Indian Navy sailors are reflected in a puddle as they take part in the 66th Republic Day parade in Kochi, January 26, 2015. REUTERS/Sivaram V

Rain on parade, but Obama visit keeps spirits high

U.S. President Barack Obama watched a parade of India's military might and cultural diversity on Monday, the second day of a visit trumpeted as a chance to establish a robust strategic partnership between the two countries.  Full Article | Factbox 

Greek leftist leader Tsipras claims victory over austerity 10:06am IST

ATHENS - Greek leftist leader Alexis Tsipras promised on Sunday that five years of austerity, "humiliation and suffering" imposed by international creditors were over after his Syriza party swept to victory in a snap election on Sunday.

A man jumps to head a ball during his soccer practice in a public park on a foggy morning in Kolkata December 5, 2014.  REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri/Files

Indifferent India tunes out Asian Cup

While the cream of Asian football fights for glory in the region's biggest tournament, the indifference of Indian broadcasters to the Asian Cup is a setback to those hoping to grow the game in the country.  Article 

Ground staff wave to a Malaysian Airlines aircraft as it leaves Kuala Lumpur International airport in Sepang outside Kuala Lumpur November 17, 2014. REUTERS/Olivia Harris/Files

"Cyber Caliphate" hacks Malaysia Airlines site

The official website of national carrier Malaysia Airlines,, was hacked on Monday by a group that calls itself the "Official Cyber Caliphate".  Full Article 

People are silhouetted as they pose with mobile devices in front of a screen projected with a Facebook logo, in this picture illustration taken in Zenica October 29, 2014. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Files

Turkey tells FB to block anti-Mohammad pages

A Turkish court has ordered Facebook to block pages deemed insulting to the Prophet Mohammad, threatening to stop access to the whole social networking site if it does not comply.  Full Article 

The cast of "Birdman" (L-R) Andrea Riseborough, Emma Stone, Amy Ryan, Naomi Watts, Edward Norton and Michael Keaton pose backstage with their award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture at the 21st annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles, California January 25, 2015. REUTERS/Mike Blake
SAG Awards

'Birdman' wins top honor from Hollywood actors

The show business satire "Birdman" picked up another important award in its march toward the best picture Oscar by winning the top honor from Hollywood's actors on Sunday.  Full Article 

Serena Williams of the U.S. celebrates after defeating Garbine Muguruza of Spain in their women's singles fourth round match at the Australian Open 2015 tennis tournament in Melbourne January 26, 2015.  REUTERS/Issei Kato
Australian Open

Serena beats Muguruza to reach quarters

Serena Williams avenged last year's French Open loss to Garbine Muguruza at the Australian Open, overhauling the hard-hitting Spaniard 2-6 6-3 6-2 to reach the quarter-finals.  Full Article 

United States one dollar bills are inspected under a magnifying glass during production at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in Washington November 14, 2014. REUTERS/Gary Cameron/Files
Wealth Management

Got a spare billion? Investment bankers to help

The growing ranks of the super rich and their increased appetite for risk have caught the eye of investment bankers. Traditionally focused on companies and institutions, investment banks are hiring staff and reorganising teams to cater to wealthy clans, from Chinese multi-millionaires to old world dynasties in Europe and the United States.  Full Article 

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Author Jhumpa Lahiri poses with her novel "The Lowland", ahead of the 2014 Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction in London June 4, 2014. REUTERS/Neil Hall/Files

Lahiri scoops $50,000 DSC Prize for South Asian fiction

Pulitzer Prize winning author Jhumpa Lahiri won the DSC Prize for South Asian fiction on Thursday, the third straight year a writer of Indian origin has carried off the annual $50,000 prize that recognises the region's top literary talent. Lahiri, who won a Pulitzer Prize in 2000, was the best-known author on a shortlist of five writers with her entry "The Lowland," a tale of brothers bound by tragedy.  Read 

'The Red Sari'

Sonia Gandhi.

Attempts to block book on Sonia Gandhi only fuelled interest - author

Efforts by the Congress party to block the publication of a "dramatized" biography of president Sonia Gandhi only stoked interest in the book, said author Javier Moro. "The Red Sari", the English translation of the 2008 Spanish-language "El sari rojo", hit bookstands in India seven months after the party was ousted after a decade in power.  Full Article 

Climate feels right for certain deals in Davos

Climate feels right for certain deals in Davos

Global business leaders and bankers convene this week for the World Economic Forum fresh off a $3.5 trillion year of mergers, the biggest tally of the post-financial crisis era. While the momentum creates an ideal climate for corporate dealmaking, it’s less clear the atmosphere is conducive to strike the more important political accords for which Davos has become renowned.  Full Article 

Andy Mukherjee

Asia’s big demons: debt, deflation, demographics

Asia is battling not one but three demons. The unholy trinity of debt, deflation and demographics threatens to sap the region’s growth potential. Fending off the challenge requires central banks to cut borrowing costs. But they are reluctant to do so when U.S. interest rates are poised to rise. That could turn out to be a huge error.  Full Article 

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