Sensex gains in special trading session on Diwali

MUMBAI - The BSE Sensex and the Nifty rose in a special "muhurat" trading session for Diwali on Thursday, led by gains in Suzlon Energy Ltd. while hopes for continued foreign fund inflows into the country also boosted sentiment.

Global stocks surge on U.S. corporate results, bonds fall 10:02pm IST

NEW YORK - Global equity markets rose on Thursday, with stocks on Wall Street surging more than 1 percent as U.S. corporate earnings continued to beat expectations, while government debt prices fell on encouraging American and German economic reports.

A cashier counts rupee notes inside a bank in Mumbai December 6, 2013. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui/Files

Rupee bets near 5-month high: Reuters Poll

Sentiment towards emerging Asian currencies improved in the past two weeks with long positions in the rupee near a five-month high, a Reuters poll showed, amid views that the U.S. Fed will hold off on interest rate hikes for a longer time. Bullish bets on the rupee grew to the largest since early June as capital inflows were spurred by hopes the new government would push through more reforms.  Full Article 

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks during a news conference in Riga October 23, 2014. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins

Erdogan: 200 Iraqi Kurd fighters to enter Kobani

Turkey's Tayyip Erdogan said he had been told that agreement was reached for 200 Iraqi Kurdish fighters to pass through Turkey to help defend Syrian town of Kobani against Islamic State militants.  Article 

Workers conduct operations to construct an underground ice wall at Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s (Tepco) tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima Prefecture July 9, 2014. REUTERS/Kimimasa Mayama/Pool/Files

Japan set to rule on Fukushima indictments

Japanese prosecutors must decide this week whether to charge TEPCO executives for their handling of the Fukushima disaster, in a process that could drag the plant's operator into criminal court.  Article 

A boy eats at an orphanage run by a non-governmental organisation on World Hunger Day, in Chennai May 28, 2014. REUTERS/Babu/Files
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India sees Brazil as "model" in beating hunger

India has sent a mission to Mars, but maintains the "dubious distinction of being the world capital of malnutrition", a senior Indian official said, adding that economic growth alone will not be enough to end hunger. The country of about 1.2 billion has more than 190 million undernourished people. To beat the problem, India recently embraced the "zero hunger" challenge, pioneered in Brazil.  Full Article 

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Nokia beats market expectations in Q3

Finland's Nokia reported stronger-than-expected profitability at its core networks business in the third quarter and raised the unit's full-year outlook on the back of major network roll-outs.  Full Article 

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Children's right activist Kailash Satyarthi laughs at his office in New Delhi October 10, 2014. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

Spend less on arms, more on schools, says Nobel laureate Satyarthi

Countries around the world should cut their defence budgets and invest in education if child labour is to be eradicated, said Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi. Satyarthi founded the charity Bachpan Bachao Andolan (Save the Childhood Movement) in 1980 and has helped rescue over 80,000 children - many of whom were trafficked from poor rural villages.  Full Article 

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Lessons of Ebola: Unequal in life, unequal in death

Dr. Margaret Chan, who leads the WHO, sent her chief of staff to a WHO regional conference in Manila to spotlight something we rarely keep in our conscious mind and don’t, collectively, do much about: Inequalities can be a matter of ever-longer life, or a most miserable death: Inequalities can be a matter of ever-longer life, or a most miserable death.   Commentary 

Being the ‘indispensable nation’ is killing American democracy

Being the ‘indispensable nation’ is killing American democracy

America — proudly dubbed the “indispensable nation” by its national-security managers — is now the entangled nation enmeshed in conflicts across the globe. The indispensable nation is permanently engaged across the globe. But endless war undermines the Constitution.   Commentary 

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Cheap oil is no tonic for Asian economies

Cheaper oil won’t be much of a tonic for Asian economies. While painful for exporters, sliding prices should benefit consumers of crude. For most in the region, though, less expensive oil is mainly a sign that growth is stalling. The big exceptions are India and Indonesia. For them, the price slide over the past 4 months translates into significant budgetary savings.  Full Article 

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