The Wipro campus is seen in Bangalore June 23, 2009.  REUTERS/Punit Paranjpe/Files

Wipro eyes U.S. boost after Q2 misses forecasts

India's third-biggest software services firm Wipro Ltd narrowly missed market expectations with an eight percent rise in second-quarter profit, but said it saw a rosier end to the year as more confident U.S. clients increase spending.  Full Article 

Nifty gains for fourth straight session; automakers surge 4:55pm IST

MUMBAI - The BSE Sensex and Nifty rose on Wednesday for a fourth straight session of gains, tracking stronger global markets and closing at their highest in nearly a month as automakers surged on hopes of better sales in the festive season.

A man walks past a billboard of property developer DLF Ltd. in Mumbai May 25, 2007.  REUTERS/Arko Datta/Files

Cleaning up India's grubby business climate

An unprecedented ban on 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.  Full Article 

A driver waits in a taxi for his turn to fill up his tank with diesel at a fuel station in Kolkata June 14, 2012. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri/Files
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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 policeman walks past a logo of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) during a governing council meeting of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at BCCI headquarters in Mumbai April 26, 2010.  REUTERS/Arko Datta/Files

ICC 'concerned' by India-West Indies dispute

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has expressed its concern about the dispute between the Indian and West Indian cricket boards but says it is powerless to intervene.  Full Article 

Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani (C) inspects the honour guard before performing Eid al-Adha prayers at the presidential palace in Kabul, October 4, 2014. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani

Afghan president's first trip abroad to China

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani will travel to China this month, China's Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday, marking what will be the leader's first foreign trip since being sworn in September after a protracted election stalemate.  Full Article 

A  Cisco logo is seen at its customer briefing centre in Beijing, November 14, 2013. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon/Files

Big Tech winning battle with 'patent trolls'

For two decades, companies that buy software patents to sue technology giants have been the scourge of Silicon Valley. Reviled as patent trolls, they have attacked everything from Google's online ads to Apple's iPhone features, sometimes winning hundreds of millions of dollars. But now the trolls are in retreat from the tech titans.  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 

John Lloyd

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 

Oil pumping machine.

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