A thermal camera monitors the body temperature of passengers arriving to Tocumen International airport in Panama City October 15, 2014. REUTERS/Rafael Ibarra

Ebola outbreak: India to step up travel surveillance

India stepped up its efforts on Tuesday to prevent an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus, conducting mock drills at its airports and installing surveillance systems.  Full Article | Full Coverage 

Shares rally on U.S. tech earnings, ECB purchase plans 2:44am IST

NEW YORK - A measure of global equity markets advanced on Tuesday as technology earnings lifted U.S. shares and the prospect of European Central Bank corporate bond purchases boosted European stocks, while weighing on safe-haven U.S. Treasuries prices.

A broker reacts while trading at a stock brokerage firm in Mumbai November 11, 2008. REUTERS/Arko Datta (INDIA)
Settlement of Contracts

Financial Tech told to absorb NSEL, liabilities

The govt ordered trading software provider Financial Technologies (India) Ltd to fully absorb its defunct unit National Spot Exchange Ltd (NSEL) and assume the outstanding liabilities of the troubled commodities bourse. Financial Tech already owned 99.9 percent of NSEL, which was wound down last year after defaulting on obligations to counter-parties amounting to around 55 billion rupees.  Full Article 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks with Finance Minister Arun Jaitley (L) during the launch of the Jan Dhan Yojana, or the Scheme for People's Wealth, in New Delhi August 28, 2014. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi/Files

India warns Pakistan of more pain in border row

India warned Pakistan of more "pain" if it continued to violate a ceasefire on their disputed border in Kashmir and said it was up to Islamabad to create the conditions for a resumption of peace talks. The two sides exchanged mortars & intense gunfire this month.  Read 

Residents light fireworks on the Hindu festival of Diwali in New Delhi October 17, 2009. REUTERS/Reinhard Krause/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 

Displaced people from the minority Yazidi sect, who fled the violence from forces loyal to the Islamic State in Sinjar town, take shelter in Mount Sinjar August 13, 2014. REUTERS/Rodi Said/Files

IS advances against Yazidis on Sinjar mountain

Islamic State militants advanced on Iraq's Sinjar mountain on Tuesday, tightening a siege of thousands of stranded Yazidis, who called on the U.S. and its allies to act.  Read | Anbar key battleground 

File photo of Christophe de Margerie, CEO of the French oil and gas company Total SA at the Elysee Palace in Paris May 5, 2014. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes/Files
Total CEO Dies

Total’s "Big Moustache": deal-make, risk-taker

Christophe de Margerie, the head of French oil and gas giant Total who died when his jet crashed in Moscow, was a gregarious bon vivant with a passion for risk-taking and deal-making. Known as "The Big Moustache" for his bushy, grey moustache, de Margerie, was the most charismatic and outspoken oil executive of his generation.  Obit 

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

West Indies board meet after BCCI threat

The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) began an emergency meeting on Tuesday as the Caribbean body faced up to the crisis caused by the abandonment of their tour in India.  Read | West Indies in trouble 

Designer Oscar De La Renta (C) smiles with models after presenting his Autumn/Winter 2013 collection during New York Fashion Week, February 12, 2013. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson/Files
Fashion

Oscar de la Renta remembered for his designs

Oscar de la Renta, the legendary fashion designer who dressed first ladies and Hollywood stars during a career that spanned five decades, was remembered on Tuesday for his exquisite style, generous heart and tireless philanthropy.  Full Article | Slideshow 

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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 

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