A salesman takes a bottle of Hindustan Unilever Limited (HUL) Dove shampoo from a shelf at a shop in Mumbai April 30, 2013. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui/Files

HUL June-quarter net profit rises 4 pct, beats estimates

Hindustan Unilever Ltd sees no immediate sign of recovery in demand for consumer goods after a transport strike last year helped sales volume in April-June outgrow estimates for the first time in eight quarters.  Article | Graphic: One-year performance of HUL shares 

Sensex, Nifty fall to one-week closing low on profit taking 5:04pm IST

MUMBAI - The Sensex and Nifty fell on Monday to their lowest close in a week, as profit-taking hit shares of blue-chips such as ICICI Bank Ltd for a second consecutive session after the record highs of last week.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry gestures at the start of a Mideast crisis meeting at the Quai d'Orsay in Paris, July 26, 2014. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes
India-U.S. Ties

Kerry to woo India, but quick progress unlikely

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry visits India this week as Washington tries to revitalize ties it sees as a counterbalance to China's rising power, but rapid progress is unlikely, despite the reformist reputation of India's new leader. The visit by Kerry, and a trip by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel next month, are meant to create a good climate for Modi's planned visit to Washington in September.  Full Article 

A bronze bull sculpture is seen as an employee walks out of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) building in Mumbai April 1, 2014. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui/Files

How high will the Sensex go?

Chances are that stock prices will rise in the future but not at the breezy pace experienced in the past four months. There will be corrections, though the underlying trend will be upside. Through the rest of the year, the Sensex may go up by about 1,500-2,000 points. It is the next budget that will really be a strong trigger to take the Sensex to much higher levels, writes D H Pai Panandiker.  Full Article 

Palestinians perform the Eid al-Fitr prayer at al-Farouk mosque, which witnesses said was hit by an Israeli air strike, in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip July 28, 2014.  REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa
Gaza Crisis

Gaza residents see no joy in Muslim Eid holiday

One of the most joyous days in the Muslim calendar, the holiday of Eid al-Fitr was marked on Monday by tears and sorrow in the Gaza Strip, left battered by three weeks of merciless fighting between Israel and Hamas Islamists.  Full Article | U.N. for humanitarian ceasefire  

Angela Dyczynski sits on a piece of wreckage of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 near her husband Geaorge (R) during their visit to the crash site near the village of Hrabove (Grabovo), Donetsk region July 26, 2014.  REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin
Ukraine

Experts renew attempt to reach crash site

At least three civilians were killed in overnight fighting in eastern Ukraine and government troops pressed ahead with their campaign against pro-Russian rebels, taking a strategic point close to where Malaysian flight MH17 crashed, officials said on Monday.  Full Article 

The logo of Bitcoin (virtual currency) is pictured on a door in an illustration picture taken at La Maison du Bitcoin in Paris July 11, 2014. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier/Files

Bitcoin catches on in tech-savvy Romania

In a well-lit office with red window frames in downtown Bucharest, Romania's first bitcoin ATM attracts many who until it opened in May had to buy or sell the digital currency face-to-face or through wire transfers.  Full Article 

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Visitors walk past TV sets during Russian President Vladimir Putin's live broadcast nationwide phone-in at the DNS electronic shop in Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk April 17, 2014. REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin/Files

Meet Vladimir Putin’s homophobic, vitriolic, charismatic master of propaganda

Russian President’s popularity has soared at home in the wake of his actions in Ukraine – and the masterful spin his intervention has been given. The joy that greeted his seizure of Crimea was due, at least in part, to a propaganda system more virulent than its Soviet predecessor. At the center of the system is a journalist called Dmitry Kiselyev.  Read 

Shashank Chouhan

Ex-Supreme Court judge Katju stirs the pot

Comments by retired Supreme Court judge Markandey Katju had parliament in uproar. In a blog post published by the Times of India, the chairman of Press Council of India hinted at a connection between the government and judiciary in the elevation of an allegedly corrupt judge. This isn’t the first time that the man heading India’s print media oversight body has stirred the pot.  Full Article 

A computer user poses in front of a Google search page in this photo illustration taken in Brussels May 30, 2014. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir/Files

Plagiarism is dumb. Thinking you’ll get away with it is dumber.

You write a paper? It and all of its sources are on the Internet. You got caught running a red light one night in some godforsaken little town 25 yrs ago? Anyone who doesn’t like you can find the police record. You had a really messy divorce from your childhood sweetheart? Said sweetheart is going to be Googled, located, interviewed and offered a publishing deal.  Read 

‘When Harry Met Sally’ got it wrong 25 years ago

‘When Harry Met Sally’ got it wrong 25 years ago

Some people watch When Harry Met Sally… for the happy ending, the moment when friends finally decide that they want “the sex thing” to get in the way, then decide to get married and spend the rest of their lives together. In initial drafts of the script, they stayed friends, and I think I’d have preferred it that way.  Commentary