British filmmaker Leslee Udwin speaks during a news conference in New Delhi March 3, 2015. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee

Society created Delhi gang rape convicts: Leslee Udwin

British filmmaker Leslee Udwin, whose documentary on the Delhi gang rape of 2012 received huge media coverage over a convict’s remarks blaming the victim, said society created the rapists by teaching them “what to think”. Udwin’s “India’s Daughter” has been banned by the government.   Full Article 

India's government faces potential clashes with RBI over who decides rates 2:34am IST

MUMBAI/NEW DELHI - Having agreed this week to formally adopt inflation targeting as a guiding star for monetary policy, India's government and central bank remain at odds over how crucial decisions are made.

A cashier counts rupee notes inside a bank in Mumbai December 6, 2013. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui/Files

India helps small business borrow to grow

A new bank announced in the budget could boost loans and cut borrowing costs for the country's small businesses - tailors, mechanics and phone booth operators who account for around a fifth of the economy. MUDRA bank - to be set up with $3.2 billion of capital to help microfinancing firms to lend more - should leverage up firms which account for 40 percent of India's exports.  Full Article 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi attends an event organised by the Christian community to celebrate the beatification of two Indians by Pope Francis late last year, in New Delhi February 17, 2015.  REUTERS/Stringer

Modi to ramp up help for Indian Ocean nations

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will offer island nations in the Indian Ocean a broad range of military and civilian assistance next week in a bid to wrest back some of the influence China has gained by spending billions of dollars in the region. Modi will make the pledges during a visit to Sri Lanka, the Maldives, Mauritius and Seychelles after decades of neglect by successive Indian governments.   Full Article 

India's Virat Kohli gestures during a training session before the fourth cricket test match against England at the Old Trafford cricket ground, Manchester, England August 6, 2014. REUTERS/Philip Brown

BCCI warns Kohli against repeat of outburst

India's batting mainstay Virat Kohli has been censured for his ugly outburst against a travelling Indian journalist in Perth and has been advised to maintain dignity, the BCCI said on Thursday.  Full Article 

The Apple logo is illuminated in red at the Apple Store on 5th Avenue to mark World AIDS Day, in the Manhattan borough of New York December 1, 2014.  REUTERS/Carlo Allegri/Files

Rivals hope Apple smartwatch magic works

Apple's rivals want to benefit from its magic, hoping that its long awaited new smartwatch will finally conjure demand for wearable technology that has so far generated more buzz about its potential than actual sales.  Full Article | Apple delays larger iPad production 

A warning sign is seen near the seafront construction site of a Chinese real estate project of a port city in Colombo March 5, 2015.  REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte

Sri Lanka suspends Chinese project

Sri Lanka suspended a $1.5-billion Chinese luxury real estate project in Colombo on Thursday until it obtains required government approvals, a move that risks a diplomatic row with its biggest foreign investor.  Full Article 

Water from the overflowing river Tawi floods a temple of the Hindu elephant god Ganesh, the deity of prosperity, during heavy rains in Jammu September 6, 2014.  REUTERS/Mukesh Gupta/Files

India, Bangladesh most at risk from river floods

India, Bangladesh and China are most at risk from river floods, with an increasing number of people threatened because of climate change and economic growth in low-lying regions, a study says. People living in 15 emerging nations, led by India, Bangladesh, China, Vietnam and Pakistan, accounted for almost 80 percent of all those affected by floods in an average year, it said.   Full Article 

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

Fifty Shades of Grey’s future gets greyer

Indian audiences might not be able to watch the erotic drama “Fifty Shades of Grey”, even though its producer, Universal Pictures, cut all nudity and several sexually explicit scenes in the film before submitting it to the country’s censor board for review. An examining committee of the censor board objected to some of the language in the film after the studio made the voluntary cuts.  Full Article 

Shilpa Jamkhandikar

Franchise Man swoops in to save Bollywood

At least two studios are focusing on franchises, writing scripts and developing stories that will span at least three films. This is a new concept for Bollywood. In the past, the industry used the term “franchise” loosely. Typically, producers inched their way toward sequels, greenlighting them only once the first film proved successful. Subsequent movies in series didn’t even necessarily share anything.  Read 

Sankalp Phartiyal

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 

Barbara F. Walter

Why do European Muslim girls look to Islamic State for marriage material?

The reasons, according to analysts, are roughly the same reasons as for men. Some are alienated from European society. Others are angry at the inequality they see and experience. Still others are looking for adventure or have a romantic idea of wanting to help the Sunni community in the Middle East.  Commentary 

Lynn Stuart Parramore

Four reasons to raise women’s pay that should make men happy

Equal pay for women doing the same work as men should be a no brainer because it’s a matter of fairness. But this isn’t just about sisters getting what they deserve or even a convenient political talking point. Equal pay helps everyone, and ever more Americans are voicing their concern about continued disparities.  Commentary 

Actor Leonardo DiCaprio speaks after accepting his Clinton Global Citizens award for philanthropy during the Clinton Global Initiative 2014 (CGI) in New York September 21, 2014. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton/Files

Leonardo DiCaprio partners with Netflix for documentary projects

Actor Leonardo DiCaprio is the latest high-profile name to partner with Netflix Inc , as he and his production company Appian Way will produce a documentary and a series that will premiere exclusively on the digital streaming service, the company said.  Full Article