Nifty ends below 7,000, Sensex slumps over 3 pct

The NSE Nifty fell 3.4 percent on Thursday to the lowest since May 2014, its biggest daily fall in nearly six months as fears of a slowdown in the global economy hammered markets worldwide.

Worrying imbalances lurk below India's high headline growth 3:32pm IST

NEW DELHI/MUMBAI India's turbocharged growth figures have been criticised by many analysts for giving too flattering a view of Asia's third-largest economy. Closer scrutiny reveals another reason to worry: it's the wrong kind of growth.

Syrian army soldiers and civilians inspect the site of a suicide bombing at a police officers' club in a residential district of Damascus, in Masaken Barza, Syria February 9, 2016. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki
Syria

Death toll in Syrian civil war is 470,000 - report

In five years of civil war, 400,000 Syrians have been killed and another 70,000 have perished due to a lack of basics such as clean water and healthcare, the Guardian newspaper reported reported.  Full Article 

Rosana Vieira Alves holds her 4-month-old daughter Luana Vieira, who was born with microcephaly, in the sea in Olinda, Brazil, February 4, 2016. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino
Zika Outbreak

WHO advises women on Zika protection

The World Health Organisation advised women on Wednesday on how to protect themselves from Zika, particularly if pregnant, but also reassured them that most women in areas affected by the mosquito-borne virus will give birth to "normal infants."  Full Article 

An engineer of Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC) works inside the Kalol oil field in the western Indian state of Gujarat September 12, 2009. REUTERS/Amit Dave/Files

ONGC aims for new drilling contracts

ONGC hopes to agree new cheaper drilling contracts for its western offshore fields, two sources involved in the matter said, in its biggest ever cost-saving drive in response to lower crude prices. The state-owned explorer wants to end existing expensive contracts for drilling rigs signed in the 2014-15 fiscal year.  Story 

A 3D-printed Twitter logo is seen through broken glass, in this picture illustration taken February 8, 2016. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration
Social Media

Twitter making changes, but users not wowed

Since returning to Twitter Inc in July, Chief Executive, Jack Dorsey has made a handful of dramatic changes to the micro-blogging service - and promised more.  Full Article | Video 

U.S. soldier Nicholas Dickhut from 5-20 infantry Regiment attached to 82nd Airborne points his rifle at a doorway after coming under fire by the Taliban while on patrol in Zharay district in Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan in this April 26, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Baz Ratner/Files

Pressure on U.S. for more Afghan air strikes

Pressure is growing on the U.S. military to do more to help Afghan forces repel the threat posed by Taliban militants, and commanders in Washington and Kabul agree that enhanced air power may be where it can make the most difference.  Full Article 

New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum inspects the ball during the fourth day of the second cricket test match against Australia at the WACA ground in Perth, Western Australia, November 16, 2015. REUTERS/David Gray

McCullum set for milestone with 100th test

As the clock ticks down on Brendon McCullum's international career, the New Zealand captain will achieve one more milestone on Friday in the first test against Australia at the Basin Reserve.  Story | Factbox 

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