Prime Minister Narendra Modi attends an event organised by the Christian community to celebrate the beatification of two Indians by Pope Francis late last year, in New Delhi February 17, 2015.   REUTERS/Stringer

India will not cut food handout programme - PM

India will not scale down its multi-billion dollar food welfare programme that promises ultra-cheap rice and wheat to most of its people, Prime Minister Narendra Modi told lawmakers in parliament on Tuesday.  Full Article 

Taxi group Ola steps up expansion drive 8:06pm IST

MUMBAI - Ola, India's largest online taxi business, will more than double its reach by expanding into 200 cities after this week's acquisition of rival TaxiForSure handed it control of more than 80 percent of the country's organised cab market.

Staff members of a pharmaceutical college light candles arranged in the formation of a ribbon to promote cancer awareness and mark World Cancer Day, in Bengaluru, February 4, 2015. REUTERS/Abhishek N. Chinnappa

Payment delays dent healthcare programmes

India's main public health programmes, aimed at millions of rural poor, have been in disarray for months because the government changed the way that over $1.3 billion in funds were distributed, according to data and letters seen by Reuters.  Full Article | Video 

Pakistan's Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry (R) shakes hands with his Indian counterpart Subrahmanyan Jaishankar before their meeting at the Foreign Ministry in Islamabad, March 3, 2015. REUTERS/Faisal Mahmood
India-Pakistan Talks

Top India-Pakistan diplomats meet to mend ties

India's top diplomat pledged to improve relations with Pakistan on Tuesday after the first meeting with his counterpart since India called off talks aimed at easing the rivals' many disputes last year. Tension between the neighbours has resulted in both armies firing across their disputed border in the region of Kashmir several times in the past year.  Full Article 

Goldman Sachs Asset Management Chairman Jim O'Neill speaks during the Reuters Investment Outlook Summit in London December 6, 2011. REUTERS/Benjamin Beavan
Reuters Interview

Budget lacks wow, but good enough: Jim O’Neill

Jim O’Neill, who coined the term BRICs to highlight emerging economic powerhouses Brazil, Russia, India and China, said India’s budget lacked a “wow” factor but was good enough to push the country on a path of 8 percent growth or more “for a long time”. In an interview, O’Neill gave his views on India’s budget, the BRICS nations, and the government’s decision to adopt inflation targeting.  Full Article 

A general view of vessels at the Visakhapatnam port February 11, 2006. Reuters, Kamal Kishore/Files
Disaster Strategy

How our 'smart cities' could turn out stupid

After Cyclone Hudhud pounded Visakhapatnam last year, the lives of tens of thousands of residents had been spared as a result of a well-rehearsed mass evacuation to shelters. But as the city gears up to become one of India's first "smart cities", officials admit much more must be done to help it cope with increasingly extreme weather - a challenge being recognised in many fast-growing metropolises.  Read 

Pallbearers carry the coffin with the body of Russian leading opposition figure Boris Nemtsov during a memorial service before the funeral in Moscow, March 3, 2015. REUTERS/Maxim Zmeyev

Russians mourn Putin critic Nemtsov

Thousands of Russians, many carrying red carnations, queued on Tuesday to pay their respects to Boris Nemtsov, the Kremlin critic whose murder last week showed the hazards of speaking out against Russian President Vladimir Putin.  Full Article 

Forest guards are silhouetted as they patrol at Gir National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary in Sasan, in Gujarat December 1, 2014. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee/Files
Health And Environment

Deforestation could leave India high and dry

Large-scale deforestation could cause monsoon rains to shift south, cutting rainfall in India by nearly a fifth, scientists say. Deforestation has long been known to cause temperature increases in local areas, but new research published on Tuesday shows a potentially wider impact on monsoon rains.  Full Article 

Greek national flags are displayed for sale at the entrance of a one Euro shop in Athens March 2, 2015. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

Mixed messages on third Greek bailout talks

Euro zone countries are discussing a third bailout for Greece worth 30 billion to 50 billion euros, Spain's economy minister said on Monday, but EU officials said there were no such talks. Speaking at an event in Spain, Economy Minister Luis de Guindos said the new rescue plan would set more flexible conditions for Greece, which had no alternative other than European support.  Full Article 

Cats surround village nurse and Ozu city official Atsuko Ogata as she sits on the steps of the local medial centre on Aoshima Island in the Ehime prefecture in southern Japan February 25, 2015. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

It's raining cats, tourists on a Japanese island

An army of feral cats rules a remote island in southern Japan, curling up in abandoned houses or strutting about in a fishing village that is overrun with felines outnumbering humans six to one.  Full Article 

Latest Headlines

Mohammed Emwazi

The horror of ‘Jihadi John’ and the ‘Jihadi Janes’

Young men and women become radicalized in the quiet of their bedroom, sitting before a computer screen, often after they’ve done their homework. For all the efforts to counter it – increasingly by Muslim activists, scholars, parents, teachers – the digitalized hatred grows. There are many, many, would-be Jihadi Johns – and Jihadi Janes.  Commentary 

Expert Zone

Paul Donovan

A global lesson from Europe

“The euro area is in crisis” is not the most thrilling way to open an article. The region is seemingly always in crisis, resembling an opera by Wagner – very, very long, with lots of wailing and melodrama, generally conducted in German. The perpetual round of emergency summits and last-minute deals is something investors have had to get used to.  Full Article 

David Wise

How much does it cost to watch a suspected militant? Lots.

Surveillance is a double-edged tool. Catching terrorists is vital to protect the country. But we also want to live in a society where liberty and security are balanced, and the government does not follow people around without good reason. From that perspective, the high cost and difficulty of maintaining a continuous surveillance on a suspect may not be entirely bad in a democracy.  Opinion