Employees walk along a corridor in the Infosys campus in the southern Indian city of Bangalore September 23, 2014. REUTERS/Abhishek Chinnappa

Infosys CEO Sikka lets staff tweet at work to retain talent

Infosys Ltd's new CEO has come up with a novel approach to reviving the financial fortunes of India's trailblazing outsourcing firm: use Facebook at work, tweet, but get the job done.  Full Article 

Asia stocks dip, lower yields keep dollar in check 7:15am IST

TOKYO - Asian stocks tracked an overnight decline on Wall Street and dipped early on Wednesday, while the dollar was kept in check after U.S. yields fell on geopolitical woes and dovish statements by a Federal Reserve official.

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

Regulator's power to cap drug prices withdrawn

The National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority said the government has withdrawn its power to set prices of non-essential medicines, but price caps on over 100 non-essential drugs that drew the industry's ire in July will remain.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

A man walks inside a conference room used for meetings between military commanders of China and India, at the Indian side of the Indo-China border at Bumla, in Arunachal Pradesh, November 11, 2009. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi/Files
Foreign Policy

Chinese, 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 

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 

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon speaks during the closing of the Climate Summit at the United Nations headquarters in New York, September 23, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Climate summit sets goals to save forests

A United Nations summit on climate change agreed to widen the use of renewable energy and raise billions of dollars in aid for developing countries in an effort to increase the prospects for a wide-ranging deal to slow global warming.  Full Article 

A school official takes a pupil's temperature using an infrared digital laser thermometer in front of the school premises, at the resumption of private schools, in Lagos September 22, 2014. REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye
Ebola Outbreak

U.S. forecasts over 500,000 cases in W. Africa

Global experts issued stark new warnings of the scale of West Africa's Ebola outbreak, with the U.S. govt estimating between 550,000 and 1.4 mln people might be infected in the region by January.  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 

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Fighting the Islamic State

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