Finance Minister Arun Jaitley (L) and Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Raghuram Rajan attend a convocation ceremony for students at a university in Mumbai January 9, 2015. REUTERS/Shailesh Andrade/Files

Govt and RBI at odds over who decides rates

Having agreed this week to formally adopt inflation targeting as a guiding star for monetary policy, India's government and central bank remain at odds over how crucial decisions are made.  Full Article 

Samsung Electronics says in talks with Indian states on new factory 12:20pm IST

SEOUL - South Korean technology giant Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Friday that it was in talks with Indian state administrations about building a third manufacturing plant in the country.

West Indies batsman Lendl Simmons walks off the field after being caught out by India's Umesh Yadav during their Cricket World Cup match in Perth, March 6, 2015. REUTERS/David Gray

India vs West Indies highlights

Latest from the cricket World Cup Pool B match between India and West Indies at the WACA on Friday. West Indies won the toss and opted to bat first.  Full Article | Slideshow 

British filmmaker Leslee Udwin poses for a picture after addressing a news conference in New Delhi March 3, 2015. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee
"India's Daughter" Controversy

Stupid to think film promotes rapists - Udwin

British filmmaker Leslee Udwin, whose documentary on the Delhi gang rape of 2012 created a controversy, tells India Insight the argument that airing the convict’s interview would amount to giving him a platform to promote his views was “stupid” and “uneducated”.  Read 

Labourers rest as a boy playfully shovels coal at a yard in Ahmedabad November 20, 2014. REUTERS/Amit Dave
Clyde Russell's Column

India coal output will not gain to heroic forecasts

It's easy to dismiss the Indian government's assertion that the country will be able to more than double coal production in the next five years. But that doesn't answer the question of how close they will get. India will produce 1.5 billion tonnes of coal by the end of this decade, Coal Secretary Anil Swarup told the Coaltrans India conference this week in New Delhi.  Column 

Police control the site after a knife attack outside the Guangzhou Railway Station, Guangdong province, March 6, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer

Knife attack wounds 9 at Chinese train station

Knife-wielding attackers slashed and stabbed people at a railway station in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou, wounding at least nine before police shot dead one of the suspected assailants and arrested another.  Full Article 

An Apple Watch is seen during an Apple event at the Flint Center in Cupertino, California, September 9, 2014. REUTERS/Stephen Lam/Files

Apple lets firms fine-tune Watch apps - report

Apple Inc has allowed some companies to test their apps on its yet-to-be-launched Apple Watch and adjust the tools to the watch's design, Bloomberg reported.  Full Article 

Women carry water as they walk on Margalla Hills in Islamabad January 22, 2015. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra/Files

Dirty water kills more women than AIDS, cancer

Diseases spread through dirty water and poor sanitation are the fifth biggest killer of women worldwide, causing more deaths than AIDS, diabetes or breast cancer, researchers say.  Full Article 

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Fans pose with Fifty Shades of Grey paraphernalia at the film's UK premiere in London, February 12, 2015. REUTERS/Neil Hall

Fifty Shades of Grey’s future gets greyer

Indian audiences might not be able to watch the erotic drama “Fifty Shades of Grey”, even though its producer, Universal Pictures, cut all nudity and several sexually explicit scenes in the film before submitting it to the country’s censor board for review. An examining committee of the censor board objected to some of the language in the film after the studio made the voluntary cuts.  Full Article 

Shilpa Jamkhandikar

Franchise Man swoops in to save Bollywood

At least two studios are focusing on franchises, writing scripts and developing stories that will span at least three films. This is a new concept for Bollywood. In the past, the industry used the term “franchise” loosely. Typically, producers inched their way toward sequels, greenlighting them only once the first film proved successful. Subsequent movies in series didn’t even necessarily share anything.  Read 

Sankalp Phartiyal

Budget lacks wow, but good enough: Jim O’Neill

Jim O’Neill, who coined the term BRICs to highlight emerging economic powerhouses Brazil, Russia, India and China, said India’s budget lacked a “wow” factor but was good enough to push the country on a path of 8 percent growth or more “for a long time”. In an interview, O’Neill gave his views on India’s budget, the BRICS nations, and the government’s decision to adopt inflation targeting.  Full Article | Video 

Barbara F. Walter

Why do European Muslim girls look to Islamic State for marriage material?

The reasons, according to analysts, are roughly the same reasons as for men. Some are alienated from European society. Others are angry at the inequality they see and experience. Still others are looking for adventure or have a romantic idea of wanting to help the Sunni community in the Middle East.  Commentary 

Lynn Stuart Parramore

Four reasons to raise women’s pay that should make men happy

Equal pay for women doing the same work as men should be a no brainer because it’s a matter of fairness. But this isn’t just about sisters getting what they deserve or even a convenient political talking point. Equal pay helps everyone, and ever more Americans are voicing their concern about continued disparities.  Commentary