A vendor works at a roadside Maggi noodles eatery in Ahmedabad, June 4, 2015. REUTERS/Amit Dave

Nestle to focus on other products after Maggi scare

Nestle India Ltd will focus on growing its dairy, coffee and confectionary businesses, its new boss said, as the company battles to bring back its popular Maggi noodles that were pulled from shelves over safety concerns.  Full Article 

Bin Laden's half sister, her husband and mother killed in UK jet crash - Arabiya 01 Aug 2015

DUBAI - A sister of former al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was killed along with her husband and mother when a private jet crashed in southern England on Friday, Saudi-owned al-Arabiya television reported on Saturday. | Video

A customer counts money before paying to a vegetable vendor at a market in Mumbai, June 4, 2015. REUTERS/Shailesh Andrade

India's April-June fiscal deficit touches $44.9 bln

India's fiscal deficit during April-June touched 2.87 trillion rupees ($44.86 billion) or 51.6 percent of the target for the 2015/16 fiscal year ending in March 2016, government data showed on Friday.  Full Article 

A child plays on an improvised swing at a slum in Mumbai September 26, 2012. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui/Files
Budgetary Boost

Govt ups budget for some social welfare sectors

The government on Friday sought parliamentary approval to raise federal spending on social welfare, months after opposition lawmakers and Prime Minister Narendra Modi's own officials slammed his cuts in spending.  Full Article 

Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour, Taliban militants' new leader, is seen in this undated handout photograph by the Taliban. REUTERS/Taliban Handout/Handout via Reuters

New Afghan Taliban leader appeals for unity

The new Afghan Taliban leader appealed for unity in the insurgency in his first public message released on Saturday amid reports his predecessor's family members opposed his selection.  Full Article 

A Turkish Air Force C-160D Transall transport aircraft takes off from Incirlik airbase in the southern city of Adana, Turkey, July 26, 2015. Kurdish militants killed two Turkish soldiers in a roadside bombing on Sunday, the military said, apparently retaliating for Ankara's crackdown on the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) launched in tandem with strikes on Islamic State insurgents in Syria. Long a member of the U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State, Turkey made a dramatic turnaround this week by granting the alliance access to its air bases and launching air raids against both the jihadist movement and the PKK.   REUTERS/Murad Sezer

Kurdish militia accuses Turkey of provocation

Kurdish militia fighting Islamic State in Syria accused Turkey on Saturday of targeting it at least four times in the past week, calling the attacks provocative and hostile.  Full Article 

Pakistan's cricket team members celebrate after they won their second Twenty 20 cricket match against Sri Lanka in Colombo August 1, 2015. Pakistan won the Twenty 20 series against Sri Lanka. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte

Win over Sri Lanka hands Pakistan T20 series

Pakistan ended their tour of Sri Lanka with a dramatic one-wicket victory in the second Twenty20 on Saturday to complete a 2-0 series win, having also triumphed in the test and ODI encounters.  Read 

A still from Drishyam

Movie Review: Drishyam

Since the release of Jeethu Joseph’s Malayalam film “Drishyam” in 2013, it has been remade in four different languages. In each remake, the story doesn’t change, right from the opening shot to the way it ends, except the actors. Nishikant Kamat’s film works well if you haven’t seen the original.  Review | What not to ask Tabu 

A man walks past an Italian sports car in Shoreditch, London, April 16, 2015. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton
Loud Wheels

London council cracks down on noisy supercars

On one of London's most exclusive streets, the drivers of some expensive cars are getting ready to leave their parking spots. The owners of the Lamborghini and KTM X-Bow edge onto the road and drive off, the roar of their engines heard down Sloane Street. And while they draw admiring glances from passersby, residents complain their drivers make too much noise, often at late hours.  Full Article | Video 

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David Rohde

Why the West may miss the Taliban’s Mullah Omar

Reports on Wednesday that reclusive Taliban leader Mullah Omar had died will be rightly hailed by some as the demise of an American nemesis. But the death of the one-eyed Afghan commander may also scuttle the most promising peace talks in Afghanistan in a decade. As odd as it may seem to some Americans, Omar’s death could not come at a worse time.   Commentary 

Rupa Rege Nitsure

No economic case for another rate cut soon

Given the fragility of India’s economic recovery, we do not expect an abrupt rise in rates soon, but the probability of rate reduction also looks slim. A bigger concern has to do with the rise of the dollar, which has increased markedly against the rupee over the past year, partly also reflecting its weak external fundamentals.  Full Article 

Richard Beales

The Economist’s elite owners seek elite print run

The widespread carnage in print advertising has not passed The Economist. The title’s cachet and its record may make it easier for wealthy owners to double down on a bet that their publication can succeed where others have failed. It would nevertheless be a contrarian call worthy of The Economist’s own editorial page.  Full Article 

John Foley

Market sirens lead China astray

China's pledges to prop up the stock market are unwise. It didn’t have to be this way. After the benchmark Shanghai Composite index fell 8.5 percent on July 27, the main stock regulator announced it would continue to support the market. Such twitchiness is astonishing. Dark talk of "malicious shorting" adds to the air of a government on the back foot.  Full Article 

The Great Debate

Donald Trump is a superhero – but not in a good way

Donald Trump is a superhero – but not in a good way

What Donald Trump offers is his detestation of the very mechanics of politics — and of democracy itself. He has no time for the negotiations, consensus building, civility and seriousness required in a democracy. The aptly named Trump is telling them that he will trump the entire political system. He’ll replace the mess of politics with a clean sweep of super heroics.  Commentary 

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