The veiled mother of one of the two teenage girls, who were raped and hanged from a tree, walks along with policemen at Budaun district in Uttar Pradesh May 31, 2014. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee/Files

Forensic report complicates double rape, murder case

The Central Bureau of Investigation is analysing a forensic report that found that two teenage girls, earlier believed to have been raped before they were murdered, were not sexually assaulted.  Full Article 

European powers float idea of Gaza monitoring mechanism 4:51am IST

UNITED NATIONS - Britain, France and Germany have floated the idea of creating a monitoring and verification mechanism for any future ceasefire between Israel and the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip to prevent future conflicts, a senior British diplomat said on Friday.

Stock brokers look at computer screens at a brokerge firm in Mumbai March 23, 2009. REUTERS/Arko Datta/Files

Markets this week: Cipla, BHEL top gainers

The BSE Sensex closed 0.7 percent higher in a week that was marked by two successive record highs for the benchmark. Narendra Modi’s Independence Day speech and easing wholesale inflation boosted sentiment earlier in the week. Buying of Indian equities by foreign investors and a slide in Brent crude prices also helped.  Full Article 

Human rights activist Irom Sharmila speaks to the media outside a prison hospital in Imphal August 20, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer
India

Hunger striking activist Irom re-arrested - police

Human rights activist Irom Sharmila, on hunger strike for the last 14 years in protest against alleged army atrocities, was arrested again on Friday two days after being released from hospital detention. Images of the cousins, still hanging from a mango tree in a village in Uttar Pradesh, shocked the world in May and threw light on an enduring culture of sexual and caste violence in India.   Full Article 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi waves as he leaves after the commissioning ceremony of warship, INS Kolkata at a naval base in Mumbai August 16, 2014.  REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui
Governance

Indians keep faith with PM Narendra Modi

More than 70 percent of Indians are satisfied with the leadership of PM Narendra Modi since he took office, an opinion poll showed, seeing in him the best hope to put the economy back on track. The poll by India Today-Hansa Research stands out in contrast with the disappointment that top political economists, including those who advised the Modi campaign, have voiced over his failure to announce big reforms.  Read 

Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski (L-R), Thomas Mueller, Juan Bernat, Arjen Robben and Mario Goetze celebrate a goal during their German Bundesliga first division soccer match against Wolfsburg in Munich August 22, 2014. REUTERS/Michaela Rehle
Soccer

Robben, Mueller score as Bayern start with win

Champions Bayern Munich made a winning start in the Bundesliga on Friday, beating ambitious VfL Wolfsburg 2-1 with Dutchman Arjen Robben scoring one goal and setting up the other for World Cup winner Thomas Mueller.  Full Article 

Subcontinent's pictures from 1850-1910

Subcontinent's pictures from 1850-1910

From the first pictures of the Taj Mahal to the 'Hairy family of Burma', a new exhibition in India’s capital showcases some of the earliest photographs from South Asia, taken between 1850 and 1910. Around 250 images from India, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Nepal are on display at the “Drawn from Light: Early Photography and the Indian Sub-continent” exhibition.  Full Article 

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Anatole Kaletsky

A market roller-coaster is due – just not yet

In the not-too-distant future, investors are certain to suffer some big and painful losses - even if I am right in expecting equity prices to continue rising in the long term. What kind of event is most likely to end this bull run, or at least interrupt it with a setback of 20 percent or more? The answer is a major economic crisis. Another possible trigger would be a substantial interest rate increase.  Commentary 

Anatomy of an air strike: Three intelligence streams working in concert

Anatomy of an air strike: Three intelligence streams working in concert

In a fast-moving war with an elusive foe like the Islamic State militants, information is as important as guns, jet fighters and bombs. U.S. spies, eavesdroppers and airstrike controllers now have a lot of work to do together to catch up to the situation on the ground in northern Iraq, writes David Axe and Robert Beckhusen of Medium.com.  Commentary 

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Did America’s policy on ransom contribute to James Foley’s killing?

Did U.S. policy on ransom contribute to Foley’s killing?

James Foley’s execution is a wake-up call for U.S. and European policymakers, as well as U.S. news outlets and aid groups. It shows how different responses to kidnappings by U.S. and Europe save European hostages but can doom the Americans.  Full Article 

Deepak Yohannan

Long-term motor insurance might work

The insurance regulator has allowed three-year insurance policies for two-wheelers. The good part for consumers is that premiums would not change within the three years. Insurance companies on their part would be happy as the claims in this segment are not too high. If the move is successful, we may even see four-wheeler insurance being offered for a longer duration.  Opinion 

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What’s Scotland’s problem with a United Kingdom?

What’s Scotland’s problem with a United Kingdom?

Though Scotland remains a great creator of myths about itself, it has strained to make a case that it has suffered much under English domination. In the late 1990s, it hooked itself to the Braveheart phenomenon – the surge of anti-English nationalism unleashed by Mel Gibson’s piece of adolescent fantasy – but even nationalists are now embarrassed by that.  Article 

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