Workers hold iron rods at the construction site of a bridge on the river Tawi in Jammu November 30, 2011. REUTERS/Mukesh Gupta/Files

Bright GDP a small step in road to sustained revival

Optimism that sunny growth figures herald an economic revival in India is probably misplaced - in fact there is little hard evidence to support the idea that Asia's third-largest economy is heading for a broader and sustained rebound anytime soon.  Full Article 

Banks pile pressure on liquor baron Mallya over airline loans 9:48am IST

MUMBAI - Lenders are increasing pressure on liquor baron Vijay Mallya to facilitate repayment of the debts of his Kingfisher Airlines , which has not flown since 2012 and owes more than $1 billion to a consortium of mostly state-run banks.

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Sotloff was determined to record the Arab crisis

Colleagues recall Steven Sotloff as a generous man fascinated by the changes gripping the Middle East, and determined to tell stories from the perspective of average people.  Full Article | Related Story 

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India crush feeble England to clinch series

Shikhar Dhawan smashed a six to seal a crushing nine-wicket victory over hapless England in the fourth one-day international in Birmingham on Tuesday.  Full Article 

Women ride two-wheeled self-balancing scooters past the Indian Defence Ministry, in New Delhi December 5, 2013. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee/Files

Segway’s India unit pegs hope on Modi

Among the companies hoping for tax credits from the business-friendly BJP since its election victory in May is the Indian distributor of the Segway Personal Transporter. The company hopes that the government will recognise the battery-run two-wheeler as a green vehicle, a move that could spur sales of the expensive device in a country where many people today cannot afford it.  Full Article 

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West Africa struggles to contain Ebola

The United Nations said the spread of the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa was causing food shortages in one of the world's poorest regions and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned the disease was threatening the stability of stricken countries and their neighbors. Doctors in Liberia were out on strike as they struggled to cope with the worst outbreak of Ebola.  Full Article 

Cast member Jennifer Lawrence poses during a photocall for the film "The Hunger Games : Mockingjay - Part 1" at the 67th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes May 17, 2014. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard/Files
Celebrity Photo Breach

Apple says its systems not to blame for breach

The week before a crucial launch of its new iPhone, Apple Inc said intimate photos of celebrities including Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence were leaked online through the apparent hacking of individual iCloud accounts. Apple rushed to restore confidence in its systems' security, saying the celebrity photo scandal was the result of targeted attacks on accounts storing personal data.  Full Article 

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Justin Bieber charged with assault in Canada

Pop star Justin Bieber was arrested and charged with assault and dangerous driving over the weekend after an incident near a small Canadian town, police said on Tuesday.  Full Article 

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    100 days of Modi

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi gestures after giving a speech at his lecture meeting hosted by Nikkei Inc. and Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) in Tokyo September 2, 2014. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

    Good for business, may hurt enviroment, poor

    In his first 100 days, Narendra Modi has protected the food security of millions of Indians, but early trends suggest his pro-business policy will hurt the environment and the poor. In "100 days review of NDA government" – a report released on Tuesday, focusing on issues faced by India's poor and marginalised - civil society groups delivered a mixed verdict on Modi's government.  Full Article 

    A worker repairs a vessel at a ship repair yard in Mumbai May 2, 2014. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui/Files

    Where the growth in Q1 came from

    GDP growth of 5.7 percent in the April-June quarter was unexpected in view of the southward drift of India’s economy over the past two years. No wonder it pepped up the government at a time when the ruling coalition is listing its achievements after 100 days in office. The question is where this growth came from and whether it will be sustained in future.  Full Article 

    Handout of “Historic Temples in Pakistan: A Call to Conscience”

    Reema Abbasi and a glimpse of Pakistan’s Hindu past

    “Historic Temples in Pakistan: A Call to Conscience” is a book-length attempt to record in pictures the history of an Islamic country’s Hindu past, especially as extremist activity mounts against Pakistan’s religious and ethnic minorities, including Ahmadis, Christians, Sikhs and Shia Muslims.  Full Article 

    Nita Bhalla

    The suicide letters that symbolise India’s misguided shame

    Shame. It’s a word I often hear when speaking to women in India, where a combination of patriarchy, misogyny and extreme conservatism makes women feel ashamed of the crimes being committed against them. They are ashamed of being sexually harassed, ashamed for being molested and ashamed after suffering a beating.  Full Article 

    Andy Mukherjee

    Supreme Court order adds urgency to India’s coal crunch

    The two-decades-old practice of selectively allocating mines to metal, cement and power producers is illegal, the court ruled. The judges have not yet decided what punishment to hand out. But investors are prepared for the worst, and for good reason: two years ago, the court cancelled the underpriced sale of telecom spectrum, quashing all 122 licenses in one go.  Full Article 

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