Japan's Finance Minister Taro Aso (L) and U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew shake hands before the start of their bilateral meeting ahead of the G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors meeting in the northern Australian city of Cairns September 19, 2014. REUTERS/Lincoln Feast

G20 members differ on how to achieve growth goal

As the Group of 20 leading economies meet to change no less than the "destiny" of the global economy, members remain divided on how to get there with Germany pushing back at U.S. calls for more government stimulus.  Full Article 

Brown says London must keep promise to Scotland as political truce ends 10:23pm IST

EDINBURGH/LONDON - Former prime minister Gordon Brown urged British leaders on Saturday to keep their promise to grant further powers to Scotland after it voted to remain in the United Kingdom, as a consensus between London's main parties evaporated.

A cook serves the free mid-day meal, distributed by a government-run primary school, to children at Brahimpur village in Chapra district of Bihar July 19, 2013. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi/Files

Lizard in meal sends 300 kids to hospital

About 300 pupils at a school were rushed to a hospital after consuming government-provided lunches, evoking memories of 23 children who died last year after eating food from the same welfare scheme. A dead lizard was found in one of the seven food containers provided under the midday meal scheme at a government school in Bangalore, a teacher told Reuters.   Full Article 

Residents take shelter at an evacuation centre for flood victims a day after tropical storm Fung-Wong inundated the Philippine capital Manila September 20, 2014.  REUTERS/Erik De Castro
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Storm leaves 200,000 displaced in Philippines

Storm Fung-Wong churned towards Taiwan on Saturday after killing at least five people in the Philippines, and forcing some 200,000 people into temporary shelter, including in the capital Manila, to escape massive flooding.  Full Article 

Shi'ite fighters, who have joined the Iraqi army to fight against militants of the Islamic State, formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), take part in field training in the desert in the province of Najaf, September 16, 2014. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani
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U.S. says role for Iran in tackling Islamic State

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday that Iran had a role to play in a global coalition to tackle Islamic State militants who have seized swaths of Iraq and Syria and proclaimed a caliphate in the heart of the Middle East.  Full Article | Related Story 

Review: Daawat-e-Ishq seems to go on forever

Review: Daawat-e-Ishq seems to go on forever

“Daawat-e-Ishq” is one of those infuriating films that seem to go on for ever, getting more monotonous by the minute, writes our Bollywood correspondent Shilpa Jamkhandikar.  Full Article 

Fans rush to HMT as watchmaker marks time

Fans rush to HMT as watchmaker marks time

Retailers have reported a spike in sales of HMT watches after Indian media reports said last week that the unprofitable unit of HMT Machine Tools Ltd was likely to wind down. Growing competition from Titan and the entry of foreign quartz watches after import restrictions were lifted in the 1980s and HMT’s failure to adapt to change led to falling sales, a slump from which the company never recovered.  Full Article 

A view of the hospice, probably in the early 1950s
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Navtej Sarna on India’s Jerusalem connection

Indian diplomat Navtej Sarna‘s latest book pieces together the history of an Indian “hospice” in Jerusalem. Spread over seven thousand square metres, the property has its origins in a visit by Sufi saint Baba Farid about 800 years ago. Speaking to India Insight at his Delhi office, Sarna says it was a “very instinctive decision” to write about a “centuries-old connection between India and Jerusalem”.  Full Article 

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India’s greed for dowries lies at heart of many abuses against women

Despite being outlawed more than half a century ago, the custom of dowry continues unabated – promoting the view that girls and women are a liability and resulting in abuse, discrimination and murder. The mental and physical abuse some women face over dowry demands has driven them to suicide.  Full Article 

China has not one property problem

China has not one property problem, but many

China’s real estate market is big enough that it can have not one property problem but many. A Breakingviews ranking of the forty biggest cities, according to different kinds of risks, shows there are huge differences between local markets. It’s not much consolation, though. A conflagration of regional problems could be just as bad as one big national one.   Full Article 

Rape myths hide crimes. Just ask these children.

Rape myths hide crimes. Just ask these children.

"Hidden in Plain Sight" is an aptly titled new study by the United Nations International Children’s Fund. It shows that one in 10 girls and young women interviewed reported being sexually abused before age 20. “These are uncomfortable facts,” one UNICEF official said of the report, the largest study on global child abuse to date. “No government or parent will want to see them.”  Commentary 

ECB’s trillion-euro race may start slowly

ECB’s trillion-euro race may start slowly

The latest parlour game in financial markets is guessing the size of the ECB’s upcoming four-year targeted long-term liquidity operations: how many banks will tap the ECB, for how much? Mario Draghi’s stated goal is to grow the ECB balance sheet back to its 2012 level. If banks’ enthusiasm for the first facility is subdued, markets may react by pushing up the euro.   Full Article 

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Give the public a role in Clean Ganga project, says Rajendra Pachauri

Give public a role in cleaning Ganga: Pachauri

India’s holiest river is due for a clean-up, with PM Narendra Modi taking personal responsibility for restoring the Ganga and ridding the river of industrial effluents and untreated sewage. Rajendra Pachauri, chairman of the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, spoke to Reuters on the Ganga project, need for transparency and how the public could help.  Read 

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