British filmmaker Leslee Udwin poses for a picture after addressing a news conference in New Delhi March 3, 2015. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee

Home minister to investigate rape documentary

Home Minister Rajnath Singh said on Wednesday he would investigate how a film crew managed to interview a death row convict who expressed no remorse for his part in the fatal gang rape of a woman in New Delhi in 2012, an attack that sparked outrage.  Article 

Airwaves auction off to strong start, bids near $10 billion 04 Mar 2015

MUMBAI - India's latest auction of radio wave frequencies for telecoms networks got off to strong start on Wednesday, with the government receiving bids worth about 617 billion rupees ($9.9 billion), according to bidding data.

Indian security personnel stand guard near sacks containing the papers of the federal budget for the 2014/15 fiscal year, at the parliament in New Delhi July 10, 2014. India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi faces the first major test of his reform credentials on Thursday, when his fresh-faced government presents its maiden budget amid early doubts about his willingness to make unpopular decisions. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi (INDIA - Tags: BUSINESS POLITICS MILITARY)
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Opposition support for insurance reforms

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's efforts to reform the insurance sector received a boost on Wednesday after the opposition Congress party backed the measure in the Lok Sabha. Congress voted with the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the Lok Sabha to pass a bill that seeks to increase the foreign investment limit in local insurers to 49 percent from 26 percent.  Full Article 

A butcher cuts up portions of beef for sale in an abattoir at a wholesale market in Mumbai May 11, 2014. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui/Files

After beef ban, VHP forces abattoirs to close

Members of a Hindu nationalist group have forced several abattoirs in Maharashtra to shut after a law was passed banning the beef trade there, a leader of the group and a lawyer for meat traders said on Wednesday. The Vishwa Hindu Parishad, a nationalist group linked to PM Narendra Modi's ruling party, acted after winning a court order to stop the killing of bulls and bullocks.  Full Article 

A couple holds a child under the parasol of a watch tower against the backdrop of monsoon clouds on the outskirts of of Bangalore August 11, 2014. REUTERS/Abhishek N. Chinnappa/Files

India expects better monsoon rains this year

India expects higher rainfall from the monsoon this year after patchy rains affected farm output last season, weather office sources told Reuters. If the outlook turns out correct, it will be another shot in the arm for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's efforts to revive the economy after the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) unexpectedly cut its policy rate for the second time this year on Wednesday.  Full Article 

Fans pose with Fifty Shades of Grey paraphernalia at the film's UK premiere in London, February 12, 2015. REUTERS/Neil Hall

Censor board blocks 'Fifty Shades of Grey'

Government censors have said they will not allow the big-screen adaptation of erotic novel "Fifty Shades of Grey" to be shown in cinemas, a decision most had anticipated in the largely conservative country. The chief executive of the CBFC, Shravan Kumar, declined to say why the panel refused to approve the film adaptation, but said Universal Pictures could appeal the decision.  Full Article 

The exterior of the Airbus A350 XWB is pictured during the first delivery of this new passenger jet to Qatar Airways in Toulouse, southwestern France, December 22, 2014. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau/Files

Qatar Air eyeing more stakes, including IndiGo

Qatar Airways would like to raise its stake in the owner of British Airways and Iberia at some point and may invest in other well-run airlines, its chief executive said on Wednesday. That could include India's IndiGo, if any of the privately-owned budget carrier became available to buy.   Full Article 

Miners enter an elevator to go down at the Zasyadko coal mine in Donetsk March 4, 2015. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

33 miners feared dead in Ukraine pit blast

Ten miners were confirmed killed and rescuers held out little hope for another 23 who were still missing after a blast at a coal mine in the rebel-held city of Donetsk near the battle front in eastern Ukraine on Wednesday.  Full Article 

Handout photo from "Baby".

Franchise Man swoops in to save Bollywood

Bollywood is looking for its next superhero, one that can swoop in and provide entertainment to a business bereft of new ideas. Its name might be Franchise Man. At least two studios are focusing on franchises, writing scripts and developing stories that will span at least three films. The source of the franchise fervour is Hollywood, where such films are top-grossers at the box office.  Full Article 

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Budget lacks wow, but good enough: Jim O’Neill

Jim O’Neill, who coined the term BRICs to highlight emerging economic powerhouses Brazil, Russia, India and China, said India’s budget lacked a “wow” factor but was good enough to push the country on a path of 8 percent growth or more “for a long time”. In an interview, O’Neill gave his views on India’s budget, the BRICS nations, and the government’s decision to adopt inflation targeting.  Full Article | Video 

How war in Ukraine led to Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov’s death

How war in Ukraine led to Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov’s death

Feb. 27 has become a dark day for both Ukraine and Russia. A year ago on that day, heavily armed men seized the Crimean parliament, and Russian soldiers fanned out across the peninsula, making its annexation a fait accompli within hours. This year, a fierce critic of the Kremlin’s policy toward Ukraine was gunned down in Moscow.  Commentary 

Mohammed Emwazi

The horror of ‘Jihadi John’ and the ‘Jihadi Janes’

Young men and women become radicalized in the quiet of their bedroom, sitting before a computer screen, often after they’ve done their homework. For all the efforts to counter it – increasingly by Muslim activists, scholars, parents, teachers – the digitalized hatred grows. There are many, many, would-be Jihadi Johns – and Jihadi Janes.  Commentary 

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Paul Donovan

A global lesson from Europe

“The euro area is in crisis” is not the most thrilling way to open an article. The region is seemingly always in crisis, resembling an opera by Wagner – very, very long, with lots of wailing and melodrama, generally conducted in German. The perpetual round of emergency summits and last-minute deals is something investors have had to get used to.  Full Article