Labourers work inside a steel factory on the outskirts of Agartala, Tripura, April 9, 2009. REUTERS/Jayanta Dey/Files

L&T June-quarter revenue $3.2 billion, beats estimates

Conglomerate Larsen & Toubro said on Monday revenue totalled 191.23 billion rupees ($3.2 billion) in the first quarter, beating analyst forecasts, after a rise in orders from international clients.  Article | Graphic: One-year performance of L&T shares 

Sensex, Nifty fall to one-week closing low on profit taking 5:04pm IST

MUMBAI - The Sensex and Nifty fell on Monday to their lowest close in a week, as profit-taking hit shares of blue-chips such as ICICI Bank Ltd for a second consecutive session after the record highs of last week.

Coal is stockpiled at the Blair Athol mine at the remote Bowen Basin coalfield near Moranbah June 1, 2012.  REUTERS/Jim Reagan/Files

Australia approves Adani's $16 bln coal project

Australia on Monday approved Indian firm Adani Mining Pty Ltd's controversial $15.5 billion Carmichael coal and rail project in Queensland, subject to strict conditions to protect groundwater. The Carmichael coal lode is in the outback Galilee Basin, where massive reserves of coal remain untapped due to the hefty costs of building ports and rail lines to the east coast nearly 500 km away.  Full Article 

A bronze bull sculpture is seen as an employee walks out of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) building in Mumbai April 1, 2014. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui/Files

How high will the Sensex go?

Chances are that stock prices will rise in the future but not at the breezy pace experienced in the past four months. There will be corrections, though the underlying trend will be upside. Through the rest of the year, the Sensex may go up by about 1,500-2,000 points. It is the next budget that will really be a strong trigger to take the Sensex to much higher levels, writes D H Pai Panandiker.  Full Article 

Palestinian children hold toy guns in front of the Dome of the Rock during a protest on the compound known to Muslims as al-Haram al-Sharif and to Jews as Temple Mount in Jerusalem's Old City, against Israel's military offensive in Gaza July 28, 2014.  REUTERS/Ammar Awad
Gaza Crisis

Palestinian fighters raid Israel on "truce" day

Palestinian fighters slipped into an Israeli village from the Gaza Strip and fought a gun battle with troops on Monday as an unofficial truce called for the Muslim Eid al-Fitr festival disintegrated.  Full Article 

Angela Dyczynski sits on a piece of wreckage of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 near her husband Geaorge (R) during their visit to the crash site near the village of Hrabove (Grabovo), Donetsk region July 26, 2014.  REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

Experts renew attempt to reach crash site

At least three civilians were killed in overnight fighting in eastern Ukraine and government troops pressed ahead with their campaign against pro-Russian rebels, taking a strategic point close to where Malaysian flight MH17 crashed, officials said on Monday.  Full Article 

A woman farmer carrying paddy crop is silhouetted against the setting sun on the outskirts of Agartala, capital of Tripura November 24, 2011.  REUTERS/Jayanta Dey/Files

Woman branded witch, stripped, paraded naked

A 60-year-old woman was beaten, stripped and tied to an electricity pole in a village in Odisha after local people accused her of being a witch, police said on Monday. Villagers in Mayurbhanj district blamed the death of an 18-year-old boy on the woman, saying she had practised witchcraft on him.  Full Article 

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Visitors walk past TV sets during Russian President Vladimir Putin's live broadcast nationwide phone-in at the DNS electronic shop in Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk April 17, 2014. REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin/Files

Meet Vladimir Putin’s homophobic, vitriolic, charismatic master of propaganda

Russian President’s popularity has soared at home in the wake of his actions in Ukraine – and the masterful spin his intervention has been given. The joy that greeted his seizure of Crimea was due, at least in part, to a propaganda system more virulent than its Soviet predecessor. At the center of the system is a journalist called Dmitry Kiselyev.  Read 

Shashank Chouhan

Ex-Supreme Court judge Katju stirs the pot

Comments by retired Supreme Court judge Markandey Katju had parliament in uproar. In a blog post published by the Times of India, the chairman of Press Council of India hinted at a connection between the government and judiciary in the elevation of an allegedly corrupt judge. This isn’t the first time that the man heading India’s print media oversight body has stirred the pot.  Full Article 

A computer user poses in front of a Google search page in this photo illustration taken in Brussels May 30, 2014. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir/Files

Plagiarism is dumb. Thinking you’ll get away with it is dumber.

You write a paper? It and all of its sources are on the Internet. You got caught running a red light one night in some godforsaken little town 25 yrs ago? Anyone who doesn’t like you can find the police record. You had a really messy divorce from your childhood sweetheart? Said sweetheart is going to be Googled, located, interviewed and offered a publishing deal.  Read 

‘When Harry Met Sally’ got it wrong 25 years ago

‘When Harry Met Sally’ got it wrong 25 years ago

Some people watch When Harry Met Sally… for the happy ending, the moment when friends finally decide that they want “the sex thing” to get in the way, then decide to get married and spend the rest of their lives together. In initial drafts of the script, they stayed friends, and I think I’d have preferred it that way.  Commentary