Pest risks fuel GM cotton debate in India

Two Indian states are suffering the first major pest infestation since the country adopted genetically modified cotton in 2002, raising concerns over the vulnerability of the lab-grown seeds that yield nearly all of the cotton in the world's top producer.

Sensex gains on Fed rally; posts best week since mid-June 4:02pm IST

MUMBAI - India's stock markets rose on Friday to post their biggest weekly gains since mid-June, tracking a rally in Asian markets after minutes from the Federal Reserve's latest meeting quelled expectations of an imminent U.S. rate hike.

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) seal is pictured on a gate outside the RBI headquarters in Mumbai July 30, 2013. REUTERS/Vivek Prakash/Files
Economic Climate

Confident India predicts investors will carry on

Officials familiar with RBI's thinking say investors are expected to take profits out of emerging markets when the Fed raises interest rates, but they also expect investors to return swiftly to India which Governor Rajan has called "an island of relative calm" among emerging markets. From "fragile five" to "island of calm" marks a major turnaround under Rajan, whose term is due to end next year.  Story 

Kaci Kullmann Five, the new head of the Norwegian Nobel Peace Prize Committee, announces the winner of the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize during a news conference in Oslo, Norway, October 9, 2015.  REUTERS/Heiko Junge/NTB Scanpix
Nobel Peace Prize

Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet wins Nobel

Tunisia's National Dialogue Quartet won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for its contribution to building democracy after the Jasmine Revolution in 2011, the Nobel Committee said. The quartet is made up of the Tunisian General Labour Union (UGTT), the Tunisian Confederation of Industry, Trade and Handicrafts (UTICA), the Tunisian Human Rights League, and the Tunisian Order of Lawyers.  Read 

An employee sorts out vegetables before packing them at a Big Basket warehouse on the outskirts of Mumbai November 4, 2014. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui/Files
Economic Pulse

Sept retail inflation likely rose from record low

India's retail inflation likely picked up in September, driven by higher food prices, but will remain comfortably below the Reserve Bank of India's target and allow room for further policy easing, a Reuters poll showed.The consumer price index was expected to rise 4.3 percent last month, with forecasts in the survey of over 20 economists ranging between 3.6 percent and 5.0 percent.  Full Article 

People walk below a billboard of Indian property developer DLF Ltd. in Mumbai May 25, 2007. REUTERS/Arko Datta/Files
Stake Sale

DLF promoters to sell stake in rental business

DLF Ltd promoters will sell their 40 percent stake in the company's rental business to institutional investors, DLF said. The parent company will retain its 60 percent stake in DLF Cyber City Developers. SEBI had put a ban on DLF last year for allegedly misleading investors by withholding information about some of its units and the criminal cases pending against them in its IPO prospectus.  Full Article 

Empty Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) cylinders are seen at a gas distribution centre at Dujana village in Noida, on the outskirts of New Delhi October 7, 2015. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee
Commodity Crisis

LPG emerges as accidental bright-spot

Liquefied Petroleum Gas, long a niche product used by the poor to cook and the rich to barbecue, has become a rare bright spot amid a broad commodities rout, riding on the wave of strong economic growth in India and parts of Southeast Asia. The biggest growth market is India, where millions of households are switching from kerosene or wood burners to LPG.  Full Article 

REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE: The Dome of the Rock is seen in the background as Israeli policemen stand guard near Palestinian men (not pictured) participating in Friday prayers in Arab east Jerusalem neighbourhood of Ras al-Amud October 9, 2015. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

Israeli troops kill 4 Palestinians - medics

Israeli troops fired across the border into Gaza on Friday, killing four Palestinians and wounding at least a dozen others who were throwing stones during a rally in support of protests in Jerusalem, hospital officials in Gaza said.  Full Article 

Indian Air Force Sukhoi Su-30MKI fighter jets fly past during a full dress rehearsal for the Republic Day parade in New Delhi January 23, 2015.REUTERS/Adnan Abidi/Files

Air force opens way for women fighter pilots

India is opening the way for women pilots to fly fighter jets in combat, its air force chief said, as one of the world's biggest military forces shakes off its reluctance to give greater responsibilities to women. Several countries, from the U.S. to Israel, and even Pakistan, have women flying their fighter planes, but India's military has kept them out of that role, as well as frontline warships and ground combat.   Story 

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