India pins hopes on China-backed trade bloc

India, concerned at being sidelined from the U.S.-led TPP is stepping up efforts to reach agreement with an alternative trade bloc centred around China, and hopes to reach a deal this year.

Indian scientists express doubt over meteorite death attribution 10 Feb 2016

NEW DELHI Indian scientists have expressed doubt that a man in Tamil Nadu was the first person to have been confirmed killed by a meteorite strike, as the state's top official has declared.

A technician works inside the Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC) group gathering station on the outskirts of the western Indian city of Ahmedabad March 2, 2012. REUTERS/AMIT DAVE

ONGC aims for new drilling contracts

ONGC hopes to agree new cheaper drilling contracts for its western offshore fields, two sources involved in the matter said, in its biggest ever cost-saving drive in response to lower crude prices.  Full Article 

An Indian Navy personnel gestures on the deck of the newly built INS Kochi, a guided missile destroyer, during a media tour at the naval dockyard in Mumbai, September 28, 2015.REUTERS/Shailesh Andrade/Files
Military Ties

U.S., India talk joint patrols in South China Sea

The United States and India have held talks about conducting joint naval patrols that a U.S. defence official said could include the disputed South China Sea, a move that would likely anger Beijing, which claims most of the waterway. India and the United States have ramped up military ties in recent years, holding naval exercises in the Indian Ocean that last year involved the Japanese navy.  Full Article 

A 16-year-old girl stands inside a protection home on the outskirts of New Delhi November 9, 2012. REUTERS/Mansi Thapliyal/Files
Thomson Reuters Foundation

India drafts new anti-trafficking bill

A new bill being drafted in India aims to curb the steep rise in human trafficking by unifying several existing laws, raising the penalties for offenders and providing for victims' rehabilitation, government officials said on Wednesday.  Full Article 

Salim al-Muslat, spokesman for the High Negotiations Committee (HNC), the main Syrian opposition group at the Geneva peace talks, attends a news conference in Geneva, Switzerland, January 31, 2016. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse/Files

Syrian rebels demand U.S. action before talks

Rebel groups urged U.S. President Barack Obama to do more to stop Russian bombing raids in Syria as pressure mounted on Washington ahead of a new round of peace talks this week.  Full Article 

Nepalese Prime Minister Khadga Prashad Sharma Oli, also known as KP Oli, pays his respects to the late former Prime Minister Sushil Koirala in Kathmandu, Nepal, February 9, 2016. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar

Ex-Nepal premier cremated in riverbank funeral

Thousands of mourners attended the state funeral of former Nepali Prime Minister Sushil Koirala who was cremated with Hindu rites by the side of a sacred river in the capital, Kathmandu.  Full Article 

Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump reacts  at his 2016 New Hampshire presidential primary night rally in Manchester, New Hampshire February 9, 2016.  REUTERS/Jim Bourg

Trump for president? Odds improve

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's odds at winning the White House improved significantly after his decisive victory in Tuesday's primary in New Hampshire, online betting site Ladbrokes PLC said.  Read | Christie assesses future of White House bid 

Pakistan's Umar Gul (C) attempts to throw a flying disc during a training session before the second cricket test match against England at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi January 24, 2012. REUTERS/Philip Brown/Files
World T20

Pakistan pick five uncapped players, axe Gul

Pakistan named uncapped bowlers Rumman Raees and Mohammad Nawaz in their squad for the World Twenty20 in India while leaving out experienced paceman Umar Gul.  Full Article 

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