In Bihar, a test for Modi's reforms and Hindu agenda

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is on the campaign trail in a state election that could define the rest of his term, promising jobs and development in one of the country's most backward areas, while his right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party pushes a Hindu agenda.

Sensex gains on Fed rally; posts best week since mid-June 4:02pm IST

MUMBAI - India's stock markets rose on Friday to post their biggest weekly gains since mid-June, tracking a rally in Asian markets after minutes from the Federal Reserve's latest meeting quelled expectations of an imminent U.S. rate hike.

Kaci Kullmann Five, the new head of the Norwegian Nobel Peace Prize Committee, announces the winner of the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize during a news conference in Oslo, Norway, October 9, 2015.  REUTERS/Heiko Junge/NTB Scanpix
Nobel Peace Prize

Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet wins Nobel

Tunisia's National Dialogue Quartet won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for its contribution to building democracy after the Jasmine Revolution in 2011, the Nobel Committee said. The quartet is made up of the Tunisian General Labour Union (UGTT), the Tunisian Confederation of Industry, Trade and Handicrafts (UTICA), the Tunisian Human Rights League, and the Tunisian Order of Lawyers.  Read 

An employee sorts out vegetables before packing them at a Big Basket warehouse on the outskirts of Mumbai November 4, 2014. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui/Files
Economic Pulse

Sept retail inflation likely rose from record low

India's retail inflation likely picked up in September, driven by higher food prices, but will remain comfortably below the Reserve Bank of India's target and allow room for further policy easing, a Reuters poll showed.The consumer price index was expected to rise 4.3 percent last month, with forecasts in the survey of over 20 economists ranging between 3.6 percent and 5.0 percent.  Full Article 

People walk below a billboard of Indian property developer DLF Ltd. in Mumbai May 25, 2007. REUTERS/Arko Datta/Files
Stake Sale

DLF promoters to sell stake in rental business

DLF Ltd promoters will sell their 40 percent stake in the company's rental business to institutional investors, DLF said. The parent company will retain its 60 percent stake in DLF Cyber City Developers. SEBI had put a ban on DLF last year for allegedly misleading investors by withholding information about some of its units and the criminal cases pending against them in its IPO prospectus.  Full Article 

Empty Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) cylinders are seen at a gas distribution centre at Dujana village in Noida, on the outskirts of New Delhi October 7, 2015. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee
Commodity Crisis

LPG emerges as accidental bright-spot

Liquefied Petroleum Gas, long a niche product used by the poor to cook and the rich to barbecue, has become a rare bright spot amid a broad commodities rout, riding on the wave of strong economic growth in India and parts of Southeast Asia. The biggest growth market is India, where millions of households are switching from kerosene or wood burners to LPG.  Full Article 

Indian Air Force Sukhoi Su-30MKI fighter jets fly past during a full dress rehearsal for the Republic Day parade in New Delhi January 23, 2015.REUTERS/Adnan Abidi/Files

Air force opens way for women fighter pilots

India is opening the way for women pilots to fly fighter jets in combat, its air force chief said, as one of the world's biggest military forces shakes off its reluctance to give greater responsibilities to women. Several countries, from the U.S. to Israel, and even Pakistan, have women flying their fighter planes, but India's military has kept them out of that role, as well as frontline warships and ground combat.   Story 

REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE: A rebel fighter fires a weapon towards forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Aleppo's Sheikh Saeed neighbourhood May 24, 2015. Picture taken May 24, 2015. REUTERS/Hosam Katan/Files

IS fighters advance in Aleppo outskirts - monitor

Islamic State fighters have captured several Syrian villages from rival insurgents near Aleppo, a monitoring group said on Friday, despite Russian air strikes that Moscow says have targeted the hardline group.  Full Article | France launches new air strike in against IS 

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