Vehicles travel past a Delhi-Jaipur national highway flyover under construction at Manesar in Haryana, July 24, 2014. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi/Files

Economy to grow 5.8 pct in 2014/15, says Mayaram

India's economy is on course to grow by around 5.8 percent in the fiscal year to March 2015, the finance ministry's top official said on Thursday, expressing confidence that "green shoots" of recovery were taking hold.  Full Article 

U.S. regulator alleges Dr. Reddy's breached packaging rules 12:27pm IST

MUMBAI - Export-focused drugmaker Dr. Reddy's Laboratories Ltd said it was in talks with a U.S. regulator over allegations it violated packaging rules for some prescription drugs sold there between 2008 and 2012.

Reporters speak on their phones after attending a news conference during the international player draft for the Indian Super League in Mumbai August 21, 2014. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

Sachin team picks ex-Newcastle striker Chopra

Former Newcastle United striker Michael Chopra was picked by the Kerala Blasters, co-owned by cricketing great Sachin Tendulkar, in an international draft for the upcoming Indian Super League on Thursday. A total of 49 foreign players will be drafted during the session for the league, which is slated to run from October to December. Seven players have been directly recruited by the teams.  Full Article 

‘Katiyabaaz’ turns banal reality into gripping tale
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‘Katiyabaaz’ turns banal reality into gripping tale

“Katiyabaaz” takes a compelling, objective look at an enormous problem, and transforms the mundane, all-too-familiar reality of India’s power crisis into a gripping tale of Indian ingenuity and battle for survival. The movie releases on Friday; watch it if stark reality on celluloid does not leave you feeling bored, short-changed or overwhelmed, writes Anupriya Kumar.  Full Article 

Employees work at Tata Lockheed Martin Aerostructures Ltd., on the outskirts of Hyderabad August 20, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer

Firms tool up for orders on Modi's pledge

Some of India's biggest companies are pouring billions of dollars into manufacturing guns, ships and tanks for the country's military, buoyed by the new government's commitment to upgrade its armed forces using domestic factories. India will spend $250 billion in the next decade on kit, analysts estimate, to upgrade its Soviet-era military and narrow the gap with China.  Full Article 

Israeli soldiers ride atop armoured personnel carriers (APCs) (C and R) near the border with the Gaza Strip August 20, 2014. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

Hamas: Israel killed 3 top Gaza commanders

An Israel air strike killed three top Hamas military commanders in Gaza, the group said, the clear sign yet Israel is focusing its assault on those leading attacks from the Palestinian enclave.  Article | Video 

Thailand's newly appointed Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha smiles during his visit to the 2nd Infantry Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, Queen's Guard in Chonburi province, on the outskirts of Bangkok August 21, 2014. REUTERS/Chaiwat Subprasom
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Thai junta leader appointed PM by parliament

Thai coup leader General Prayuth Chan-ocha was named prime minister by a legislature he hand-picked, giving him a veneer of legitimacy even as the army carries on efforts to silence critics.  Read 

Nokia's Asha mobile phones are seen in a Helsinki mobile phone store January 21, 2014. REUTERS/Antti Aimo-Koivisto/Lehtikuva/Files

Opera takes over Microsoft phones browser unit

Norwegian software maker Opera signed a deal to take over the browser building unit of Microsoft's Nokia mobile phone unit and reported second-quarter earnings above expectations on Thursday, sending its shares sharply higher.  Full Article 

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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 

Girindre Beeharry

A call to action to galvanize momentum around maternal, child health

We are now 500 days from the target date for the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Taking stock of existing challenges, I believe we must take a renewed look at the issue of maternal and child health. These issues will pose one of the most significant tests in our pursuit of the MDGs.  Column 

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