Finance minister back in hospital for check-up

NEW DELHI - Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has returned to hospital for a check-up after an operation to treat his diabetes, his doctor said on Monday, adding that the minister was doing well and should leave soon.

Sensex falls, may snap three-day gaining streak 11:03am IST

Reuters Market Eye - The BSE Sensex and Nifty were trading in negative territory on Monday, heading towards their first fall in four sessions.

A security personnel officer walks in front of the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C25), carrying the Mars orbiter, before its launch at Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, about 100 km (62 miles) north of Chennai, October 30, 2013. REUTERS/Stringer/Files
India's Mars Voyage

Mars mission enters last lap; crucial test coming

India's first mission to Mars will attempt to put a spacecraft in orbit around the red planet this week, in a crucial test of a low-cost project carrying the country's hopes to join the leaders of a global space race. Launched last November, Mangalyaan aims to study the planet's surface and mineral composition, and scan its atmosphere for methane, a chemical tied to life on Earth.  Full Article | Graphic 

A Ukrainian serviceman is pictured next to an armoured vehicle near the village of Debaltseve in eastern Ukraine September 21, 2014. REUTERS/David Mdzinarishvili

More deaths in Ukraine despite ceasefire

Ukraine reported more deaths among its troops and separatists on Sunday despite a ceasefire, but President Petro Poroshenko defended his peace plan, saying a military solution was no option and Western support could have been at risk.  Full Article 

South Korean President Park Geun-hye speaks to family members of missing passengers who were on the South Korean ferry which sank off Jindo April 17, 2014. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji/Files

Ferry disaster weighs on South Korea president

Park Geun-hye's detached and wary leadership style, which confidants and analysts say seems rooted in her own tragic past in which her father and mother were assassinated, has been a handicap in healing a grieving nation.  Full Article | Reuters interview with Park Geun-hye 

Manchester City's players run towards Frank Lampard (C) after he scored a goal against Chelsea during their English Premier League soccer match at the Etihad stadium in Manchester, northern England September 21, 2014.  REUTERS/Andrew Yates

Lampard haunts Chelsea; Real on goal spree

Frank Lampard scored against his old club Chelsea to earn champions Manchester City a 1-1 draw but Jose Mourinho's men stayed on top of the Premier League.  Full Article 

Alibaba Group Holding Ltd founder Jack Ma (C) rings a ceremonial bell to start trading during his company's initial public offering (IPO) under the ticker "BABA" at the New York Stock Exchange in New York September 19, 2014. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Alibaba IPO ranks as world's biggest

Alibaba Group Holding Ltd's initial public offering now ranks as the world's biggest in history at $25 billion, after the e-commerce giant and some of its shareholders sold additional shares. Overwhelming demand saw the IPO initially raise $21.8 billion and then send Alibaba's stock surging 38 percent in its debut on Friday.   Full Article 

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    Fans rush to HMT as watchmaker marks time

    Fans rush to HMT as watchmaker marks time

    Retailers have reported a spike in sales of HMT watches after media reports said last week that the unprofitable unit of HMT Machine Tools Ltd was likely to wind down. Growing competition and the entry of foreign quartz watches and HMT’s failure to adapt to change led to falling sales, a slump from which the company never recovered.  Article 

    Ankush Arora

    Navtej Sarna on India’s Jerusalem connection

    Indian diplomat Navtej Sarna‘s latest book pieces together the history of an Indian “hospice” in Jerusalem. Spread over seven thousand square metres near the Dome of the Rock, the property has its origins in a visit by Sufi saint Baba Farid about 800 years ago. Farid, a pioneer of the Punjabi literary tradition, supposedly meditated for 40 days in an underground chamber in Jerusalem.  Full Article 

    Nita Bhalla

    India’s greed for dowries lies at heart of many abuses against women

    Despite being outlawed more than half a century ago, the custom of dowry continues unabated – promoting the view that girls and women are a liability and resulting in abuse, discrimination and murder. The mental and physical abuse some women face over dowry demands has driven them to suicide.  Full Article 

    China has not one property problem

    China has not one property problem, but many

    China’s real estate market is big enough that it can have not one property problem but many. A Breakingviews ranking of the forty biggest cities, according to different kinds of risks, shows there are huge differences between local markets. It’s not much consolation, though. A conflagration of regional problems could be just as bad as one big national one.   Full Article 

    Rape myths hide crimes. Just ask these children.

    Rape myths hide crimes. Just ask these children.

    "Hidden in Plain Sight" is an aptly titled new study by the United Nations International Children’s Fund. It shows that one in 10 girls and young women interviewed reported being sexually abused before age 20. “These are uncomfortable facts,” one UNICEF official said of the report, the largest study on global child abuse to date. “No government or parent will want to see them.”  Commentary