India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi gestures as he gives a speech in front of students at the University of the Sacred Heart in Tokyo September 2, 2014. REUTERS/Yuya Shino/Files

Narendra Modi says al Qaeda will fail in India: CNN

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said al Qaeda will fail to hire members in the world's second-most populous nation and he praised Muslims of India for their commitment to fight for the country.  Full Article 

Global shares end flat, closing out strong week 1:52am IST

NEW YORK - Stock markets around the world closed flat on Friday as early gains failed to hold through the session, though the upward trend in equities continued and Alibaba soared in its historic U.S. trading debut.

Specialist traders work at the post that trades Alibaba Group Holding Ltd during the company's initial public offering (IPO) under the ticker "BABA" at the New York Stock Exchange in New York September 19, 2014. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
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Alibaba surges 38 pct on massive IPO demand

Alibaba shares soared 38 percent in their first day of trading as investors jumped at the chance for a piece of what is likely to rank as the largest IPO in history, in a massive bet on China's burgeoning middle class.  Full Article | Interactive: In the company of Jack  

A handout image, provided on September 19, 2014 by ECPAD, shows a photo montage of a logistics depot in northeastern Iraq before and after a mission by French Rafale fighter jets from the Al-Dhafra airbase. REUTERS/ECPAD - Armee de l'Air
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French jets strike suspected IS target in Iraq

French jets struck a suspected Islamic State target in Iraq, expanding a U.S.-led campaign against militants who have seized a third of the country.  Full Article | US: There is a role for Iran in tackling IS 

U.S. citizen Matthew Todd Miller sits in a witness box during his trial at the North Korean Supreme Court in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang September 14, 2014. REUTERS/KCNA

Jailed American tried to be 'famous': N.Korea

An American sentenced to six years hard labour by a North Korean court pretended to have secret U.S. information and was deliberately arrested in a bid to become famous, state media said.  Full Article 

Review: Daawat-e-Ishq seems to go on forever

Review: Daawat-e-Ishq seems to go on forever

“Daawat-e-Ishq” is one of those infuriating films that seem to go on for ever, getting more monotonous by the minute, writes our Bollywood correspondent Shilpa Jamkhandikar.  Full Article 

Former Juventus soccer player Alessandro Del Piero of Italy signs autographs for fans after an official Sydney FC news conference in Sydney September 17, 2012. REUTERS/Tim Wimborne/FIles

ISL will lift Indian soccer - Del Piero

Alessandro Del Piero's Sydney FC stint helped raise A-League's profile and the former Juventus great is confident of making a similar impact as the face of the Indian Super League.  Full Article 

Indian soldiers at Lion's Gate during World War I
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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, the property has its origins in a visit by Sufi saint Baba Farid about 800 years ago. Speaking to India Insight at his Delhi office, Sarna says it was a “very instinctive decision” to write about a “centuries-old connection between India and Jerusalem”.  Full Article 

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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 

Nita Bhalla

India’s greed for dowries lies at heart of many abuses against women

Despite being outlawed more than half a century ago, the custom of dowry continues unabated – promoting the view that girls and women are a liability and resulting in abuse, discrimination and murder. The mental and physical abuse some women face over dowry demands has driven them to suicide.  Full Article 

China has not one property problem

China has not one property problem, but many

China’s real estate market is big enough that it can have not one property problem but many. A Breakingviews ranking of the forty biggest cities, according to different kinds of risks, shows there are huge differences between local markets. It’s not much consolation, though. A conflagration of regional problems could be just as bad as one big national one.   Full Article 

Rape myths hide crimes. Just ask these children.

Rape myths hide crimes. Just ask these children.

"Hidden in Plain Sight" is an aptly titled new study by the United Nations International Children’s Fund. It shows that one in 10 girls and young women interviewed reported being sexually abused before age 20. “These are uncomfortable facts,” one UNICEF official said of the report, the largest study on global child abuse to date. “No government or parent will want to see them.”  Commentary 

ECB’s trillion-euro race may start slowly

ECB’s trillion-euro race may start slowly

The latest parlour game in financial markets is guessing the size of the ECB’s upcoming four-year targeted long-term liquidity operations: how many banks will tap the ECB, for how much? Mario Draghi’s stated goal is to grow the ECB balance sheet back to its 2012 level. If banks’ enthusiasm for the first facility is subdued, markets may react by pushing up the euro.   Full Article 

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Give the public a role in Clean Ganga project, says Rajendra Pachauri

Give public a role in cleaning Ganga: Pachauri

India’s holiest river is due for a clean-up, with PM Narendra Modi taking personal responsibility for restoring the Ganga and ridding the river of industrial effluents and untreated sewage. Rajendra Pachauri, chairman of the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, spoke to Reuters on the Ganga project, need for transparency and how the public could help.  Read 

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