A view of the Supreme Court building in New Delhi December 7, 2010. REUTERS/B Mathur/Files

Supreme Court dismisses Yakub Memon's final appeal

Yakub Memon's chances of avoiding the hangman's noose for his role in the 1993 Mumbai bombings dwindled on Wednesday, after the Supreme Court threw out his final plea for mercy hours before he was due to be executed.  Full Article 

Vedanta looks to restart Goa mines by October 7:18pm IST

MUMBAI - Vedanta Ltd said on Wednesday it expected to restart iron ore mining by October in top exporting Goa province and that talks were continuing with regulators for merging with its cash-rich unit Cairn India .

Devotees crowd to attend the Maha Pushkaralu, a Hindu festival, on the banks of river Godavari at Rajahmundry in Andhra Pradesh, India, July 14, 2015. REUTERS/R Narendra/Files
Population Growth

India to become most populous nation by 2022

India is set to overtake China and become the most populous country in the world in less than a decade - six years sooner than previously forecast, the United Nations said on Wednesday. Fast-growing Nigeria is on course to outstrip the United States by about 2050 to become the country with the third largest population, the United Nations has predicted.  Full Article 

General Motors Chief Executive Officer Mary Barra poses next to the company's "Trailblazer" sports-utility vehicle during a news conference in New Delhi, India, July 29, 2015. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee
Automobile

GM to invest $1 billion in India to boost exports

General Motors said it will invest $1 billion over the next few years to turn India into a global export hub, even as it cuts production capacity in the country due to sluggish demand. The carmaker, which has the capacity to produce more than 280,000 cars a year in India, will reduce this to 220,000 a year by 2025 as it stops making cars at one plant and modestly raises capacity at its second plant in the country.  Full Article 

A SpiceJet passenger plane moves on the runway at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel international airport in Ahmedabad January 8, 2014. REUTERS/Amit Dave/Files
Aviation

SpiceJet in talks for $11 billion jet deal

Budget airline SpiceJet is in talks with Boeing and Airbus Group to acquire about 100 new narrow-body jets, its chief financial officer said on Wednesday, in a deal that would be worth about $11 billion at list prices.  Full Article 

Mullah Omar of Afghanistan's Taliban regime is shown in this undated U.S. National Counterterrorism Center image. REUTERS/National Counterterrorism Center/Handout via Reuters/Files

Afghanistan says Mullah Omar died 2 years ago

The Afghan government said on Wednesday that Mullah Omar, the reclusive leader of the Afghan Taliban movement, died more than two years ago.  Full Article 

An electronic Microsoft logo is seen at the Microsoft store in New York City, July 28, 2015.  REUTERS/Mike Segar

Microsoft's Windows 10 wins plaudits

Microsoft Corp's launch of its first new operating system in almost three years, designed to work across laptops, desktop and smartphones, won mostly positive reviews for its user-friendly and feature-packed interface.  Full Article 

A student holds a portrait of former President A. P. J. Abdul Kalam during a candle light march in Mumbai, India, July 28, 2015. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui
People's President

Kalam saw India as a superpower: Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has praised former President Abdul Kalam, who died on Monday, remembering the example set by the childhood newspaper vendor who rose to prominence as driver of India’s nuclear weapon and missile programme before becoming president in 2002.  Full Article | Slideshow: Farewell Kalam 

A serviceman from the battalion 'Aydar' waves a Ukrainian flag during a protest against the disbanding of the battalion, in front of Ukraine's Defence Ministry in Kiev February 2, 2015. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko/Files

Ukraine struggles to control maverick battalions

From a basement billiard club in central Kiev, Dmytro Korchynsky commands a volunteer battalion helping Ukraine's government fight rebels in the east. In the eyes of many Ukrainians, volunteer fighters are heroes for helping the weak regular army resist pro-Russian separatists. But in the view of the government, some volunteers have become a problem.  Full Article 

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Defence

Richard Beales

The Economist’s elite owners seek elite print run

The widespread carnage in print advertising has not passed The Economist. The title’s cachet and its record may make it easier for wealthy owners to double down on a bet that their publication can succeed where others have failed. It would nevertheless be a contrarian call worthy of The Economist’s own editorial page.  Full Article 

John Foley

Market sirens lead China astray

China's pledges to prop up the stock market are unwise. It didn’t have to be this way. After the benchmark Shanghai Composite index fell 8.5 percent on July 27, the main stock regulator announced it would continue to support the market. Such twitchiness is astonishing. Dark talk of "malicious shorting" adds to the air of a government on the back foot.  Full Article 

The Great Debate

Donald Trump is a superhero – but not in a good way

Donald Trump is a superhero – but not in a good way

What Donald Trump offers is his detestation of the very mechanics of politics — and of democracy itself. He has no time for the negotiations, consensus building, civility and seriousness required in a democracy. The aptly named Trump is telling them that he will trump the entire political system. He’ll replace the mess of politics with a clean sweep of super heroics.  Commentary 

John Lloyd

The whining of the militants

However vexing it may be to watch powerful figures use the blame game to justify their bad actions, the strategy is proving wildly successful. Every one of these strategies – that of the violent Islamists, the Russian president and the Greek prime minister – is popular with the target audience. “It’s not my fault – it’s them.” It’s the new/old slogan.  Opinion 

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