(Front L-R) Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani, Bangladesh's Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Bhutan's Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay, India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Maldives' President Abdulla Yameen, Nepal's Prime Minister Sushil Koirala, Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Sri Lanka's President Mahinda Rajapaksa attend the opening session of 18th South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) summit in Kathmandu November 26, 2014. REUTERS/Narendra Shrestha/Pool

Modi-Sharif handshake salvages SAARC summit

A brief meeting between India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart appears to have salvaged a summit of South Asian leaders, with all eight countries clinching a last-minute deal to create a regional electricity grid.  Full Article 

Nifty edges higher ahead of GDP data, RBI policy review 4:56pm IST

MUMBAI - The BSE Sensex and Nifty edged up marginally on Thursday, led by buying in blue chips such as Infosys and Hindustan Unilever, while caution prevailed ahead of the release of economic growth data on Friday and the central bank's policy review due on Dec. 2.

REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE - Indian army soldiers take their positions as an increased security measure, after gunmen fired at a convoy in Srinagar September 28, 2013. REUTERS/Danish Ismail/Files
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Militants attack army base in Kashmir, 3 dead

Militants dressed in army uniforms attacked an Indian army base in the state of Jammu & Kashmir on Thursday, killing one soldier and wounding two, as the leaders of India and Pakistan attended a regional summit aimed at boosting trade. Two militants had been shot dead and one arrested, a senior Indian army officer said.  Full Article 

Members of two local cricket teams observe a moment of silence for Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes before their match in Kolkata November 27, 2014.  REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri
Cricket

A sport left heartbroken by death of Hughes

The cricket world was in mourning on Thursday following the death of Australian batsman Phillip Hughes, who died in a Sydney hospital, two days after being hit in the head by a ball.  Full Article | Video 

Employees arrange tomatoes before weighing them at a Big Basket warehouse on the outskirts of Mumbai November 4, 2014. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui
E-Commerce

Online grocers benefit from e-commerce boom

Put off by snarled city traffic and a shortage of parking, more Indians are shopping for groceries online, helping e-tailers like Bigbasket.com and Localbanya.com turn in profits while supermarkets are struggling. The online grocers benefit from low overheads, as they store their goods in warehouses outside big cities where commercial rents are sky-high.  Full Article 

A protester takes refuge from snowfall while sitting outside the Ferguson Police Station in Missouri November 26, 2014. REUTERS/Adrees Latif
Ferguson Teen Shooting Verdict

Protests muted after two nights of racial unrest

The streets of Ferguson, Missouri, were mostly quiet after two nights of racially charged unrest following a grand jury decision to clear a white policeman of criminal prosecution for the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager.  Article | Top law enforcer promises probe 

An Afghan police is seen through a cracked window of a vehicle near the site of a suicide attack in Kabul November 27, 2014. REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail
Asia

Five killed in British embassy car attack in Kabul

A suicide bomber attacked a British embassy vehicle in the Afghan capital on Thursday, killing five people, including one Briton, the ministry of interior said.  Full Article 

Bengali household name Jamini Roy’s paintings

Bengali household name Jamini Roy’s paintings

In his quest for an Indian identity, painter Jamini Roy rebelled against the British academic training and took to the local, folk idiom. Broad brush strokes, simple forms, stretched eyes, decorative borders and use of flat colours are the dominant motifs in an exhibition of the artist’s works being displayed in Delhi.  Full Article 

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Cracked land is seen at Guarapiranga reservoir, during a drought in Sao Paulo November 21, 2014. REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker

Brazil’s epic water crisis a global wake-up call

One of the world’s biggest cities is running out of water. Sao Paulo, a city of 20 million people, could run dry within weeks. The humanitarian and economic cost would be immense. The fiasco should be a global wake-up call for other metropolises. The immediate cause of the crisis is a year-long drought.  Full Article 

An Israeli police officer gestures as he holds a weapon near the scene of an attack at a Jerusalem synagogue November 18, 2014. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

Can you live a moral life in the holy city of Jerusalem?

While you are reading about violent attacks in Jerusalem on the home page of your newspaper, Jerusalemites are living their lives, most of the time, as if they dwelled in a happy little European nation, say Luxembourg or the Netherlands. That’s how you can feel there a lot of the time, if you live on the Israeli side. That is assuming you’re not a crazed extremist of some kind.  Commentary 

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China monetary policy enters difficult adolescence

China’s economy is in the throes of financial adolescence. If all credit in China still came from banks, a reduction in the benchmark rate set by the People’s Bank of China would benefit most borrowers. In the past few years, however, China has sprouted all kinds of new ways to save and borrow that don’t respond predictably to the central bank’s orders.  Full Article 

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