A girl who suffers from hearing and speech disorders reacts to the camera at a rehabilitation centre supported by Bhopal Medical Appeal, for children who were born with mental and physical disabilities, in Bhopal November 11, 2014. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

Bhopal's toxic legacy lives on, 30 years after disaster

On the night of Dec. 2, 1984, a factory owned by the U.S. multinational Union Carbide Corp accidentally leaked cyanide gas into the air, killing thousands of largely poor Indians in Bhopal. Thirty years later, the toxic legacy of this factory lives on, say human rights groups, as thousands of tonnes of hazardous waste remains buried underground.  Full Article 

Egyptian court drops case against ex-president Mubarak over 2011 protester deaths 2:47pm IST

CAIRO - An Egyptian court on Saturday dropped its case against ousted president Hosni Mubarak on charges of ordering the killing of protesters during the 2011 revolt that removed him from power.

A crowd gathers at a scene of multiple bombings at Kano Central Mosque November 28, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer

Bombs, gunfire kill 81 at mosque in Nigeria

Gunmen set off three bombs and opened fire on worshippers at the main mosque in north Nigeria's biggest city Kano on Friday, killing at least 81 people, witnesses and officials said.  Full Article | Video 

A woman reads messages as she looks at tributes left to Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes, who died on Thursday, placed at the main gates to the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) November 29, 2014.  REUTERS/David Gray
Cricket

India test postponed after Hughes funeral set

Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes will be buried in his home town on Wednesday, Cricket Australia said on Saturday, forcing the indefinite postponement of the test match against India which was scheduled to begin the following day.   Full Article 

An employee explains the bill to a customer as gold bangles are placed on top of it inside a jewellery showroom in Mumbai August 30, 2013. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui/Files
Commodities

India eases gold import rule in surprise move

India has scrapped a rule mandating traders to export 20 percent of all gold imported into the country, in a surprise move that could cut smuggling and raise legal shipments. Along with a record duty of 10 percent, India introduced the so-called 80:20 import rule tying imports to exports of jewellery last year to bring down inbound shipments and narrow the current account deficit that had hit a record.  Full Article 

Brokers trade on their computer terminals at a stock brokerage firm in Mumbai May 13, 2014. Indian shares rose as much as 2.2 percent on Tuesday, a third consecutive record high, as stocks of companies focused on the domestic sector surged after exit polls showed the Bharatiya Janata Party and its allies winning a majority in the elections. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui (INDIA - Tags: BUSINESS POLITICS ELECTIONS)
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Markets focus on RBI policy review

Investors to focus on the Reserve Bank of India's monetary policy review due on Tuesday. Markets pricing in a rate cut although only 4 out of 45 economists in a Reuters poll say the RBI will cut rates. Focus continues on the ongoing winter session of parliament for cues on further reforms.  Full Article 

A man purported to be the reclusive leader of the militant Islamic State Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has made what would be his first public appearance at a mosque in the centre of Iraq's second city, Mosul, according to a video recording posted on the Internet on July 5, 2014, in this still image taken from video. REUTERS/Social Media Website via Reuters TV/Files
Fighting Islamic State

Killing the head of IS wouldn’t yield results

Many believe that killing the leaders of terrorist organizations like Islamic State could change the course of events in Iraq and Syria. Yet there are reasons to question the premise that killing terrorist leaders is tantamount to progress, writes Arie W. Kruglanski  Read | Related 

A cashier (L) counts currency notes as customers wait inside a bank in Hyderabad March 22, 2010. REUTERS/Krishnendu Halder/Files
Deal Talk

After Kotak deal, more bank takeovers on cards

India is set for more banking acquisitions after a record $2.4 billion takeover last week ended four years of a deals drought, as lenders fight for market share and wider reach amid looming competition from a new breed of players.  Full Article 

'Star Wars' awakens force with new stars

'Star Wars' awakens force with new stars

"There has been an awakening. Have you felt it?" So begins the first teaser trailer released on Friday of the highly anticipated "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," the seventh installment reviving tales of a galaxy far, far away.  Full Article | Video 

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Bengali household name Jamini Roy’s paintings

Bengali household name Jamini Roy’s paintings

In his quest for an Indian identity, painter Jamini Roy rebelled against the British academic training and took to the local, folk idiom. Broad brush strokes, simple forms, stretched eyes, decorative borders and use of flat colours are the dominant motifs in an exhibition of the artist’s works being displayed in Delhi.  Full Article 

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Nandita Das

A Minute With: Nandita Das

Nandita Das might be one of the few Indian actors known outside of India, but she isn’t sure that she wants to be identified as an actor. Das has myriad interests besides acting and directing, the latest of which is CinePlay, a new venture started by her husband. In a telephone interview from the United States, Das spoke about CinePlay and why she isn’t doing too many films.  Read interview 

Forever21

Forever21 sets sights on Indian cities, but please hold the hot pants

Reuters spoke to Timmy Sarna, managing director of DLF Brands, which runs the operations of “fast-fashion” clothing store Forever21 in India. Sarna discussed the recent opening of Forever21’s first store in Bangalore, why store shopping beats online shopping for now, and the company’s expansion plans for Hyderabad, Pune and other cities.  Full Article 

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