The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Raghuram Rajan listens to a question during a news conference, after the bi-monthly monetary policy review, in Mumbai, Febraury 3, 2015. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui/Files

RBI cuts interest rate by 25 bps in surprise move

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) lowered its policy repo rate by 25 basis points to 7.5 percent on Wednesday, its second inter-meeting cut this year on the back of easing inflation and what it said was "weak state" of parts of the economy.  Full Article 

India widens oil leaks probe to defence ministry; security concerns grow 03 Mar 2015

NEW DELHI - India has widened an investigation into leaks of confidential documents from its oil ministry to include the defence ministry, raising fears that other secrets vital to national security may have fallen into the wrong hands.

An armored vehicle which is believed to be carrying two Australian death row prisoners Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan, leaves Kerobokan Prison for the airport, in Denpasar, on the Indonesian island of Bali, March 4, 2015. REUTERS/Beawiharta
Drug Sumggling

Australian convicts being taken for execution

Two convicted Australian drug smugglers were removed from a prison in Bali on Wednesday to be taken to an Indonesian island where they will be shot by firing squad, Australian media reported. A Reuters reporter outside the prison saw the vehicles leave the facility with hundreds of police outside.   Full Article 

Former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden appears live via video during a student organized world affairs conference at the Upper Canada College private high school in Toronto, February 2, 2015. REUTERS/Mark Blinch

Snowden seeks to come home - lawyer

A Russian lawyer for Edward Snowden said on Tuesday the fugitive former U.S. spy agency contractor who leaked details of the government's mass surveillance programmes was working with American and German lawyers to return home.  Full Article 

Bhavish Aggarwal, CEO and co-founder of Ola, an app-based cab service provider, poses in front of an Ola cab in Mumbai March 3, 2015.  REUTERS/Shailesh Andrade
Online Taxi Services

Taxi group Ola steps up expansion drive

Ola, India's largest online taxi business, will more than double its reach by expanding into 200 cities after this week's acquisition of rival TaxiForSure handed it control of more than 80 percent of the country's organised cab market. The firm aims to capitalise on low level car ownership, with urbanites deterred by both the expense and the lack of parking space, its Chief Executive Bhavish Aggarwal said.  Full Article 

Pakistan's Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry (R) shakes hands with his Indian counterpart Subrahmanyan Jaishankar before their meeting at the Foreign Ministry in Islamabad, March 3, 2015. REUTERS/Faisal Mahmood
India-Pakistan Talks

Top India-Pakistan diplomats meet to mend ties

India's top diplomat pledged to improve relations with Pakistan on Tuesday after the first meeting with his counterpart since India called off talks aimed at easing the rivals' many disputes last year. Tension between the neighbours has resulted in both armies firing across their disputed border in the region of Kashmir several times in the past year.  Full Article 

British filmmaker Leslee Udwin speaks during a news conference in New Delhi March 3, 2015. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee
Controversial Documentary

Film on 2012 Delhi gang rape stokes debate

A new documentary based on the fatal gang rape of a woman in New Delhi in 2012 highlights gender inequality and sex crimes in India, with the seeming lack of remorse among those convicted of the crime shocking even the film's director. Leslee Udwin's "India's Daughter" features conversations with Mukesh Singh and fellow convicts who raped and tortured a woman on a moving bus in Dec 2012.  Read 

Goldman Sachs Asset Management Chairman Jim O'Neill speaks during the Reuters Investment Outlook Summit in London December 6, 2011. REUTERS/Benjamin Beavan
Reuters Interview

Budget lacks wow, but good enough: Jim O’Neill

Jim O’Neill, who coined the term BRICs to highlight emerging economic powerhouses Brazil, Russia, India and China, said India’s budget lacked a “wow” factor but was good enough to push the country on a path of 8 percent growth or more “for a long time”. In an interview, O’Neill gave his views on India’s budget, the BRICS nations, and the government’s decision to adopt inflation targeting.  Full Article 

Staff members of a pharmaceutical college light candles arranged in the formation of a ribbon to promote cancer awareness and mark World Cancer Day, in Bengaluru, February 4, 2015. REUTERS/Abhishek N. Chinnappa
Health

Payment delays dent healthcare programmes

India's main public health programmes, aimed at millions of rural poor, have been in disarray for months because the government changed the way that over $1.3 billion in funds were distributed, according to data and letters seen by Reuters.  Full Article | Video 

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