Prime Minister Modi meets RSS leaders to mend ties

Prime Minister Narendra Modi met with the Hindu nationalist group Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) on Friday to discuss his government, in a move that highlighted the organisation's influence but drew criticism from the opposition.

Global concerns may shrink Wall Street's third quarter estimates 1:29am IST

NEW YORK - Slowing growth in emerging markets and currency fluctuations in anticipation of a U.S. interest rate hike may push third-quarter revenue and earnings estimates lower this month.

A man looks at a screen displaying the Sensex on the facade of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) building July 8, 2015. REUTERS/Shailesh Andrade/Files

Sensex closes at more than one-year low

Indian stock markets fell more than 2 percent on Friday and closed at their lowest levels in over a year on weak global cues amid caution ahead of a key U.S. jobs report due later in the day.  Full Article 

Syrian Kurds pray behind the coffins of the members of Kurdi family, two Syrian toddlers and their mother who drowned while they were trying to reach Greece, during a funeral ceremony in the northern border town of Kobani, Syria, September 4, 2015. REUTERS/Herdem Dogrul
Migration Crisis

Drowned refugee boys buried in Syria

A Syrian father on Friday buried his wife and two little boys, drowned as they tried to flee to Europe, while hundreds of migrants fled from a detention camp and escaped a train stranded under police siege in Hungary.  Story | Video: Drowned Syrian children buried in Kobani 

The World Health Organization (WHO) logo is pictured at the entrance of its headquarters in Geneva, January 25, 2015. REUTERS/Pierre Albouy/Files

WHO criticises Indian TB drug supplier

A major Indian supplier of tuberculosis drugs to developing countries has been severely criticised by the World Health Organization for inadequate manufacturing standards and poor testing procedures. The move is the latest setback for India's drugs industry, a vital source of cheap generic medicines to countries worldwide which has been tarnished by a series of quality problems.  Full Article 

REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE: Pregnant models wait inside the dressing room during a maternity fashion show organised by a newly launched company which caters to pregnant women in New Delhi August 25, 2007. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi/Files
Maternal Care

India considers extending maternity leave

India is considering extending maternity leave to 24 weeks from 12 weeks, a government official said, adding that it would encourage more women to breastfeed and help reduce high rates of child malnutrition in the country. A government official said an expectant mother needs one month of rest before birth, and seven months after, to adequately nurse her child.  Full Article 

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Movie Review

'Welcome Back' is sporadically funny

Anees Bazmee’s 2007 “Welcome” was one of those ‘guilty pleasure’ films, salvaged in great part by a talented cast and some clever dialogue. Eight years later, Bazmee tries to recreate the same formula. “Welcome Back” is sporadically funny, one that ebbs and flows; but it just about passes the ‘guilty pleasure’ test thanks to Anil Kapoor and Nana Patekar, writes Shilpa Jamkhandikar.  Full Article | Bollywood 

Mercedes Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain takes a corner during the second free practice session for the Italian F1 Grand Prix in Monza September 4, 2015.  REUTERS/Max Rossi

Hamilton fastest as Mercedes have a blast

Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton set the pace in practice for the Italian Grand Prix on Friday with dominant Mercedes turning on the power and leaving their rivals trailing.  Full Article 

A girl (C) holds up a portrait of actor Johnny Depp in front of the entrance of the venue of the 72nd Venice Film Festival, northern Italy September 4, 2015.    REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini

Depp says mined his 'inner evil' to play gangster

Johnny Depp says he did not have to dig deep to tap into his evil side for his portrayal of the Irish-American gangster James "Whitey" Bulger in the film "Black Mass", screened out of competition on Friday at the Venice Film Festival.  Story | Video: Johnny Depp hysteria in Venice 

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India's Ravichandran Ashwin appeals for an unsuccessful wicket for Sri Lanka's captain Angelo Mathews (not pictured) during the final day of their third and final test cricket match in Colombo, September 1, 2015. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte

When India’s bowlers earned their stripes

Though cricket is a team sport, often batsmen are “seen” to walk away with the limelight in a team’s victory. In the recent series against Sri Lanka, it was India's bowlers who earned their stripes with distinction.  Full Article