A pet monkey rides on a recovery truck in the eastern Indian city of Kolkata July 28, 2009. REUTERS/Parth Sanyal/Files

India's IT plans suffer from power cuts - and monkeys

As India launches an $18 billion plan to spread the information revolution to its states, the problems it faces are a holdover from the past - electricity shortages, badly planned, jam-packed cities, and monkeys.  Full Article 

Indian stock markets closed on Thursday and Friday 9:30am IST

REUTERS - India's stock markets are closed on Thursday and Friday due to public holidays. Trading will resume on Monday.

Police and rescue workers search for bodies amongst the rubble after a hillside collapsed onto a house at Laden village, west of Srinagar, March 30, 2015. REUTERS/Danish Ismail
Natural Disaster

Kashmir remains vulnerable to nature's fury

As Kashmir braces for what could be its second major flood in six months, residents are worried that inadequate flood-control infrastructure in the region could see them facing yet more death and devastation. Experts in Kashmir agree that the region needs an alternate flood channel.  Full Article 

RBI chief Raghuram Rajan arrives for a news conference at the bank's headquarters in Mumbai September 4, 2013. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui/Files
Monetary Policy

RBI to hold repo rate next week - Reuters poll

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) will most likely leave its benchmark interest rate unchanged at 7.50 percent at next week's policy meeting, but reduce it by 25 basis points by the end of June, a Reuters poll found. Only nine of the 40 economists surveyed this week expect the RBI to cut the repo rate at the April 7 meeting, while four said it would lower banks' cash reserve ratio to boost their lending power.  Article 

A man shows a packet of government-supplied 'Nirodh' condoms after collecting it from a distribution center at a hospital in New Delhi April 1, 2015.  REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
Sexual Wellness

India's Nirodh condoms to get visual facelift

When it comes to the wrappers of government-supplied condoms, boring is out, attractive is in, but erotic is too much. India is readying a redesign of the staid packaging of its half-century-old condom brand, incorporating pictures of handsome men and gorgeous women, in a desperate bid to seduce customers drawn to fancier versions sold by private firms.  Full Article 

REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE: Pakistan Navy's Agosta 90-B submarine sails on the last day of a four-day defence exhibition IDEAS2006 in Karachi November 24, 2006. REUTERS/Athar Hussain/Files

Pakistan close to buying 8 Chinese submarines

Pakistan is close to signing a $4 to $5 billion deal to buy eight submarines from China, the Financial Times said, in what it added would likely be China's largest overseas arms sale.  Full Article 

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (R) checks his watch outside the Beau Rivage Palace Hotel in a break during Iran nuclear program talks in Lausanne April 1, 2015. REUTERS/Ruben Sprich

Iran talks stretch again, deal close but elusive

Major powers and Iran stretched marathon talks on Tehran's nuclear programme into a second day past their deadline, with diplomats saying prospects for a preliminary agreement were finely balanced between success and collapse in the coming hours.  Full Article 

Reliance Industries' Chairman Mukesh Ambani (R) poses with his wife Nita Ambani before addressing the company's annual general meeting in Mumbai June 7, 2012. REUTERS/Vivek Prakash/Files

Indian firms mock gender diversity - analysts

Corporate India has made a mockery of an order to appoint women directors by recruiting wives, daughters and stepmothers, analysts say. Despite a last-minute rush of appointments to meet the April 1 deadline, more than 200 firms have not complied, and many have responded by installing company bosses' female relatives with no professional experience, analysts say.  Full Article 

Serena Williams poses with a cake celebrating her 700th WTA win after her match against Sabine Lisicki (not pictured) on day ten of the Miami Open at Crandon Park Tennis Center. Williams won 7-6 (4), 1-6, 6-3. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY

Serena's 700th win sets up Halep semi at Miami

World number one Serena Williams overcame a dreadful second set to beat Germany's Sabine Lisicki 7-6(4) 1-6 6-3 on Wednesday for her 700th career win and a berth in the Miami Open semi-finals.  Article 

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Mohamad Bazzi

How Yemen became the front line of a Mideast-wide war

In the early morning of Mar. 26, Saudi Arabia went to war against the Houthi rebels in Yemen. In doing so, Saudi leaders opened the latest chapter in a long history of meddling and influence over their southern neighbor. Since Saudi Arabia was founded in the 1930s, its leaders have tried to keep a friendly regime in power in Yemen and to prevent it from posing a threat to Saudi interests.   Opinion 

Vikas Purohit

Indian designers will create new products for online shoppers: Amazon India fashion head

The e-commerce industry in India is expected to cross $100 billion in the next four years. Can designer wear be successful in the medium that attracts many of its users because of discounts? Vikas Purohit, head of fashion at Amazon India, foresees the country’s top designers creating products especially suited to online retail.  Full Article 


Cinderella’s new moral: Be rich or be a pumpkin

Cinderella marriages are getting to be as rare as golden coaches. Economist Jeremy Greenwood has found that your chances of marrying outside your income bracket have been dropping since the 1950s because of something called assortive mating, which means that we are increasingly drawn to people in similar circumstances. Inequality has grown and mobility has stalled.  Commentary