India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi gives a speech during his lecture meeting hosted by Nikkei Inc. and Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) in Tokyo September 2, 2014. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

U.S. to press India on trade row during Modi's visit

The United States said on Wednesday it will press India's new prime minister to end his blockage of a global trade pact when he visits Washington this month, something that could dampen the mood of a trip aimed at revitalizing strategic ties.  Full Article 

Dollar soars to six-year peak on yen after Fed, Tokyo stocks cheer 8:56am IST

SYDNEY/TOKYO - Japanese shares jumped on Thursday after the dollar vaulted to a six-year peak on the yen as the Federal Reserve's outlook for rising rates underlined the diverging path between the United states and the rest of the rich world.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi presents a bouquet to China's President Xi Jinping (L) before their meeting in Ahmedabad September 17, 2014. REUTERS/Amit Dave
Sino-Indian Ties

Border rows, railways likely topics of talks

Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in India on Wednesday as the two Asian giants take steps to boost commercial ties. China has pledged to invest billions of dollars in Indian railways, industrial parks and roads, but ties between the nuclear-armed nations have long been held back by distrust, mostly over their contested border.  Story 

'Yes' campaigners gather for a rally in George Square, Glasgow, Scotland September 17, 2014. REUTERS/Paul Hackett
Scotland Referendum

World holds breath, most hope Scots vote "No"

The world is holding its breath but mostly hoping Scotland will vote "No" to independence from Britain. For reasons of self-interest and geopolitics, major powers are praying the UK holds together.  Article 

U.S. President Barack Obama shakes hands before speaking after a military briefing at U.S. Central Command at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida, September 17, 2014.REUTERS/Larry Downing

Obama: U.S. won't fight a ground war in Iraq

Barack Obama vowed the United States will not fight another ground war in Iraq but his spokesman said some military advisers could end up in front-line positions against Islamic State.  Full Article 

A Ranbaxy office building is pictured in Mohali May 14, 2013. REUTERS/Ajay Verma/Files
Pharma

US seeks information on pricing data: Ranbaxy

Generic drugmaker Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd said on Wednesday that federal authorities in the United States had sought details on how it reports pricing data for some products eligible for reimbursement under the Medicaid program.  Full Article 

Lecrae poses with his Grammy award for Best Gospel Album for "Gravity" backstage at the 55th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California February 10, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Alcorn/Files

Rapper Lecrae leads Billboard 200 chart

Rapper Lecrae earned his first chart-topping album on the weekly U.S. Billboard 200 album chart on Wednesday, leading seven new records in the top ten of the chart.  Full Article 

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Monetary Policy

ENVIRONMENT

Give the public a role in Clean Ganga project, says Rajendra Pachauri

Give public a role in cleaning Ganga: Pachauri

India’s holiest river is due for a clean-up, with PM Narendra Modi taking personal responsibility for restoring the Ganga and ridding the river of industrial effluents and untreated sewage. Rajendra Pachauri, chairman of the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, spoke to Reuters on the Ganga project, need for transparency and how the public could help.  Read 

IINDIA INSIGHT

Director Danis Tanovic gestures during a photocall to promote the movie "Epizoda u Zivotu Beraca Zeljeza" (An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker) at the 63rd Berlinale International Film Festival in Berlin February 13, 2013.  REUTERS/Tobias Schwarz/FIles

Hashmi is a “calm, decent guy”: Tanovic

When Danis Tanovic chose Bollywood star Emraan Hashmi to play a Pakistani whistle-blower in his new project, the Oscar-winning Bosnian film-maker wasn’t aware of the actor’s notoriety as Indian cinema’s “serial kisser”. Tanovic eventually watched some of Hashmi’s Bollywood hits and found it funny that the actor had such a different image in India.  Article 

C. Uday Bhaskar

China’s WMD cooperation with Pakistan looms over Xi-Modi talks

Over the last few decades, there is a strongly held view in New Delhi that while espousing peaceful relations, Beijing has assiduously sought to ‘contain’ India by entering into a deep and covert strategic relationship with Pakistan. Thus, it was encouraging to note that on eve of Xi’s visit to India, a Beijing official tried to assuage Indian anxieties.  Read 

Davis Cup

Anupam Pratihary

Indian tennis players “lack killer instinct”: Bogdan Obradovic

Riding on the back of two magnificent comeback matches, Yuki Bhambri had everything going for him in the final rubber of the India-Serbia World Group play-off tie. Yuki had the “momentum” going into the match against Filip Krajinovic, but he didn’t bring two ingredients to the court: tenacity and killer instinct. India paid dearly.  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 

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