch

“Rockstar”, “Highway” and now “Tamasha” show director Imtiaz Ali is not content with telling straightforward stories. “Tamasha” is not an easy film to slot. Ali is obviously trying to push his boundaries and it doesn’t always work, but when it does, the result is breathtaking. For that alone, the film is worth a watch, writes Shilpa Jamkhandikar.  Full Article 

Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Raghuram Rajan smiles before delivering a lecture at the India Habitat Centre in New Delhi, November 6, 2015. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee
Reuters Poll

RBI expected to hold policy rates steady

The RBI is expected to hold the repo rate at 6.75 pct next week to stifle inflation, while data is seen showing economic growth accelerated to 7.3 pct in the September quarter, a Reuters poll showed. All 45 economists surveyed expected the RBI to stand pat at its policy review, while the range of forecasts for GDP growth for the latest quarter was between 6.9-7.6 pct, with the median at 7.3 pct.  Full Article 

Grade school students look at a Baird's Beaked whale before it was carved at Wada port in Minamiboso, southeast of Tokyo June 26, 2014. REUTERS/Issei Kato/Files

Japan to resume whaling in the Antarctic

Japan has decided to resume whaling in the Antarctic Ocean by the end of March after a hiatus since last year, a move likely to prompt international outrage.  Full Article 

A French paratrooper patrols in the center of Lyon, France, November 27, 2015 as the security measures in public places is reinforced after recent deadly attacks in Paris. REUTERS/Robert Pratta
Paris Attacks

Voice of Paris attacks; Did he have bigger role?

To family, the man whose voice said Islamic State was responsible for the deadly attacks was a "big teddy bear", to neighbors he was polite. But to French authorities, he was a veteran jihadi.  Full Article 

Singer and Oscar telecast performer Adele, nominated for the song "Skyfall" from the James Bond film "Skyfall" arrives at the 85th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California February 24, 2013. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson/Files

Adele's '25' is UK's biggest-selling No. 1 album

British singer Adele's "25" notched up the most sales in its opening week of any UK album, beating a record set in 1997 by Oasis, the Official Charts Company said on Friday.  Full Article | Video 

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