India approves OROP to equalise veterans' pensions

India approved a long-awaited programme to equalise pension payments for retired military personnel despite it being a "huge fiscal burden," defence minister Manohar Parrikar said on Saturday.

Druze gunmen kill six Syrian security personnel in south - monitor 7:09pm IST

BEIRUT - Druze gunmen in southern Syria killed six government security personnel during violent protests after a Druze leader and dozens of people died in two car bomb blasts overnight, a monitor said on Saturday.

A police officer lifts up a young girl to prevent her from being crushed as migrants line-up to board trains at the railway station in Nickelsdorf, Austria September 5, 2015. REUTERS/Srdjan Zivulovic
Migrants Crisis

Austria, Germany open borders to migrants

Austria and Germany opened their borders to thousands of migrants, bussed to the Hungarian border by a government that had tried to stop them but was overwhelmed by the sheer numbers reaching Europe’s frontiers.  Full Article | Hungarians loathe and help refugees 

Pregnant models pose for a picture in the dressing room during a fashion show by maternity-wear maker 9months in New Delhi October 11, 2008. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi/Files

India considers extending maternity leave

India is considering extending maternity leave to 24 weeks from 12 weeks, a government official said, adding that it would encourage more women to breastfeed and help reduce high rates of child malnutrition in the country.   Full Article 

Sep 4, 2015; New York, NY, USA; Fabio Fognini of Italy (R) shakes hands with Rafael Nadal of Spain (L) on day five of the 2015 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Fognini won 3-6, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-4. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
U.S. Open

Rafa Nadal falls in third-round to Fognini

Rafa Nadal ended a sub-par grand slam season on a heartbreaking note when he fell 3-6 4-6 6-4 6-3 6-4 at the U.S. Open to an inspired Fabio Fognini at Flushing Meadows.  Full Article 

U.S. President Barack Obama (R) meets with Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington September 4, 2015. REUTERS/Gary Cameron

Saudi Arabia welcomes Iran nuclear deal

Saudi Arabia is satisfied with assurances from U.S. President Barack Obama about the Iran nuclear deal and believes the agreement will contribute to security and stability in the Middle East, a senior Saudi official said on Friday.  Full Article 

Handout photo from the film "Welcome Back"
Movie Review

'Welcome Back' is sporadically funny

Anees Bazmee’s 2007 “Welcome” was one of those ‘guilty pleasure’ films, salvaged in great part by a talented cast and some clever dialogue. Eight years later, Bazmee tries to recreate the same formula. “Welcome Back” is sporadically funny, one that ebbs and flows; but it just about passes the ‘guilty pleasure’ test thanks to Anil Kapoor and Nana Patekar, writes Shilpa Jamkhandikar.  Full Article | Bollywood 

Director M. Night Shyamalan poses for portrait during the 2015 Comic-Con International Convention in San Diego, California July 9, 2015. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni/Files

Shyamalan goes for horror in 'The Visit'

Known for his plot twists, "The Sixth Sense" and "The Village" film director M. Night Shyamalan returns to cinema screens with comedy horror "The Visit".  Full Article 

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India's Ravichandran Ashwin appeals for an unsuccessful wicket for Sri Lanka's captain Angelo Mathews (not pictured) during the final day of their third and final test cricket match in Colombo, September 1, 2015. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte

When India’s bowlers earned their stripes

Though cricket is a team sport, often batsmen are “seen” to walk away with the limelight in a team’s victory. In the recent series against Sri Lanka, it was India's bowlers who earned their stripes with distinction.  Full Article