An employee of the Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE) places his hand next to the TSE logo at the bourse in Tokyo April 11, 2014. REUTERS/Issei Kato/Files

Asian shares slip, dollar pulls away from highs

Asian shares skidded on Monday as investors awaited data this week that could provide more evidence of a slowdown in China, while the dollar gave back a little of its recent gains.  Full Article 

Blasts in China's Xinjiang kill two; govt censures officials 8:04am IST

SHANGHAI - Two people were killed and several more injured in at least three explosions in China's troubled far western region of Xinjiang on Sunday, state media reported, but gave few details.

PSLV C25 launched the Mars orbiter into an orbit of 250 km X 23,550 km around Earth on 5th November, 2013/ISRO
India's Mars Voyage

Mars mission enters last lap; crucial test coming

India's first mission to Mars will attempt to put a spacecraft in orbit around the red planet next week, in a crucial test of a low-cost project carrying the country's hopes to join the leaders of a global space race. Launched last November, Mangalyaan aims to study the planet's surface and mineral composition, and scan its atmosphere for methane, a chemical tied to life on Earth.  Full Article | Graphic 

Manchester City's players run towards Frank Lampard (C) after he scored a goal against Chelsea during their English Premier League soccer match at the Etihad stadium in Manchester, northern England September 21, 2014.  REUTERS/Andrew Yates

Lampard haunts Chelsea; Real on goal spree

Frank Lampard scored against his old club Chelsea to earn champions Manchester City a 1-1 draw but Jose Mourinho's men stayed on top of the Premier League.  Full Article 

A Ukrainian serviceman is pictured next to an armoured vehicle near the village of Debaltseve in eastern Ukraine September 21, 2014. REUTERS/David Mdzinarishvili

More deaths in Ukraine despite ceasefire

Ukraine reported more deaths among its troops and separatists on Sunday despite a ceasefire, but President Petro Poroshenko defended his peace plan, saying a military solution was no option and Western support could have been at risk.  Full Article 

Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai speaks during a news conference in Kabul September 10, 2014. REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail

Ghani named Afghan president-elect after deal

Former finance minister Ashraf Ghani was named Afghanistan's president-elect after a deal to share power with his opponent, ending months of turmoil over a disputed election that destabilised the country as most foreign troops prepare to leave. The announcement withheld the final election numbers, apparently as part of the political deal between Ghani and rival Abdullah Abdullah, a former foreign minister who claimed the process was rigged against him.  Full Article 

Alibaba's logo is seen at its headquarters on the outskirts of Hangzhou, Zhejiang province April 23, 2014. Picture taken April 23, 2014. REUTERS/Chance Chan/Files

Alibaba's IPO biggest ever globally - source

Alibaba Group Holding Ltd and some of its shareholders have sold an additional 48 million shares, a source with direct knowledge of the deal said on Monday, making its IPO the biggest-ever globally at a value of $25.03 billion.  Full Article 

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    Fans rush to HMT as watchmaker marks time

    Fans rush to HMT as watchmaker marks time

    Retailers have reported a spike in sales of HMT watches after media reports said last week that the unprofitable unit of HMT Machine Tools Ltd was likely to wind down. Growing competition and the entry of foreign quartz watches and HMT’s failure to adapt to change led to falling sales, a slump from which the company never recovered.  Article 

    Ankush Arora

    Navtej Sarna on India’s Jerusalem connection

    Indian diplomat Navtej Sarna‘s latest book pieces together the history of an Indian “hospice” in Jerusalem. Spread over seven thousand square metres near the Dome of the Rock, the property has its origins in a visit by Sufi saint Baba Farid about 800 years ago. Farid, a pioneer of the Punjabi literary tradition, supposedly meditated for 40 days in an underground chamber in Jerusalem.  Full Article 

    Nita Bhalla

    India’s greed for dowries lies at heart of many abuses against women

    Despite being outlawed more than half a century ago, the custom of dowry continues unabated – promoting the view that girls and women are a liability and resulting in abuse, discrimination and murder. The mental and physical abuse some women face over dowry demands has driven them to suicide.  Full Article 

    China has not one property problem

    China has not one property problem, but many

    China’s real estate market is big enough that it can have not one property problem but many. A Breakingviews ranking of the forty biggest cities, according to different kinds of risks, shows there are huge differences between local markets. It’s not much consolation, though. A conflagration of regional problems could be just as bad as one big national one.   Full Article 

    Rape myths hide crimes. Just ask these children.

    Rape myths hide crimes. Just ask these children.

    "Hidden in Plain Sight" is an aptly titled new study by the United Nations International Children’s Fund. It shows that one in 10 girls and young women interviewed reported being sexually abused before age 20. “These are uncomfortable facts,” one UNICEF official said of the report, the largest study on global child abuse to date. “No government or parent will want to see them.”  Commentary