India plans first offshore wind power project 7:06pm IST

NEW DELHI - The government has signed a memorandum of understanding with a group of companies to build the country's first ever offshore wind power project as part of New Delhi's pledge to increase renewable energy sources.

U.S. President Barack Obama (R) listens as India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks, during their meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington September 30, 2014. REUTERS/Larry Downing

Obama, Modi work to deepen U.S.-India ties

U.S. President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi agreed to deepen U.S.-Indian cooperation on maritime security to ensure freedom of navigation in what amounts to a response to China's naval muscle-flexing in Asia.  Full Article | Full Coverage 

Employees sew clothes at a garment factory in New Delhi September 29, 2014. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

Factories expand at slowest pace in September

Indian factory activity expanded at its slowest pace in nine months in September as growth in new orders slowed, dragging on overall output, a business survey showed on Wednesday. The HSBC Manufacturing PMI fell to 51.0 in September from 52.4 in August but sustained above the 50 mark for the eleventh month.  Full Article 

Students spray water as people walk along an area outside the government headquarters building in Hong Kong, October 1, 2014. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
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Defiant protesters demand leader steps down

Thousands of pro-democracy protesters thronged the streets of Hong Kong on Wednesday, some of them jeering National Day celebrations, and students threatened to ramp up demonstrations if the city's pro-Beijing leader did not step down.  Full Article | Video 

Turkish army tanks take up position on the Turkish-Syrian border near the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province September 29, 2014. REUTERS/Murad Sezer

Turkey mulls military action against IS

Turkey signalled it may send troops into Syria or Iraq and let allies use Turkish bases to fight Islamic State, as coalition jets launched air strikes on insurgents besieging a town on its border.  Full Article 

Volcanic smoke rises from Mount Ontake, which straddles Nagano and Gifu prefectures, central Japan, September 29, 2014, in this photo taken and released by Kyodo. REUTERS/Kyodo
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Japan death toll rise to 48, worst in 88 years

The death toll from Japan's volcanic eruption rose to 48, the worst in 88 years, after more victims were discovered on the ash-covered summit. Military searchers resumed a recovery operation with helicopters early on Wednesday, a day after officials called off rescue efforts because of fears of another blast.  Article | Pics 

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives before his meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington September 30, 2014. REUTERS/Larry Downing

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

Great powers sneak up on you. While Washington has been preoccupied with a burning Middle East, Russia behaving badly and, to a lesser extent, the rise of China, U.S. relations with India have slipped down the diplomatic priority list. In coming decades, however, enormous, unwieldy India will likely be the United States’ most important continental partner in Asia.  Full Article 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks at Madison Square Garden in New York, during a visit to the United States September 28, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Can Modi deliver more than a great show?

“They used to think of us as snake charmers!” boomed Narendra Modi, shortly after receiving an electrifying welcome at New York City’s Madison Square Garden this Sunday. “Now they know we play with mice, not snakes,” he said, in a well-received reference to India’s booming IT industry.  Commentary 

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