Supporters of Prime Minister Narendra Modi cheer during a rally in Mathura, India, May 25, 2015. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

One year on, Prime Minister Modi courts India's poor

Prime Minister Narendra Modi told thousands of supporters his government was devoted to the poor on Monday, directly tackling criticism he has governed for the rich and failed farmers in his first year in office.  Article | One year on - Modi, reforms and markets 

Oil prices gain as firm demand outweighs dollar strength 25 May 2015

CALGARY, Alberta - Crude oil futures rose on Monday as firm global demand offset a strong dollar, although a holiday in the United States and much of Europe kept trading muted.

A policeman is silhouetted against the setting sun as he stands guard on the banks of river Tawi ahead of Republic Day celebrations in Jammu January 23, 2012. REUTERS/Mukesh Gupta/Files
Kashmir Attack

Militants kill five, target telecoms in Kashmir

Militants killed four soldiers and an employee of a mobile phone shop in Jammu & Kashmir on Monday, in a spate of attacks in the disputed region. In Sopore, one employee was killed and two wounded when militants fired at a franchise outlet of BSNL. In a separate incident, three soldiers were killed and a fourth wounded by a group of six or seven gunmen.  Full Article 

REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE: A member loyal to the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) waves an ISIL flag in Raqqa June 29, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer/Files
Islamic State

Bangladesh IS suspect worked at Coke unit

One of two men arrested in Bangladesh as a suspected member of Islamic State was an IT manager at a subsidiary of Coca-Cola Co, police and company sources told Reuters on Monday.  Full Article 

People load earthquake relief aids on a tractor with a trailer in Gorkha District May 20, 2015. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar
Asia

Donor fatigue hits Nepal after mega quake: U.N.

The international community's response to devastating earthquakes in Nepal has been disappointing, a U.N. official said, adding that donors were focusing more on reconstruction than food and shelter.  Article 

Cricket - England v New Zealand - Investec Test Series First Test - Lord's - 25/5/15 England's Ben Stokes is watched by Stuart Broad Action Images via Reuters / Philip Brown Livepic

Stokes leads England to dramatic win at Lord's

Ben Stokes took two wickets in two balls to inspire England to victory over New Zealand by 124 runs on a pulsating final day of the first test at Lord's on Monday.  Full Article 

Shareholders arrive for the Daimler annual shareholder meeting in Berlin April 1, 2015. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke/Files

Daimler, Baidu team up in connected cars drive

German carmaker Daimler is to make software from web services company Baidu available in its Chinese Mercedes-Benz cars as part of a trend of deepening ties between carmakers and consumer technology companies.  Full Article 

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Scorching Summer

A girl bathes to cool off herself with water that is leaking from a broken pipe valve on a hot summer day on the outskirts of Ahmedabad, May 18, 2015. REUTERS/Amit Dave

More than 500 people killed as heat wave bakes parts of India

Soaring temperatures have gripped parts of southern and northern India in an extreme heat wave which has killed more than 500 people and looks set to continue this week, officials said on Monday.  Full Article 

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 

Sajan Pillai

How India can support its start-ups

There is no reason why India cannot be the innovation capital of the world, home to the next Google or Amazon. However, the government needs to ensure ideas are given the opportunity to grow into a business. Creating tax reforms, bringing in venture capital, and creating simple policies for new businesses is the way to spark this transformation.  Full Article 

Fizan Abdullah

Surgery so simple a gardener can do it – but he probably shouldn’t

A number of readily teachable surgical procedures can stem much of the rising tide of human suffering. We associate surgery with space-age operating rooms filled with fancy equipment. A handful of conditions require that. But many do not. Non-surgeons trained to do simple procedures can alleviate up to three-quarters of the surgical need in underserved regions.  Read 

Edward Hadas

The uses and abuses of Gross Domestic Product

Numbers can lie, and undoubtedly will when they accumulate years of approximations, estimates and exclusions. It is probably hopeless to suggest that many of the innumerable data series based on GDP should simply be discarded just because they are mostly false and misleading. They are too popular for that. However, GDP is certainly a measure that should be used with extreme caution.  Full Article 

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