RBI keeps rates on hold

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) kept its key lending rate unchanged on Tuesday, leaving the door open for more easing but making that dependent on meeting a challenging inflation target f‎or 2017.

France and India look to the sun to save the planet 8:22am IST

PARIS France and India on Monday launched an international alliance seeking to mobilise more than a trillion dollars by 2030 and deliver clean, solar energy to some of the planet's poorest.

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A look at Indian Buddhist art

A look at Indian Buddhist art

The latest exhibition at the National Museum gives the impression of an art gallery turned into a Buddhist shrine, one soaked in spiritual asceticism, devotion and artistic ornamentation.  Full Article 

Employees work inside a garment factory of Orient Craft Ltd in Gurgaon on the outskirts of New Delhi, India, July 3, 2015.  REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee/Files

November manufacturing growth at 2-year low

India's manufacturing sector grew at its weakest pace in over two years in November as demand and output continued to soften, a business survey showed on Tuesday. Nikkei's Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index, compiled by Markit, fell to a 25-month low of 50.3 in November from October's 50.7. A reading above 50 indicates expansion.  Full Article 

A man walks past the exhibition Paris de L'Avenir a showcase for tangible climate solutions in the context of the COP21 World Climate Summit, in front of Paris city hall, France, November 30, 2015, REUTERS/Eric Gaillard
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Leaders urge breakthrough at climate talks

World leaders launched an ambitious attempt on Monday to hold back rising temperatures, with the United States and China leading calls for the climate summit in Paris to mark a decisive turn in the fight against global warming.  Story | Agreement must be legally binding: Putin 

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a news conference in Paris, France, November 30, 2015. REUTERS/Mikhail Klimentyev/Sputnik/Kremlin

Turkey shot down jet to defend IS oil: Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Monday the reason Turkey downed a Russian warplane last week was that it wanted to protect supplies of oil from Islamic State.  Full Article | Related Story 

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NZ Cricket back McCullum after Cairns verdict

New Zealand Cricket have promised to support Brendon McCullum after former test all-rounder Chris Cairns was acquitted of perjury in London despite evidence given against him by the Black Caps captain.  Full Article | Cairns cleared by UK court 

A logo is seen on the cap of a woman standing near Buddhist monks walking on a road to collect alums, during a march at Kandawgyi garden in Yangon November 30, 2013.  REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun/Files
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Myanmar's HIV patients shunned

Myanmar has one of the highest rates of HIV infection in Asia. Under reforms by a semi-civilian government since 2011, access to medication has improved compared to a few years ago when cash-strapped clinics had to turn patients away.  Full Article 

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    Syria, Yemen, Libya — one factor unites these failed states, and it isn’t religion

    As world leaders gather in Paris this week to address climate change, they will labor under the shadow of recent attacks by IS. Yet as they think about climate issues, they should remember that the connection between climate change and IS - and more broadly, between climate change and political instability - is not just a coincidence.  Read