Sundar Pichai, senior vice president of Google Chrome, speaks during Google I/O Conference at Moscone Center in San Francisco, California June 28, 2012. REUTERS/Stephen Lam/Files

Google's Pichai to oversee major products and services

Google Inc Chief Executive Officer Larry Page has put Sundar Pichai, one of his key lieutenants, in charge of the Internet company's products. The India-born executive will have oversight over products such as search, maps, Google+, commerce, advertising and infrastructure.  Full Article 

Gold sales jump about 20 pct for Diwali - trade body 24 Oct 2014

SINGAPORE - Gold sales in India during the festivals of Diwali and Dhanteras celebrated this week rose by about a fifth, a senior official at the country's biggest gold trade group said on Friday.

Students and family members reunite at Shoultes Gospel Hall church after an active shooter situation at Marysville-Pilchuck High School in Marysville, Washington October 24, 2014. REUTERS/Jason Redmond
Gun Attacks

Two dead after student opens fire at U.S. school

A student opened fire in the cafeteria of his Washington state high school on Friday, killing a classmate and wounding at least four others before taking his own life amid the chaos of students scrambling to safety, authorities said.  Full Article 

Labourers work at a construction site of a high-rise residential building in central Mumbai August 25, 2014. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui/Files
Reuters Poll

India's growth to pick up along with reforms

India's economy will likely grow at its fastest pace in two years in the current fiscal year as Prime Minister Narendra Modi implements reforms to attract investment, a Reuters poll of economists showed on Friday.  Full Article | Asia economic growth to languish 

European Central Bank Governor Mario Draghi speaks at a news conference during the World Bank/IMF annual meetings in Washington October 11, 2014. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts/Files
Global Economy

Euro zone risks "relapse into recession": Draghi

The ECB's president warned divided euro zone leaders on Friday they risked "a relapse into recession" if they failed to press ahead with structural economic reforms, a message welcomed by German Chancellor Angela Merkel.   Full Article | Video 

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Dissolving hatred of homosexuals in India

Modern India is walking slowly towards a general acceptance of homosexuals and lesbians. Shonali Bose in her film, “Margarita, With a Straw,” tries to pick up the pace. The film, which won the NETPAC award at the Toronto Film Festival earlier this year, is about a teenager with cerebral palsy who is unabashed about her sexuality.  Read 

Spain's Rafael Nadal leaves after losing his match against Borna Coric of Croatia at the Swiss Indoors ATP tennis tournament in Basel October 24, 2014. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann

Torrid season over as Nadal opts for surgery

Rafa Nadal's announcement that he will miss the ATP World Tour Finals because of appendicitis ended a difficult year for the Spaniard.  Full Article | Coric stuns Nadal in Basel, Federer through 

Deep sea 'mushroom' could be early branch on tree of life
Science

'Mushroom' could be early branch on tree of life

Miniature deep sea animals discovered off the Australian coast almost three decades ago are puzzling scientists, who say the organisms have proved impossible to categorise. Academics at the Natural History of Denmark have appealed to the scientific community for help, saying that further information on Dendrogramma enigmatica and Dendrogramma discoides could answer key questions.  Video 

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Peace Laureate's Call

Children's right activist Kailash Satyarthi laughs at his office in New Delhi October 10, 2014. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

Spend less on arms, more on schools, says Nobel laureate Satyarthi

Countries around the world should cut their defence budgets and invest in education if child labour is to be eradicated, said Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi. Satyarthi founded the charity Bachpan Bachao Andolan (Save the Childhood Movement) in 1980 and has helped rescue over 80,000 children - many of whom were trafficked from poor rural villages.  Full Article 

John Lloyd

Lessons of Ebola: Unequal in life, unequal in death

Dr. Margaret Chan, who leads the WHO, sent her chief of staff to a WHO regional conference in Manila to spotlight something we rarely keep in our conscious mind and don’t, collectively, do much about: Inequalities can be a matter of ever-longer life, or a most miserable death: Inequalities can be a matter of ever-longer life, or a most miserable death.   Commentary 

Being the ‘indispensable nation’ is killing American democracy

Being the ‘indispensable nation’ is killing American democracy

America — proudly dubbed the “indispensable nation” by its national-security managers — is now the entangled nation enmeshed in conflicts across the globe. The indispensable nation is permanently engaged across the globe. But endless war undermines the Constitution.   Commentary 

Oil pumping machine.

Cheap oil is no tonic for Asian economies

Cheaper oil won’t be much of a tonic for Asian economies. While painful for exporters, sliding prices should benefit consumers of crude. For most in the region, though, less expensive oil is mainly a sign that growth is stalling. The big exceptions are India and Indonesia. For them, the price slide over the past 4 months translates into significant budgetary savings.  Full Article 

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