Brokers trade at their computer terminals at a stock brokerage firm in Mumbai January 6, 2015. REUTERS/Shailesh Andrade/Files

Markets giving opportunity to lighten commitments

With the Nifty breaching 8,500, sentiments are again bullish. But markets have been in the 8,200-8,600 range for some time and stocks across the board do not give confidence except for the liquidity factor. Many stocks are not participating on the upside and the core sector is in a downtrend, writes our expert.  Full Article 

Malaysia says Indian Ocean airplane debris is part of a Boeing 777 3:14pm IST

KUALA LUMPUR/PARIS - Malaysia said on Sunday that airplane debris that washed up on the Indian Ocean island of Reunion has been identified as being from a Boeing 777, the same model as a Malaysian Airlines plane which vanished last year.

A labourer works at the construction site of a residential complex in Ahmedabad October 31, 2014. REUTERS/Amit Dave/Files

India's April-June fiscal deficit touches $44.9 bln

India's fiscal deficit during April-June touched 2.87 trillion rupees ($44.86 billion) or 51.6 percent of the target for the 2015/16 fiscal year ending in March 2016, government data showed on Friday.  Full Article 

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden (L) listens to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during the National Prayer Breakfast at a Washington hotel in this February 4, 2010 file photo. REUTERS/Jason Reed/Files

U.S.'s Biden mulls possible presidential run

Vice President Joe Biden, inspired in part by his late son, has been holding meetings at his Washington home to discuss challenging Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination, the New York Times reported on Saturday.  Full Article 

REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE: Bangladesh's Shakib Al Hasan (C) comes off the field with other players after the end of the third day of a test cricket match against New Zealand in Dhaka October 23, 2013. REUTERS/Andrew Biraj/Files
Cricket

Bangladesh to host Australia for two tests

Bangladesh will host Australia for two tests in October in the first series between the two countries in nine years, the Bangladesh Cricket Board said on Sunday.  Full Article 

A still from Drishyam

Movie Review: Drishyam

Since the release of Jeethu Joseph’s Malayalam film “Drishyam” in 2013, it has been remade in four different languages. In each remake, the story doesn’t change, right from the opening shot to the way it ends, except the actors. Nishikant Kamat’s film works well if you haven’t seen the original.  Review | What not to ask Tabu 

Football - Chelsea Training - FA Community Shield Preview - Chelsea Training Ground - 31/7/15Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho during trainingAction Images via REUTERS/Andrew Couldridge/Livepic
Soccer

Falcao can play as dual striker, Mourinho says

Chelsea's Jose Mourinho said he could adopt a two-pronged attack with Radamel Falcao offering more options for the coming season after joining on loan from Monaco. Falcao struggled to impress during a similar spell at Man United last season, but Mourinho has great faith him.  Full Article | Mourinho eyes early blow on Wenger 

Cemeteries capitalize on Brazil's obesity rate

Cemeteries capitalize on Brazil's obesity rate

As the rate of overweight and obese Brazilians increase, so too does the supply and demand for coffins and burial plots that can accommodate the country's heavier population.  Video 

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David Rohde

Why the West may miss the Taliban’s Mullah Omar

Reports on Wednesday that reclusive Taliban leader Mullah Omar had died will be rightly hailed by some as the demise of an American nemesis. But the death of the one-eyed Afghan commander may also scuttle the most promising peace talks in Afghanistan in a decade. As odd as it may seem to some Americans, Omar’s death could not come at a worse time.   Commentary 

Rupa Rege Nitsure

No economic case for another rate cut soon

Given the fragility of India’s economic recovery, we do not expect an abrupt rise in rates soon, but the probability of rate reduction also looks slim. A bigger concern has to do with the rise of the dollar, which has increased markedly against the rupee over the past year, partly also reflecting its weak external fundamentals.  Full Article 

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 

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