Local residents search for usable items from their collapsed houses after Tuesday's earthquake at Singati Village, in Dolakha, Nepal, May 15, 2015. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

Nepalese river blocked by landslide flowing again

A river dammed up by a huge landslide in Nepal's northwest has begun flowing again but the risks of flash floods are not over yet, police said on Sunday.  Full Article 

John Nash, mathematician who inspired "A Beautiful Mind", killed in car crash 12:21am IST

REUTERS - Mathematician John Nash, a Nobel Prize winner whose longtime struggle with mental illness inspired the movie "A Beautiful Mind", was killed in a car crash along with his wife in New Jersey, state police said on Sunday.

Members of the Iraqi army and Shi'ite fighters launch a mortar toward Islamic State militants outskirt the city of Falluja, Iraq May 19, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer
Islamic State

Iraqi forces regain ground from Islamic State

Iraqi forces regained ground from Islamic State militants in western Iraq on Sunday, advancing towards Ramadi a week after it fell to the insurgents. The fall of Ramadi and Palmyra were the militant group's biggest successes since a U.S.-led coalition launched an air war to stop them last year.  Full Article | Video 

A man looks at a screen across the road displaying the Sensex on the facade of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) building in Mumbai February 17, 2014. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui/Files
Markets Weekahead

Bulls in control but no catalysts for next impetus

Volatility is expected to remain at fore ahead of the derivative contract expiry on Thursday. The derivative positions this month are the lightest for this year, which means that downside could be limited till expiry. The last batch of quarterly earnings from India, the trend in global markets, and the progress of monsoon will be keenly watched in the coming week.  Full Article 

REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE: Migrants who declared themselves to be nationals of Syria are seen on a Coast Guard rescue boat as they arrive at Porto Empedocle in the southern island of Sicily, September 17, 2013. REUTERS/ Calogero Lampo/Files

Italy rescues 70 Afghan, Iraqi migrants

Seventy Afghan and Iraqi migrants were rescued from a packed boat off the southeastern coast of Italy and brought to shore on Sunday, Italy's coast guard said.  Full Article 

Director Jacques Audiard, Palme d'Or award winner for his film "Dheepan", delivers a speech on stage during the closing ceremony of the 68th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France, May 24, 2015. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

French film "Dheepan" wins top Palme d'Or

French film "Dheepan" won the top Palme d'Or prize for director Jacques Audiard at the 68th Cannes International Film Festival on Sunday, the film jury announced.  Full Article 

Hull City v Manchester United - Barclays Premier League - The Kingston Communications Stadium - 24/5/15. Manchester United's Phil Jones consoles Hull City's Paul McShane after the game Action Images via REUTERS/Craig Brough

Hull relegated, Newcastle survive

Hull City were relegated after drawing with Manchester United and Newcastle United survived the drop on the final day of the Premier League season.   Read | West Ham part company with Allardyce 

Gold bracelets are on display as a woman (L) makes choices at a jewellery showroom on the occasion of Akshaya Tritiya, a major gold buying festival, in Kolkata April 21, 2015.  REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri/Files

Fall-off in weddings bodes ill for jewellers, gold

Fewer auspicious days later this year compelled Ramesh Phalke, an auto company employee in Maharashtra, to hold his daughter's wedding in May. This bride was lucky because many other weddings will likely be postponed - to the dismay of the country's jewellers. Gold is an essential part of the bride's dowry in India and also a popular gift from family and guests at weddings.   Full Article 

Movie Review: "Tanu Weds Manu Returns"

Movie Review: "Tanu Weds Manu Returns"

With both “Tanu Weds Manu” and its sequel, director A L Rai starts with a great idea, some sparkling dialogue and interesting characters. But what you get in “Tanu Weds Manu Returns” is the cinematic equivalent of a car wreck. The film falls flat because Rai does not take it to its logical ending, writes Shilpa Jamkhandikar.  Full Article 

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Sajan Pillai

How India can support its start-ups

There is no reason why India cannot be the innovation capital of the world, home to the next Google or Amazon. However, the government needs to ensure ideas are given the opportunity to grow into a business. Creating tax reforms, bringing in venture capital, and creating simple policies for new businesses is the way to spark this transformation.  Full Article 

Fizan Abdullah

Surgery so simple a gardener can do it – but he probably shouldn’t

A number of readily teachable surgical procedures can stem much of the rising tide of human suffering. We associate surgery with space-age operating rooms filled with fancy equipment. A handful of conditions require that. But many do not. Non-surgeons trained to do simple procedures can alleviate up to three-quarters of the surgical need in underserved regions.  Read 

Edward Hadas

The uses and abuses of Gross Domestic Product

Numbers can lie, and undoubtedly will when they accumulate years of approximations, estimates and exclusions. It is probably hopeless to suggest that many of the innumerable data series based on GDP should simply be discarded just because they are mostly false and misleading. They are too popular for that. However, GDP is certainly a measure that should be used with extreme caution.  Full Article 

Elizabeth A. Cobbs

Why the U.S. officially ‘believes’ Pakistan’s bin Laden story

Throughout its “war on terrorism,” the United States has had to rely on Pakistan. Though Washington may occasionally have believed its trust was abused, the Pentagon’s need for overflight rights or landing bases, crucial for U.S. troops in Afghanistan and throughout the Middle East, trumped diplomatic niceties.  Commentary 

One Year In Office

Modi faces dissent over spending shakeup

Modi faces dissent over spending shakeup

As PM Narendra Modi completes one year in office, his cuts in welfare spending on the poorest of India's 1.25 billion people are coming in for sharp criticism, including from within his cabinet.  Full Article 

David Lalmalsawma

Book Talk: Mizoram’s pain yet to heal 29 years after peace accord

Author Malsawmi Jacob was in high school when the independence movement in the future state of Mizoram began in 1966. Jacob, perhaps the only Mizo author to have published a novel in English, spoke about why she decided to write about the “ram buai” (disturbance in the land), and why she thinks the decision of the Mizo rebels to take up arms was a mistake.  Full Article 

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