A plane prepares to land at an airport in New Delhi June 4, 2008.   REUTERS/Adnan Abidi/Files

Radioactive leak at Delhi airport, no risk to flyers

Radioactive material leaked from a medical shipment on Friday at Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport, the government and airport officials said, adding that the incident had been contained and there was no risk to passengers.  Full Article 

Budget data to give clues to Modi's capex promise 3:07pm IST

NEW DELHI - Prime Minister Narendra Modi hit his borrowing targets in the last fiscal year by slashing $19 billion in capital spending and data on Friday will show whether he has taken his foot off the brakes in April.

A labourer carries bricks at a brick factory on the outskirts of Agartala, April 30, 2015. REUTERS/Jayanta Dey/Files
Economy

India's GDP growth seen outstripping China

India's government and businesses are pushing for an interest rate cut next week even though data on Friday may show output is expanding faster than China's, in the latest sign of concerns that the figures are masking weaknesses in the economy. Gross domestic product in the three months that ended in March likely grew 7.3 percent from a year earlier, a Reuters' poll of economists found.  Full Article 

Wockhardt hopes to resolve FDA ban

Wockhardt hopes to resolve FDA ban

Generic drugmaker Wockhardt hopes to resolve all concerns raised by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) over manufacturing practices at two of its plants in the current financial year, its chairman said on Friday. A resolution of the lapses would allow Wockhardt to resume exports from its two main India plants to the United States.  Full Article 

A woman rides a motorcycle with her face covered to protect herself from sun stroke on a hot summer day in Chandigarh, India, May 28, 2015.  REUTERS/Ajay Verma
Scorching Summer

Intense heat wave kills 1,786 across India

Officials say 1,786 people have died in northern and southern India over the past week, with temperatures over 46 Celsius baking states such as Andhra Pradesh and Telangana as well as New Delhi. Doctors' leave has been cancelled to help cope with the sick flooding into hospitals and clinics, complaining of headaches, dizziness and fever.  Full Article | In pictures - Sizzling summer in India 

Sherpas load mountaineering equipment used for climbing on yaks after Mount Everest expeditions were cancelled in Solukhumbu district April 27, 2014. REUTERS/Phurba Tenjing Sherpa/Files
Earthquake Aftermath

Nepal may extend Everest climbing permits

Nepal may allow hundreds of foreign mountaineers to climb Mount Everest on the same permit next year after they were forced to abandon their expeditions due to an avalanche triggered by last month's devastating earthquake, a minister said on Friday.  Full Article 

Rohingya migrants who arrived in Indonesia last week by boat walk back after collecting breakfast at a temporary shelter in Aceh Timur regency near Langsa in Indonesia's Aceh Province May 27, 2015.   REUTERS/Darren Whiteside

Myanmar says won't take blame for crisis

Myanmar insisted it was not to blame for Southeast Asia's latest influx of "boat people" at a regional crisis meeting on Friday, as the United States said thousands of vulnerable migrants adrift at sea needed urgent rescue.  Full Article | Slideshow: On board Rohingya boats  

FIFA president Sepp Blatter wears headphones during a joint news conference with Ofer Eini (not pictured), chairman of the Israel Football Association, in Jerusalem May 19, 2015.  REUTERS/Ammar Awad
FIFA Corruption Scandal

Blatter seeks re-election amid scandal

The embattled head of world soccer, FIFA President Sepp Blatter, is expected to be re-elected on Friday despite growing calls for his resignation amid a corruption scandal that has engulfed the sport's governing body.  Full Article | Slideshow - FIFA under fire 

Movie Review: Welcome 2 Karachi

Movie Review: Welcome 2 Karachi

“Welcome 2 Karachi” might have been a slightly better film if the director hadn’t decided to keep adding to the gags, introduce songs that have no place in the narrative, and add a last-minute hijacking for added drama. In short, he should have kept it short, and relied on Arshad Warsi’s comic timing to tide the film over, writes Shilpa Jamkhandikar.  Full Article | Full Coverage: Bollywood 

Vanya Shivashankar (L) of Olathe, Kansas, and Gokul Venkatachalam, St. Louis Missouri lift the trophy after becoming co-champions after the final round of the 88th annual Scripps National Spelling Bee at National Harbor, Maryland May 28, 2015.      REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Two Indian-origin teens win U.S. Spelling Bee

Eighth-graders Gokul Venkatachalam of Chesterfield, Missouri, and Vanya Shivashankar of Olathe, Kansas, were co-winners of the Scripps National Spelling Bee on Thursday.  Full Article 

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    Healthcare

    Advet Bhambhani

    Meet the man who plans to open India’s first luxury hospital chain

    Advet Bhambhani, the chief executive of ABV Group plans to open luxury hospitals that would resemble hotels, offer personalised care and transport patients from place to place in Rolls Royce cars.   Full Article 

    Peter Van Buren

    Iraq will never be whole again, so what’s next?

    The only way for Iraq to remain unified was a stalemate of force, with no side having the might to win nor weak enough to lose, with negotiations to follow. As the U.S. passively watched the Iranians become its proxy boots on the ground against Islamic State, all the while knowing Tehran’s broader agenda was a Shi’ite Iraqi client, that possibility was lost.  Commentary 

    Josh Cohen

    Breakdown in U.S.-Russia relations raises risk of nuclear-armed jihadists

    Nuclear security in Russia is undoubtedly better than it was in the 1990s. But real problems still remain. Russia continues to have the world’s largest nuclear stockpile and there are more than 200 buildings and bunkers where highly enriched uranium or separated plutonium is stored. Sophisticated criminals could still exploit the weaknesses in Russian nuclear security.  Read 

    Paula Newberg

    Why Pakistan is friends with everyone – and no one

    Though Islamabad hasn’t yet ended the domestic terror that rips through its schools, mosques and markets, or sorted out its hostilities with India, it has embarked on a complicated foreign policy. Seeking to solve its many economic, political and security problems, Pakistan is trying, concurrently, to court four rich and powerful patrons: China, Saudi Arabia, Iran and the U.S.  Read 

    Raffaello Pantucci

    Untangling the web of India, China and Pakistan diplomacy

    India, Pakistan and China need to shed their historical legacies, and find ways of ending the paranoid tensions that underlie their global outlooks. Until this has been achieved, the CPEC, BCIM and any other regional economic framework will be undermined and no long-term stability will be found in the heart of South Asia.  Full Article