Employees from various departments collect brooms before a cleanliness drive at an Indian Railways office in Mumbai October 2, 2014. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

Narendra Modi launches Clean India Mission

Narendra Modi, like Mahatma Gandhi, wants to change things so not only those born to a low caste work to keep India clean. On Thursday, Modi launched the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, or Clean India Mission, to modernise sanitation within five years.  Full Article 

Sahara chief Subrata Roy back in jail cell, hotel deal uncertain 5:46pm IST

NEW DELHI/MUMBAI - Subrata Roy, the jailed head of Sahara conglomerate, is back in a cell after living in a makeshift prison office for two months while working on the sale of three luxury hotels in New York and London, a deal that is still hanging.

Movie Review: Bang Bang!

Movie Review: Bang Bang!

Siddharth Anand’s “Bang Bang!” is a remake of the Tom Cruise's “Knight and Day”, a fun caper about an unlikely couple on the run from the U.S. Secret Service. In the Bollywood version, the single-line plot gets expanded to include all the trimmings that India’s mainstream cinema seems to love so much, writes Shilpa Jamkhandikar.   Review 

Protesters stand in front of the Chinese People's Liberation Army Forces Hong Kong building, as they block a street outside the offices of Hong Kong's Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying in Hong Kong October 2, 2014. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

Police warn protesters to stay out of buildings

Hong Kong police promised on Thursday to respond firmly to any attempt by thousands of pro-democracy protesters to occupy administrative buildings, and authorities urged people to immediately end their blockade of the city centre.  Full Article | Slideshow 

Volunteers with Kurdish peshmerga forces clash with Islamic State militants in the town of Daquq, south of Kirkuk, September 30, 2014.  REUTERS/Ako Rasheed

Islamic State presses assault on Syrian town

Islamic State insurgents tightened their grip on a Syrian border town on Thursday despite coalition air strikes, sending thousands more Kurdish refugees into Turkey and dragging Ankara deeper into the conflict.  Full Article | Video: Turkey will fight Islamic State 

Electronic cables are silhouetted next to the logo of Facebook in this September 23, 2014 illustration photo in Sarajevo.   REUTERS/Dado Ruvic

Facebook changes name policy, allows aliases

Facebook said it would change its policy requiring users to go by their real names on the social network, following outrage over the locking of hundreds of accounts, including a number belonging to drag queens using their stage names.  Full Article 

Rafael Nadal of Spain reacts after winning a point during his men's singles match against Peter Gojowczyk of Germany at the China Open tennis tournament in Beijing October 2, 2014. REUTERS/Petar Kujundzic  (CHINA - Tags: SPORT TENNIS)

Nadal into China Open Beijing quarters

World number two Rafa Nadal sailed into the quarter-finals of the China Open, his first tournament in 13 weeks, with a 6-3 6-4 win over German qualifier Peter Gojowczyk on Thursday.  Full Article 

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U.S. President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi talk at the National Martin Luther King Memorial on the National Mall in Washington September 30, 2014. REUTERS/Larry Downing

Why work with Modi? It’s the economy, stupid

PM Narendra Modi's first state visit to the United States this week signified to Indians around the world that their country is back, front and center, on the world stage. Their hopes are now pinned on their new prime minister and his team, writes Anja Manuel.  Column | Pentagon upbeat about ties 

Robert Beckhusen

U.S. doesn’t face threat from Syria’s air power – rebels aren’t so lucky

The White House is in a difficult spot when it comes to Syria. Not only is the United States at war with Islamic State, one of President Bashar al-Assad’s foes, but U.S. aircraft are also flying through the same airspace, and focused on part of the same mission, as the Syrian Air Force. Even stranger, Obama came close to ordering airstrikes against Assad last year.  Read 

Actor Naseeruddin Shah

And Then One Day: Naseeruddin Shah on his memoirs and life

It’s difficult to hold back your surprise when Naseeruddin Shah, one of India’s foremost art house actors, says the film industry doesn’t interest him greatly. In a career spanning almost four decades, Shah won acclaim for his movie roles and continues to dabble in theatre. He discussed his autobiography and his life in an interview with India Insight.  Full Article 

Mukesh Agarwal

The benefits of falling oil prices for India

The fall in global oil prices couldn’t have come at a more opportune time for India. In August, oil imports dropped 15 percent year-on-year, driven primarily by a fall of $10 per barrel in prices. Brent has fallen below $100 over the past month, and could slip further. Increasing supplies from the United States and slowing demand are contributing to the weakness in prices.  Full Article 

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