Chinese and Indian troops in Himalayan standoff

Chinese and Indian troops in Himalayan standoff

Hundreds of Indian and Chinese troops have dug into positions on a high Himalayan plateau, leading India's army chief to cancel a foreign trip and monitor a standoff that underscores deep differences between the Asian giants as they seek closer ties.  Full Article 

Global stocks fall on weak data, air strikes in Syria 1:37am IST

NEW YORK - More downbeat data from Europe pushed global equity markets to a third day of losses on Tuesday, while U.S. air strikes in Syria set a cautionary tone and lifted prices of safe-haven bonds.

Illustration photograph of medicine pills. REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen/Files

Regulator's power to cap drug prices withdrawn

The National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority said the government has withdrawn its power to set prices of non-essential medicines, but price caps on over 100 non-essential drugs that drew the industry's ire in July will remain.  Full Article 

People use cycle rickshaws to commute through a flooded road after heavy rains in Guwahati September 23, 2014. REUTERS/Utpal Baruah
Natural Disaster

Landslides and floods kill 22 in northeast India

At least 22 people have died in flooding and landslides triggered by heavy rains in remote northeastern India, officials said on Tuesday, in the second flood tragedy to hit the subcontinent this month. Rescue workers said 17 people died in the mountainous state of Meghalaya and five in Guwahati, the biggest city in the region. Authorities have deployed hundreds of rescue workers to the area.  Full Article 

An artist sketch shows Suleiman Abu Ghaith, a son-in-law of Osama bin Laden and one of the highest-ranking al Qaeda figures to be brought to the United States to face a civilian trial, at a hearing in a Manhattan federal court in New York April 8, 2013. REUTERS/Jane Rosenberg/Files

Laden son-in-law sentenced to life in prison

A seemingly unrepentant Suleiman Abu Ghaith, a son-in-law of Osama bin Laden, was sentenced to life in prison on Tuesday in New York following his conviction on terrorism charges.  Full Article 

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

PM Modi to get rock star reception in New York

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on his first trip to New York as leader of the world's most populous democracy, will draw perhaps the largest crowd ever by a foreign leader on U.S. soil when he takes the stage on Sunday in Madison Square Garden.   Full Article 

Zoo workers carry the body of a school student who was mauled to death by a white tiger at the National Zoological Park in New Delhi September 23, 2014. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee
Top News

White tiger kills schoolboy in New Delhi zoo

A white tiger mauled to death a school student in a New Delhi zoo on Tuesday, an official and a witness said. Television channels broadcast closed-circuit footage of the frightened boy inside the tiger's enclosure in the zoo that houses six white tigers, along with lions and panthers. Authorities have yet to ascertain whether the student was alone or accompanied by friends.  Full Article 

Pupils of Olumawu School are guided through the use of hand sanitizers, as school resumes in Abuja September 22, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer
Ebola Outbreak

Ebola now major concern for disease experts

West Africa's Ebola epidemic is the largest the world has ever seen, but experts are almost as fearful of a long-term legacy in humans as they are about the deaths it is causing right now.  Full Article 

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Josef Joffe

Germany exports massive amounts of arms, hypocrisy

Who is the world’s No. 3 arms exporter, after the United States and Russia? Surprise. It is Germany, a country bound by law to supply only allies and peaceable folks like (neutral) Switzerland or Sweden. Off limits are “areas of tension” - bad neighborhoods that actually need the stuff. Yet somehow, Israel and Saudi Arabia are among Germany’s best customers.  Commentary 

David Seres

Avoid low-fact diets: Despite the hype, no verdict yet on high-fat, low-carb regime

If you have been reading the newspaper recently, you will have come across some startling new nutrition advice. A much hyped new study, conducted with just 150 participants, calls for us to “embrace fat”—even the saturated kind. The alleged benefits? Weight loss and, most incredibly, healthier hearts. Unfortunately, this media attention is much ado about nothing.  Read 

Jack Ma

China rich list misses most valuable asset: status

What’s the most precious asset for China’s plutocrats? Not diamonds, or prime real estate, or even a stake in a richly valued internet company. The currency that really matters is status. That’s something rankings like the new Hurun Report of China’s richest individuals struggle to measure. The best asset in China is still political power.   Full Article 

Fans rush to HMT as watchmaker marks time

Fans rush to HMT as watchmaker marks time

Retailers have reported a spike in sales of HMT watches after media reports said last week that the unprofitable unit of HMT Machine Tools Ltd was likely to wind down. Growing competition and the entry of foreign quartz watches and HMT’s failure to adapt to change led to falling sales, a slump from which the company never recovered.  Article 

Ankush Arora

Navtej Sarna on India’s Jerusalem connection

Indian diplomat Navtej Sarna‘s latest book pieces together the history of an Indian “hospice” in Jerusalem. Spread over seven thousand square metres near the Dome of the Rock, the property has its origins in a visit by Sufi saint Baba Farid about 800 years ago. Farid, a pioneer of the Punjabi literary tradition, supposedly meditated for 40 days in an underground chamber in Jerusalem.  Full Article