A worker operates a lathe machine as he makes a steel cutter at a manufacturing unit in Noida, on the outskirts of New Delhi November 3, 2014. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee/Files

New lender could help small business borrow to grow

A new bank announced in the annual budget last week could boost loans and cut borrowing costs for India’s cash-starved small businesses -- tailors, mechanics and phone booth operators who account for around a fifth of the economy.  Full Article 

FTSE adds nine Indian firms as large-caps in Asia-Pacific ex-Japan index 12:43pm IST

MUMBAI - Stock market index provider FTSE Group has added Bosch and raised the shares of eight other Indian companies, including Yes Bank, to large-caps from mid-cap earlier in its Asia Pacific ex-Japan index.

Hospital staff members work inside a laboratory at Janakpuri Super Speciality Hospital in New Delhi January 19, 2015. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi/Files

Bupa sees strong growth in India

British private healthcare group Bupa is eager to expand quickly in India's fast-growing health insurance market, once a rule change on foreign investment is implemented, the firm's CEO said on Thursday. Bupa said in January it planned to raise its stake to a new maximum of 49 percent in its joint venture with Max India, from the current maximum for a foreign investor in insurance of 26 percent.  Full Article 

Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif waves as he leaves after meeting with Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron and President Ashraf Ghani of Afghanistan at Number 10 Downing Street in London December 5, 2014. REUTERS/Toby Melville/Files

PML(N) looks for gains in upper house election

Pakistani lawmakers voted for new senators in parliament's upper house on Thursday in an election that could strengthen Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's grip on power and increase his ability to pass important legislation.  Full Article 

U.S. Ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert leaves after he was slashed in the face by an unidentified assailant at a public forum in central Seoul March 5, 2015. REUTERS/Yonhap

Attacker slashes face of U.S. envoy in Seoul

U.S. ambassador to S. Korea Mark Lippert underwent two-and-a-half hours of surgery after he was slashed in the face by a Korean nationalist in an attack at a forum held in Seoul.  Read | Video 

The logo of Alibaba Group is seen inside the company's headquarters in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province early November 11, 2014. REUTERS/Aly Song/Files

China backs e-commerce expansion

China will back e-commerce development and guide international expansion by Chinese internet companies, Premier Li Keqiang said on Thursday, in an endorsement for firms such as Alibaba Group Holding Ltd and JD.com Inc.  Read | Huawei, Intel expand tie-up 

New Zealand bowler Daniel Vettori (C) celebrates with teammates after Sri Lankan batsman Mahela Jayawardena was caught behind by wicket keeper Luke Ronchi during their Cricket World Cup match in Christchurch, February 14, 2015. REUTERS/Anthony Phelps/Files

Wily Vettori weaving spells for magic finale

The influence of Daniel Vettori on New Zealand's World Cup chances was never more evident than in his bowling in a tense trans-Tasman clash with Australia at a heaving Eden Park last Saturday.  Full Article 

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Shilpa Jamkhandikar

Franchise Man swoops in to save Bollywood

At least two studios are focusing on franchises, writing scripts and developing stories that will span at least three films. This is a new concept for Bollywood. In the past, the industry used the term “franchise” loosely. Typically, producers inched their way toward sequels, greenlighting them only once the first film proved successful. Subsequent movies in series didn’t even necessarily share anything.  Read 

Sankalp Phartiyal

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 | Video 

How war in Ukraine led to Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov’s death

How war in Ukraine led to Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov’s death

Feb. 27 has become a dark day for both Ukraine and Russia. A year ago on that day, heavily armed men seized the Crimean parliament, and Russian soldiers fanned out across the peninsula, making its annexation a fait accompli within hours. This year, a fierce critic of the Kremlin’s policy toward Ukraine was gunned down in Moscow.  Commentary 

Mohammed Emwazi

The horror of ‘Jihadi John’ and the ‘Jihadi Janes’

Young men and women become radicalized in the quiet of their bedroom, sitting before a computer screen, often after they’ve done their homework. For all the efforts to counter it – increasingly by Muslim activists, scholars, parents, teachers – the digitalized hatred grows. There are many, many, would-be Jihadi Johns – and Jihadi Janes.  Commentary