A boy carries coal at an open cast coal field at Dhanbad district in Jharkhand September 20, 2012. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood/Files

Foreign firms with India units could mine, sell coal

India could allow commercial coal mining by foreign companies if they set up units in the country, opening the door for global giants like Rio Tinto to access the world's fifth largest coal reserves, a source familiar with the matter said.  Full Article 

Gold hovers near six-week peak amid China slowdown woes 12:06pm IST

SINGAPORE - Gold was trading near its highest level since early September on Wednesday, supported by concerns over slower economic growth in China, although expectations Asian physical demand may slacken kept gains in check.

A banner of real estate firm DLF Ltd. Is seen during the listing ceremony of DLF Ltd. at the Bombay Stock Exchange in Mumbai July 5, 2007.   REUTERS/Arko Datta/Files
Business

Cleaning up India's grubby business climate

An unprecedented ban on DLF, India's largest property developer, from tapping capital markets has fuelled expectations of tougher penalties ahead, as the country's regulators feel emboldened to take on even companies long sheltered by political connections. Cleaning up India's grubby business climate is top of the agenda for both regulators and Narendra Modi's government.  Full Article 

A worker fills diesel in a vehicle at a fuel station in Ahmedabad January 17, 2013. REUTERS/Amit Dave/Files
Economic Pulse

Indian consumers respond to cheaper oil, food

A sharp drop in Brent crude prices since June is a boon for Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his fight to revive an economy growing at its slowest rate since the 1980s. Signs of a strong pickup in hiring by companies are adding to the rosier outlook for Indian households.  Story | Decision to deregulate diesel is 'credit positive' - Moody's 

A girl runs with a firecracker, celebrating the Hindu festival of Diwali, the annual festival of lights, in Mumbai November 3, 2013. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui/Files
Diwali Week

Delhi braces for worst air quality this week

Air quality in New Delhi will deteriorate to "severe" levels this week when Indians set off firecrackers to celebrate the Hindu festival of lights, a government scientist said, leaving many at risk of respiratory problems. The warning is significant as New Delhi dismissed a WHO study which found the capital to have the world's worst air pollution.  Full Article | Slideshow: Diwali celebrations 

Muhammed Ariful Islam, 22, a Dhaka painter who was held captive on a ship before being abandoned on a remote island, cries at a government shelter in Takua Pa district of Phang Nga October 17, 2014.REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

Abductions, prison ships feed Asian slave trade

In a shift of tactics, people are being abducted or tricked and taken to larger ships that act as floating prisons as they anchor in international waters just outside Bangladesh’s maritime boundary. Smuggling, done initially with the consent of those involved, differs from trafficking, which involves entrapment, coercion and deceit.  Full Article 

A woman looks on as she sits amongst displaced people from the minority Yazidi sect, who fled violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar, who are sleeping on the ground at Bajed Kadal refugee camp, southwest of Dohuk province August 23, 2014. REUTERS/Youssef Boudlal

U.N. fears IS attempting genocide on Yazidis

The campaign of Islamic State militants against Iraq's Yazidi minority may be attempted genocide, U.N. Assistant Secretary-General for human rights Ivan Simonovic said.  Full Article | Related Story 

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Yahoo CEO parries activist investor attacks

Yahoo Inc's CEO is trying to steer investor focus away from the tech company's stagnant revenue and toward achievements and growth prospects that have been flying below the radar.  Full Article 

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    Peace Laureate's Call

    Children's right activist Kailash Satyarthi laughs at his office in New Delhi October 10, 2014. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

    Spend less on arms, more on schools, says Nobel laureate Satyarthi

    Countries around the world should cut their defence budgets and invest in education if child labour is to be eradicated, said Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi. Satyarthi founded the charity Bachpan Bachao Andolan (Save the Childhood Movement) in 1980 and has helped rescue over 80,000 children - many of whom were trafficked from poor rural villages.  Full Article 

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    Lessons of Ebola: Unequal in life, unequal in death

    Dr. Margaret Chan, who leads the WHO, sent her chief of staff to a WHO regional conference in Manila to spotlight something we rarely keep in our conscious mind and don’t, collectively, do much about: Inequalities can be a matter of ever-longer life, or a most miserable death: Inequalities can be a matter of ever-longer life, or a most miserable death.   Commentary 

    Being the ‘indispensable nation’ is killing American democracy

    Being the ‘indispensable nation’ is killing American democracy

    America — proudly dubbed the “indispensable nation” by its national-security managers — is now the entangled nation enmeshed in conflicts across the globe. The indispensable nation is permanently engaged across the globe. But endless war undermines the Constitution.   Commentary 

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    Cheap oil is no tonic for Asian economies

    Cheaper oil won’t be much of a tonic for Asian economies. While painful for exporters, sliding prices should benefit consumers of crude. For most in the region, though, less expensive oil is mainly a sign that growth is stalling. The big exceptions are India and Indonesia. For them, the price slide over the past 4 months translates into significant budgetary savings.  Full Article 

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