Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks during his meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington September 30, 2014. REUTERS/Larry Downing/Files

Modi takes tea, but no questions, in press event

Prime Minister Narendra Modi took tea, but no questions, on Saturday at his first staged meeting with the press since coming to power five months ago, underscoring the delicate relationship he has with the fourth estate.  Full Article 

India picks Israel's Spike anti-tank missile over U.S. Javelin - source 25 Oct 2014

NEW DELHI - India has opted to buy Israel's Spike anti-tank guided missile, a defence ministry source said on Saturday, rejecting a rival U.S. offer of Javelin missiles that Washington had lobbied hard to win.

Finance and Defence Minister Arun Jaitley (C) arrives to attend a meeting with the finance ministers of states on the Goods and Services Tax (GST) issues in New Delhi July 3, 2014. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi/Files

Jaitley favours interest rate cut - paper

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley favours a cut in interest rates to trigger demand in the construction sector, a newspaper report said on Saturday, but the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has signalled it will not ease policy until it is confident of lower inflation.  Full Article 

Villarreal's Robert Pires reacts during a news conference in Villarreal, April 6, 2009. Villarreal are set to play Arsenal in their Champions League quarter-final, first leg soccer match on Tuesday. REUTERS/Heino Kalis

Pires gets two-match ISL ban for altercation

Former France midfielder Robert Pires has been slapped with a two-match ban and a hefty fine for a halftime altercation with an opposition coach in the Indian Super League, organisers said.  Story 

Sundar Pichai, Google's senior vice president of Android, Chrome and Apps, speaks about wearables during his keynote address at the Google I/O developers conference in San Francisco June 25, 2014.  REUTERS/Elijah Nouvelage/Files

Google's Pichai to oversee major products

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, according to a Google spokesman.  Full Article 

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Happy New Year: Farah Khan's ode to SRK

Farah Khan brings back Shah Rukh Khan, self-deprecating jokes, six-pack abs and lots of bling. Borrowing liberally from Hollywood heist films, most notably Steven Soderbergh’s “Ocean’s Eleven,” Khan doesn’t seem too concerned with the business of making a good film – she just wants to make sure her lead hero and his rippling muscles get as much screen time as possible.  Full Article 

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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 

Audience members find their seats prior to a concert featuring Peruvian born tenor Juan Diego Florez at Carnegie Hall in New York March 10, 2007.  REUTERS/Lucas Jackson/Files
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New York City for music lovers

New York, the city that never sleeps, is a center for blues, jazz, folk, rock, hip-hop, punk, classical and other musical styles played in its world-class concert halls, dive bars, parks and museums.   Article 

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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 

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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 

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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