Labourers unload sacks filled with wheat from a truck at the Punjab State Civil Supplies Corporation Limited (PUNSUP) godown at a wholesale grain market in Punjab, May 6, 2015. REUTERS/Ajay Verma

India's economic growth seen outstripping China

India's government and businesses are pushing for an interest rate cut next week even though data on Friday may show output is expanding faster than China's, in the latest sign of concerns that the figures are masking weaknesses in the economy.  Full Article 

Sahara denies report of it bidding for Grosvenor House 28 May 2015

MUMBAI - Troubled conglomerate Sahara, the founder of which has been held in a jail for more than a year, has dismissed media reports saying it is participating in an auction of the Grosvenor House hotel in London as "incorrect and speculative".

Eicher Motors Ltd. Chief Executive Officer Siddhartha Lal (R) and President of Royal Enfield Rudratej Singh (C) pose during the launch of their limited edition motorcycle at Royal Enfield's new flagship store in New Delhi, India, May 28, 2015. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

Enfield eyes new markets to rev up growth

Iconic motorbike maker Royal Enfield, owned by India's Eicher Motors, is planning to push into Latin America and Southeast Asian markets to boost profits, CEO Siddhartha Lal told Reuters. Royal Enfield plans to spend $78 mln in 2015 on its global expansion, building two new technology centres, of which one is in Britain, and increasing its Indian production capacity by 50 pct to 450,000 vehicles.  Full Article 

A woman walks along the road with her face covered to protect herself from sun stroke on a hot summer day in Chandigarh, May 28, 2015. REUTERS/Ajay Verma
Scorching Summer

At least 1,300 killed in heat wave across India

Hundreds of deaths caused by an extreme heat wave in India could have been prevented if authorities followed the example set by Ahmedabad which introduced measures such as cooling spaces to protect citizens from the rising mercury, climate experts said.  Read 

A salesman displays a Blackberry mobile phone to customers next to dummy handsets at a shop in Jammu October 13, 2011. REUTERS/Mukesh Gupta/Files
Top News

Dozens of phone towers shut down in Kashmir

Dozens of communications towers have been shut down in an area of Kashmir after a string of attacks and threats by militants, who say cell phone services are being used to target their members.  Full Article 

A staff walks past a logo of soccer's international governing body FIFA at their headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland, May 27, 2015. REUTERS/Ruben Sprich
FIFA Corruption Scandal

FIFA brothers scrambled to deposit cash hoard

Two brothers who pleaded guilty in the FIFA soccer bribery scandal deposited large sums of cash in a frenzied series of visits to U.S. banks, hoping to avoid detection by authorities, U.S. court documents released this week showed.  Full Article | Main story 

The captain's room of an abandoned boat which carried Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants from Thailand, found off the coast near the city of Kuta Binje, Indonesia's Aceh Province May 20, 2015. REUTERS/Beawiharta

U.S. says need to save thousands of lives

The United States said on Friday that thousands of vulnerable migrants adrift in Southeast Asian seas needed urgent rescue, as countries gathered in Bangkok to discuss the regional crisis.  Read 

Broadcom's Asia operations headquarters office is seen at an industrial park in Singapore September 16, 2014. REUTERS/Edgar Su/Files
Deals

Avago to buy Broadcom for $37 billion

Avago Technologies Ltd agreed on Thursday to buy Broadcom Corp for $37 billion in the largest merger of chipmakers ever, turning a lesser known company run by a ferocious dealmaker into one of the biggest industry players.  Full Article 

Serena Williams of the U.S. reacts during the women's singles match against Anna-Lena Friedsam of Germany at the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, May 28, 2015. REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier
French Open

Serena escapes as seeds continue to fall

The pre-tournament shortlist of favourites for the French Open women's crown continued to shrink and for a while it looked as though top seed, Serena Williams, would also vanish.  Full Article 

Actor Dwayne Johnson speaks during his hand and footprints ceremony in the forecourt of the TCL Chinese Theatre in celebration of his new movie San Andreas in Hollywood, California May 19, 2015. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok

'San Andreas' set to shake up box office

Director Brad Peyton grilled scientists, scoured earthquake footage and submerged sets in one of the world's biggest water tanks to create the biggest earthquake ever to hit California in his new film "San Andreas." That effort might pay off at the box office.  Full Article 

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    Advet Bhambhani

    Meet the man who plans to open India’s first luxury hospital chain

    Advet Bhambhani, the chief executive of ABV Group plans to open luxury hospitals that would resemble hotels, offer personalised care and transport patients from place to place in Rolls Royce cars.   Full Article 

    Peter Van Buren

    Iraq will never be whole again, so what’s next?

    The only way for Iraq to remain unified was a stalemate of force, with no side having the might to win nor weak enough to lose, with negotiations to follow. As the U.S. passively watched the Iranians become its proxy boots on the ground against Islamic State, all the while knowing Tehran’s broader agenda was a Shi’ite Iraqi client, that possibility was lost.  Commentary 

    Josh Cohen

    Breakdown in U.S.-Russia relations raises risk of nuclear-armed jihadists

    Nuclear security in Russia is undoubtedly better than it was in the 1990s. But real problems still remain. Russia continues to have the world’s largest nuclear stockpile and there are more than 200 buildings and bunkers where highly enriched uranium or separated plutonium is stored. Sophisticated criminals could still exploit the weaknesses in Russian nuclear security.  Read 

    Paula Newberg

    Why Pakistan is friends with everyone – and no one

    Though Islamabad hasn’t yet ended the domestic terror that rips through its schools, mosques and markets, or sorted out its hostilities with India, it has embarked on a complicated foreign policy. Seeking to solve its many economic, political and security problems, Pakistan is trying, concurrently, to court four rich and powerful patrons: China, Saudi Arabia, Iran and the U.S.  Read 

    Raffaello Pantucci

    Untangling the web of India, China and Pakistan diplomacy

    India, Pakistan and China need to shed their historical legacies, and find ways of ending the paranoid tensions that underlie their global outlooks. Until this has been achieved, the CPEC, BCIM and any other regional economic framework will be undermined and no long-term stability will be found in the heart of South Asia.  Full Article