Passengers stand at the ticket counter of Indigo Airlines at the airport on the outskirts of Agartala, October 16, 2014. REUTERS/Jayanta Dey/Files

IndiGo heads for up to $400 mln IPO amid travel boom

India's biggest airline by market share, IndiGo, is preparing to file a draft prospectus by May for a stock listing to raise $300 million to $400 million, two people with knowledge of the plans said, aiming to cash in on a boom in budget air travel.  Full Article 

Exclusive: Modi govt puts brakes on India's universal health plan 12:23pm IST

NEW DELHI - Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked for a drastic cutback of an ambitious health care plan after cost estimates came in at $18.5 billion over five years, several government sources said, delaying a promise made in his election manifesto.

Doctors look at the ultrasound scan of a patient at Janakpuri Super Speciality Hospital in New Delhi January 19, 2015. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi/Files
Heathcare

PM Modi puts brakes on universal health plan

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked for a drastic cutback of an ambitious health care plan after cost estimates came in at $18.5 billion over five years, several government sources said, delaying a promise made in his election manifesto. Modi has had to make difficult choices to boost economic growth, leaving less funding immediately available for social sectors.  Full Article 

A picture of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad (R) is seen during the "Syria, on the outskirts of Dawn" photo exhibition, marking the fourth anniversary of the Syrian crisis, at the Opera house in Damascus March 15, 2015. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki

Assad says West wants to weaken Russia

Bashar al-Assad has accused the West of trying to weaken Russia by turning Ukraine into a puppet state, a tactic he said had also been used against Syria.  Article | Video: 'Syria gas attack aftermath' video 

Australia's Steve Smith (R) high-fives with Mitchell Johnson after running out India's Ravindra Jadeja during their Cricket World Cup semi-final match in Sydney, March 26, 2015. REUTERS/David Gray

Form meets pedigree in Australasian final

There's been no place like home for Australia and New Zealand on their respective paths to the World Cup final but just one of the co-hosts will enjoy that particular advantage when they meet in Sunday's title decider.  Full Article | Full Coverage 

A Chinese-made portable media player, which North Koreans call "Notel", is pictured in this photo illustration in Seoul March 25, 2015. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji
Window To The World

Cheap media player symbolises shift in N.Korea

A $50 portable media player is providing many North Koreans a window to the outside world despite the government's efforts to keep its people isolated - a symbol of change in one of the world's most repressed societies. By some estimates, up to half of all urban North Korean households have an easily concealed "notel", used to watch DVDs or content stored on USB sticks.  Full Article 

German police officers shield a person leaving a house believed to belong to the parents of crashed Germanwings flight 4U 9524 co-pilot Andreas Lubitz in Montabaur, March 26, 2015. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
Germanwings Plane Crash

Germanwings co-pilot had depressive episode

The pilot who appears to have deliberately crashed a plane into the French Alps received psychiatric treatment for a "serious depressive episode" six years ago, German tabloid Bild reported.  Full Article 

A U.S. military communication set is displayed for sale at an old items market in Hanoi March 14, 2015. REUTERS/Kham

How to keep war memories alive at home

Grubby satchels, helmets, rusty knives and chunky radios are strewn around Dinh Van Loc's front room, transforming his house in Vietnam's capital into an abandoned battlefield.  Full Article 

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A scientific field assistant measures crop growth in a wheat field inside the campus of Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI) in New Delhi, March 20, 2015. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee

'Satellite god' to help crop mapping

Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants to promote a "per drop, more crop" approach to farming to make better use of scarce water, and aims to have a new satellite crop monitoring system working in time for the peak of this year's monsoon in July. Using remote analysis to assess soil moisture and crop development has the potential to cut input costs and raise yields, say experts.  Full Article 

Vikas Purohit

Indian designers will create new products for online shoppers: Amazon India fashion head

The e-commerce industry in India is expected to cross $100 billion in the next four years. Can designer wear be successful in the medium that attracts many of its users because of discounts? Vikas Purohit, head of fashion at Amazon India, foresees the country’s top designers creating products especially suited to online retail.  Full Article 

Cinderella

Cinderella’s new moral: Be rich or be a pumpkin

Cinderella marriages are getting to be as rare as golden coaches. Economist Jeremy Greenwood has found that your chances of marrying outside your income bracket have been dropping since the 1950s because of something called assortive mating, which means that we are increasingly drawn to people in similar circumstances. Inequality has grown and mobility has stalled.  Commentary 

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Hospital beds, nurses and IV drips at Amazon India Fashion Week

Nine hospital beds in a row and imaginary patients hooked up to intravenous drips. Not the usual setting for a fashion catwalk. But designer Rajesh Pratap Singh returned to his roots for the inaugural show of the Amazon India Fashion Week in New Delhi. Singh, who grew up in a family of doctors, said his show was a tribute to healthcare professionals.  Full Article 

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