A tea garden worker plucks tea leaves inside Aideobarie Tea Estate in Jorhat in Assam, India, April 21, 2015. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood

Climate change worries for tea gardens in Assam

Unrest is brewing among Assam's so-called Tea Tribes, whose forefathers were brought here by British planters from neighbouring Bihar and Odisha more than a century ago, as changing weather patterns upset the economics of the industry.  Article | Slideshow 

Urbanising India best bet for Chinese steel 11:15am IST

NEW DELHI - India will be the lone bright spot for Chinese steelmen trying to cut bloated inventories as Asia's third-largest economy embarks on a once-in-a-generation urbanisation drive under Prime Minister Narendra Modi. 

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives at Vancouver International Airport in Richmond, British Columbia, April 16, 2015. REUTERS/Ben Nelms/Files
Diplomacy

China says PM Modi to visit next week

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit China next week, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday, his first trip to India's northern neighbour since being elected last year. Modi will be in China from May 14-16, the ministry said in a brief statement. The nationalist Indian prime minister has been keen to resolve the territorial spat, which has clouded a rapidly expanding business relationship.  Full Article 

An earthquake survivor searches for belongings in his collapsed house in Sankhu, on the outskirts of Kathmandu, Nepal, May 5, 2015. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha
Nepal Earthquake

Bad weather disrupts links with Nepal village

Bad weather has cut links with a remote village in Nepal where dozens of villagers and trekkers are believed to be buried under an avalanche set off by last month's devastating earthquake, officials said on Tuesday.  Full Article | Video 

An aerial view shows the car that was used the previous night by two gunmen, who were killed by police, as it is investigated by local police and the FBI in Garland, Texas May 4, 2015. REUTERS/Rex Curry
U.S.

Gunman in Texas attack monitored for years

Federal agents for years monitored one of the two gunmen who were shot dead after opening fire with assault rifles at a heavily guarded Texas exhibit of caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad. Two government sources who asked not to be named said the shooters were roommates Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi, of Phoenix  Read 

Junnishida of Tsukuba University of Japan shows his creation NEUROHack, a wearable device that allows wearers to share their kinesthesia, the awareness of the position and movement of the parts of the body by means of electrical signals. Singapore March 10, 2015. REUTERS/Edgar Su/Files

The path to a wearable future lies in academia

For a glimpse of what is, what might have been and what may lie ahead in wearable devices, look beyond branded tech and Silicon Valley start-ups to the messy labs, dry papers and solemn conferences of academia.  Full Article 

Football - Real Madrid Training - Juventus Stadium, Turin - Italy - 4/5/15 Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo during training. Reuters / Max Rossi
Champions League

Real Madrid face Juventus' famed defence

Having battled to break down one of Europe's meanest defences in the quarter-finals, Real Madrid will have to do it all over again when they face Juventus in their Champions League semi-final.  Full Article 

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    Meet Mangla Charan Mishra, ‘Friend of the Dead’

    Meet Mangla Charan Mishra, ‘Friend of the Dead’

    Mangla Charan Mishra, “god-fearing” Brahmin who lives in one of the country’s most rural districts, says the “Brahma” (formless God) lives in every individual, and they have the right to be taken to the gates of heaven once they die. Mishra, 31, and his 10 volunteers have cremated 850 unclaimed bodies, and is known in Pratapgarh as the “Friend of the Dead”.  Full Article 

    India Insight

    How Delhi’s shoeshine boys learn to read and write

    How Delhi’s shoeshine boys learn to read and write

    It’s 8:30 am and office workers are streaming out of the Delhi Metro’s Gate No. 5 on Barakhamba Road. Nearby, five shoeshine boys holding pencils and notebooks crowd around Firdoz Khan. She has been teaching street kids how to read and write for the past six months with help from her friend Shekhar Jain, a college teacher who provides the funds.  Full Article 

    Book Talk

    Amish Tripathi on his book "Scion of Ikshvaku"

    Amish Tripathi on his book "Scion of Ikshvaku"

    The gods must be pleased with Amish Tripathi. After all, the author’s first three books on Shiva, the Hindu god of destruction, have sold more than 2.2 million copies and made him a household name in India. Tripathi spoke to India Insight about his latest book, the state of censorship in India, Ram and sexism, and more.  Interview 

    Healthcare

    The key to reforming healthcare in India

    The key to reforming healthcare in India

    Health economist Kenneth E. Thorpe, who is advising the government on developing a policy to deal with the country’s chronic disease problem, shared his thoughts on how India can reform its healthcare delivery system, the need to replicate successful models of primary health centres to cover the entire country, and why the method of payments for health services needs to be changed.   Interview 

    Tarun Balram

    Japanese funding can drive India’s growth

    While Japanese corporates have been investing in India for years, their role as project financiers is set to grow in the future. India’s gigantic infrastructure requirements can only be fulfilled if the country draws overseas funding, and a major portion of this could come from Japan. Japanese institutional investors, on their part, are increasingly looking abroad for higher returns to fund.  Full Article 

    Members of the Southern Resistance Committees man a tank during clashes with Houthi fighters in Yemen’s southern city of Aden, April 23, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer

    The world looks like it’s getting worse. Here’s why it’s not.

    The world may feel like it’s about to explode. Death ships on the Mediterranean. Cyberattacks in America. Syria in turmoil. War in Yemen. Islamic State, Boko Haram, al Shabaab - all on the move. If the world seems more volatile, it is. If it seems more dangerous, not so much. Welcome to the war of perceptions, in which the planet seems ever more at risk because of the noise.  Read