REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE: A policeman stands guard behind a barricade during a general strike in Srinagar June 25, 2013. REUTERS/Danish Ismail/Files

India says Pakistani militant captured in Kashmir

Indian forces captured a Pakistani militant on Wednesday after a deadly attack on a military convoy in the disputed Kashmir region, Indian officials said.  Full Article 

Maruti Suzuki launches crossover in late assault on India SUV market 4:21pm IST

NEW DELHI - Maruti Suzuki, India's car market leader but lagging Ford Motor Co, Renault SA and others with new models in the fast-growing SUV segment, launched a crossover vehicle on Wednesday that aims to support ambitious sales growth plans.

Workers unload sacks containing sugar from a handcart at a wholesale market in Ahmedabad, August 5, 2015. REUTERS/Amit Dave

Mills may be forced to export sugar - sources

India is likely to bring in rules to make it compulsory for sugar mills to export millions of tonnes of surplus supplies to support local prices, sources said, in a move that could quell growing anger among farmers but add to a glut on global markets. A final decision rests with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who discussed the politically sensitive issue at a weekend meeting, the sources said.  Full Article 

Vasundhra Thapa, 26, a Mathematics teacher, reads a newspaper as she poses at the reception of the Tata Group's Indian Hotels Co. Ginger chain in New Delhi May 23, 2012. REUTERS/Parivartan Sharma/Files
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Services sector grows modestly in July

India's dominant services industry bounced back to growth in July, but the improvement was modest and unlikely to change expectations that the RBI could cut interest rates again before year-end. For the first time in three months, the Nikkei Services PMI nudged above the 50 mark, coming in at 50.8 in July.  Article 

Gautam Adani speaks during an interview in Ahmedabad September 24, 2012. REUTERS/Amit Dave/Files

Adani's Australia coal mine hits legal snag

An Australian court on Wednesday revoked the government's environmental approval for one of the world's biggest coal mines under construction in the Australian outback by Indian conglomerate Adani Mining. Environmentalists say the project threatens two vulnerable species and will endanger the Great Barrier Reef.  Full Article 

Porn actresses line-up at the opening of the "Venus" erotic fair in Berlin October 17, 2013. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch
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India withdraws order to block porn websites

India has partially revoked an order to block hundreds of pornographic websites following an uproar on social media, but the government ordered Internet service providers to shut down sites that promote child pornography. The government last week asked operators to block access to 857 adult websites, resulting in an angry backlash on Twitter and a debate about censorship.  Full Article 

A police officer leaves the Supreme Court building in Islamabad January 31, 2013. REUTERS/Mian Khursheed/Files

Legal victory for Pakistan's secret military courts

Pakistan's Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday that secret military courts were legal and could pass death sentences on civilians, a judgment that critics said further strengthened the military's grip on power at the expense of civilian authorities.  Full Article 

Migrants sleep outside a train station in Budapest, Hungary, August 3, 2015. REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh

Weary Hungarians polarised by tide of refugees

While Hungary is a transit route rather than a destination for most refugees, the growing influx is wearying and polarising the central European country and fuelling racism. Conflicts have begun to appear as the government takes an ever harder line.  Full Article 

The dollar sign (R) is seen alongside the signs for other currencies above a currency exchange shop in Mongkok shopping district in Hong Kong October 30, 2014. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj/Files

Raising rates with zero inflation is a hard sell

Americans and Britons bracing for their first interest rate rises in almost a decade are puzzled: why are rates about to go up when there's no inflation? Both the Fed and BoE are proclaiming that they are on the cusp of raising interest rates for the first time in almost a decade. The message they are sending still heavily-indebted households either side of the Atlantic is clear: 'be warned'.  Full Article 

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Andy Mukherjee

Asia’s sly austerity makes debt challenge worse

Asia’s debt hangover is about to turn into a splitting migraine. Blame it on an austerity pill turning into poison. Companies and households in the 12 largest economies of Asia-Pacific roughly owe about 168 percent of their nations’ GDP to creditors, up from 147 percent in 2007. Put another way, the private sector’s debt burden has risen by 2.5 months of annual output since the financial crisis.  Full Article 

A Chinese national flag flutters outside the headquarters of the People's Bank of China, the Chinese central bank, in Beijing, April 3, 2014. REUTERS/Petar Kujundzic/Files

China hits the brakes on financial disruption

China is hitting the brakes on disruption in the financial industry. The central bank is cracking down on the country’s $2 trillion online payments market. Proposed transaction limits and stricter security requirements appear to benefit traditional banks that have failed to keep up with online players. It’s a reminder that, even in China, there are limits to tech innovation.  Full Article 

Shashank Iyer

Nowhere to go, but never at home

For the vast majority of Syrians, more than 80 percent of whom live in Turkish cities, the feeling of being unsettled is seemingly perpetual. Many Syrians in Turkey do not possess a residence permit, which places them in a diplomatic limbo that underscores their “otherness” compared to their Turkish neighbors. As one Syrian aid worker living in Turkey put it, “you are in a closed circle with no way out.”   Commentary 

Ketan Desai, the former president of the Medical Council of India, walks after his hearing at a courthouse in Lucknow, June 27, 2015. REUTERS/Pawan Kumar/Files

Why Ketan Desai, accused of crimes, is set to lead the world’s top medical ethics body

Dr. Ketan Desai is slated to head the WMA even as he faces conspiracy allegations in Indian courts. Desai has been facing allegations that he conspired to have the Medical Council recommend that a private medical college be allowed to add more students.  Full Coverage 

David Rohde

Why the West may miss the Taliban’s Mullah Omar

Reports on Wednesday that reclusive Taliban leader Mullah Omar had died will be rightly hailed by some as the demise of an American nemesis. But the death of the one-eyed Afghan commander may also scuttle the most promising peace talks in Afghanistan in a decade. As odd as it may seem to some Americans, Omar’s death could not come at a worse time.   Commentary 

Robert Downey Jr. poses at the european premiere of "Avengers: Age of Ultron" at Westfield shopping centre, Shepherds Bush, London April 21, 2015. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth/Files

Robert Downey Jr. ranked world's top-earning actor by Forbes

"Iron Man" star Robert Downey Jr. was named the world's top-earning actor by Forbes, taking first place on a list that featured leading men from Bollywood as well as Hollywood for the first time. Amitabh Bachchan, Salman Khan and Akshay Kumar also featured in the top 10.  Full Article 

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