Traffic moves along a busy road in front of the Maruti Suzuki corporate office building in New Delhi July 24, 2013. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee/Files

Maruti expects FY16 sales to grow more than 5-6 pct

Maruti Suzuki Ltd, India's top selling car maker, expects car sales to grow at a faster pace than the forecast of 5-6 percent growth for the industry in the fiscal year that started on April 1, a company executive told Reuters.  Full Article 

Catholic Syrian Bank files for up to $64 million IPO 1:42pm IST

MUMBAI - Indian private sector lender Catholic Syrian Bank has filed for an initial public offering to raise up to 4 billion rupees ($64.2 million), in what would be the first listing by a local bank in more than four years.

Dr Reddy's to buy select brands from UCB

Dr Reddy's to buy select brands from UCB

Dr Reddy's Laboratories Ltd, India's second-largest drugmaker by sales, said it will buy some established brands of Belgian drugmaker UCB SA in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Maldives for 8 billion rupees ($128.38 million). The deal will help Dr Reddy's strengthen its presence in dermatology, pediatrics and respiratory products, the company said.  Full Article 

A French rescue worker inspects the debris from the Germanwings Airbus A320 at the site of the crash, near Seyne-les-Alpes, French Alps March 29, 2015.  REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

Video shows last seconds of flight before crash

A video showing the chaotic final seconds on board the Germanwings flight that crashed in the French Alps last week has been discovered near the site, Germany's Bild daily reported on Wednesday, saying it had seen the footage.  Full Article 

Turkish riot police stand guard in front of the Justice Palace in Istanbul March 31, 2015.  REUTERS/Osman Orsal

Clashes in Istanbul after hostage-takers killed

Protesters clashed with Turkish police overnight in two Istanbul neighbourhoods after far-left militants who took a prosecutor hostage in a courthouse were killed by security forces in an attempted rescue mission.  Full Article | Video: Prosecutor dies of wounds 

The International Cricket Council (ICC) logo at the ICC headquarters in Dubai, October 31, 2010. REUTERS/Nikhil Monteiro
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Snubbed Kamal quits as ICC president

Mustafa Kamal has resigned as the president of the International Cricket Council (ICC), the Bangladeshi administrator announced. Kamal said he quit after being denied the right as ICC chief to award the World Cup trophy to winners Australia in Melbourne.  Full Article 

Hirotsugu Masuda, a special cleaning worker prays in front of a stain on the floor in Tokyo March 20, 2015 where a body of an 85 year-old man was left for over a month.  REUTERS/Toru Hanai

Sprucing up Japan's "lonely death" apartments

In rapidly ageing Japan, more people are dying alone and unnoticed in a country of 127 million where one in four people is over 65. For these so-called "lonely deaths", families and landlords in Tokyo are increasingly turning to Hirotsugu Masuda and his clean-up crew to salvage apartments where the occupant's body lay undiscovered for days or weeks.  Full Article | World's oldest person dies at age 117 

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Mohamad Bazzi

How Yemen became the front line of a Mideast-wide war

In the early morning of Mar. 26, Saudi Arabia went to war against the Houthi rebels in Yemen. In doing so, Saudi leaders opened the latest chapter in a long history of meddling and influence over their southern neighbor. Since Saudi Arabia was founded in the 1930s, its leaders have tried to keep a friendly regime in power in Yemen and to prevent it from posing a threat to Saudi interests.   Opinion 

Vikas Purohit

Indian designers will create new products for online shoppers: Amazon India fashion head

The e-commerce industry in India is expected to cross $100 billion in the next four years. Can designer wear be successful in the medium that attracts many of its users because of discounts? Vikas Purohit, head of fashion at Amazon India, foresees the country’s top designers creating products especially suited to online retail.  Full Article 

Cinderella

Cinderella’s new moral: Be rich or be a pumpkin

Cinderella marriages are getting to be as rare as golden coaches. Economist Jeremy Greenwood has found that your chances of marrying outside your income bracket have been dropping since the 1950s because of something called assortive mating, which means that we are increasingly drawn to people in similar circumstances. Inequality has grown and mobility has stalled.  Commentary