A worker prepares to unload steel bricks at a steel factory on the outskirts of Jammu July 10, 2014. REUTERS/Mukesh Gupta/Files

Economy to grow 5.8 pct in 2014/15, says Mayaram

India's economy is on course to grow by around 5.8 percent in the fiscal year to March 2015, the finance ministry's top official said on Thursday, expressing confidence that "green shoots" of recovery were taking hold.  Full Article 

Sensex, Nifty edge higher; foreign investors continue to buy 5:00pm IST

MUMBAI - The BSE Sensex and Nifty edged higher on Thursday, gaining for seven out of eight previous sessions, as persistent buying by foreign investors continued to bolster blue chips such as State Bank of India.

Indian army personnel remove branches of a tree which were thrown by the protesters to block the road at Golaghat district in Assam August 21, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer
Assam-Nagaland Border Dispute

Protesters defy curfew, attack police in Assam

Thousands of protesters in Assam defied a curfew and attacked police in a fifth day of unrest over a territorial dispute with a neighbouring state. Assam and Nagaland have been claiming tracts of land along the state limits since the creation of Nagaland more than four decades ago. Clashes have periodically erupted between people living in villages straddling the two states.  Full Article 

Finance and Defence Minister Arun Jaitley speaks during a news conference in Srinagar June 15, 2014. REUTERS/Danish Ismail/Files
Banking

India to tighten up banking risk management

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said on Thursday that the government was working to tighten up risk management in the banking sector, responding to recent scandals that have raised doubts about lending practices at state banks. Jaitley's comments followed the launch of an investigation into whether the head of Syndicate Bank took bribes to roll over a loan to Bhushan Steel.  Full Article 

Reporters speak on their phones after attending a news conference during the international player draft for the Indian Super League in Mumbai August 21, 2014. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

Sachin team picks ex-Newcastle striker Chopra

Former Newcastle United striker Michael Chopra was picked by the Kerala Blasters, co-owned by cricketing great Sachin Tendulkar, in an international draft for the upcoming Indian Super League on Thursday. A total of 49 foreign players will be drafted during the session for the league, which is slated to run from October to December. Seven players have been directly recruited by the teams.  Full Article 

‘Katiyabaaz’ turns banal reality into gripping tale
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‘Katiyabaaz’ turns banal reality into gripping tale

“Katiyabaaz” takes a compelling, objective look at an enormous problem, and transforms the mundane, all-too-familiar reality of India’s power crisis into a gripping tale of Indian ingenuity and battle for survival. The movie releases on Friday; watch it if stark reality on celluloid does not leave you feeling bored, short-changed or overwhelmed, writes Anupriya Kumar.  Full Article 

Israeli soldiers ride atop armoured personnel carriers (APCs) (C and R) near the border with the Gaza Strip August 20, 2014. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

Hamas: Israel killed 3 top Gaza commanders

An Israel air strike killed three top Hamas military commanders in Gaza, the group said, the clear sign yet Israel is focusing its assault on those leading attacks from the Palestinian enclave.  Article | Video 

Yasmin (L), 16, pushes Hana (C), 16, on a swing after finishing a GCSE exam near their school in Hackney, east London June 6, 2013.  REUTERS/Olivia Harris
United Kingdom

More Muslim women in Britain are wearing veil

Many young Muslim women living in Britain have, for various reasons, chosen to adopt the headscarf to declare their faith to all around them, despite figures showing rising violence against visibly identifiable Muslims.  Full Article 

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Did America’s policy on ransom contribute to James Foley’s killing?

Did U.S. policy on ransom contribute to Foley’s killing?

James Foley’s execution is a wake-up call for U.S. and European policymakers, as well as U.S. news outlets and aid groups. It shows how different responses to kidnappings by U.S. and Europe save European hostages but can doom the Americans.  Full Article 

Deepak Yohannan

Long-term motor insurance might work

The insurance regulator has allowed three-year insurance policies for two-wheelers. The good part for consumers is that premiums would not change within the three years. Insurance companies on their part would be happy as the claims in this segment are not too high. If the move is successful, we may even see four-wheeler insurance being offered for a longer duration.  Opinion 

SCOTTISH REFERENDUM

What’s Scotland’s problem with a United Kingdom?

What’s Scotland’s problem with a United Kingdom?

Though Scotland remains a great creator of myths about itself, it has strained to make a case that it has suffered much under English domination. In the late 1990s, it hooked itself to the Braveheart phenomenon – the surge of anti-English nationalism unleashed by Mel Gibson’s piece of adolescent fantasy – but even nationalists are now embarrassed by that.  Article 

Girindre Beeharry

A call to action to galvanize momentum around maternal, child health

We are now 500 days from the target date for the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Taking stock of existing challenges, I believe we must take a renewed look at the issue of maternal and child health. These issues will pose one of the most significant tests in our pursuit of the MDGs.  Column 

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