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Search resumes after Everest's climbing tragedy

KATHMANDU - Sherpa climbers aided by helicopters resumed a search on Saturday for four missing guides after an ice avalanche swept the lower slopes of Mount Everest, killing at least 12 in the deadliest accident on the world's highest mountain.

Putin welcomes new NATO head, says better ties with West possible 2:11pm IST

MOSCOW - Russian President Vladimir Putin welcomed NATO's selection of former Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg as its new head, saying on Saturday the pair had "very good relations" but that it was up to the West to improve ties.

Movie Review: 2 States

Movie Review: 2 States

Abhishek Varman’s “2 States”, based on a Chetan Bhagat novel of the same name, is a good example of a movie subject that would appeal to a new, younger Indian audience. However, it ends up being a rather dull and outdated commentary on the misconceptions Indians have about each other, writes Shilpa Jamkhandikar.  Full Article 

A family member of a missing passenger from South Korean ferry "Sewol" which sank in the sea off Jindo, cries while waiting for news from the rescue team, at a gym in Jindo April 19, 2014. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji
Korean Boat Tragedy

Relatives give DNA swabs to help identify dead

Relatives of some of the more than 200 children missing in a sunken South Korean ferry offered DNA swabs on Saturday to help identify the dead as a rescue turned into a mission to recover the vessel and the bodies of those on board.  Full Article 

A man walks past a Reliance Industries Limited sign board installed on a road divider in Gandhinagar January 17, 2014. REUTERS/Amit Dave/Files

Reliance Q4 sales rise, refining margin narrows

Energy company Reliance Industries Ltd posted nearly flat fourth-quarter profits, in line with estimates, as a slimmer margin in its oil refining business offset higher revenue. Reliance, which operates the world's biggest refining complex in western India, reported net profit of 56.31 billion rupees for the quarter to end-March, compared with analysts' expectations of 56.62 billion rupees.  Full Article 

Mercedes Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain gestures as he celebrates taking pole position after the qualifying session for the Chinese F1 Grand Prix at the Shanghai International circuit, April 19, 2014. REUTERS/Aly Song

Hamilton on pole for Mercedes in wet China

Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton showed his mastery in the wet to chalk up his third pole position in four races in Chinese Grand Prix qualifying on Saturday.  Full Article 

Melquin Merchan paints a portrait of Colombian author Gabriel Garcia Marquez in front of a museum converted from the house Garcia Marquez grew up in, at Aracataca April 18, 2014. REUTERS/John Vizcaino
Gabriel Garcia Marquez Dead

Mourning, memories in Marquez's hometown

The sleepy Colombian town that was Gabriel Garcia Marquez's birthplace and inspired him to write "One Hundred Years of Solitude" mourned its Nobel Prize-winning author with music, candles and flowers.  Full Article | Factbox: The life of Gabriel Garcia  

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Shashank Chouhan

Promises and more promises: India’s parties pitch their visions

Campaign season in India means it’s also promise season, and political parties aren’t short on pledges. There has been plenty of coverage of the manifestos from the biggest national parties, Congress and the BJP, so here are some highlights from the others.  Full Article 

Deepak Yohannan

Third party premium for motor insurance increased

The premium for third party insurance is set by the insurance regulator. The problem is that companies know the portfolio will be bleed and hence, avoid taking risks as much as possible. There is also a lack of awareness, especially among owners of two-wheelers, who end up not insuring their vehicle every year.  Full Article 

Diageo throws money at Indian empire-building

Diageo throws money at Indian empire-building

Diageo is engaging in some expensive empire-building in India. An under-powered tender offer meant an earlier attempt to take control of Vijay Mallya’s United Spirits was only partially successful. Now the world’s biggest spirits maker has more than doubled the price it is willing to pay, offering $1.9 billion to raise its stake to 54.8 percent from 28.8 percent.  Commentary 

Paul Donovan

The Reform Club

In one sense, the fact that ambitious global reforms are likely to be more modest in reality is to be welcomed. The most successful reforms tend to be those reforms that are undertaken against a backdrop of economic growth elsewhere in the world. If three-quarters of the world were to try and reform all at once, there would be no external growth left to ease the pain of adjustment, writes Paul Donovan.   Full Article 

Neal Gabler

America: The anecdotal nation

Americans seem to have a greater fondness for anecdotes than citizens of any other nation. Newscasts have human-interest segments; no recent State of the Union address is complete without the president pointing up to the gallery and telling stories of his guests there. Though many anecdotes are harmless, they can be worrisome when it comes to public policy.  Commentary 

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